Wednesday, August 22, 2007
The Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch
Monty Python cracks me up, though I haven't quite figured out why. The troupe makes fun of everybody under the sun, maybe that's why. Even, dare I say it, folks like me who love the KJV. But never take yourself too seriously, that's the word to the wise for today . . .
King Arthur [holding the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch]: How does it... um... how does it work?
Sir Lancelot: I know not, my liege.
King Arthur: Consult the Book of Armaments.
Brother Maynard: Armaments, chapter two, verses nine through twenty-one.
Cleric: [reading] And Saint Attila raised the hand grenade up on high, saying, "O Lord, bless this thy hand grenade, that with it thou mayst blow thine enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy." And the Lord did grin. And the people did feast upon the lambs and sloths, and carp and anchovies, and orangutans and breakfast cereals, and fruit-bats and large chu...
Brother Maynard: Skip a bit, Brother...
Cleric: And the Lord spake, saying, "First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin. Then shalt thou count to three, no more, no less. Three shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the third number, be reached, then lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who, being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it."
Brother Maynard: Amen.
King Arthur: Right. One... two... five.
Galahad: Three, sir.
King Arthur: Three.