Monthly Archives: February 2007

Killer Kites

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Death by Kite

Flying a kite in Pakistan could kill you. Motherfuckers aren’t just playing around.

At least 11 people died in an annual two-day kite festival in Punjab Province. Officials said two died after their throats were cut by kite strings made of wire, used to damage rival kites. Five died after being hit by celebratory gunshots, and two people were electrocuted trying to untangle kites from overhead power cables. Two others fell from roofs. The police arrested more than 700 people for using sharpened kite strings or firing guns. The authorities had temporarily lifted a ban on kite-flying that was imposed after deaths at last year’s festival.

via Cynical-C

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Environmentalists Will Change Their Minds

A writer predicts that in 10 years, the environmental movement will change its mind about population growth, urbanization, genetically engineered organisms, and nuclear power. I think he makes some good arguments. There’s also this, which is news to me:

However, in the 1990s, the U.N. started taking a closer look at fertility patterns, and in 2002, it adopted a new theory that shocked many demographers: human population is leveling off rapidly, even precipitously, in developed countries, with the rest of the world soon to follow. Most environmentalists still haven’t got the word. Worldwide, birthrates are in free fall. Around one-third of countries now have birthrates below replacement level (2.1 children per woman) and sinking.

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Lighting Up

Good news: you can’t light gasoline with a cigarette. This forensics expert isn’t sure why not. But he tried more than 2000 times and couldn’t do it.

He began looking into the problem because arson suspects frequently claim a petrol fire was started by accident. “The person claims, ‘I accidentally threw gasoline on my girlfriend, she was smoking and she burst into flames’,” he said.

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James Cameron Finds Jesus

Titanic director James Cameron thinks he’s found Jesus’s tomb. Naturally, religious leaders aren’t really into it. Here’s what one reverend has to say:

All of Jesus’ contemporaries recorded Christ rose after being dead for three days and ascended into Heaven. For 2,000 years people of faith along and countless scholars have pored over the Scriptures, confirming their veracity. A Hollywood director is the least qualified to render any determination of Biblical truth.

Now, I’m definitely skeptical when anybody, much less James Cameron, tells me they found where Jesus was buried. But I love that this guy’s rebuttal amounts to: “Look, people who believe this crap have been reading this crap for years, and they have decided that this crap is true. So that should be much more convincing than something as flimsy as DNA evidence.”
via The Morning News

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The Conservapedia on Cacti and Kangaroos

There really is no excuse for going a day without posting as long as the Conservapedia exists.

On the cactus:

[E]arly Catholic missionaries in the west thought the plants to be the work of Satan, and this is perhaps a preferable view to that of materialistic evolution…

On the kangaroo:

Like all modern animals, modern kangaroos originated in the Middle East and are the descendants of the two founding members of the modern kangaroo baramin that were taken aboard Noah’s Ark prior to the Great Flood.

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The Big Announcement

 The Big Announcement

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The Dangers of Cell-Phone Use

It can be dangerous to talk on your phone while driving. For instance, some guy might run you into oncoming traffic.

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The Gambian President Has a Cure

The president of Gambia has invented a cure for AIDS. It involves putting a green paste on your chest, splashing on some gray liquid, and eating bananas.
via The Morning News

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