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Saturday, July 1

When hell freezes over

Two guys from Toronto die and wake up in hell. The very next day, when the devil stops in to check up on them, he sees them huddling in parkas, mittens, and toques, warming themselves around the fire. "What are you two doing?" he asks. "Isn't it hot enough for you?"

"Well," say the two guys, "we are from Canada, eh? We are just happy for a chance to warm up a little bit, eh."

Okay, so these two clearly are not miserable enough. Up goes the heat.

The next morning, when the devil stops in, there they are again, all dressed up in parkas, toques and mittens. So once again the devil asks them, "It is awfully hot down here, can't you guys feel it?"

"Well, like we told you, we are from Canada, the land of snow and ice and cold. We are just happy for a chance to warm up a little bit, eh."

This gets the devil a little bit steamed up, and so he cranks the heat up as high as it will go. People are wailing and screaming everywhere. He stops by the room with the two guys from Canada ... and finds them in light jackets and bucket hats, grilling sausage and drinking beer. "No way. No way! Everyone down here is in abject misery -- and you two seem to be enjoying yourselves."

"Well, like we said, we don't get too much warm weather up there in Canada, so there has to be a cook-out when the weather is this nice."

So furious is the devil, he can hardly see straight. Finally he comes up with the answer. If the two guys love the heat because they have been cold all their lives, he can fix them, and fix them good. And with that, he turns off all the heat in hell.

The next morning, the temperature has fallen well below zero, icicles are hanging everywhere; people are shivering so hard that they are unable to do anything but wail, moan and gnash their teeth. The devil smiles and heads for the room with the two Canadians -- only to find them back in their parkas, toques, and mittens. Only now they are jumping up and down, yelling, cheering, screaming like mad men! For a moment he is simply speechless. Then he shakes his head: "I don't understand you two. When I turn up the heat you are happy. Now it is freezing cold and you are even happier. What is wrong with you two?"

The Torontonians look at the devil in surprise: "Don't you get it? If Hell freezes over, it must mean the Leafs have won the Stanley Cup!"

2 Comments:

Blogger Alcuin Bramerton said...

The Stanley Cup has something to do with Chess or Croquet, yes?

6:59 PM  
Blogger Tenebris said...

Canada is a hockey-mad culture. A surprisingly close parallel might be if England were to win the World Cup -- 1966, vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs' 1967. (But ask a Canadian if they know of the other Stanley Cup ... :D)

2:22 PM  

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