Monday, April 19, 2004

Monday Schadenfreude: An unexpected situation arises!

While attending Catholic school in Phnom Penh, thirteen-year-old Saloth Sar -- the boy who would grow up to become Pol Pot -- often let his mind wander in cathechism class. One day, while Saloth was daydreaming about a girl he once knew in his home village, Brother Carré called upon him.

When Saloth didn't respond immediately, Brother Carré demanded that he come up to the front of the class and recite the Apostles' Creed in front of everyone.

Young Saloth slowly and hesitantly made his way to the blackboard and turned around, desperately hoping that the other boys would not notice his ill-timed erection. But Sangha Cham, the class bully, was always on the lookout for such moments of protrusion and immediately began pointing at Saloth's crotch and laughing. Several other boys joined in, before Brother Carré silenced them by slapping his ruler down hard on the desk.

"Allez, Saloth!" he demanded. "Le Symbole des Apôtres!"

"Je crois en Dieu, le Père tout-puissant, créateur..." Saloth began. But he couldn't continue.

Moments later, the tears began pouring down Teenage Pol Pot's face. The boys and Brother Carré howled with laughter.

This has been your Monday Schadenfreude.

Post-script

Not enough Monday Schadenfreude for you? Check out previous editions: March 22, March 29, April 5, April 12.

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