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Christianity will go,” said Lennon. “It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue about that. I’m right and I’ll be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now. I don’t know which will go first, rock ’n’ roll or Christianity.

Birmingham disc jockeys Tommy Charles, left, and Doug Layton of Radio Station WAQY rip and break materials representing the British singing group the "Beatles" on August 8, 1966. The broadcasters started a "Ban the Beatles" campaign after Beatle John Lennon was quoted as saying his group is more popular than Jesus. Charles took exception to the statement as "absurd and sacrilegious." (AP Photo)
Birmingham disc jockeys Tommy Charles, left, and Doug Layton of Radio Station WAQY rip and break materials representing the British singing group the “Beatles” on August 8, 1966. The broadcasters started a “Ban the Beatles” campaign after Beatle John Lennon was quoted as saying his group is more popular than Jesus. Charles took exception to the statement as “absurd and sacrilegious.” (AP Phot


The Beatles went up in smoke near Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., on August 12, 1966 as neighborhood youngsters severed once and for all their two–year friendship with the four world figures. The Beatlemania bonfire, planned by Chuck Smith, 13, was in protest against John Lennon remark to the effect that the Beatles a
re “more popular than Jesus.” (AP Photo)


The Beatles appear to have lost their popularity at Beaver Meadows, a small community in northeastern Pennsylvania according to the sign, “God Forever, Beatles Never”, posted along Route 93, near Hazleton on August 10, 1966. A proposal in the Pa. legislature asks the ban of any future appearance of the Beatles in this state because of a remark attributed to one of the Beatles that they are more popular than Jesus Christ. (AP Photo)

Young churchfolk from nearby Sunnyvale on the San Francisco Peninsula protest against the Beatles and John Lennon's remark that the Beatles are more popular than Jesus.
Young churchfolk from nearby Sunnyvale on the San Francisco Peninsula protest against the Beatles and John Lennon’s remark that the Beatles are more popular than Jesus.

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I’m left-handed, it’s part of who I am. I don’t regard it as a handicap, nor as a disadvantage, it is actually quite natural to me and it is right-handed people that looks a little unnatural to me. “How do they manage to do that with the wrong hand” I sometime think when I see a right-handed person do something.

Lately I’ve read a lot about left-handedness both in Norwegian and English speaking media and it really pisses me off to see it described as a handicap and read people tell that they still get forced to write with the right hand in school. I was forced to do that in school, but that was 53 years ago, one should think the world had moved a little forward since then. Luckily I started to stammer, so the school doctor told my teacher to stop. Had that not happened I would probably have stammered still and I would certainly not have been a designer and an illustrator.


Unfortunately, a lot of people’s aversion against left-handedness comes from old, misplaced religious beliefs. My deeply religious grandmother, in all other respects a lovable and kind woman was appalled when she discovered that I was left-handed and when I was a small child she did everything to make me use my right hand. She even paid me for every drawing I had done with my right hand. When I discovered that she couldn’t see the difference I cheated, even then I had no interest in using my right hand.

Another thing that pisses me off even more is left-handed people using their left-handedness as an excuse for not being able to do things. We are born with the ability to master certain skills and which hand we perform these skills with is of no importance. If you’re not good at drawing, doing carpentry, fly fishing, playing golf or whatever with your left hand you wouldn’t have been so using you right hand either.

During my studies I was told by my calligraphy teacher that I would never never be any good if I didn’t learn to do it with my right hand. “Fuck you” I thought and over the last 30 years I’ve been one of the few in my country that do calligraphic commission work. I got better than my teacher.

To all you left-handed visitors out there, whenever someone tell you to use your right hand when learning something new do as I did, think “Fuck you” and keep on using you left hand. The time it takes you to master it has nothing to do with what hand you use, but with your willingness to learn it and whether you have it in you to be good at that particular skill. We can’t after all be good at everything. Personally for instance, I’m an complete idiot when it comes to anything what makes a car move, and I probably would have been as well had I been born right-handed.


