Pretty cool: Bulgarian Relics of John the Baptist are Probably Authentic. Of course, the skeptics will laugh. Kinda reminds me of the old skeptical trope (Voltaire, I believe, started it) that, if you gathered up all the nuggets of the cross, they’d cover a football field (something like that; Voltaire, pre-dating football). Someone actually did a study and discovered that the claim was absolutely ludicrous: the total nuggets of cross aren’t enough to constitute a cross at all, but no matter. For hundreds of years, the skeptics have been touting it as dogma, just as people think the Vatican has a huge collection of porn, based solely on an off-handed joke that the pervert Kinsey made. * * * * * * Looking for a manly place to live? Head to Oklahoma City. It leads the way in a pretty solid survey of municipal virility:
The rankings reflect city performances in five categories — sports, manly lifestyle, concentration of manly retail stores, manly magazine subscriptions, and sales of salty snacks (Combos’ influence).
It also subtracts points for cities that score high in less manly or “girly” categories, such as high numbers of foreign cars or minivans, concentrations of less-manly retailers such as nail salons, home decor stores, cafes, and gourmet coffee shops, and numbers of magazine subscriptions to unmanly publications such as Martha Stewart Living and Oprah.
Many cities lost points for having nearby Ikea stores, numerous sushi restaurants, and “too many Starbucks as opposed to Dunkin’ Donuts.”
My daughter Abbie’s domination of our time comes to an end today. She was a very involved high school student, which meant there were non-stop banquets, concerts, awards, lunches, sporting events, and other functions over the past month. Today, it ends, with her graduation party. It’ll probably be a doozy.Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg | Facebook | Technorati | Google | StumbleUpon | Window Live | Tailrank | Furl | Netscape | Yahoo | BlinkList