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Deadly CO2 gases in the Plutonium of Hierapolis (Denizli, Turkey) | SpringerLink
"The site was first described by Strabo and Plinius as a gate to the underworld. During centuries, it attracted even ancient tourists. In a grotto below the temple of Pluto, CO2 was found to be at deadly concentrations of up to 91%."
poison  history  religion 
3 days ago by kevan
The Lion Man: an Ice Age masterpiece – The British Museum Blog
"An experiment by Wulf Hein using the same sort of stone tools available in the Ice Age indicate that the Lion Man took more than 400 hours to make."
history  religion  art 
22 days ago by kevan
Anonymous Gods : Marion Balac !
"Screen shots from Google Street View, where the Google robot automatically blurs every face it recognizes - including statues' ones."
religion  art  secrets 
september 2014 by kevan
Photo Essay: Goats in Sweaters - Modern Farmer
"Eid involves goats being slaughtered. [...] But the goats, who roam around outdoors, are not always fat enough to be comfortable. Being warm helps them maintain their weight."
goats  clothing  religion  india 
november 2013 by kevan
Information Age Prayer : Home
"We use state of the art text to speech synthesizers to voice each prayer at a volume and speed equivalent to typical person praying. Each prayer is voiced individually, with the name of the subscriber displayed on screen."
religion  sound  technology  via:amuchmoreexotic 
march 2009 by kevan
Atheist bus ad campaign not in breach of advertising code
"The ASA Council concluded that the ad was an expression of the advertiser’s opinion and that the claims in it were not capable of objective substantiation."
advertising  religion  law 
january 2009 by kevan
Atheist bus campaign draws 57 complaints - Advertising News - Brand Republic
"One of those to complain to the ASA is Stephen Green, of Christian Voice, who has challenged the ads on grounds of 'truthfulness' and 'substantiation', suggesting that there is not 'a shred of supporting evidence' that there is probably no god."
religion  advertising  transport 
january 2009 by kevan
The Moral Instinct - Steven Pinker - New York Times
"In fact there seems to be a Law of Conservation of Moralization, so that as old behaviors are taken out of the moralized column, new ones are added to it."
society  brains  psychology  religion  via:webb 
january 2008 by kevan
China Regulates Buddhist Reincarnation - Newsweek Beliefs - MSNBC.com
"By barring any Buddhist monk living outside China from seeking reincarnation, the law effectively gives Chinese authorities the power to choose the next Dalai Lama."
religion  law  china  via:bateleur 
august 2007 by kevan
The catalogue of UK Entrances to Hell
Still around. "If you put your ear against Entooble and listen hard you may detect the distant calling of a parasympathetic choir who are coming very slowly toward the Upper Mantle bearing gifts of badness and false reason."
cities  secrets  magic  religion 
july 2007 by kevan
Church to demand apology from Sony // GamesIndustry.biz
Manchester Cathedral in Resistance: Fall of Man. "For a global manufacturer to re-create one of our great cathedrals with a photo-realistic quality and then encourage people to have gun battles in the building is beyond belief and highly irresponsible."
games  religion  weapons  simulation  law  architecture 
june 2007 by kevan
The Book of Dave - Will Self
Alternating between the life of a London cab driver, and the feudal, bucolic, post-apocalyptic culture built around a notebook he left behind. A lot of good idea mappings, and as strong as Great Apes for a near-visibly overlaid alternate London.
booklog  london  future  apocalypse  language  society  children  religion 
may 2007 by kevan
The Night Of The Hunter (1955)
Men are evil and women are stupid, but children endure. Overrated, apart from a few stand-out scenes - there's a good and genuinely sinister, unstoppable villain in there somewhere, but the slapstick and weird editing undermines him almost completely.
filmlog  2stars  religion  children  death  crime  prison  money  secrets 
february 2007 by kevan
Guys And Dolls (1955)
How man's perceived free will is really just subservience to women, to small-time gangsters who talk without using contractions, and to die rolls.
filmlog  3stars  music  crime  dice  love  money  police  lies  religion 
february 2007 by kevan
History of Religion
"Our [timeline] map gives us a brief history of the world's most well-known religions: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism. Selected periods of inter-religious bloodshed are also highlighted."
history  religion  maps  via:infosthetics 
january 2007 by kevan
Sydney Morning Herald: Virgin dragon prepares to give birth
The parthenogenetic reproduction of a komodo dragon at Chester Zoo. "We were blown away when we realised what she'd done. [...] But we certainly won't be naming any of the hatchlings Jesus."
