Great moments in American business: Nail salon forced to change name after harassment

From the In My Backyard Desk:  The terrorists have won in Queens — where the owner of a salon called ISIS Nails was forced to change the name because of constant harassment from people who thought the shop was connected to the terror group. Charlene Tse finally caved last week and renamed her Forest Hills [Read More...]

What the world has been waiting for: a selfie stick that looks like you have a friend taking the picture

Check this out:  Fascinated by the idea of technology and its illusionary ‘connectedness’ and ‘sociableness’, [designers] Snee and Crowe created the ‘selfie arm’. the sarcastic solution to a quintessential problem — nobody wants to look alone while they mindlessly snap pictures of themselves — the product conveniently provides you a welcoming arm and, better yet, [Read More...]

Cardinal announces furniture design contest for papal visit

The story, from the Catholic University of America website:  The leaders of the Archdiocese of Washington, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and The Catholic University of America met today with students from CUA’s School of Architecture and Planning to announce a contest for the design of the altar, chair, and [Read More...]

Faith in the center ring: how Ringling Brothers ministers to Catholics under the big top

CNS’s Chaz Muth and Tyler Osborn have produced this lively look at one of the most unusual ministries in the Church. Check it out (and check out that chasuble!): The Arlington Catholic Herald has more: The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Blue Tour came to Fairfax in April with 16 performances at the [Read More...]

Parish cancels pig wrestling competition after backlash

In Wisconsin:  St. Patrick Parish in Stephensville has called off its decades-old annual pig wrestling event following animal cruelty accusations. It is instead planning a new competitive game, a “human foosball tournament in the mud,” the Outagamie County Catholic parish said Tuesday. “After much prayer and many hours of discussion, we realize that what we [Read More...]

My brother-in-law, my hero

From The Department of Diaconal Nepotism: a great story about a great guy doing a great thing. The guy in question just happens to be the brother of the woman I’m married to. From the University of Notre Dame: At 6 a.m. on May 3, Michael Meyer will start off on a 30-mile trek that [Read More...]

We’ve all been there…

…but not all of us are armed. Headline of the week: Colorado man ticketed for shooting his computer; says it was worth it [Read more...]

Dignity in death: Chicago buries unclaimed fetuses in Catholic cemetery

From The Chicago Tribune:  Grey skies and muddy grounds didn’t keep Yolanda Gamboa from quietly praying at a service for 63 of Cook County’s unclaimed miscarried or stillborn fetuses at Chicago’s Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery Thursday. “I heard about it on the radio this morning, and it just touched my heart,” said Gamboa, an Oak [Read More...]

What’s the most popular song at funerals in the UK?

This little bit of news broke late last year, but it is finally finding its way onto my Facebook feed. From The Independent:  People are choosing to make their final farewell an upbeat affair, as Monty Python’s “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life” has been named the most popular song played at funerals. [Read More...]

Thank God for pants with elastic waists

Here are just a few reasons why my Journey to Jordan will be followed by a sequel called Trek to the Treadmill. Food here is insanely good. And plentiful. Want seconds? How about thirds? [Read more...]