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The Perils Of Idle Browsing
Rather bored this evening, not really wanting to carry on entering
my record collection onto its new, how-the-hell-do-I-get-this-to-work Access™ database just at the moment.
Decided to follow the path from Joe Gordon's blog around to
other blogspot sites.
Not overly impressed, on the whole (but who the hell am I
to say?): mostly the standard patterns of, a) things nicked from
elsewhere; b) whining middle-class American kids; and c) people trying
to sell you things.
Found a couple of little gems, though. Firstly, this picture, which
appears on Celti's
And then this story, taken from
Several centuries ago, the Pope decreed that all the Jews had to
convert or leave Italy. There was a huge outcry from the Jewish
community, so the Pope offered a deal. He would have a religious debate
with the leader of the Jewish community. If the Jews won, they could
stay in Italy; if the Pope won, they would have to leave.
The Jewish people met and picked the aged but wise Rabbi Moishe to
represent them in the debate. However, as Moishe spoke no Italian and
the Pope spoke no Yiddish, they all agreed that it would be a 'silent'
On the chosen day, the Pope and Rabbi Moishe sat opposite each
other. There was silence for a full minute before the Pope raised his
hand and showed three fingers.
Rabbi Moishe looked back and raised one finger.
Next, the Pope waved his finger around his head.
Rabbi Moishe pointed to the ground where he sat.
The Pope then brought out a communion wafer and a chalice of wine.
Rabbi Moishe pulled out an apple.
With that, the Pope stood up and declared that he was beaten, that
Rabbi Moishe was too clever, and that the Jews could stay.
Later, the Cardinals met with the Pope, asking what had happened.
The Pope said, "First, I held up three fingers to represent the
Trinity. He responded by holding up one finger to remind me that there
is still only one God common to both our beliefs.
"Then, I waved my finger to
show him that God was all around us. He responded by pointing to the
ground to show that God was also right here with us.
"I pulled out the wine and wafer to show that God absolves us of
all our sins. He pulled out an apple to remind me of the original sin.
"He had me beaten and I could not continue."
Meanwhile the Jewish community were gathered around Rabbi Moishe.
"How did you win the debate?", they asked.
"I haven't a clue," said Moishe.
"First he said to me that we had three days to get out of Italy,
so I gave him the finger.
"Then he tells me that the whole country would be cleared of
Jews and I said to him, we're staying right here."
"And then what?", asked a woman.
"Who knows?", said Moishe, "He took out his lunch, so I
took out mine."
File under: Funny