After watching sales falling off for three straight months
at Kentucky Fried Chicken, the Colonel calls up the Pope
and asks for a favor.
The Pope says, “What can I do?”
The Colonel says. “I need you to change the daily prayer
from, ‘Give us this day our daily bread’ to ‘Give us this
day our daily chicken.’ If you do it, I’ll donate 10
million dollars to the Vatican.
”The Pope replies, “I am sorry. That is the Lord’s Prayer
and I can not change the words.” So the Colonel hangs up.
After another month of dismal sales, the Colonel panics,
and calls again. “Listen, Your Excellency. I really need
your help. I’ll donate $50 million dollars if you change
the words of the daily prayer from ‘Give us this day our
daily bread’ to ‘Give us this day our daily chicken.’
”And the Pope responds, “It is very tempting, Colonel
Sanders. The church could do a lot of good with that much
money. It would help us to support many charities. But again,
I must decline. It is the Lord’s Prayer, and I can’t change
the words.” So the Colonel gives up again.
After two more months of terrible sales, the Colonel gets
desperate. “This is my final offer, your Excellency. If you
change the words of the daily prayer from ‘Give us this day
our daily bread’ to ‘Give us this day our daily chicken.’ I
will donate $100 million to the Vatican.
The Pope replies, “Let me get back to you. ”So the next day,
the Pope calls together all of his bishops and he says, “I
have some good news and I have some bad news. The good news
is that KFC is going to donate $100 million to the Vatican.
”The bishops rejoice at the news. Then one asks about the
The pope replies, “The bad news is that we lost the Wonder
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