Christopher Columbus was stranded in Jamaica and needed supplies. He knew that an eclipse was to occur the next day. He told the tribal chief, "The God who protects me will punish you. Unless you give me supplies this night, a vengeance will fall upon you and the moon shall lose its light!"
When the eclipse darkened the sky, Columbus got all the supplies he needed.
In the early 1900s, and Englishman tried the same trick on a Sudanese chieftain. "If you do not follow my order," he warned, "vengeance will fall upon you and the moon will lose its light."
"If you're referring to the lunar eclipse," the Sudanese chieftain replied, "that doesn't happen until the day after tomorrow."
AN old chieftain was being evangelised by a missionary. Noting that the men had the habit of filing their teeth to sharp points, the missionary put emphasis on the' Thou Shalt Not'. The aged chieftain listened, patiently.
'You mean that I must not take my neighbour's wife.'
'That's correct,' said the missionary.
'Or his oxen, or his elephants.'
'Or I must not dance the war dance and then ambush him on the road and kill him.'
'Then I can become a good Christian sighed the chieftain,' for I cannot do any of these things. I am old.'