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Seth Andrews - The Copycats: How Christianity Steals The Best Ideas

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Soren Sagan yesterday. 9 Replies

Many of us have observed or learned how christianity shamelessly borrows from other sources to bolster its position and show off its supposed wonderfulness.  Well, Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist podcast has compiled some of the more modern-day…Continue

Tags: steal, borrow, copycat, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Finding Your Roots

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Chris G on Tuesday. 9 Replies

I've been into genealogy for a long time. It's fun, especially with internet help, but increasingly frustrating. You see, I've hit "brick walls". And being a Smith doesn't make research any easier.Wouldn't you think I could find the death date and…Continue

Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by sk8eycat Dec 12. 11 Replies

Well, it's that time of year again.  Time to gird our loins, put on our battle armor and join the (dah-dah DAAAAAH!) WAR AGAINST CHRISTMAS!!! [groan!] Yeah, most of us have heard that crap before, probably too many times, in fact, how atheists are…Continue

Tags: Christmas, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by sk8eycat Nov 26. 41 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

Aljam

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 24. 4 Replies

I'm not a news hound by any stretch, but I do like to stay informed about what's going on in the world. (I despise "local" news with all the reports of murders, robberies, fires, etc.)The national "evening" news shows really irritate me. I hate…Continue

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 22. 79 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Comment by booklover on March 15, 2014 at 8:16am

I always wanted to be shorter so I could wear high heels.  My daughter wanted to be taller.  Pretty silly to wish to be different heights, but especially when you're young and more self-centered things like that seem to matter.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 15, 2014 at 8:01am

I had heard that your final height would be twice your height at 3 years of age (or 2?). According to my parents, I would be 6' tall. During my growth spurt years, I measured myself every month, eagerly anticipating the day I'd reach that magic number. Sigh. Never got remotely close--5'9" rounded up! Now, at age 71, I'm barely over 5'7". And hanging on bars didn't help!

Comment by Plinius on March 15, 2014 at 2:15am

Thanks Grinning Cat, you make me feel less stupid. The old systems are certainly colorful, but not practical at all. Here older systems have all but disappeared, no one knows about them anymore, but I remember my mother measuring cloth with an el. It's the distance between thumb and armpit, about 68 cm.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 15, 2014 at 1:54am

Yes, Randall. I am a doer of crosswords. After 20+ years of working nights I've found that they're an ideal pastime as they can be laid aside and taken up so easily as work demands. I'm better at Danish crosswords than English these days too. I do attempt the cryptic in the Times Lit. Supp. every week and my record is 5 answers solved.

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 14, 2014 at 10:24pm

Skillet cornbread... delicious!  <licks whiskers>

And sometimes pies are square.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 14, 2014 at 9:54pm

Cornbread CAN be round if it's made in a cast iron skillet!

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 14, 2014 at 9:48pm

Chris, the metric system makes so much more sense than the Imperial and U.S. systems with inches and feet and yards and miles (and fathoms and rods and furlongs and...), and ounces and pounds (of various flavors, too! as well as stones and such), and ....

Now to bring up fictional characters that are not part of any religion! J. K. Rowling wrote on pottermore.com that when Britain adopted the metric system, witches and wizards simply ignored it. They "are not averse to laborious calculations, which they can, after all, do magically, so they do not find it inconvenient to weigh in ounces, pounds and stones; measure in inches, feet and miles; or pay for goods in Knuts, Sickles, and Galleons." She refused to allow the publisher to convert measurements in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone to metric, as was their standard practice; the old system is "much more picturesque, much quirkier, and therefore more appropriate to the kind of society I was describing."

Speaking of inconvenient units, how about velocity in furlongs per fortnight (1 fur/ftn is literally glacially slow: rougly 1 centimeter per minute).

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 14, 2014 at 9:35pm

Seen on various buttons and t-shirts and such:

PIE ARE NOT SQUARE

PIE ARE ROUND

CORNBREAD ARE SQUARE

Comment by sk8eycat on March 14, 2014 at 8:07pm

[cut-EAT!] {GRIN!}  (brush teeth first)

Comment by Loren Miller on March 14, 2014 at 7:57pm

[cut-paste!] {grin!}

 

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