Do you recall the film "Forrest Gump"? I have vivid memories of watching it in theaters and being amazed by the intelligence of the main character, despite his self-perception as "stupid." Forrest truly touched the hearts of countless viewers, and even now, many of us continue to find joy in rewatching the movie.
There's something about Forrest that allows us to relate to him in various ways, which is why this amusing joke resonates so well. It depicts a scenario in which our beloved Forrest arrives in heaven and is presented with three questions. What would his response be? Let's dive into the joke to discover the answer:
After Forest Gump passes away, he ascends to Heaven. At the Pearly Gates, he encounters none other than Saint Peter. However, as Forest arrives, he notices that the gates are shut, prompting him to approach the gatekeeper.
Saint Peter says, "Well, Forest, 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 examination for everyone. The tests are fairly short, but you need to pass before you can get into Heaven."
Forest 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 Forest. But, the test I have for you is only three questions."
"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?"
Forest takes some time to contemplate the questions.
The following day, Forest comes back and approaches Saint Peter, ready to tackle the examination questions. Saint Peter beckons him forward and inquires, "Now that you have had a chance to think the questions over, tell me your answers."
Forest 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 Tomorrow !"
Saint Peter's eyes widen with surprise, and he exclaims, "Forest! 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 Forest. "But, I thunk and thunk about that, and I guess the only answer can be twelve."
Astounded, Saint Peter says, "Twelve! Twelve! Forest, how in Heaven's name could you come up with twelve seconds in a year?"
Forest 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?"
Forest says, "Well shore, I know God's first name. Everbody probably knows it. It's Andy."
"Andy?!" An exasperated and frustrated Saint Peter exclaimed.
"Ok, I can understand how you came up with your answers to my first two questions, but just how in the world did you come up with the name Andy as the first name of God?"
"Shucks, that was the easiest one of all," Forrest replied. "I learnt it from the song. . . . "ANDY WALKS WITH ME, ANDY TALKS WITH ME, ANDY TELLS ME I AM HIS OWN. . . ."
Saint Peter swung open the Pearly Gates and uttered, "Run Forrest, run."