religion  lizards  children  genetics 
december 2006 by kevan
PC Gamer: 12/1/06 - The Difference
Left Behind video game sexism: "[NPCs] become your 'friend,' and can be trained to pursue a number of careers, including soldier, medic, musician, builder, or recruiter/evangelist. Unless, of course, you make the mistake of recruiting a woman."
games  religion  society  design  via:venusberg 
december 2006 by kevan
The Christmas Song Generator
"O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, you give us so much swarm of bees."
random  music  religion 
december 2006 by kevan
Wired News: Going Into Godmode in Left Behind
"Starting with a single 'recruiter,' your job is to proselytize followers, level them up into an army of soldiers, medics and 'spirit warriors,' then bring a hard rain down on the forces of the Antichrist."
games  religion 
december 2006 by kevan
The Humanist Hymnal Index
Appalling atheist filk. "O, tidings of knowledge and truth, knowledge and truth. O, tidings of knowledge and truth."
music  religion  lunacy  mutation  dawkins  via:holly 
november 2006 by kevan
Freakonomics Blog » Mickey Mouse is the answer
"I was told that you do not become 'a' Mickey Mouse because there is only one Mickey Mouse. When I asked how one Mickey Mouse manages to be both at [multiple DisneyWorlds], they simply repeated their assertion that there was only one Mickey Mouse."
illusions  delusions  children  rodents  religion 
november 2006 by kevan
BBC NEWS | World | Asia-Pacific | Faking it as a priest in Japan
"Being a fake priest is big business in Japan - I've done a TV commercial for one company. [...] In Sapporo, there are five agencies employing about 20 fake priests. In a city like Tokyo, there must be hundreds."
religion  japan  illusions  via:hoaxes 
november 2006 by kevan
Telegraph | News | Passengers' chat will be recorded to foil hijackers
"If someone looks as if they are praying, the microphones would be able to tell if they were by picking up key words."
travel  terrorism  surveillance  religion 
september 2006 by kevan
The Seventh Seal (1957)
Figures moving slowly through a grim, black-and-white, 15th-century Swedish apocalypse, pursued by an oddly pranksterish Death. Had forgotten about the slowed, priest-fuelled, mediaeval end of the end of the world.
filmlog  3stars  death  apocalypse  pestilence  chess  religion 
july 2006 by kevan
EducationGuardian.co.uk | How parents lie to get their children into church schools
"To get her husband to come to church with her, Tara worked out how much money they would save on private school fees, divided by the number of times they had to go to church, and showed him the sum saved with each church visit."
education  religion  money  lies 
july 2006 by kevan
New York Times - And if It's a Boy, Will It Be Lleh?
"In 1999, there were only eight newborn American girls named Nevaeh. Last year, it was the 70th-most-popular name for baby girls, ahead of Sara, Vanessa and Amanda."
names  religion  memetics  via:collision 
may 2006 by kevan
Riding the Death Line
The London Necropolis and National Mausoleum (Rail) Company. "The dead were no less segregated than the living - coffin accommodation was divided into three classes too, with each hearse car split into three sections of four coffin cells each."
transport  death  london  history  religion  via:jones 
may 2006 by kevan
Reuters.com - Study fails to show healing power of prayer
"Intercessory prayer itself had no effect on whether complications occurred (and) patients who were certain that intercessors would pray for them had a higher rate of complications than patients who were uncertain but did receive intercessory prayer."
medicine  religion 
march 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Comment is free | Why the intelligent design lobby thanks God for Richard Dawkins
"The nub of Ruse's argument is that Darwinism does not lead ineluctably to atheism, and to claim that it does (as Dawkins does) provides the intelligent-design lobby with a legal [separation of church and state] loophole."
religion  america  dawkins  law 
march 2006 by kevan
UMNnews: Atheists identified as America's most distrusted minority
"From a telephone sampling of more than 2,000 households, university researchers found that Americans rate atheists below Muslims, recent immigrants, gays and lesbians and other minority groups in 'sharing their vision of American society'."
america  religion  society 
march 2006 by kevan
Turris Babel
"This model illustrates Kircher's proof that Nimrod's ambition was intrinsically flawed: in order to reach the nearest heavenly body; the Moon, the tower would have to be 178,672 miles high, comprised of over three million tons of matter."
religion  architecture  construction  space  via:jon 
march 2006 by kevan
Wikipedia: Redemption (card game)
"One unique aspect that sets Redemption apart from other Collectible Card Games is that each deck contains both good and evil characters, but the good characters (the Heroes of the Bible) always win the game."
