Beware of sharp notes from the choir

What does a priest do if he wants to build a church, but no one will let him?  In Russia, one priest found a unique answer: an inflatable chapel. Details: It is the idea of the Catholic parish priest of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsk, Father Krzysztof Kowal, who having failed to obtain permits and funding to build a [Read More...]

Tacky. Shameless. Offensive. Sick.

Those are just a few of the words I’d use to describe this cynical stunt: a special wine commemorating the 9/11 terror attacks, for $19.11 a bottle. It gets worse: The wines, produced by Lieb Family Cellars, are a 9/11 Memorial Commemorative Merlot, which the winery’s website says is barrel-fermented, and a 9/11 Memorial Commemorative [Read More...]

California seeks removal of crosses from public land

They’re a landmark in southern California, and they could soon be gone, according to news reports: The state intends to remove three crosses, which have stood for decades and possibly close to a century, from a vista point near Julian because of complaints lodged this summer about the religious symbols being on public property. The [Read More...]

Meet a Christian professional soccer team

They’re called the Charlotte Eagles, the team logo includes a prominent cross, and they proudly say their number one mission is saving souls. Details: With 12 minutes left in the game, the Charlotte Eagles are losing 2-0. The North Carolina humidity hangs thick in the evening air. The home crowd becomes restless as the opposing [Read More...]

What we have come to: new restaurant requires signed contract when making reservation

It’s “concept dining” in which the concept is: sign your life away before picking up a fork: Get your pen out if you want to have dinner at Rogue 24, because first you have to sign a two-page contract to cement your reservation at the newly opened conceptual restaurant serving only 24- and 16-course tasting [Read More...]

The Catholic baseball star who just learned that he's Jewish

The sports world is wrapping its collective head around this surprising news: it turns out that a well-known player for the fabled Brooklyn Dodgers, a lifelong Roman Catholic, is in fact Jewish — and has close relatives who died in Auschwitz. The New York Times reporter Joshua Prager has the scoop: Earlier this summer, Ralph [Read More...]

This is why they're French, and we aren't

Because their vending machines dispense fresh baguettes. See it in action, below. [Read more...]

Bon appetite: fried butter on a stick.

The latest sensation in state fair food… Yummy. Would you like a coronary with that, on the side? [Read more...]

The bottom line: Vatican toilet paper for sale in Spain

Really? Yes: Renova, one of Europe’s biggest producers of household paper products, has launched toilet paper in the colours of the Vatican flag in honour of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Spain next week. Each pack contains two perfumed rolls of toilet paper, one yellow and the other white, which the company says on its [Read More...]

Here's something you don't see every day: color footage of "I Love Lucy"

Today would have marked Lucille Ball’s 100th birthday, so here’s something altogether different, shot by an audience member on October 12, 1951, and interspersed with final footage from the actual episode. The YouTube clip notes: The episode filmed that night was 6th Episode of the First Season, “The Audition”.(It was a remake of “I Love [Read More...]


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