This kind of thinking is out-dated, there for is instance no scientific proof that left- handed people are more creative than right-handed. We were 12 students in my class when I studied graphic design, only two of us were left-handed and we have all done very well as designers. And if the illustration above was right I should have no talent for writing nor for language. Still I read, write and speak four languages beside my native Norwegian and I understand, read and can make myself easily understood in another five. And I have written two school books for high school.

Another thing, left-handedness has pre-dominance. It’s getting more of us all the time. My x-wife was right-handed, but both our daughters are left-handed.

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If you are lucky enough to live in an era where there are frogs you seem to have a cure for almost every illness there is right outside your front door if these old and tested remedies are anything to go by – Ted 😉072_frog_cures

To get rid of freckles, go to a brook, catch a frog and rub it on the freckles.

To cure warts rub a live frog over them, then impale it on a thorn to die.

To stop bleeding, bind the cut with linen cloths that had been dipped in
"ye green fome where frogges have their spawne
3 days before the new-moon."
(17th century, Europe)

To cure whooping cough, place a small frog in a box
tied around the afflicted person’s neck.
As the frog decays the cough will disappear.
(rural England)


-To cure a toothache, spit into a frog’s mouth,
ask it to carry the ache away, then release it.

To cure thrush, hold a live frog’s head in your mouth.
As it breathes it will draw the disease into itself.
(Cheshire, England)

The dried body of a frog worn in a silk bag around the neck
will prevent epilepsy and other fits.

Young frogs swallowed live were a remedy
for general weakness, cancer and consumption.
(Yorkshire, England)

To cure rheumatism, roast a live frog and apply it to the sore area.
(Utah, U.S.)


From “Frogs” by Gerald Donaldson published by Windward in 1980

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Newport resident Carol Isaak was having a snack on Saturday, April 7, 2012, when she saw what she thinks is an image of Jesus Christ on the cross in her potato chip. (Courtesy to Pioneer Press)

Jesus Christ has made yet another appearance on a potato chip. At least that’s what Newport resident Carol Isaak believes. The night before Easter, Isaak, 67, decided to snack on some potato chips. "The second chip I pulled out of the bag, I said, ‘Oh my God, Vern, look at this" Isaak said. Isaak’s husband, Vern, replied, "It looks like Jesus on the cross."

"And I said, ‘I think so, too" Isaak said. "It seemed like a sign or something. I got all fuzzy and warm." Instead of eating the chip, Isaak took pictures of it, which she emailed to friends and family. "I wanted to take it to church yesterday and show it to our minister, but I was afraid it would get broken," Isaak said Monday, April 9.

She said the ripple-style Clancy’s brand chip purchased at an Aldi store is now safely stored in her china cabinet. She said some friends have offered to put it up for sale on eBay, but she doesn’t plan to do that. "I won’t feel right selling it," she said.

The son of God apparently makes regular appearances on snack foods. In recent years, sightings of Christ or a crucifix have been seen on potato chips in Bakersfield, Calif.; St. Petersburg, Fla.; and Shippensburg, Pa. On YouTube, you can find video documentation of Jesus Cheetos.

But irregular markings in potatoes or potato chips are the byproduct of disease or rotting, not a sign of the supernatural, said Lori Wing, administrator of the Potato Association of America.

Wing said this Easter season, she’s heard of Christ sightings in potatoes in Maine and Canada. "It seems every couple of years, the same thing happens. We just sort of ignore it," she said. "I’ve had pictures sent to me, and no matter how hard I look, I don’t see it." Wing said potato chips with markings, while not miraculous, are safe to eat.

Isaak, however, said her husband has had some recent health problems, and she thinks her chip is a sign of hope. "I think it’s just a comforting thing telling me things will be OK," she said.

