Category Archives: myths and folktales

Here be monsters

On early maps, that’s essentially what got written by the cartographers to indicate they were guessing about the edges of the world, or perhaps severely misinformed by well intentioned sailors or what have you. Sometimes they’d decorate the things with … Continue reading

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Predicting the end of the world with “Connect the Dots”

I got a giggle out of Joe Kovacs and World Net Daily this morning. They’re plugging a new DVD that suggests stars are aligned in just such a way as to create a giant farmer in the night sky who’ll … Continue reading

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Saints and other silliness

General Systems Vehicle has a great post about petitions to saint a woman in Australia and the whole saint thing in general. A saint seems to be a middle-man or a demi-god. A patron saint has a special area of … Continue reading

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So here it is, “Christmas” day

Why the quotes around Christmas? Because celebrating Christ’s birth on this day was so late to happen, it’s obvious the day itself has nothing to do with Christ, save the meaning people have given it. From the Biblical Archeology Review … Continue reading

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Skeptic’s superstitions meeting update

Better late than never. So, about a dozen of us found space at a local cantina a couple nights ago to chow down on some good food and talk about how crazy other cultures are. We hit on a few … Continue reading

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OMNeG! Santa Claus Banned from Christmas Concert!

Oh My Nonexistent God! It’s the end of the world! The district’s decree ordered that only selections such as “Winter Wonderland” and “Frosty the Snowman” would be allowed, with a complete ban on tunes about Jesus and even Santa Claus. … Continue reading

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And how would Jesus get to Glastonbury, angel’s wings?

It’s been a beef of mine for some time, that the gospels don’t have enough information about Jesus’ early years. This is not quite the fault of the writers, as none of them ever met the man. All they could … Continue reading

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I wish we didn’t have to defend atheism as a point of view

Hemant Mehta at Friendly Atheist linked to this article to poke some fun at the poor writing, as well as the poor arguments. I’ll pick out a couple other pieces: From all the evidence I’ve seen, read and have heard … Continue reading

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Jack of the lantern, an exploration

Since Halloween is approaching, it’s probably worthwhile to look at reasons we follow bizarre traditions when celebrating it. What’s the purpose of a Jack O’Lantern besides lighting the steps so little kids don’t fall? According to That’s Right Nate, it’s … Continue reading

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Random Acts of Poetry – Baudelaire’s Vampire

Le Vampire de Charles Baudelaire Toi qui, comme un coup de couteau, Dans mon coeur plaintif es entrée; Toi qui, forte comme un troupeau De démons, vins, folle et parée, De mon esprit humilié Faire ton lit et ton domaine; … Continue reading

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