Daily Archives: April 30, 2002

The Miami Herald | 04/30/2002 | Gov. Bush attends …

The Miami Herald | 04/30/2002 | Gov. Bush attends drug summit, cries over daughter’s arrest

Waaaah! This isn’t supposed to happen to us! I’m rich!”

CNN.com – Farrakhan banned from Britain – April 30…

CNN.com – Farrakhan banned from Britain – April 30, 2002

I don’t know how I feel about this, other than thinking I prefer Farrakhan to be as far away from me as possible. Generally, I think it’s a troubling example of Britain’s problems with free speech. Farrakhan is hateful, but he shouldn’t be banned.

Groening may pull plug on The Simpsons The Simps…

Groening may pull plug on The Simpsons

The Simpsons: is this the beginning of the end?

Actually, Matt Groening said “we are closer to winding it up”, which technically has to be true, doesn’t it? I mean, barring time travel, every day brings you closer to the end.

Groening is bitter about what he sees as poor treatment of “Futurama”, which he was more involved with these days anyway. I thought “Futurama” was OK, but it was an SF parody more than anything; I couldn’t see it enjoying a broad audience for an extended period, and it was too expensive for a niche show.

OK, here’s another damn survey. Find out whic…

OK, here’s another damn survey.

The Dead RockStar Test

Find out which Dead RockStar you are @ Useful Idiot.

Possumblog Scholar/Marsupial Terry Oglesby deli…

Possumblog

Scholar/Marsupial Terry Oglesby delivers the complete history of “open a can of whup-ass”. A must read.


The phrase “open up a can of whup ass,” meaning to unleash an overwhelming beating upon a foe, actually has a form which predates Nicholas Appert’s invention of canning in 1809. As far back as the Old Kingdom of Egypt, archeologists have found inscriptions which remark that those who disturb graves would be liable for punishment. In the tomb of Neferefre of the Fifth Dynasty, one inscription on a clay vessel has been interpreted as “I carry the curse of those who dare touch His treasures–You shall bear mightily upon your buttocks the flail of ten thousand servant men.”

Skeptical Inquirer magazine Got my new issue in…

Skeptical Inquirer magazine

Got my new issue in the mail yesterday, and there’s a (typically) wonderfully snide “Psychic Vibrations” column by Robert Sheaffer on “Islamic Science” (not online as yet); basically, the rejection of “Western” (that is, objective) scientific theory in favor of traditional Islamic ideas based on Aristotle and the Koran. I think I saw someone mention this idea awhile back.

Anyway, one “scholar” named Sultan Bashir Mohammed believes that the way to solve the world’s energy needs is to harness djinns, which he interprets as beings made out of fire. Leaving aside that there’s no such thing, I kinda doubt that the Saudis would be happy with the idea.

Hi, I’m Barbie! My creator may be dead, but I wil…

Hi, I’m Barbie! My creator may be dead, but I will live forever! Your daughters will be mine! Math is hard!