It certainly beats Presley’s appearance in a piece of bacon that I posted a while ago although the resemblance in that case must be said to have been considerably better. But who am I to judge, although I must admit that the pointed head brings a klu klux klan member closer to mind, but then again I’m an atheist – Ted

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Stanley Green in Oxford Street 1977


I’ve seen a lot of strange nutrition advice in my days, but what on earth is wrong with lust. It should keep you both slim and in good shape. Besides, if you cut out all Stanley warns against here, what else is there. But everyone to their own thing, if you got a bee in your bonnet, nail a poster to a stick and hit the streets – Ted

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Are there really people out there who prefer to be taught religion by a sleazy bloke putting words into the mouth of a  crazy eyed dummy called Andy while his hand is three feet up Andy’s ass. I guess uncle Les and aunt Nancy would be in the know. Hmmm… it’s in situations like this it’s nice to be an atheists – Ted

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Most folks who resolved to cut down on coffee this year are driven by the simple desire for self-improvement. But for coffee drinkers in 17th-century Turkey, there was a much more concrete motivating force: a big guy with a sword. Sultan Murad IV, a ruler of the Ottoman Empire, would not have been a fan of Starbucks. Under his rule, the consumption of coffee was a capital offense. Though Murad IV banned tobacco, alcohol and coffee, some say he consumed all three and his death was the result of alcohol poisoning. The sultan was so intent on eradicating coffee that he would disguise himself as a commoner and stalk the streets of Istanbul with a hundred-pound broadsword. Unfortunate coffee drinkers were decapitated as they sipped. Murad IV’s successor was more lenient. The punishment for a first offense was a light cudgeling. Caught with coffee a second time, the perpetrator was sewn into a leather bag and tossed in the river.

But people still drank coffee. Even with the sultan at the front door with a sword and the executioner at the back door with a sewing kit, they still wanted their daily cup of joy. And that’s the history of coffee in a bean skin: Old habits die hard. Wherever it spread, coffee was popular with the masses but challenged by the powerful. “If you look at the rhetoric about drugs that we’re dealing with now — like, say, crack — it’s very similar to what was said about coffee,” Stewart Allen, author of The Devil’s Cup: Coffee, the Driving Force in History, tells The Salt. In Murad’s Istanbul, religious leaders preached on street corners that coffee would inspire indecent behavior.

 As the bean moved west into Europe, physicians rallied against it, claiming that coffee would “dry up the cerebrospinal fluid” and cause paralysis. Perhaps the bawdiest argument against coffee was “The Women’s Petition Against Coffee,” published in England in 1674. Brimming with innuendos that would make Shakespeare blush, the six-page manifesto blamed coffee for every type of impotence. The male response in defense of coffee was just as heavy-handed and, predictably, even more lewd. One of the more repeatable passages: … the Excessive use of that Newfangled, Abominable, Heathenish Liquor called Coffee, which Riffling Nature of her Choicest Treasures, and Drying up the Radical Moisture, has so Eunucht our Husbands that they are become as unfruitful as those Desarts whence that unhappy Berry is said to be brought.

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Every dollar buys 100 words of truth. That’s how hard “Truth Dollars” work. Your dollars will help 70 million people resist Kremlin. Keep the truth turned on. Send as many “Truth Dollars” as you can (if possible on for every member of your family) The need is now.

Radio Free Europe started broadcasting in 1950, so were right smack in the middle of the cold war here and the fear of the “Red Plague” rode the right wing Europe and US whipping up a frenzy that lead to the most bizarre accusations against people that didn’t see the world through the eyes of the far right. McCarty and his buddies in Europe didn’t wait long to harass anyone they felt like – Ted

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Newly published documents reveal that a Scottish police official in the 1930s believed ‘beyond doubt’ that the Loch Ness monster existed. Expert Loren Coleman says it reveals the government’s longstanding policy to protect the mythic beast. – Article By Stephen Kurczy from the Christian Science Monitor April 27, 2010


The revelation that a former Scottish police chief believed in the Loch Ness monster and was concerned for its survival underscores how Scottish authorities have sought to protect the iconic beast, says Loren Coleman, a leading experts on mythic animals.

