Monthly Archives: March 2009

The Non-Starving Citizens of North Korea Get Pizza!

Congratulations, North Koreans. You now can have pizza. …Well, not most of you. Those who are already dying from famine and poverty probably won’t get to enjoy any pizza. Sorry about that.

Chefs were sent to Italy for training by leader Kim Jong-il, who said North Koreans should be able to try the world’s best foods, said Choson Sinbo.
Many people in the secretive communist state live in poverty and rely on food aid, but a wealthy elite can afford a more luxurious lifestyle.
An estimated two million North Koreans have died in famines since the 1990s.

via The Morning News

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Twitter Paid $6 or Less Its Bird

Simon Oxley was paid little and is credited none for his iconic Twitter bird graphic. Twitter licensed it through iStockPhoto. They don’t have an exclusive license for it, so anybody else could license it for themselves.

 Twitter Paid $6 or Less Its Bird

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Did Reagan Try to Convert Gorbachev?

Ronald Reagan may have tried to make a believer of Mikhail Gorbachev.

The president said he had a letter from the widow of a young World War II soldier. He was lying in a shell hole at midnight, awaiting an order to attack. He had never been a believer, because he had been told God did not exist. But as he looked up at the stars he voiced a prayer hoping that, if he died in battle, God would accept him. That piece of paper was found on the body of a young Russian soldier who was killed in that battle.

And he wasn’t the only President doing this sort of thing.

Nine years earlier, Reagan’s predecessor Jimmy Carter had stunned his aides when he asked the South Korean dictator Park Chung Hee about his religious beliefs and then told Park, “I would like you to know about Christ.”

via Kottke

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Old Age Begins at 27

Mental abilities decline starting at 27. Depressing.

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Schulz City

 Schulz City

via Neatorama

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Medal for Vid

 Medal for Vid

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Horse Bites Off a Guy’s Ball

An Indonesian villager had to be rushed to hospital after a horse bit off one of his testicles during a freak attack.

“Luckily the horse did not chew up or swallow his testicle, but spit it onto the pavement,” the bystander was quoted as saying.

via Pharyngula

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I Don’t Really Get It

 I Dont Really Get It

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Dan Bob Thompson Art

 Dan Bob Thompson Art

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Christians Disappearing

The survey of more than 54,000 people conducted between February and November of last year showed that the percentage of Americans identifying as Christians has dropped to 76 percent of the population, down from 86 percent in 1990. Those who do call themselves Christian are more frequently describing themselves as “nondenominational” “evangelical” or “born again,” according to the American Religious Identification Survey.

Good news! Other good news: 15% of Americans have no religion. The non-religious are the only group that grew in every state since a 2001 survey.

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