April 2006 Archives

April 22, 2006

Bargain of the Day: Scripture Solitaire

Bored with solitaire, well Curry K. Software have added a whole new dimension with their Scripture Solitaire.

Scripture Solitaire transforms the game of Solitaire into a word game that helps players become familiar with Bible verses. Instead of the normal card rank (King, Queen, etc.), each card has a short phrase. When the phrases are all put together in order, they form a verse.

But Scripture Solitaire does more than simply merging the Bible with a card game. In addition to entertaining and uplifting, it serves as a powerful aid to learning and memorizing scriptures. You'll also discover that Scripture Solitaire's unique game play is conducive to meditating deeply on the verse you are playing.

Available for the Macintosh and Windows for a mere $14.95, and a demo too, but surely a gateway to gambling?

April 13, 2006

Post-Rapture Post

United States: While most people are pondering ways to repel the annoyingly over righteous from their doorsteps at the crack of dawn, a couple of lads from Idaho saw an opportunity in taking advantage of the superstitions of others.

Noticing that the wacky American fairy tale of the Rapture was getting wide notice from many unthinking cult members, they decided to set up a service called Post-Rapture Post that allows the gullible to pay a fee to have a personal I told you so letter hand-delivered to their non-cult member friends and family who have been left behind.

Just write your letter and it will be hand-delivered immediately following the exodus of the pure from the Earth. But you must be thinking to yourself, How can the letters be delivered after the Rapture? The answer is simple. The creators of this site are Atheists. That's right, we don't believe in God. How else would we be able to deliver your correspondence after the Rapture?

Pure genius.

April 11, 2006

All in the mind.

United States: New research suggests that the classic near-death experience, involving bright lights, or staring down on oneself on an operating table, has a biological basis. Study leader Professor Kevin Nelson of the University of Kentucky said that the experiences appear to be related to dreams.

Study author Professor Kevin Nelson of the University of Kentucky, Lexington, who led the study, said the findings suggests that REM state intrusion contributed to near-death experiences.

He told the Daily Telegraph: I see it as an activation of certain brain regions that are also active during the dream state.

“However, I hesitate to call it dreaming or dreaming while awake. This is the first testable hypothesis of a biological basis for these experiences.”

“People who have near death experiences may have an arousal system that predisposes them to REM intrusion,
he added.

Although Nelson is reluctant to rule out a supernatural explanation, this research provides a testable hypothesis, which interpretations involving imaginary friends cannot do.

'Near death' has biological basisBBC News, 11th April 2005.

April 5, 2006

End Women's Suffrage!

United States: Priceville High School's low educational standards are not unique, as this video shows (thanks, Roy).

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