Break the Chain Highway to Heaven

Created 9/2/2001, updated 11/13/2004 (11/13/2004) This example that no joke is ever too obvious has many scratching their heads. Some want to know if this story of a woman who died because she thought Jesus had returned for her is true, while others want to know what planet the people who believe it is true are from.

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ARKANSAS CITY (EAP) -- A Little Rock woman was killed yesterday after leaping through her moving car's sun roof during an incident best described as a "mistaken rapture" by dozens of eye-witnesses.

Thirteen other people were injured after a twenty-car pile-up resulted from people trying to avoid hitting the woman who was apparently convinced that the rapture was occurring when she saw twelve people floating up into the air, and then passed a man on the side of the road who she claimed was Jesus.

"She started screaming "He's back!, He's back!" and climbed right out of the sunroof and jumped off the roof of the car," said Everet Williams, husband of 28-year-old Georgann Williams who was pronounced dead at the scene.

"I was slowing down but she wouldn't wait till I stopped," Willams said. She thought the rapture was happening and was convinced that Jesus was gonna lift her up into the sky," he went on to say.

"This is the strangest thing I've seen since I've been on the force," said Paul Madison, first officer on the scene.

Madison questioned the man who looked like Jesus and discovered that he was on his way to a toga costume party, when the tarp covering the bed of his pickup truck came loose and released twelve blow-up sex dolls filled with helium which then floated up into the sky.

Ernie Jenkins, 32, of Fort Smith, who's been told by several of his friends that he looks like Jesus, pulled over and lifted his arms into the air in frustration, and said "Come back," just as the Williams' car passed him, and Mrs. Williams was sure that it was Jesus lifting people up into the sky as they passed by him, according to her husband, who says his wife loved Jesus more than anything else.

When asked for comments about the twelve sex dolls, Jenkins replied "This is all just too weird for me. I never expected anything like this to happen."

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This is a work of fiction, created by humorist Elroy Willis. On his site, Religion in the News (a site apparently designed around satiring all things Christian), Mr. Willis explains that the story was "intended to make a mockery of the ridiculous idea of some rapture where people will supposedly float up into the sky to meet Jesus. How can anybody really believe such an absurd idea?"

Still, it's written convincingly enough that many have wondered it it was true. Add to this that a similar scenario was depicted in episode 41 (2004) of the hit HBO series "Six Feet Under," and now the public has an image of such an event taking place, which makes it even more believable. But, alas, it is nothing more than an urban legend that started out as a mean-spririted joke. Break this chain.

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Category: No Joke Too Obvious
References: Religion in the News, HBO: "Six Feet Under"

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