Stuff And Nonsense

Untitled-1Rather than being treated as an abnormality to be shunned or as a freak to be gawped at this five-legged cow has been given great respect by the thousands of people who have visited her travelling byre as it has made its way around India.

Her owner Laxman Bhosale, explains, 'Cow is our holy animal. We call her our mother. With this extra limb, God is indicating to us that we must respect the animal and seek her blessings. Touching the limb of mother cow will bring good luck and help you fulfill all your wishes. I want all of humanity to benefit from the blessings of mother cow and her fifth leg."

Sick, plain weird or a better way of dealing with difference than we manage in the West? The cow looks happy to me and one thing is for certain, being a walking blessing, however many feet you have, is better and more long term bovine employment than working for McDonalds, for example.

More photos of Mother Cow at MAIL ONLINE.




A bag containing a large amount of marijuana was found along with a donation of clothing 

The chief said he predicts the very charitable person knows the bag is missing since it was a "substantial quantity" of the drug.given to a Salvation Army in Pennsylvania. Sugarcreek Borough Police Chief Matt Carlson said the donation was dropped off earlier this week and employees at the Venango County Salvation Army outlet are trying to find the donor.

The Salvation Army office was closed Sunday.

That last sentence in the report conjures up some vary amusing images in my head.




An Islamic religious group which ruled that travel on a one-way trip to Mars is prohibited by Islam because it is tantamount to suicide is being slammed by online commenters and columnists who want to hear the same unequivocal religious ruling against jihadi suicide attacks.

“Muslim clerics finally forbid suicide missions but only on Mars,” read a headline in the Jewish Press.

Mark Whittington of the Houston Space News Examiner wrote, “Would a suicide bomber who traveled to Mars to kill infidel Mars colonists be committing a sin or would he die as a martyr? That is no doubt a thorny, theological question.”


What I would like to know is why laws in the USA do not apply to the Roman Catholic Church. Quite rightly, attempts to pass state laws that would allow businesses to refuse to serve gay people have all been defeated. Yet when Ronald Plishka, a Catholic man who suffered a heart attack on February 6, was admitted to the emergency room at Washington Hospital Centre in DC for treatment and asked for the last rites in case he didn't pull through, the chaplain, Father Brian Coelho, refused to offer him the service because he was gay. So if a lay Catholic hotel owner in Washington refuses to let a room to a gay couple he would be breaking the law but when a Catholic cleric refuses to offer a service he is employed to provide he is not breaking the law. Go figure!

Full story at TOWLEROAD.


According to the NEWS LETTER, clergy from the dourer denominations in Northern Ireland are up in arms against the playing of football on Sunday. Evidently it could damage society irreparably.

I suppose they are right. If thousands of people are going to start enjoying themselves on Sunday by going to football matches and the like there will be nobody in the shops buying stuff.



A Southern Bapitst megachurch pastor in North Carolina, already under fire for buying a $1.6 million house, is in the spotlight again for “spontaneous baptisms” that turn out to be not nearly so spontaneous. Steven Furtick, 34, routinely draws about 14,000 worshippers to several campuses of Elevation Church in and around Charlotte. The church, launched in 2006, have been listed by Outreach magazine as one of the top 100 fastest-growing churches in the country. Part of that growth has been attributed to Elevation’s flashy baptism ceremonies. But a new report from NBC Charlotte suggests that Elevation’s supposedly spontaneous baptisms are carefully planned ahead of time, with people planted in the congregation to start the walk down the aisle.

“Fifteen people will sit in the worship experience and be the first ones to move when Pastor gives the call. Move intentionally through the highest visibility areas and the longest walk,” a guide posted on a webpage for Furtick’s book says. The elaborate staging, the guide explains, is “how we activated our faith to pull off our part in God’s miracle.” The “spontaneous baptisms” are to be done quickly, “on average between 30 to 45 seconds,” to keep things flowing, the guide suggests.



Here's some more bollocks...


The Pope's mini-me turns out to be more of a Ratzinger temperamentwise than a Francis.



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Iranian schoolteacher, Akbar Rezaie, has innovated an amusing way of encouraging young children to say their daily prayers — robotics. A Western dancing and singing doll first sparked in his mind the idea of building a local robot to present religious practice to his students. He built the robot at home with basic tools and gave it the designation "Veldan," a Quranic term meaning: "Youth of Heaven."

Veldan is a humanoid robot constructed using an educational kit from the Korean robot manufacturer Robotis Bioloid. By applying some mechanical modifications such as adding two extra engines, Akbar managed to let the robot perform praying movements, such as prostration, more easily.

"It was so exciting to me to see a robot pray. I have decided to always say my prayers too," said Narges Tajik, a third grader at Alborz School said.



And finally something completely different.

Some Monty Python loving geek has developed a free computer game based on Terry Gillam's medieval babe squashing foot. It's dead simple to play. It's very silly and it's free. Just CLICK HERE and enjoy.



Stuff And Nonsense — 3 Comments

    • Methinks you will need a whole bucket of ashes just for yourself next Wednesday, DC. And that will only cover the jokes.

  1. Hmmm. About the priest denying last rites: did he sin? Ab-so-freaking-lutely, in my book. But I’m not sure that equates to “refuses to offer a service he is employed to provide”. The hospital hires him to *visit* patients, w/ his pastoral skills (?) and certification. But they can’t require him to provide a particular religious liturgy: “Separation of Church and State”.