Behold, His Noodly Appendage

Wow, I never thought I’d see this. On the lawn of the century-old Cumberland County Courthouse in Tennessee is a statue of The Flying Spaghetti Monster. They issued a permit for it’s construction and everything. Granted, it’s only temporary, but the fact that this happened without inspiring a demonstration is a huge First Amendment victory.

Time to plan that Pirate Pilgramage. But hurry, the statue is only there until May 1st.

C’mon Baby, Don’t Fear the Sleeper

Let’s face it… if you need one of these, you aren’t getting much sleep anyway.

Key Quote:

The basic Quantum Sleeper unit consists of an aluminum bed frame and headboard with polycarbonate, bullet proof plating that is designed to provide a protective barrier (shielding) between a perpetrator or environmental condition and the homeowners or occupants.

Sweet dreams!!

Orbital Origami

Alert reader Chuck sends the blog this important bit of science news. Can an origami shuttle fly from space to Earth? He notes that it’s eerily similar to the breakfast debate from March 5th. In fact, it may have settled it. If a 2 inch paper airplane will hit Mach 7 and encounter temperatures of over 400 degrees, there wouldn’t seem to be any chance that a snowflake would stay below freezing. The pressure concerns from the breakfast banter just make it’s survival all the more unlikely. So I think we can safely stick a fork in this one. It’s done.

But it might be worth submitting to MythBusters anyway. If for no other reason that to see them drop Buster from space or blow up a snowflake.

Does This Mirror Make My Butt Look Big?

Every home should have one of these. While women are the more direct beneficiary of a mirror that allows them to view themselves from any angle without being a contortionist, let’s not underestimate the value to guys who no longer have to answer one of the most dreaded questions in guy-dom, “Does this make my butt look big?” Now women can see for themselves that they look “fine.” Of course, they won’t believe that anyway as they’ll still be rationalizing that the M&M they splurged on last week has somehow gone directly to the ripple in their left butt cheek. But it will be significant progress if they agonize about this by themselves upstairs rather than standing in front of the TV and asking us.

Is Obama What Evangelicals Are Looking For?

Evangelicals are struggling this election season. Their last great hope for a candidate with rigid immutable ideology rooted in biblical theology faded with Huckabee’s campaign. Or did it? Barack Obama is allegedly (if the hype is to be believed) a student of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., a bible thumper if ever there was a bible thumped . Wright is a firebrand, a follower of Black Liberation Theology, he has a biased view of the world, and is convinced the bible speaks uniquely to his people. He divides the world theologically into us vs. them. There is good, there is evil, and he and his followers are on the side of good.

This should be music to the evangelicals’ ears. This is their tune, and on the one hand you might expect them to be dancing (non suggestively at a respectful distance of course). They can’t seem to get behind McCain, so why aren’t they flocking to Obama. After all, Obama was in need of some religious street cred to abate the rumors of his being a secret Muslim. What could be more advantageous than allegations that he is a devout follower of a pulpit pounding fire and brimstone guy like Rev. Wright?

But obviously the Evangelical crowd has yet to embrace their new candidate, and is pretty clearly unlikely to do so. Why? Well, the tune may be the same, but the words are all different. Black Liberation Theology speaks to unenlightened and disenfranchised Blacks. While the Evangelical right wing speaks to unenlightened and disenfranchised Whites. Two very different audiences. Two very different messages. Ironically (as if this travesty needs more irony), they are wielding the same bibles each somewhat indirectly condemning the other.

Yup… good thing that whole racism thing is over.