January 28, 1521

On January 28, 1521, the Diet of Worms began and Protestant reformer Martin Luther was declared an outlaw by the Roman Catholic Church. Apparently he refused to eat the worms offered and sang,

“God loves me,

the Catholic Church hates me,

But I won’t eat those worms.”

Excuse me, this just in. A Diet was also a formal deliberative assembly of the Holy Roman Empire, much like a trial and Worms was a city located in Germany. So, Martin Luther wasn’t being forced to eat worms? The Catholic Church was trying to force him to recant his heretic views and writings. So no real worms were involved or eaten in this scenario? Dang.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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