For some reason this really stuck with me:
I wouldn't even call it "funny," exactly. I don't know what it is. But I like it.
PURSUED BY BEAR?
[Keats] has, over the years, sold real estate in the extra dimensions of space–time proposed by string theory (he sold a hundred and seventy-two extra-dimensional lots in the Bay Area in a single day); made an attempt to genetically engineer God (God turns out to be related to the cyanobacterium); and copyrighted his own mind (in order to get a seventy-year post-life extension).Love it; predictably enough, the God part's my favorite. The assertion that God "turns out" to be a cousin to blue-green algae—both the association itself and the suggestion of some kind of super-objective and matter-of-fact rationale behind it—oh, it just warms my rotten atheist heart and tickles my twisted atheist brain.
- If you think this is annoying, just wait. In a few miles, they switch to binary.
- I heard they're part of a failed Italian space program.
- You know, a drive in this old open roadster sure does turn back the clock!
...most Americans believe God is directly involved in their personal affairs, and that the good or bad things that happen are "part of God's plan"... "The interesting thing is that when you press people to start talking about things like speeding tickets or losing weight, a lot of people will weave a divine narrative in, describing God as somehow setting up situations or setting up scenarios for success or failure." ... And one in three respondents agreed with the statement, "There is no sense in planning a lot because ultimately my fate is in God's hands."While any of this, particularly the last part, could suggest a reasonably healthy kind of engagement with life, a thoughtful person's feeling of loving wonder and a drive to explore the mysteries and subtleties of an endlessly complex universe that is not entirely obedient to our will (or some shit), overall this seems like pretty much exactly the opposite of a profound and thoughtful attitude. You would hope that religion would promote deep discussion and a curiosity about the meaning of life—but you and I both know that that is (to be perhaps even way too generous) not always the case (q.v., e.g.). All too often, the religious attitude amounts to an injunction against probing questions, requiring that the faithful person simply accept that someone else has got it figured out and even chastising the curious for a kind of arrogance or hubris.
Reasons to Keep the Drinking Age at 21Since the drinking age in NJ was raised to 21, the number of young people killed in drunk-driving crashes has dropped nearly 78%.Need we say more?†