A guy from Chicago dies and is sent to Hell. He was a rotten man his
entire life. The devil puts him to work breaking up rocks with a
sledgehammer. To make it worse, he cranks up the temperature and the
humidity. After a couple of days, the devil checks in on his victim to
see if he is suffering adequately. The devil is baffled that the guy
from Chicago is happily swinging his hammer and whistling a happy tune.
The devil walks up to him and says, “I don’t get it. I’ve turned the
heat way up, it’s humid, and you’re crushing rocks. Why are you so
The guy from Chicago, with a big smile, looks at the devil and
replies, “This is great! It reminds me of August in Chicago. Hot, humid,
a good place to work. It reminds me of home. This is fantastic!”
The devil, extremely perplexed, walks away to ponder the remarks
of the guy from Chicago. Then he decides to drop the temperature, send
down a driving rain and torrential wind. Soon, Hell is a wet muddy mess.
Walking in mud up to his knees with dust blowing into his eyes, the guy
from Chicago is happily slogging through the mud pushing a wheelbarrow
full of crushed rocks.
Again, the devil asks how he can be so happy under such
conditions. The guy from Chicago replies, “This is great!! Just like
April in Chicago. It reminds me of working out in the yard with spring
planting!” The devil is now completely baffled but more determined to
make the guy from Chicago suffer. He makes the temperature plummet.
Suddenly, Hell is covered in snow and ice. Confident that this will
surely make the guy from Chicago unhappy, the devil checks in on him.
Again he is shocked at what he sees. The guy from Chicago is dancing,
singing, and twirling his sledgehammer as he cavorts in glee.
“How can you be happy? Don’t you realize it’s 40 below zero?” screams the devil.
Jumping up and down, the guy from Chicago throws a snowball at
the devil and yells, “YAHOO!!! Hell has frozen over!!! Bears won the