Murphy drops some buttered toast on the kitchen floor and it lands
He looks down in astonishment, for he knows that it's a law of nature
of the universe that buttered toast always falls butter-down.
So he rushes round to the presbytery to fetch Father Flanagan.
He tells the priest that a miracle has occurred in his kitchen.
But he won't say what it is, so he asks Fr. Flanagan to come and see
it with his own eyes.
He leads Fr.Flanagan into the kitchen and asks him what he sees on the
"Well," says the priest, "it's pretty obvious. Someone has dropped
some buttered toast on the floor and then,
for some reason, they flipped it over so that the butter was on top."
"No, Father, I dropped it and it landed like that!" exclaimed Murphy
"Oh my Lord," says Fr. Flanagan, "dropped toast never falls with the
butter side up.
It's a miracle..
Wait... it's not for me to say it's a miracle. I'll have to report
this matter to the Bishop and he'll have to deal
with it. He'll send some people round; to interview you, take photos,
A thorough investigation is conducted, not only by the archdiocese but
by scientists sent over from the Curia in Rome. No expense is spared.
There is great excitement in the town as everyone knows that a miracle
will bring in much need tourism revenue.
Then, after 8 long weeks and with great fanfare, the Bishop announces
the final ruling.
"It is certain that some kind of an extraordinary event took place in
Murphy's kitchen, quite outside the natural laws of the universe. Yet
the Holy See must be very cautious before ruling a miracle. All other
explanations must be ruled out.
Unfortunately, in this case, it has been declared 'No Miracle' because
they think that Murphy may have buttered the toast on the wrong side!"