Category Archives: LOLz

Dinkoism: India’s Flying Spaghetti Monster

I’ve recently learned that India, which as I discovered on a recent visit has far more atheists than I thought, also has its own mock religion along the lines of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. It’s called “Dinkoism,” and is based on elevating a fictional character, Dinkan, to supernatural status. Dinkan happens to […]

Woman raises cats in a gender neutral way

Several readers called this piece to my attention, at last one of whom assumed it was an April Fool’s joke. But I’m pretty sure it’s not, if for no other reason than that it was posted on April 5. The piece, by Lauren P. Taylor in the Washington Post is called “Don’t laugh: I have a […]

Caturday bonus

by Matthew Cobb Excuse the bad language in the title of the post and the poster. As @adamrutherford put it “There are many, many Hollywood directors who will never command a shot as good as this.” well shit — Internet of Shit (@internetofshit) April 1, 2016  

The Stanford Review manages to offend everybody (well done)

by Grania It’s an April Fool’s joke, but it’s also satirical and rather pointed. It’s guaranteed to offend a lot of people who will claim they are skewering sacred cows; but at least this is pretty good evidence that #NotAllStudents are Special Snowflakes. Like all good satire, it comes uncomfortably close to being indistinguishable from the […]

Schrödinger’s Jesus and other Easter fun

by Grania Here are some Easter-related bits and pieces from Twitter A little physics lesson from the tomb showing that religions and science are indeed compatible. A little quiz to prove the Bible’s inerrancy and consistency. And one just because of Reasons. Hat-tip: Jerry, Matthew

A new perspective of the geopolitical globe

by Grania This explains a lot. As I’ve said before, I don’t believe that Trump actually holds all the positions that he espouses on the podium. In fact, probably only a few politicians do: elections are all too often reduced to personality contests where the person who managed to say the things the audience most […]

A real paper or a Sokal-esque hoax? You be the judge

Certain forms of postmodern discourse are so outré that you can’t tell whether they’re serious or jokes. (Indeed, some postmodernists claim that their serious pieces can be construed as jocular!) The most famous example of this conflation between the scholarly and the absurd is, of course, Alan Sokal’s hoax article on physics and postmodernism for the journal Social Text, “Transgressing […]

The weird little symphony you never knew existed

by Grania This is a whimsical track put together from Windows XP and 98 audio sounds – the dings and clicks the Operating System plays when commands run or don’t run as luck and the laws of physics would have it. I don’t know the original source. I found it on Computers Are Sad Too tumblr. […]

Elections, Irish style

by Grania Spingies I pity you Americans, I do. You’re trapped in an endless cycle of campaigning where battling politicians (and the occasional clown) slug it out day after day, week after week, month after month. Here in Ireland, the Dáil (Irish parliament) was dissolved on the 3rd of February by Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny, and the election […]

How to photograph cats!

JAC: As I said, posting will be light this week, though Grania might start some discussion threads, and I expect people to PARTICIPATE! In the meantime, today is shaping up to be a cat-post day. I am in the small village of Denton, near Olney, visiting friends. Some spectacular wines on tap for dinner tonight. […]