“The Scottish government has long been interested in protecting Nessie,” says Loren Coleman, who is co-author of The Field Guide to Lake Monsters, Sea Serpents, and Other Mystery Denizens of the Deep. “This just reinforces this whole notion (that) the officials in Scotland take this creature very seriously.”

Newly publicized documents reveal that a former Scottish police chief believed that the existence of the Loch Ness monster was “beyond doubt” but its protection could not be ensured.

William Fraser, chief constable of Inverness-shire Constabulary in the 1930s, wrote a letter expressing fears that a London man might kill the beast with a large harpoon gun. "That there is some strange creature in Loch Ness seems now beyond doubt, but that the police have any power to protect it is very doubtful," Mr. Fraser wrote.

To be sure, most biologists believe Nessie to be a myth, and nothing more, pointing out that large animals typically leave large remains when they die. No "monster" carcass has ever been found.

But as recently as 1999, Scottish authorities took steps to ensure the safety of their tourist-attracting monster, Mr. Coleman told the Monitor in a telephone interview from Portland, Maine, where he runs the International Cryptozoology Museum.

In 1999, Coleman was set to go on a Nessie-search expedition in a homemade submarine with Dan Scott Taylor. Thirty years earlier, while diving deep in Loch Ness in a one-man submarine, Mr. Taylor had said he undoubtedly bumped into the monster. Now, he wanted to bring with him both a secondary observer – Coleman – and a harpoon so he could take a DNA sample of the beast.

When Scottish authorities caught wind of Taylor’s plan, they revoked his exploration permits and the submarine trip never materialized. Taylor died in 2005.

“There’s always been the sense that quietly…they were taking the reports more validly. There was a serious acknowledgment that the Loch Ness monster exists,” says Coleman.

While the submarine trip never happened, Coleman still presided over a two-week surface expedition in 1999. He interviewed 38 people who claimed to have seen the monster then or in the past, and of those sightings Coleman says eight appeared valid.

Sightings often describe the monster’s iconic neck sprouting from the lake, but Coleman says experts agree that those sightings are only of an otter’s tail or a water bird’s neck. In his opinion, the Loch Ness monster is something like a whale or a walrus.

But sightings have dropped of late. There was only one "credible" reported sighting of the creature in 2009, causing enthusiasts to fear the monster may be dead, reported The Telegraph.

American officials, too, have had their odd beliefs and close encounters with the third kind. The Vermont legislature voted in 1982 to protect the legendary beast “Champ” of Lake Champlain. And current Representative Dennis Kucinich and former presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan have all seen UFOs.

Coleman says that new animal discoveries show that humans still have a lot to learn about the world. Just three weeks ago, scientists reported that they had discovered a new species of giant lizard in the Philippines. Coleman says that the finding underscored how strange animals – from Big Foot to Yeti to the Loch Ness monster – may still be lurking beneath our noses.

“There are animals out there that will surprise us in the future,” he says.

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Margaret Fox
Kate Fox
Leah Fox

Shortly after the "coming of the spirits" to the Fox household, the story of the family took a more dramatic turn. The two daughters, Maggie and Kate, were both purported to have mediumistic powers and the news of the unearthly communications with the spirit quickly spread. By November 1849, they were both giving public performances of their skills and the Spiritualist movement was born. The mania to communicate with the dead swept the country and the Fox sisters became famous.
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Well, this time I guess it is more a reminder than a full service. But honestly, I hope all you people out there remember to sleep with your hands above the covers. And don’t let this image confuse you, I know it looks like the poor little tyke with his hands above the cover has a hard time going to sleep while the dirty sod with his hands stuck far under sleep the sleep of the innocent. THIS IS NOT SO!!! – Ted

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On a page at www.jesus-is-savior.com called The devil’s Music I found this description of the music I have appreciated all my life and because I find the people who had made the page so utterly stupid I didn’t even managed to get mad, but man, did I have fun reading the crap.


