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The Madman

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“When I first brought my hot dog stand up here, I would sell about 400 dogs a day—that was when they were still building. Now that it’s finished, I sell two and sometimes three thousand every day.

“The best thing I ever did was move up here; business for everybody has been good since the monument. There are even plans for an amusement park just over the way.

“Of course, business is booming since the excitement over the animals hit the headlines—everyone wants to have a look.

“Here we go. That’ll be seventy-five cents. It’s a pity you weren’t here last week; things have quieted down a bit now . . . Thanks, I’ll get you some change.

“Yeah, every day about this time that mad preacher would come out and talk about the end of the world—a real straightjacket case if you ask me . . . There, twenty-five cents’ change.

“As I was saying, this fellow did come out every day until last week when he locked himself and his family in the monument—with the animals, mind you!

“I guess it’s his right. He built it. But trying to scare people? I just don’t know. Anyway, it’s good for business.

“Look, you’ll have to excuse me; I’ve got another customer—got to make a dollar, you know. See ya.

“Hey, make sure you have a look at the new sign they put up this morning. ‘Monument to Madness,’ they’ve called it, with Noah and Sons the construction engineers. What a joke!

“Yes, sir! Five dogs—no mustard—coming right up.”*  


* Read More: Genesis 6–8.

This story originally appeared in the March 24, 1981, issue of Insight. At that time Bruce Manners was a minister living in Ungarie, New South Wales, Australia. He recently retired as senior pastor of the Avondale College Seventh-day Adventist Church in Cooranbong, New South Wales, Australia. He also served as the editor of Signs of the Times and has written numerous articles and books. 

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