games  cards  religion 
march 2006 by kevan
Los Angeles Times: Their Own Version of a Big Bang
"Evangelist Ken Ham smiled at the 2,300 elementary students packed into pews, their faces rapt. With dinosaur puppets and silly cartoons, he was training them to reject much of geology, paleontology and evolutionary biology as a sinister tangle of lies."
religion  evolution  children  education 
february 2006 by kevan
MediaGuardian.co.uk | Media | BBC's Jesus sings Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
"The climax of the event sees Jesus sing the Smiths classic song Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now as he is being flayed by Roman soldiers. He will then come face-to-face with his Roman prosecutor Pontius Pilate [for] a duet of the Oasis hit Wonderwall."
religion  music  morrissey  television 
january 2006 by kevan
Northfork (2003)
Evacuating a derelict 50s American town to make way for a reservoir. Fun, hazy Biblical metaphors; angels as black-hatted municipal workers, clearing out Sodom or preparing for the apocalypse. Beautiful washed-out dustiness, un-self-indulgently dreamlike.
filmlog  4stars  apocalypse  religion  death  water 
january 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Books | Extracts | Custodians of chaos
Vonnegut memoir extract. "For some reason, the most vocal Christians among us never mention the Beatitudes. But, often with tears in their eyes, they demand that the Ten Commandments be posted in public buildings. And of course that's Moses, not Jesus."
books  vonnegut  religion  politics 
january 2006 by kevan
Left Behind Games Store - Left Behind Board Game
"From this moment on, the goal is to work together to defeat Carpathia or face elimination. This unique game can give players a heightened awareness of the 'end times.' For ages 10 to adult."
games  board  religion  via:venusberg 
january 2006 by kevan
Enantiodromia - The Parser at the Threshold: Lovecraftian Horror in Interactive Fiction
"This is the moment [when] everything the protagonist has learned comes to bear in the right here and right now - when the giant is revealed to have been slumbering beneath the investigator's feet this whole time, and now it is about to awaken."
if  writing  monsters  religion  psychology  mysteries 
january 2006 by kevan
... and God Created Squid ...
"Invoking Occams's razor together with our Creation hypothesis leaves us with only one reasonable explanation. The world was created as a habitat for the giant squid. Humans were put here to control the large predators that would otherwise bother [them]."
squid  religion  evolution 
january 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Belief systems
"French anthropologist Pascal Boyer thinks that the problem of explaining religious belief is essentially the problem of explaining superstition. If we knew why people believe in things that aren't there, we would have solved it."
religion  history  psychology  brains  evolution 
january 2006 by kevan
How many atoms of Jesus you eat every day@Everything2.com
"Interestingly, but somewhat off topic, transubstantiation means that eventually the earth's entire biomass will be made out of Jesus."
religion  food  maths 
december 2005 by kevan
Telegraph | News | Israelis to be allowed euthanasia by machine
Sabbath-clock killer robots. "Normally, carers would override the alarm and keep the respirator turned on but, if various stringent conditions are met, including the giving of consent by the patient or legal guardian, the alarm would not be overridden."
law  religion  death  robots  via:yoz 
december 2005 by kevan
The Infinite Book - John D Barrow
"Is their appearance a sign of success or failure?" The spiritual, psychological and mathematical significance of infinities. More trite than profound, but putting its facts across well.
booklog  maths  religion  psychology  history 
november 2005 by kevan
The Omega Man (1971)
The last gun-toting scientist in the world, versus a horde of Luddite Goth monks. Nicely emptily post-apocalyptic, but it's a bit too black and white and arbitrary, at times. And red all over. Why couldn't they make realistic stage blood in the 70s?
filmlog  3stars  apocalypse  science  pestilence  dereliction  weapons  technology  religion  via:lori 
november 2005 by kevan
Reuters.com - Televangelist Robertson warns town of God's wrath
"And don't wonder why He hasn't helped you when problems begin, if they begin. I'm not saying they will, but if they do, just remember, you just voted God out of your city." Mafia-threats on behalf of God, over intelligent design.
religion  apocalypse  terrorism  via:mcios 
november 2005 by kevan
The Knights of Saint Edmund
"In an attempt to prevent the desecration of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, one of England's most historic towns, the Knights of St Edmund have decided to unleash a 1,000 year old curse against Centros Miller Ltd., Miller group and Debenhams."
shops  religion  magic  pestilence 
november 2005 by kevan
Spirited Away (2003)
Gave up after half an hour or so, wondering if meandering could-end-anywhere might-be-busking-this Japanese narrative (which is fine in Murakami) only works if you're really enjoying the medium of the story.
filmlog  1star  religion  monsters  japan 
november 2005 by kevan
BlogNomic - The Second Dynasty of Angry Grasshopper
"I have summoned you to this plane to give notice that the old order of the gods is changing." New BlogNomic round, pantheon-themed. I'm back in the game, and Sumerian.
