Monthly Archives: April 2011

Fluorescent American flag

 Fluorescent American flag

Via Ffffound.

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Man gets away with murder, tattoos chest with detailed picture of murder, which is recognized by the cop who investigated said murder

 Man gets away with murder, tattoos chest with detailed picture of murder, which is recognized by the cop who investigated said murder

This guy killed someone in 2004 and wasn’t caught. But when he got picked up for a minor offense, a detective who worked the murder recognized the crime scene in the huge chest tattoo the killer got to commemorate his crime.

From The LA Times, via Gawker.

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How low standards of evidence killed Lee Strobel’s faith in atheism

I quickly determined that the alleged resurrection of Jesus was the key. Anyone can claim to be divine, but if Jesus backed up his claim by returning from the dead, then that was awfully good evidence he was telling the truth.

Poor Lee Strobel. He was an atheist whose agnostic wife found Jesus and became Christian. He thought he might have to get a divorce! Luckily, he instead did a whole bunch of research about Christianity and discovered it was definitely true. Marriage saved.

Here is Strobel’s response to Ricky Gervais’ Easter Message. In it, Strobel lays out the reasons why he thinks the resurrection is a historical certainty, which is basically just a list of possible alternate explanations and then him making extremely tentative cases against these suggestions.

For example:

Was Jesus’ tomb empty? Scholar William Lane Craig points out that its location was known to Christians and non-Christians alike. So if it hadn’t been empty, it would have been impossible for a movement founded on the resurrection to have exploded into existence in the same city where Jesus had been publicly executed just a few weeks before.

Besides, even Jesus’ opponents implicitly admitted the tomb was vacant by saying that his body had been stolen. But nobody had a motive for taking the body, especially the disciples. They wouldn’t have been willing to die brutal martyrs’ deaths if they knew this was all a lie.

Right. Because no one in human history has ever lied to support a passionately-held conviction. Or to solidify the legitimacy of a movement they’re a part of.

Besides, it’s much more likely that a man came back to life and then flew off into the sky, never to be seen again.

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Referee hand signals for debates

 Referee hand signals for debates

Via Neatorama.

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This is why Muammar Gadhafi’s name is spelled so many different ways

A diagram of the acceptable ways to spell Moamer Ghedhdhaffy:

 This is why Muammar Gadhafis name is spelled so many different ways

From Wikipedia.

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I doubt that God is racist and homophobic…

I doubt that God is racist and homophobic but the Bible isn’t clear.
Ricky Gervais, from his Easter Message

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Angry slippers

 Angry slippers

From Bad Astronomy.

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Should I freeze Moammar Gadhafi’s bank account? What about Muammar Gaddahi? Mu’ammar Kadafi?

Arabic names are a problem for Bbanks. How do they know which accounts to freeze when there are so many ways to spell Moammar Gadhafi’s name?

Meanwhile, Accuity, a compliance-software supplier, has added more Middle Eastern analysts and last month published an expanded list of alternative spellings for many Middle Eastern names, including 110 variations of Gadhafi.

Via Daily Intel.

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Claude K. Bell with an unfinished Cabazon dinosaur

 Claude K. Bell with an unfinished Cabazon dinosaur

This is Claude Bell with his unfinished brontosaurus sculpture Dinney. In one of the most brilliant marketing moves in history, Bell wanted to attract customers to his Wheel Inn Cafe, so he built an enormous dinosaur statue. And it worked.

Sadly, after Bell died, the location was bought up by creationists and is now a creationist museum.

From It’s Late, via Ffffound.

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Cuba will allow people to buy and sell their own homes

Instead of just trading them or inheriting them, Cubans will be able to buy and sell their homes as private property.

Cuban President Raul Castro warned that the concentration of property would not be allowed.

During the congress, President Castro also said top political positions should be limited to two five-year terms, and promised “systematic rejuvenation” of the government.

Wonder what tipped him off that it’s a good idea to change your leaders up more than every 40 years or so.

Via The Morning News.

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