There were four passengers, but only three parachutes.
The first passenger said, “I’m a leading heart surgeon. My patients need me.”
He grabbed the first parachute and jumped.
The second passenger said, “I’m a rocket scientist. One of the smartest men in the world. My country needs me.”
He took the second parachute and jumped.
The third passenger was Pope John Paul. He said to the fourth passenger, a ten year old boy scout, “Son, I’m old and frail, you take the last parachute.”
The boy scout said, “That’s okay sir, there’s still two parachutes left.
The world’s smartest man just jumped out with my backpack.”