boss: if you finish by the deadline, i'll recommend you for a million dollar bonus.
dilbert: you're lying.
boss: i'm serious.
dilbert: but you're also lying.
boss: only one way to find out.
dilbert: i'd need to work around the clock for weeks to meet the deadline.
boss: that's the spirit!
dilbert: if you're lying about the bonus, i'm going to be boiling mad.
five weeks later.
dilbert: it nearly killed me, but i finished by the deadline. where's my million dollar bonus.
boss: i told you i'd recommend it. they said no.