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Eat vegetables, Be happy

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius 22 hours ago. 9 Replies

An association between the amount of fruit and vegetables people ate and their happiness? Yes indeed. People who ate 7 portions of fruits and/or vegetables a day were the happiest.…Continue

Tags: vegetables, fruit, diet, happiness

Optical Illusions

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud on Wednesday. 59 Replies

This one seems a bit creepy, like the middle one shouldn't be able to change rotation like that. from Cheezburger.comContinue

Forest Fire

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Jul 21. 14 Replies

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change.org

Started by Patricia. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Jul 16. 6 Replies

There's a new petition taking off on Change.org, and we think you might be…Continue

Saving Number 90 - From Seth Andrews (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 1. 9 Replies

Seth says himself that the following is a departure from the usual fare his YouTube channel features.  Personally, I think it's a positive and constructive move, because it demonstrates that no, we are NOT just about atheism.  We're also very much…Continue

Tags: abuse, animal, puppy mills, Henry, The Thinking Atheist

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Comment by Idaho Spud on March 31, 2013 at 7:35am

Yes Ruth, I thought the nom bird would fall over also.  Almost certainly  photoshopped.  However, I wonder if it's possible that a real bird could get in that position because of their strong grip.  What do you think Steph?

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 31, 2013 at 7:05am

Funny Melinda. "....not a good decision."

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 31, 2013 at 7:02am

Felaine, I like "This is not....".

Comment by Ian Mason on March 31, 2013 at 4:14am

The secular hols are really good. I doubt employers will pay extra for working those days though or give people time off - yet.

Lots of fun cats, etc. Thanks all and good health to you.

Comment by Plinius on March 31, 2013 at 1:59am
Comment by Plinius on March 31, 2013 at 1:32am

Best wishes Ruth, pinched nerve pain is really horrible.

Daylight saving time starts today - means to me that I'll wake up at 5:30 the next month. But the weather is slowly - very slowly turning warmer. I can't delay planting seedlings in my roof garden, I'll risk another patch of night frost killing the new plants.  The beans, peas and some hollyhocks are already outside..

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 31, 2013 at 12:00am

Ruth, glad to hear you're feeling better.  For me to say that you're fondly thought about here can only be a tremendous understatement.  I hope you're enjoying the warmer weather.  Your front garden sounds nice.  No flowering plants here in Chicago, yet.     

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 30, 2013 at 11:44pm

Joan, I’m glad to hear of the optimistic forecast. Good luck. Thanks for the Mangosteen video. As a retired high school science teacher I second your opinion that science teaching in US high schools is spotty.

Cute takeoff on Shakespear, Idaho Spud. But it looks Photoshopped. The bird would fall over standing like that.

Napoleon, That “the Scream” takeoff is kinda creepy.

Steph, I love “wi haz an us” and pigtail chewing cat.

Sk8eycat, great argument, “This is not a difficult concept”. Visula presentation is so much more intuitive than words, words, words.

As for me, I’ve been doing better the last few days, but hardly find time to finish the news. *sigh* I’m due for a third steroid injection for pinched nerve pain management in 4 or 5 days, but this flare-up is already mostly over. My front garden has some nice Hellebores and crocuses. Life is good.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 30, 2013 at 11:40pm

Joan, thanks for sharing the link to the List of Secular Holidays.  I'm going to start putting those on my calendar and touting them to unsuspecting family members and acquaintances.  :)

Melinda, the liberal christian church I grew up in started a tradition back in the '70s when I was a kid and held a seder meal every year.  Well, the very first year when it was time to partake of the bitter herbs, we all naively chomped off a big piece of horseradish root and as a result the place just went to hell.......LOL.  Everybody was beet-red, coughing, choking, laughing and sweating buckets.  All decorum was lost.  I hated going to those meals (if you can call them meals.)  I couldn't wait to get home to eat some real food.

Comment by booklover on March 30, 2013 at 10:38pm

That's funny Carl.  My jewish cousins in Chicago had seder at their house, but I know the one that hosted it is an Atheist. One of my cousins is some big-shot rabbi in New York.  He and my Mom are first cousins.  She said he's always been a jerk and talked-down to people.  His daughter married a brain-surgeon.  They live in Chicago and keep kosher.  The took all their own food to DisneyWorld!!!!!  He walks to work on the sabbath.  I guess he can perform surgery then because it's saving a life.  Guess he has to take the stairs though, because you can't push a button on the sabbath! LOL.  SO silly. My Mom used to get so mad because when we had our family reunions in Chicago every year, everyone chipped-in (even though they were all rich~ we were the 'poor' relations), and it had to be catered by a kosher caterer which cost more, all because like 5 people kept kosher. 

And yes I have had apricots dipped in chocolate, and although I absolutely LOVE chocolate, I still didn't like it! :)

 

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