And the maniac idiots concluded like this: Many people fail to recognize the demonic forces all around us in society today. Rock ‘N’ Roll is absolutely saturated in demonism, sexual immorality, rebellion and hatred against God. There’s a website online that actually sexually rates hundreds of Rock stars, like Steven Tyler and Gene Simmons, by the groupies (whores) that follow them from city to city for the sole purpose of fornicating with them. This is demonism. Pornography is demonism. Anything that influences people for Satan is demonism. So I don’t look for demons and red-tailed devils, Satan comes to us the Bible says with false teachings, sensual entertainers and the counsel of the ungodly. Sin City Las Vegas is demon city. Woe unto the wicked!  I eagerly await the time when Jesus Christ will reign triumphantly from Jerusalem during the Millennium Period as King over the whole earth, and what a time of peace and righteousness that will be! Good bye Las Vegas! Good bye Mardi Gras! Good bye Hollywood! Good bye Broadway! Good bye Rock ‘N’ Roll! Amen!

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Near the end of a World Cup soccer match June 27, 1969, between bordering Central American countries El Salvador and Honduras, an official called a penalty, giving Honduras a chance to score and win. As news of the penalty spread among the people, riots broke out in both capital cities, and a rampage of lootings and beatings began. Six days later, on July 3rd, war was declared. Five days later the war was over. But the aftermath cost some 2,000 lives and collapsed the Central American Common market, which led to severe food shortages, causing much starvation.

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Text from Wikipedia Ectoplasm (from the Greek ektos, meaning "outside", and plasma, meaning "something formed or molded") is a term coined by Charles Richet to denote a substance or spiritual energy "exteriorized" by physical mediums. Ectoplasm is said to be associated with the formation of spirits, and asserted to be an enabling factor in psychokinesis.

11142_ectoEctoplasm is said to be produced by physical mediums when in a trance state. This material is excreted as a gauze-like substance from orifices on the medium’s body and spiritual entities are said to drape this substance over their nonphysical body, enabling them to interact in our physical universe.

Although the term is widespread in popular culture, the physical existence of ectoplasm is not accepted by science. Some tested samples purported to be ectoplasm have been found to be various non-paranormal substances. Other researchers have duplicated, with non-supernatural materials, the photographic effects sometimes said to prove the existence of ectoplasm.

It takes more than sticking a tread bare old dishcloth in your mouth  and look half asleep to convince me I’m afraid. So I think I’ll go for a fake, but as a atheist I don’t believe in a life after death so convincing me would be hard anyway. But letting myself be amused by people who believe in  this mumbo jumbo and having a bit of fun on their expense can of course brighten up a dull and ordinary day– Ted

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Francis Gerber Vampyric research case, circa 1780

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Founded in Chicago in 1977 as the Vampire Studies Society by Martin V. Riccardo, the organization was the first vampire fan club to use the word “vampire” in its name (there had previously been several organizations built around Dracula). For several years the society published a Journal of Vampirism. The word “society” was dropped in 1990 and Vampire Studies now exists as a correspondence network and information clearing-house for people interested in all aspects of vampire lore.

  Isn’t it nice to know there are still people keeping up the good work out there – Ted
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From eBible Fellowship: 2011 AD—On May 21st, Judgment Day will begin and the rapture (the taking up into heaven of God’s elect people) will occur at the end of the 23-year great tribulation. On October 21st, the world will be destroyed by fire (7000 years from the flood; 13,023 years from creation).

Well, there seems to be very few if any of the elected ones as no one was reported missing on the next day. And I for one am happy with that as the 21st was my birthday. It would have been spooky if some of the guests suddenly went skywards – Ted

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I’ve seen a few strange products and ads in my time, but I think this one tops them all. A breathspray that gives instant faith in God. And “as seen on TV” even.
Must be the perfect gift for a hard-core non-believer. Just remove the label and stand back and observe as he or she gets hit by the first spray.