games  nomic  religion 
october 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Sex bias case tests church rule that clergy's boss is God
"An earlier case involving a Church of England rector, Ray Owen, found that, under laws dating back nearly a century, clergy were not church employees at all but office holders - in effect employed by God."
religion  law  business 
october 2005 by kevan
Taipei Times - Armed for Alms
"A monk shows how he can collect alms and remain protected in a prototype 'monkmobile', developed to protect Buddhist monks in predominantly Muslim southern Thailand." The designer also provides orange bullet-proof vests.
religion  transport  metal  via:wmmna 
october 2005 by kevan
Church of the Resurrection - The Urban Dead Wiki
Excellent Urban Dead zombie group. "The Church [...] is active in conducting organised doorknocking campaigns to obtain new converts. The Church considers those that have rejected Christ's gift of eternal life to be sinners whose minds must be purged."
zombies  religion 
october 2005 by kevan
New Scientist - Ants use herbicide on their gardens
"[Myrmelachista schumanni] could be responsible for cultivating large clumps of trees in the Amazonian rainforest that are made up almost entirely of one species, Duroia hirsuta, which, according to local legend, are cultivated by an evil forest spirit."
ants  plants  poison  religion 
september 2005 by kevan
New York Times: Challenged by Creationists, Museums Answer Back
"At the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, [staff] often encounter groups from B.C. Tours, which for 15 years has offered tours of the museum based on literal readings of the Bible." [...] "It's your job not to slam the door in the face of a believer."
religion  science  evolution  museums  war  via:mcios 
september 2005 by kevan
The Observer | How the penguin's life story inspired the US religious right
"[The penguins outside a group] are struggling to get in and those on the inside are trying to stand their ground: it's a classic Darwinian struggle. The idea that the life of a penguin is any more beautiful than that of a malaria virus is absurd."
birds  evolution  religion  films 
september 2005 by kevan
ScienceDirect - Why revelations have occurred on mountains?
"The fundamental revelations to the founders of the three monotheistic religions, among many other revelation experiences, had occurred on a mountain. [...] Similar experiences have been reported by non-mystic contemporary mountaineers."
brains  religion  delusions  air  via:mindhacks 
august 2005 by kevan
Yahoo! News: Church Has 1 Million Bees, Honey in Walls
"The church in Clarion County, about 60 miles north of Pittsburgh, has been infested with bees in its walls for about seven years. [...] Now the problem has gotten so bad that honey oozes through its walls."
bees  religion  food  architecture 
july 2005 by kevan
Wired 13.06: How to Farm Stem Cells Without Losing Your Soul
"Hurlbut advocates genetically altering cloned embryos so, like a teratoma, they wouldn't have the DNA necessary to become viable humans. [...] You could grow them in vats, kill them at will, and never risk offending God."
genetics  religion  medicine  science  teeth 
june 2005 by kevan
icScotland - Hospitals may ban bedside Bibles
"Bosses from Leicester's three main hospitals said they were considering moving the holy book from patients' bedsides because it may cause offence and may be responsible for spreading the superbug MRSA."
religion  books  pestilence 
june 2005 by kevan
Yahoo: Remarks by President Bush on Bioethics
"Every embryo is unique and genetically complete, like every other human being. [...] These lives are not raw material to be exploited, but gifts." FROM GOD. Beginning to slightly regret tuning my brain in to dog-whistle political frequencies.
genetics  religion  science  politics  america  language 
may 2005 by kevan
Times Online: Dawkins on Creationism - God's gift to the ignorant
"The creationists' fondness for 'gaps' in the fossil record is a metaphor for their love of gaps in knowledge generally. [...] You don't know how the nerve impulse works? Good! You don't understand how memories are laid down in the brain? Excellent!"
dawkins  religion  brains  evolution  via:yoz 
may 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Bush likely to back weapons in space
"The 'Rods from God' scheme would aim tungsten, titanium or uranium cylinders at targets on the ground from a position in low earth orbit [...] with the impact of a small nuclear warhead." Hopefully the title is a parody, rather than Bush's suggestion.
space  war  weapons  religion  apocalypse 
may 2005 by kevan
Journal of Non-lethal Combat: The First Earth Battalion
Full text and some artwork from Jim Channon's 1979 new-age military blueprint. "Meanwhile inside our armored personnel carriers is rhythmic positive pulsing organizing music." It reads a lot like a bad roleplaying system.
