When you rebuild the enormous Jesus-idol that just burned to the ground after being struck by lightening, it probably wouldn’t make it any more sacrilegious if you add a couple of lightening rods.
The graven image, before it experienced the wrath of static electricity. Photo by DRust.
“It sent goosebumps through my whole body because I am a believer,” said Levi Walsh, 29. “Of all the things that could have been struck, I just think that that would be protected. … It’s something that’s not supposed to happen, Jesus burning,” he said. “I had to see it with my own eyes.”
“I can’t believe Jesus was struck,” said his brother, who noted the giant Hustler Hollywood sign for the adult store across the street was untouched. “It’s the last thing I expected to happen.”
Whether jostled by the incident, or ready to call out zingers, all agreed the statue is what makes that stretch of I-75 in front of the church special.
Via Dan Savage, who correctly identifies the violation of the second commandment; and Slacktivist, who implicates Zeus.
Anti-government-spending protesters complain about inadequate public transit on the way to the protest.
Rep. Kevin Brady asked for an explanation of why the government-run subway system didn’t, in his view, adequately prepare for this past weekend’s rally to protest government spending and government services.
Via the Slog.
Via PZ Myers: Weird Bug Lady sells hand-made plush critters from all phyla. She takes custom orders, too!
Excerpt from the transcript of the meeting in which George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Lawrence Kasdan conceived Raiders of the Lost Ark (extensive highlights here, full text PDF here):
Kasdan — Do you have a name for this person?
Lucas — I do for our leader.
Spielberg — I hate this, but go ahead.
Lucas — Indiana Smith. It has to be unique. It’s a character. Very Americana square. He was born in Indiana.
In Catalonia, it’s a deeply entrenched tradition to make a very specific kind of addition to public Nativity scenes:
Statuettes of well-known people defecating are a strong Christmas tradition in Catalonia, dating back to the 18th century. Catalonians hide caganers in Christmas Nativity scenes and invite friends to find them. The figures symbolize fertilization, hope and prosperity for the coming year.
Via P.Z. Myers at Pharyngula, who points it out for his own doubtless nefarious purposes.
I am in no way related to the manufacturers of Yoder’s canned bacon. As far as I know. I assume it would have shown up at some sort of family gathering, and I would not forget canned bacon at Christmas dinner.
“Daily Show” host Jon Stewart is as trusted as Tom Brokaw, Brian Williams, and Dan Rather, according to a New York Times article.
That’s right. Chameleons don’t change color to hide; they do it to assert social status and otherwise communicate with each other. How do we know this? By working out how chameleons look to other chameleons and their predators. Full story, with refs, at dechronization.