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Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo yesterday. 4 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Ian Mason on March 15, 2014 at 1:54am

Yes, Randall. I am a doer of crosswords. After 20+ years of working nights I've found that they're an ideal pastime as they can be laid aside and taken up so easily as work demands. I'm better at Danish crosswords than English these days too. I do attempt the cryptic in the Times Lit. Supp. every week and my record is 5 answers solved.

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 14, 2014 at 10:24pm

Skillet cornbread... delicious!  <licks whiskers>

And sometimes pies are square.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 14, 2014 at 9:54pm

Cornbread CAN be round if it's made in a cast iron skillet!

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 14, 2014 at 9:48pm

Chris, the metric system makes so much more sense than the Imperial and U.S. systems with inches and feet and yards and miles (and fathoms and rods and furlongs and...), and ounces and pounds (of various flavors, too! as well as stones and such), and ....

Now to bring up fictional characters that are not part of any religion! J. K. Rowling wrote on pottermore.com that when Britain adopted the metric system, witches and wizards simply ignored it. They "are not averse to laborious calculations, which they can, after all, do magically, so they do not find it inconvenient to weigh in ounces, pounds and stones; measure in inches, feet and miles; or pay for goods in Knuts, Sickles, and Galleons." She refused to allow the publisher to convert measurements in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone to metric, as was their standard practice; the old system is "much more picturesque, much quirkier, and therefore more appropriate to the kind of society I was describing."

Speaking of inconvenient units, how about velocity in furlongs per fortnight (1 fur/ftn is literally glacially slow: rougly 1 centimeter per minute).

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 14, 2014 at 9:35pm

Seen on various buttons and t-shirts and such:

PIE ARE NOT SQUARE

PIE ARE ROUND

CORNBREAD ARE SQUARE

Comment by sk8eycat on March 14, 2014 at 8:07pm

[cut-EAT!] {GRIN!}  (brush teeth first)

Comment by Loren Miller on March 14, 2014 at 7:57pm

[cut-paste!] {grin!}

Comment by Plinius on March 14, 2014 at 12:27pm

Thanks Loren!   5'1

Comment by Loren Miller on March 14, 2014 at 12:17pm

You want to convert meters to feet?  Leave it to Google.

Meters to inches?  Yeah, the G entity can do that, too.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 14, 2014 at 12:15pm

PS: My sister bought 2 (small 5") "no sugar added" pies for today...one apple,and one cherry.  Vons/Safeway is actually having a "Pi Day" sale!  I'm always amazed when Marketing people actually do something clever instead of the same-old same-old.

 

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