Making a little history: meet the world's shortest man

The folks who keep track of these things set out to measure him recently.  Check out the video below.  I have to say, there’s something endearing and sweet about his smile.  This is a guy who doesn’t seem perturbed by the challenge God has given him. Details: Weighing 11 pounds and standing just under 2 [Read More...]

Yes, I took that shot with a camera phone

It’s amazing what these little marvels can do now.  This morning, while biding my time in the rectory between baptism intakes, I took the shot this below with my Android EVA Smartphone from Sprint.  It’s a figurine on a top shelf in the rectory office. You can click on the image to enlarge. How’d I [Read More...]

What the world has come to: teen sells kidney for an iPad

Well, at least he waited until the second version came out.  But what happens when iPad3 is released?? Details: Apple lovers are known for their somewhat radical devotion to any new products the company introduces, but selling body parts to afford them is definitely something new — and scary. According to Global Times, a youngster in [Read More...]

Off the hook: should we give up more than just meat on Fridays?

While some bishops are calling for a return to the discipline of giving up meat on Fridays, at least one writer says we should skip fish, too. Snip: Catholic bishops in the U.K. want to reinstate year-round meatless Fridays, which sounds great to me, except for one thing: They still seem to think that fish are [Read More...]

Check the forecast: man builds replica of ark

No, it’s not “Evan Almighty.”  But it’s been quite a production. Details, from the New York Times: If Noah had run into the modern nanny state, or nimby, or a few of the other obstacles that Johan Huibers has been facing, the animal kingdom might look a lot different today. Mr. Huibers, 60, the successful [Read More...]

Why guys love Hot Wheels

I had these when I was a kid, and now I remember why I loved them so much. Get a load of the video below: a life-sized Hot Wheels car, driven by  Top Gear‘s Tanner Foust, nails a world record-setting 332-foot jump in a modified Pro 2 truck. Cool.  Way cool.  Maybe next time he [Read More...]

Just for the halibut: no meat on Fridays

It’s happening in England, beginning on September 16th, the anniversary of the pope’s trip to the UK. From ZENIT: The bishops of England and Wales are re-establishing the practice of abstaining from meat on Fridays as a penance to identify with Christ on the cross. In the resolutions published from their spring plenary assembly, which [Read More...]

If I were a rich man: study sheds light on religion and wealth

Does what you believe affect what you earn? Some insight, from the New York Times: The economic differences among the country’s various religions are strikingly large, much larger than the differences among states and even larger than those among racial groups. The most affluent of the major religions — including secularism — is Reform Judaism. [Read More...]

Live on stage: "The Exorcist"?

Watch out for the pea soup: the blockbuster novel and movie (based on the true story of a Catholic exorcism) is being adapted for the stage and will have its world premiere next year in Los Angeles. From the New York Times: The playwright John Pielmeier (“Agnes of God”) is writing the stage version of [Read More...]

Alex, I'll take "Fun Jesuit Trivia" for $500…

The good folks at Fordham have announced eight people will be receiving honorary degrees this month — including Brian Williams, George Pataki and (drumroll please) Alex Trebek! Details: Fordham will present honorary degrees to leaders in journalism, philanthropy, politics, conservation and the arts during its 2011 commencement exercises this month. Brian Williams, award-winning anchor of [Read More...]


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