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.