The Canonizations of John XXIII and John Paul II: The Opposition

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Two diametrically opposed complaints about the upcoming canonizations of two beloved popes landed in my news feed within minutes of each other. That each comes from radically different camps–modernist and anti-modernist–shows that the fringes are almost always united in their wrongness, if divided in their reasoning. First up is this blast of badly-argued nonsense from [Read More...]

Happy Earth Day! Or Not.

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Happy Earth Day! Here’s a picture of Holly Maddux, murdered and stuffed in a trunk by one of the founders of Earth Day: Keep a few extra lights burning in memory of her. Fun fact: the date of Earth Day (April 22nd) was chosen to coincide with birthday of another psychopath: Vladimir Lenin. But let’s not [Read More...]

Comments Will Remain Off For the Foreseeable Future

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Like several of my fellow mackerel snappers here on Patheos I turned off comboxes so I didn’t have to deal with trolls and such during Lent. And I decided I liked it so much that I’m going to keep them off for a while. My apologies to those regular commenting folk who always add something [Read More...]

Reinventing the Bike, and Making it Worse

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This thing is called the Fliz, and it’s all kinds of wrong. It’s a sorta-bike, but not really. Rather than pedaling, you kind of scoot along. And instead of sitting on it, you sort of hang from it, with part of the frame encircling your neck (!), and straps under your groin (!!). Because whenever [Read More...]

Giant Jenga!

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When Spider-Man Worked for Planned Parenthood

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Yes, this really happened. Retronaut has found a special issue of Spiderman done in a collaboration between Marvel and Planned Parenthood. The art is by Marvel vets Ross Andru and Mike Esposito, but the writing is by Ann Robinson, who had a brief tenure as a Marvel executive, and no other known writing credits, for reasons [Read More...]

The Judas Tree, And Other Legends of the Betrayer

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This is cercis siliquastrum, the Judas Tree:   It is, according to legend, the type of tree from which Judas hanged himself, and its once-white blossoms blushed with shame to be part of such a terrible history. Or perhaps it’s called the Judas Tree because the clusters of blossoms sometimes hang from the branches, suggesting [Read More...]

Kids React to a Walkman

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I was asked to show a section of a movie to some students last week. When I got there it was on VHS. Finding the exact spot was a reminder of all the things I don’t miss. Keep an eye on little 8-year-old Samirah here. She’s a smart one. [Read more...]


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