This definitely elicited a chuckle, if not a mild LOL.
PS What is the symbol with the 3 triangles that are interlaced? (NOT the STAR OF DAVID). I Thought that was a goofy graphic design thing from the movie Kung Pow!
I think that’s a variation of the valknut.
Interestingly I bet on Thor and won, which ought to also have won given the valknut as a result. I suspect I know too much about minor religions to enjoy this game.
Just to reply to myself, yes I took the time to confirm, that’s being used to represent Odin so it’ll be the Valknut. You can look it up on wikipedia.
Hmm, a shame they didn’t follow the example of American Gods or Wikipedia could be on the list.
Really? We’re censoring Allah? On Friendly Atheist??
Had to reply, since you mentioned “American Gods.” I’m a huge fan of Neil Gaiman’s books!
Spun the roulette wheel about 8 times and didn’t get a match until I put my chip on the FSM. This thing is brilliant!
Thor came up on my spin – I had placed my chip on the icon at the top left of the gods to choose. Was that Anansi, does anyone know?
I think the point is actually to poke fun at the insane censorship rule. After all this site has hosted at least 2 draw Mo days, so I’m guessing it’s not about fake respect (read: fear).
Err the top left is the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
It’s a censorship of Mohammed.
Is there a legend or key to what these symbols mean?
My favorite is to not bet and spin the wheel. 😉
No no no…There just isn’t enough room on the board for the 72 virgins!
LOL – So I suppose this is presently the top 20 most popular, out of thousands of deities made up over time.
The only Anansi reference I know is a spider god featuring the novels “American Gods” and “Anansi Boys”, masterpieces of Neil Gaiman…
one spin, chose Freyja and won. Come the day, I’ll be saying “so long, suckers”
I picked Satan, of course, and left it there. It took eleven spins, but I won! Woohoo! Better learn the fiddle…
Does anyone know what the “censored” god is? I spun the damn wheel about 30 times and gave up trying to land on it. Other than that frustration, pretty pretty cool.
That one is Allah. I’ve landed on it.
It says it seems strange that the best winning move is not to play, but isn’t that true of roulette anyway?
I picked Kali randomly (I picked a symbol I didn’t know and put my chip on it). When i finally won (and it took some spinning), all I could think was, “Hmm, I’m not sure winning in this instance is a good thing . . . “
Tim Minchin theorised that god might be a rude body part, in which case that might explain the censorship.
Probably coincidence. Had chip on FSM for many spins before winning.
Anansi is an actual trickster figure popular in Africa and everywhere settled by Africans, so you hear Anansi stories in the Caribbean and in the US as well.
Perhaps most famously, Anansi freed all the stories in the world. One of his ploys in that tale was a sticky doll made of honey, which the antagonist hit until he got stuck fast. You might be familiar with that story from Br’er Rabbit (where it’s a tar baby), but variants on that theme appear all over. It’s like in the west having a girl losing a very small shoe (Cinderella).
Fun fact: Blaise Pascal actually DID invent the roulette wheel! (Or so says google.)
But I wonder how many of these are competing Gods. As in, if you choose to worship Thor, and land on Odin, do you lose? Or Horus/Ra (wasn’t Horus on there?)
Am I taking it too seriously? It would be nice to get a transcription of all of them without having to spin a gajillion times.
Put my chip in the symbol for Venus, got Athena and won… How does that work?
Fun! Who is the purple grape guy? I kept spinning to see which gods were represented, but landed an awful lot on Thor.
Dionysus (Bacchus) – god of wine, parties, and debauchery. You land on him, the subtext says “JACKPOT!”
Same goddess. Venus was adopted by the Romans from the Greek Athena
FSM – Ramen!
Zeus – May he Strike down anyone who mentions Jupiter.
Dionysus – Jackpot!
Poseidon – for a deity with that stylish wet look.
Athena – Triple Threat: Brains, Brawn and Beauty
Odin – In matters of blind theology, the god with one eye is king.
Loki – Eat your heart out, trickster gods!
Thor – Who else on the wheel had a hit movie last year?
Freyja – There’s a Rebecca Black joke here, but that’s so last summer.
Brahma – For a guy with so many arms, he takes a “hands off” approach.
Kali – Goddess of destruction. Just so we’re clear, that’s a skirt of human arms.
Yahweh – Or the highweh!
Jesus – Sin, repent, repeat.
Satan – The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincingthe world that fiddles rock.
Seraphim – They do All of the work with none of the credit. Why Not give them some?
Allah – Not pictured.
Osiris – His manhood was eaten by a catfish. some jokes write themselves.
Ra – Haven’t you heard? The Bird is the word! (of god)
Anubis – You ever notice what “god” spelled backwards is?
Isis – The nile is flooded each year by the ideal mother’s tears. So, eat your veggies.
No Bet – A strange game. The best winning move is not to play.
no, Venus = Aphrodite and Minerva = Athena.
that was hilarious. thank you. ‘eat your veggies,’ lol.
Inanna, slayer of The Mountain and Lady of Battle, is very annoyed to have been left off and will smite you shortly. her sister Ereshkigal will hang you on a meathook in the underworld for all eternity after that.
Should have gone with an owl.
You must be a youngin’! 🙂
How about a nice game of chess?
It’s a WOPR all right!
Woot! I won with FSM.
This still falls for the false premise that god will only reward you if you believe in/worship him (her? it? them?). Even if we were to hypothetically say that some higher power exists that rewards or punishes humans in the afterlife, there’s no evidence that belief or worship is a condition for reward. So even if that higher being did exist, atheists have just as likely odds of getting in to a “heaven” as anyone else. The wager is entirely pointless. It’s worse than the lottery or a roulette spin. No matter what you bet on,
your odds are the same as the people who aren’t even playing.
“no evidence that belief or worship is a condition for reward.”
I hereby quote the entire Christian Bible at you as evidence against this ridiculous notion.
and then I ask for evidence that the bible is true, you point the bible as evidence, and thus begins your circular logic.
I’m rather disappointed by the lack of Great Cthulhu on this list. The FSM is nice and all, but he lacks a certain majesty.
Actually, with time to reflect, this analogy only holds up because the wheel doesn’t have a result where there are no gods. If you add that option then people who worship a god are twice as likely to avoid punishment than an atheist. Oops.
Heck, there exists the possibility of a self-loathing deity who would eternally punish anyone who believes in it, therefore making it safer not to believe.
Would you rather LOSE? Against Kali?
Maybe there also exists the possibility of a deity that has moved on to overwatch much more interesting things happening throughout the universe and doesn’t give a fuck about sorting and accommodating us for an eternity. Why does it always have to be all about us? I wouldn’t blame that deity for thinking we were a bunch of needy pussies.
My favorite is to not bet but move the chip right to where the wheel is going to land, before it does. Good thing there are no deities watching me cheat. 😛
In a way this also makes the game more fun/challenging. When you win, each god has an amusing sentence. This is now a Legit Game! 😀
By what metric?
I’ve always noticed with Pascal’s Wager that it was too limited. He was so Christian biased and to whatever denomination he was part of and wasted the last 20 years of his life in following. Typically when this factor is brought up the Christian believer says it isn’t possible to follow all religions religiously. And such is the mistake of Blaise (Biased) Pascal and his infamous wager.