Four worms

A minister decided that a visual demonstration would add emphasis to his Sunday sermon.

Four worms were placed into four separate jars.

  • The first worm was put into a container of alcohol.
  • The second worm was put into a container of cigarette smoke.
  • The third worm was put into a container of chocolate syrup.
  • The fourth worm was put into a container of good clean soil.

At the conclusion of the sermon, the minister reported the following results:

  • The first worm in alcohol- Dead
  • The second worm in cigarette smoke – Dead
  • Third worm in chocolate syrup – Dead
  • Fourth worm in good clean soil – Alive.

So the minister asked the congregation, ‘What did you learn from this demonstration???’

Maxine was sitting in the back, quickly raised her hand and said, ‘As long as you drink, smoke and eat chocolate, you won’t have worms!’

That pretty much ended the service.

About padmum

You could call me Dame Quixote! I tilt at windmills. I have an opinion on most matters. What I don't have, my husband Raju has in plenty. Writer and story teller, columnist and contributer of articles, blogs, poems, travelogues and essays to Chennai newspapers, national magazines and websites, I review and edit books for publishers and have specialized as a Culinary Editor and contributed content, edited and collaborated on Cookbooks. My other major interest used to be acting on Tamil and English stage, Indian cinema and TV. I am a wordsmith, a voracious reader, crossword buff and write about India's heritage, culture and traditions. I am interested in Vedanta nowadays. I am now an Armchair traveller/opinionator/busybody!
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5 Responses to Four worms

  1. Grannymar says:

    How right she is!


  2. blackwatertown says:

    Yes – unintended consequences – or the valu ein not asking a question if you’re not sure you know what answer you’ll get…

    The minister harangued the congregation.
    “Raise your hands if you hope, if you KNOW you’re going to heaven.”
    Again and again he demanded this of them till all except one old man near the back had hands raised in the air.
    Puzzled and a bit cross, the minister clasped either side of the lecturn, leaned forward and singled out the refusenik.
    “That man at the back. You don’t have your hands raised. Don’t you think you’re going to heaven? That must mean you’re destined for hell.”
    The man looked a bit out out at being singled out in this way in front of everyone, but nodded to himself and replied.
    “Reverend. I hope I’m not on my way down below. But when I looked around and saw everyone had their hands up except you, I didn’t want you to think you were the only one.”

    (Hmm, not my best moment telling a joke. Perhaps my memory is going.)


  3. padmum says:

    Yo! I don’t have my hands up either. Well told don’t worry. Sometimes I wonder what I am doing and where I am (in front of my laptop).


  4. Rummuser says:

    I will never get worms!


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