Why is there Memphis?
Once upon a time in the kingdom
of Heaven, God was missing
days. Eventually, Michael the archangel found him, resting on the
day. He inquired of God. "Where
have you been?"
God sighed a deep sigh of satisfaction and proudly pointed downwards
the clouds, "Look, Michael. Look what I've made."
Archangel Michael looked puzzled and said, "What is that?"
"It's a planet," replied God, "and I've put life on it. I'm
going to call it Earth and it's going to be a great place of balance."
"Balance?" Inquired Michael, still puzzled.
God explained, pointing to different parts of Earth, "For example,
northern Europe will be a place of great
wealth but cold and harsh, while southern Europe
going to be poor but sunny and pleasant.
I have made some lands abundant in water and other lands parched
deserts. This one will be extremely hot and dry while this one will be
cold and covered in ice."
The Archangel, impressed by the Creator's
pointed to a land mass and said, "What's that one?"
"Ah," said God. "that's Tennessee
-- the most glorious place on earth.
There are beautiful mountains, streams, rivers, hills, and
forests. The people from Tennessee
are going to be handsome, modest, intelligent and humorous, and they
to be found traveling the world. They
will be extremely sociable, hardworking and high achieving, and they
known throughout the world as diplomats and carriers of peace."
Michael gasped in wonder and admiration but then asked, "What about
balance You spoke of, my Lord? You said there would be balance!"
God replied wisely, "Wait until you see the idiots I put in charge
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