Mythbusters in Four Minutes

You might have heard that even though a football game lasts three hours on TV, the actual gameplay lasts all of 11 minutes.

The same sort of rule applies to shows like Mythbusters (which came to an end tonight). It’s an hour-long, but the amount of time spent actually introducing the myth, testing it, and discussing the results is much, much shorter — even when you ignore commercials.

So here’s what an episode would look like without all the fluff:


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Inspiration Can Strike When Your Clothes Are Covered in Spit-Up

Guess what? I wrote about a completely different topic for a completely different website!

So if you’re interested in what a new dad thinks would make for better baby shower gifts, my article is up at Cosmo.


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Ad Promoting Church/State Separation Will Air During The Late Show with Stephen Colbert This Month

For the next couple of weeks, the Freedom From Religion Foundation will air TV ads during The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. They feature President John F. Kennedy talking about the importance of church/state separation:


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Christian Evangelist: Atheists Would Be Cannibals in an Emergency Due to “Survival of the Fittest”

Christian evangelist Ray Comfort has a rather odd posting at his website The Evidence Bible. (There’s no author name attached, but it’s his website, so I’m assuming he wrote this.)

The point he wants to make is that Christians help the poor.


But check out this weird passage at the end of the brief posting:

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How the Fear of Death Strengthens Christian Nationalism (and Leads to More Crime)

In a time where Donald Trump is riding high on a wave of Christian nationalism, it’s fair to ask where that sort of mentality can take us. What happens when you think the U.S. is a “Christian nation” and conservative, Bible-based policies are the best way to go?

Elicka Peterson Sparks, an associate professor of criminology at Appalachian State University, believes that it’s not a coincidence that the most religious parts of the country are also where we see the highest levels of violence. After all, when “sinners” are worthy of biblical punishment and tolerance is treated as a dirty word, it’s no wonder interpersonal relationship are so screwed up.

She writes about this in her new book The Devil You Know: The Surprising Link between Conservative Christianity and Crime (Prometheus Books, 2016):

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In the excerpt below, Peterson Sparks discusses how the fear of death lends itself to this sort of Christian nationalism:

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