Tuesday, May 12, 2009

something just reminded me of this....

The Pope Goes to Heaven...

An enormously popular and beloved Pope, after a long reign, dies and, naturally, goes to heaven. He's met by the reception committee, and after a whirlwind tour he is told that he can enjoy any of the myriad of recreations available.

The pope, having always loved the bible, decides that he wants to read all of the original records of God's communications with humanity before they were received and written down by human beings. He spends the next eon or so learning languages.

After becoming a linguistic master, he sits down in the library and begins to pour over every version of the Bible, working back from the most recent "Easy Reading" to the original records of divine communication.

All of a sudden there is a scream in the library that echos throughout the gold-paved streets of the heavenly city. The angels come running in only to find the Pope huddled in his chair, crying to himself and muttering, "An 'R'! The scribes left out the 'R'."

A particularly concerned Angel takes him aside, offering comfort, asks him what the problem is and what does he mean. After collecting his wits, the Pope sobs again, "It's the letter 'R'. They left out the 'R'. The word was supposed to be CELEBRATE!"


TimT said...

First reaction: HA!

Second reaction: pedantic niggles to follow...

The angels need an editor! If the Pope 'pours' over Bibles, what sort of liquid is he pouring? And shouldn't he 'pore' over every edition of the Bible instead?

And did the angels really mean to write 'celibrate' instead of 'celibate', or was it meant to be 'celebate'/'celebrate'?

Apologies for pedanticism. I hope the Pope in question, who is a linguistic master, after all, will look upon it kindly...

kae said...

Hmm, I should have corrected the thing before I cutted and pasted it?

Nah. No time! It was just a quickie... perhaps he was pouring wax on it?

TimT said...

Nah, the joke's still funny, which is the main thing. And anyway, the whole joke hinges on a spelling mistake. I just thought it was a little odd, with the Pope (in heaven) being a linguistic genius and all.

RebeccaH said...

Celibate. Celebrate. A rose is a rose by any other name.

(I have a naughty picture in my head of the Pope wistfully following female angels around.)

kae said...

Hi RebeccaH
You never saw Dogma? (The movie.)

Angels have no sex.

Perhaps that's female-looking angels?

(Now if it was "someone else", he'd be chasing cherubs, huh!)