The fires in Colorado have got some people thinking it’s time for the apocalypse (time.com). Of particular interest is the Left Behind series by Tim F. LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. This 9 book series (working on 10) chronicles the end of the earth, Revelations style, and has been charted as a best seller since starting in 1995. The combined sales have reached 50 million copies, which doesn’t include me. I feel just the same way when my advisor made fun of me for not having read Harry Potter. The series starts with a bang:
At the start of Book 1, on a 747 bound for Heathrow from Chicago, the flight attendants suddenly find about half the seats empty, except for the clothes and wedding rings and dental fillings of the believers who have suddenly been swept up to heaven. Down on the ground, cars are crashing, husbands are waking up to find only a nightgown in bed next to them, and all children under 12 have disappeared as well.
So if fillings and wedding rings don’t go to heaven, does that mean people will be leaving behind their tooth phones? That might be my only chance to have one, since they’ll probably be inordinantly expensive when they come out. I’ll have to find some sinning dentist to implant it, of course, and will only be able to talk to my sinner friends for a couple of days, but won’t it be cool? Tooth phones baby!
I’ve always been impressed with the hypocricy of human-animal treatment. Two stories today from the BBC prove my point:
I get just as convinced that something is amiss when blogdex is inordinantly good as when it’s surprisingly bad. Today, thankfully, is a case of the former. Between the development of Cory and NPR, semen as anti-depressant, “we’ve got your name,” tooth phones, and snake bites, it was an entertaining morning. Go weblogs!
I know I’m eons behind on this one, but since I spent a good half hour this morning laughing and rewatching it, I have to post it: the herd of star wars nerds featuring triumph the dog. (link courtesy of: milkandcookies)
Italy seems to be suffering from a terrible outbreak of tart grapes. I’d like to refuse to renew their contract in FIFA, but unfortunately I don’t have that kind of pull.
Fast announced today that they dethroned Google as the world’s largest search engine. With exactly 2,095,568,809 documents to Google’s 2,073,418,204, they’ve got a 22,150,605 document lead, which seems pretty tenuous considering it’s only 1% of the size of their index. But as it turns out, Google exaggerates the size of their database, claiming pages that they are aware of, but have yet to index.
It’s quite a leap for Fast, considering they were far behind last December. The last time Fast made such an announcement, Google doubled their size within a week. I’m braced for the retailiation.
Weblogs are apparently giving a voice to Iranian women. If you can read farsi, or at least translate it, there’s quite a few to read. I’d be interested to see what they’re saying, but I don’t have time to enter the characters one by one. Somebody should solve that language barrier problem.
Research shows: when making decisions, flip a coin for the best results. When trying to predict the “least popular” outcome, such as choosing a quiet bar, picking the most fashionably rare clothes, or buying a house when the market is down, people tend to fare badly. From now on I’m using my trusty quarter.
The largest fire in Colorado’s history has been pinned on a U.S. Forest Service employee. To my knowledge, the only other man convicted of such a crime is the immortal Johnny Cash. If convicted, this Terry Brown woman will be joining quite a club.
CNN has “discovered” that US Senator Fred Thompson is the Kevin Bacon of Washington. I’m taken back by the number of celebrities that testify before congress, especially those that are fictional or animals (kermit, benji, et al.) And we take our government seriously?