The day finally arrived: Forrest Gump dies and goes to Heaven.
He is met at the Pearly Gates by Saint Peter himself. The gates are
closed, however, and Forrest approaches the gatekeeper.
Saint Peter says, "Well, Forrest, it's certainly good to see you. We
have heard a lot about you. I must inform you that the place is
filling up fast, and we've been administering an entrance exam for
everyone. The tests are fairly short, but you need to pass before
you can get into Heaven."
Forrest responds, "It shore is good to be here, Saint Peter. I was
looking forward to this. Nobody ever told me about any entrance
exams Shore hope the test ain't too hard;life was a big enough test
as it was."
Saint Peter goes on, "Yes, I know Forrest. But, the test I have has
only three questions. Here is the first: What days of the week
begin with the letter 'T'? Second, how many seconds are there in a
year? Third, what is God's first name?"
Forrest goes away to think the questions over. Forrest returns the
next day and goes up to Saint Peter to try to answer the exam
Saint Peter waves him up and asks, "Now that you have had a chance to
think the questions over, tell me your answers."
Forrest says, "Well, the first one, how many days of the week begin
with the letter 'T'? Shucks, that one's easy; that'd be Today and
The saint's eyes opened wide and he exclaims, "Forrest! That's not
what I was thinking, but...you do have a point though, and I guess I
didn't specify, so I give you credit for that answer. How about the
next one?" says Saint Peter. "How many seconds in a year?"
"Now that one's harder," says Forrest. "But, I thunk and thunk about
that, and I guess the only answer can be twelve."
Astounded, Saint Peter says, "Twelve! Twelve! Forrest, how could
you come up with twelve seconds in a year?"
Forrest says, "Shucks, there gotta be twelve: January second,
February second, March second......."
"Hold it," interrupts Saint Peter. "I see where you're going with
it. And I guess I see your point, though that wasn't quite what I
had in mind. I'll give you credit for that one too."
"Let's go on with the next and final question," says Saint Peter.
"Can you tell me God's first name?"
Forrest says, "Well, shore, I know God's first name. Everybody knows
it. It's Howard."
"Howard?!" asks Saint Peter. "What makes you think it's Howard?!"
Forrest answers, "It's in the prayer."
"The prayer?" asks Saint Peter, "Which prayer?"
"You know, The Lord's Prayer," responds Forrest:
"Our Father, which art in Heaven, Howard be thy name......"
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