war  religion  lunacy  magic  technology  music  ninja  sound  weapons  ronson 
april 2005 by kevan
The New York Times > List of Schiavo Donors Will Be Sold by Direct-Marketing Firm
"The parents of Terri Schiavo have authorized a conservative direct-mailing firm to sell a list of their financial supporters, making it likely that [they] will receive a steady stream of solicitations from anti-abortion and conservative groups."
politics  religion  spam 
april 2005 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Snapping the dead pope on a camera phone
"Regulations about photographing and filming a dead pope were bought in after Pius XII's personal doctor, Riccardo Galeazzi-Lisi, sold sensationalistic photographs of the dying and dead Pope to the media in 1958."
phones  photos  death  religion  law 
april 2005 by kevan
Agape Press: Group Fears RFID Chips Could Herald 'Mark of the Beast'
"Conner says even though born-again Christians will be 'raptured' from the Earth before the tribulation reign of the anti-Christ, they should resist the use of RFIDs and other Orwellian influences in society."
religion  surveillance  technology  apocalypse 
march 2005 by kevan
The Copenhagen Post - Body of Christ gets new improved flavour
"Ninety master bakers from the island of Funen have taken up the challenge to experiment with new recipes for the holy flesh."
food  religion 
march 2005 by kevan
Zen Puzzle Garden: The Japanese Rock Garden Game
Relaxing and infuriating Ricochet-Robot-style surface-covering; download for PC or Mac. "The monk can not walk over sand he has already raked, so be careful not to rake yourself into a corner!"
games  religion  puzzles  download  stone  japan 
february 2005 by kevan
Mythical Creatures: The Sea Monk
"He spake not a word. All manner of meates he gladly did eate, but more greedilie raw fishe, after he had crushed out all the moisture. [...] At length, when he was not well looked to, he stale away to the sea and never after appeared."
fish  religion  squid  monsters  mysteries  food 
february 2005 by kevan
Mythical Creatures: The Sea Bishop
"A fish that appears like a bishop. This idea may be based on the belief that everything on land has a corresponding creature in the sea. [...] Might be: a giant squid. Squids have heads shaped like a bishop."
fish  squid  mysteries  monsters  religion 
february 2005 by kevan
Pigeon Religion
"They are gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear and visions we shall never see."
pigeons  religion 
february 2005 by kevan
Textbook disclaimer stickers
Alternative anti-evolution stickers for American textbooks. "This book discusses gods. The existence of entities with supernatural powers is controversial."
books  evolution  religion 
november 2004 by kevan
"End of the World" predictions in our near future
Apocalypse watch. We survived October the 17th (a date computed from size of Noah's Ark) and should be okay until 2006, if we're not hit by an asteroid this winter.
apocalypse  future  lunacy  maths  religion 
november 2004 by kevan
Wired 12.11: The Geek Guide to Kosher Machines
Adding time delays and uncertainties to electrical appliances; rule scams to spare Orthodox Jews from "work" on Sundays. Some standard ovens come with a secretly-activated "Sabbath mode", brilliantly.
cheating  religion  secrets  technology 
november 2004 by kevan
Wikipedia: Posthumous execution
Cromwell's body "was exhumed by King Charles II of England and hanged at Tyburn, before being thrown, minus its head, into a common pit". (How many of these cases were covered-up zombie outbreaks?)
death  fire  history  religion  zombies 
september 2004 by kevan
Conceptual Artist to Genetically Engineer God in Laboratory
Annoying concept-art evolution of algae into God. "I prepared four petri dishes, and then, for seven days and nights, exposed three of them to pre-recorded prayer."
art  evolution  lunacy  religion  science 
august 2004 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | In two hours, a seaside village was reduced to ruins
"By the harbour, the witchcraft museum stood firm while a Christian gift shop lay in ruins."
apocalypse  religion  water  weather 
august 2004 by kevan
News24: Stones 'Follow' Woman
"A Limpopo woman says she is being plagued by a hail of stones that follows her wherever she stays." - What would Murray Lachlan Young do?
religion  stone  weather 
august 2004 by kevan
Daily News - 'Dead man will rise today'
"The much anticipated resurrection was originally scheduled to take place on July 29, however this did not happen."
death  religion  zombies 
august 2004 by kevan
The Watchman Expositor: Index of Cults and Religions
"Watchman Fellowship maintains over 10,000 files and a research library of over 25,000 books and periodicals on religions, cults, new religious movements and related teachings."
religion  surveillance 
july 2004 by kevan
How Cults Seduce
An amusingly appalling "how can we use proven religious-cult techniques in marketing?" essay. PDF.
advertising  religion  filetype:pdf  media:document 
july 2004 by kevan
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