To protect ‘the guilty’ i’ve changed the names so it’s Malcolm and Fr Tom.
The setting is a boys’ boarding school run by monks.
Malcolm, short and skinny, went to the library to ask the head librarian,
Fr Tom (also short and skinny) if he had any books on cloning. This was back
in the day when cloning was just beginning to gather notice and to be taken
seriously and Malcolm who’d entered the Young Scientist of the Year competition
was keen to present a project on the subject.
Fr Tom hadn’t heard of cloning and asked Malcolm to explain. Malcolm
told him what he knew and Fr Tom said, ‘You mean if this thing works
we could have twenty little yous.’
‘Yes, Father, but it could be worse.’
‘It could be twenty little yous.’
Kicked out of the library and had to get classmates to borrow books for him
but Malcolm went on to win Young Scientist of the Year.
Today, he’s a consultant oncologist.