Friday, July 21, 2006

Before He Was Dr. Ralph...

A young Ralph arrives at the monastery. He is assigned to helping the other monks in copying the old the church documents by hand.

He notices, however, that all of the monks are copying from copies, not from the original manuscript. So, monk Ralph goes to the head abbot to question this, pointing out that if someone made even a small error in the first copy, it would never be picked up! In fact, that error would be continued in all of the subsequent copies.

The head monk, says, "We have been copying from the copies for centuries, but you make a good point, my son."

He goes down into the dark caves underneath the monastery where the original manuscripts are held as archives in a locked vault that hasn't been opened for hundreds of years. Hours go by and nobody sees the head monk.

Monk Ralph gets worried and goes down to look for him. He sees him banging his head against the wall and wailing, "We missed the "R"!, we missed the "R"!"

His forehead is all bloody and bruised and he is crying uncontrollably. Monk Ralph asks the old abbot, "What's wrong, father?"

With a choking voice, the old abbot replies, "The word was...CELEBRATE!!!"

Ralph has never been the same.

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