Saturday, December 30, 2006

If stupidity doesn't kill you, it might make you stronger.

The Darwin Award candidates for 2006 have been announced, and voting is enabled. If you're not familiar with the Darwin Awards, they are cases of death by extreme stupidity, thus prohibiting passing along the person's stupid genes.

Amazingly, an electrician decided to fly a kite equipped with a string extended with a length of copper wire, which ended up touching a high tension line.

A couple of kids decided to make their own light sabers by opening up fluorescent light tubes, pouring gasoline inside, and lighting them. [EDIT 1/4: I believe this nomination is being investigated for eligibility]

Trying to pound RPGs (rocket-propelled grenades) into scrap metal with a sledgehammer...

There's the pastor who couldn't swim but decided that if Jesus could walk on water, he could too. Oops! Turns out Jesus couldn't really walk on water. [more at the link]

And speaking of Darwin, evolution, science, religion and stupidity, Grand Canyon National Park is now not permitted to officially estimate its geological age because of a Bush-planted Creationist, the Director of the National Park Service, Mary Bomar. There's a book for sale at park bookstores called "Grand Canyon: A Different View" by Tom Vail. (think "Noah"), and blocking the sale of the book by the Park Superintendant has not been allowed. Also, rangers and other staff are not allowed to answer questions from visitors about the park's age and origin by referring to science instead of religion. Will this Administration never end??? A day in the Bush administration can undo a thousand years of progress.
(pics taken by me at the new Maria's Taco Xpress)

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FreakyNick said...

When a man is delusional, they call it insanity.

When a group of people share a delusion, they call it religion.

Not my words, but I can't remember where I read that, perhap that Dawkins book.

Blueberry said...

Good quote, wherever it came from.

Anonymous said...

I am definitely linking that site. Thanks.

Coeur Mechant said...

Those guys from the Cleveland area were prescient with their songs about devolution.

Unknown said...

But you got the link wrong, it's

Wendy Northcutt

Blueberry said...

Thanks Wendy! Fixed.