Category Archive: superstition

Nov 19 2013

Natural Disasters And Acts Of God

God isn’t in the weather—in the wind and in the rain— It’s a natural disaster, never God, which caused such pain Oh, but God can be detected (so they patiently explain) In the actions of the people on the ground God would never cause a hurricane; the gospels make it clear Though the “acts of …

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Jan 29 2013

Just In Time For The Super Bowl

Just in time for the Super Bowl, the Public Religion Research Institute has released an opinion survey on… well, it’s not really about the role of religion in sports, or about the religiosity of sports fans, or about how important religion and sports are to people, or much of anything organized (although in part it …

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Apr 19 2010

Superstition And Ignorance Driving Vultures Extinct In SA

Superstitions develop in all kinds of culturesAnd ignorance, too, inextricably linkedThe latest rendition is bad for the vulturesWhere betting on football could make them extinct South Africa, hosting the World Cup this seasonHas vultures of various beautiful kinds“The wisest of animals”–this is the reasonSome ignorant gamblers have plain lost their minds For the sake of …

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Feb 20 2010

Lindsey Vonn Puts Faith In Cheeses, Wins Gold

Lindsey Vonn was badly bruised; Her shin was black and blue.But these are the Olympic Games–Whatever would she do?Some athletes rub on emu fat;For some, placenta pleases–But Lindsey Vonn’s a different sort:She put her faith in cheeses. She could not race until she healed;Her hopes would all be lost,And so went where cheese is pricedTo …

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Jan 30 2008

Now, That’s A Lot Of Bull!

“Indian brokers at the Bombay Stock Exchange are calling on the authorities to bring in religious experts to change the direction of a bronze bull statue. They say the posterior of the bull, placed at the footsteps of the exchange building, points towards the traders which makes it inauspicious.” Source. Our observations of the worldWe …

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Jan 27 2008


“Pastor Renee Brewster and her husband Bishop Winston Brewster are a very spiritual couple. But the site of their savior in a potato has reinvigorated their faith and their desire to help others.” (MyFox Orlando) I did not make up that quote. I mean, you have to be spiritual to see Jesus in a potato. …

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Jan 14 2008

Keep an open mind!

I wonder sometimes, why it is that the people who tell me to “keep an open mind” have theirs utterly closed to the possibility that they might be wrong. An open mind, of course, is willing to follow the available evidence, even if it disagrees with one’s assumptions. An open mind is not one that …

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Nov 09 2007

New and Improved Ancient Technology!

Respectful Insolence reports on an ancient, historic health product–basically, two cylinders, one of copper, one of zinc, that you hold (one in each hand). Yup. I have improved on the idea. This ancient pharmacology has long since proved its worth;It’s the finest panacea in the history of earth.Two simple metal cylinders can cure all of …

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