I was by myself in a pub in Cork when a group of American tourists came in.
One of the Americans said, in a loud voice, “I hear you Irish think you are great drinkers. I bet 5,000 Euros that no-one here can drink 30 pints of Guinness in 30 minutes”.
The bar was silent. The American noticed one Irishman leaving and no-one took up the bet.
40 minutes later the Irishman who left returned. He said, “Hey Yank, is your wee bet still on?”
“Sure” said the American, “30 pints in 30 minutes for a bet of 5,000 Euros”.
“Grand, ” replied the Irishman, “so pour the pints and start the clock”.
It was very close but the last drop was consumed with 2 seconds to spare.
“OK Yank, pay up”, said the Irishman..
“I’m happy to pay, here’s your money” said the American. “But tell me, when I first offered the wager I saw you leave. Where did you go?”
The Irishman replied, “Well sir, 5,000 Euros is a lot of money to a man like me, so I went to the pub across the road to see if I could actually do it”.