The Bible and Wikipedia tell us that King Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon made a large golden statue and wanted everybody to bow to it. Not wanting to violate the First Commandment, three Jews names Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego didn’t bow, so Nebuchadnezzar had them thrown into the furnace. Even though the furnace was so hot that it killed even the soldiers who were throwing them in, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were able to walk around inside with no problem, completely unhurt. Nebuchadnezzar was forced to admit that their God was very powerful, and he declared that saying anything against the God of the Jews was an act of war.
I know that it’s unattractive and bad form to say “I told you so” when one’s advice was ignored yet ultimately proved correct. But in the wake of the Republican election debacle, it’s essential that conservatives undertake a clear-eyed assessment of who on their side was right and who was wrong. Those who were wrong should be purged and ignored; those who were right, especially those who inflicted maximum discomfort on movement conservatives in being right, ought to get credit for it and become regular reading for them once again.
The Denton House of New Hyde Park, NY, was built in 1795. In 1860, it was made over as a mansion. In 1986, it was bought by McDonald’s, and in 1987, local residents secured its status as a landmark. McDonald’s was not allowed to tear it down, so it had to renovate it, making it McDonalds #12000, the loveliest of all.
Rare virgin births have been documented in some snake, shark, lizard, and bird species, but until now scientists have never found members of a normally sexual species reproducing asexually in the wild.
They captured pregnant copperhead and cottonmouth female pit-vipers from the field, where males were present.
The snakes gave birth, allowing the scientists to study the physical and genetic characteristics of the litters.
Of the 22 copperheads, the scientists found one female that must have had a virgin birth.
Another single virgin birth occurred within the 37 cottonmouth litters.
“I think the frequency is what really shocked us,” said Prof Booth.
In the academy, she is a nonperson. Her theories are works of fiction. Her works of fiction are theories, and bad ones at that. Should the Republicans actually win in 2012, we might need to study her in the academic world. It would be for the same reason we sometimes need to study creationism.
In 1889, Arizona’s territorial legislature was taking a vote on whether to keep the capital in Prescott or to move it to Phoenix. The vote was going to be close, so the delegates from Phoenix’s Maricopa county made a deal with a prostitute to delay one of the Yavapai county delegates, who would be voting for Prescott.
The delegate was one of Jenny’s regular customers and vain, and he wore a glass eye. So after the man put his glass eye in a glass of water and went to sleep, Jenny drank the contents of the glass, eye and all. In the morning, he refused to go out without his glass eye, and Jenny couldn’t give it back him, and he missed the vote. Phoenix won the vote by one.
Contrary to legend, none of George Washington’s dentures were made from wood. They were mostly made from ivory, but he had at least one set made with human teeth. It used to be that poor people and slaves would sell their teeth to be used as transplants. Some of Washington’s slaves sold their teeth, and it seems likely that they sold them for their master’s use. From Frontline:
The following year, in May of 1784, Washington paid several unnamed “Negroes,” presumably Mount Vernon slaves, 122 shillings for nine teeth, slightly less than one-third the going rate advertised in the papers, “on acct. of the French Dentis [sic] Doctr. Lemay [sic],” almost certainly Le Moyer. Over the next four years, the dentist was a frequent and apparently favorite guest on the plantation. Whether the Mount Vernon slaves sold their teeth to the dentist for any patient who needed them or specifically for George Washington is unknown, although Washington’s payment suggests that they were for his own use. Washington probably underwent the transplant procedure–“I confess I have been staggered in my belief in the efficacy of transplantion,” he told Richard Varick, his friend and wartime clerk, in 1784–and thus it may well be that some of the human teeth implanted to improve his appearance, or used to manufacture his dentures, came from his own slaves.
Sounds pretty gruesome to me. In the president’s defense, his poor teeth were a constant source of pain for him. He brushed daily but still lost all his teeth. From Barbara Glover:
Toothaches followed by extraction would be a yearly occurrence for Washington. There were frequent episodes of infected and abscessed teeth, inflamed gums, and finally ill-fitting dentures. One can imagine that his reputed “hair-trigger temper” might have been the result of a constant battle with pain. He was continually corresponding with noted dentists of the day asking for a file to repair a denture, a scraper to clean his teeth or pincers to fasten wires on his teeth. He inquired about a dentist of “whose skill much has been said.” He requested material to make a model of his teeth so a dentist could make new dentures.
The Reverend Sun Myung Moon, founder of the comically conservative Washington Times, has died. From David Weigel, here’s a video of him at the 15th anniversary of the paper, lecturing party-goers about sex.