Monthly Archives: January 2007

Toddlerpede

 Toddlerpede
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Use Your Wii for Sex

 Use Your Wii for Sex

They were two of the hottest Christmas gifts: Nintendo’s Wii and Sony’s Playstation 3 game consoles.

But these machines arent just hot among kids; they’re also compatible with sexually-oriented Web sites.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Bible

Thomas Jefferson edited his own version of the New Testament by intermingling verses from the different Gospels and removing any references to miracles, divinity, or anything else supernatural (and likely made up). He called it The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth. More info is at the Wikipedia.

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Nauru, Poor and Fat

Neatorama has a rundown of the 5 Smallest Countries in the World. The most interesting story is number three, the smallest island nation, Nauru:

Nauru only has one significant source of income: phosphates from thousands of years’ worth of guano or bird droppings. This proved to be both a boon and a bane for Nauruans – for a long time, its residents enjoyed a relatively high level of income as the country exported its phosphate like there’s no tomorrow.

The government employed 95% of Nauruans, and lavished free medical care and schooling for its citizens. Most didn’t take advantage of this offer: only one-third of children went on to secondary school. The adults didn’t really work, either – office hours were flexible and the most popular pastime was drinking beer and driving the 20-minute circuit around the island. For a while, Nauru was a paradise – for a brief moment in 1970s, Nauruans were even amongst the richest people on the planet.

Nothing lasts forever and sure enough, Nauru’s phosphate reserves soon dried up and left 90% of the island as a barren, jagged mining wasteland. Wasteful investments (like buying hotels only to leave them to rot) and gross incompetence by the government (former presidents used to commandeer Air Nauru’s planes for holidays, leaving paying customers stranded on the tarmac!) didn’t help either.

As if that’s not bad enough, Nauru is also beset by obesity problem. Decades of leisurely lifestyle and high consumption of alcohol and fatty foods have left as many as 9 out of 10 people overweight! Nauru also has the world’s highest level of type 2 diabetes – over 40% of its population is affected.

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Daily Lit

I’m reading War & Peace in 675 parts.

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PA Democrats Pick GOP House Speaker

Pennsylvania’s House has a Democratic majority and Republican Speaker.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Koran

Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to the House of Representatives, caught some crap from a bigot because he wants to take his ceremonial oath using the Koran instead of the Bible. It turns out that the Koran he’ll be swearing on isn’t just any Koran — it’s a Koran that once belonged to Thomas Jefferson.

Jefferson’s copy is an English translation by George Sale published in the 1750s; it survived the 1851 fire that destroyed most of Jefferson’s collection and has his customary initialing on the pages.

But hold on. I thought that a Koran must be in the original Arabic to be a true Koran.

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