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Grim-faced homeowner in Slocan Valley guards his home with rifle and bulldog against threats of burning by fanatic Sons of Freedom. District residents keep their porch lights burning all night

Freedomites, also called Svobodniki or Sons of Freedom, first appeared in 1902 in Saskatchewan, Canada, and later in the Kootenay and Boundary districts of British Columbia, as a Doukhobor extremist group. Of the about 20,000 Doukhobor living in Canada today, about 2,500 are Freedomites.

The ideals of the Freedomites emphasize communal living and action, ecstatic religious doctrine, and anarchic attitudes towards external regulation. The objective of the Doukhobors in moving to Canada had been to escape religious persecution in Russia, but the community fractured soon after they arrived. The Sons of Freedom were the most radical of the resulting groups.

Although Canada at first provided a more tolerant environment than Tsarist Russia, conflict soon developed, most importantly over the schooling of children and registration. The Svobodniki generally refused to send their children to school; the governments of Saskatchewan and later British Columbia would soon charge many of the parents for not sending the children.

Although Canada at first provided a more tolerant environment than Tsarist Russia, conflict soon developed, most importantly over the schooling of children and registration. The Svobodniki generally refused to send their children to school; the governments of Saskatchewan and later British Columbia would soon charge many of the parents for not sending the children.

The Svobodniki became famous for various public protests: sometimes publicly burning their own money and/or possessions, and mostly parading in public nude. There was a doctrinal justification for nudity (that human skin, as God’s creation, was more perfect than clothes, the imperfect work of human hands), but the public nudity has generally been interpreted as a form of protest against the materialist tendencies of society.


A very small minority of the Freedomites were noted for their arson campaigns, as a sign of their protest against materialistic life. They targeted belongings and other material possessions. The attacks occurred throughout the 20th century, but the periods of greatest activity was during the 1920s and 1960s. Both arson and bombing were used. Targets included the property of themselves and other Doukhbors to further exhibit their dislike of materialism, attacks on schools to resist government pressure to school Svobodnik children, and attacks on transportation and communications. One such incident was the bombing of a railway bridge in Nelson, British Columbia in 1961. Most of these acts were committed in the nude.

Among the reactions of the British Columbia and Canadian government was taking away Freedomite children and placing them in an internment centre in New Denver. Abuse of these children was later alleged, and a formal apology demanded. The BC government made an official Statement of Regret that satisfied some, but not others. The Government of Canada has not apologized for its role in the removal, saying that it is not responsible for actions taken by the government in place 50 years ago.
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the leauge against indisent bathing - 1922 - Policewomen arrest Lewd Bathers
Police women arresting lewd bathers – 1922

Annette Kellerman

The League Against Indecent Bathing  inspired The Catholic Women’s League to take up the same fight and they even had a system for approving bathing suits as can be seen on the ad to the right.

The Catholic Women’s League’s also started a Decency Crusade  descended on  newsstands, drug stores and bookshops in order to end the sale of "corrupted and salacious" material. It would seem that the Catholic Women’s League’s efforts weren’t appreciated particularly.

In some areas of the United States of America in the early 1900s, women were expected to wear cumbersome dress and pantaloon combinations when swimming. In 1907, Annette Kellerman, an Australian swimmer, was arrested on a Boston beach for public indecency for wearing her trademark one-piece swimsuit.

After a public outcry at the arrest, the style had become generally acceptable by the 1910s.


Their "Decency Crusade" was dubbed "Censorship Crusade" by the press, and it was pointed out that many of the books targeted had not only been "widely read", but were readily available in the local public library. The Catholic Women’s League’s Decency Crusade lasted eight days. I imagine they rested on the Sunday.
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