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Buttrick: Twinkle, Twinkle

The preacher George Buttrick was once flying on an airplane. As he sat there, he had a legal pad out on which he was furiously scribbling some notes for his sermon the coming Sunday. The man next to Buttrick inquired, "Say, what are you working on there?"

"My sermon for Sunday--I'm a Christian preacher."

"Oh," the other man replied. "Well, I don't like to get caught up in the complexities of religion. I like to keep it simple. You know, 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.' The Golden Rule. That's my religion!"

"I see," Rev. Buttrick replied, "and what do you do for a living?"

"I'm an astronomer. I teach astrophysics at a university."

"Ah, yes, astronomy," Buttrick shot back.

"Well, I don't like to get caught up in the complexities of science. 'Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are.' That's my astronomy. Who could ever need more than that, eh?"

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