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Nov 17, 2007

What’s wrong with people who can’t spell?

The Edge, November 17, 2007


Spleling’s sloe prupsoe is to certae wrods. A wrod’s sloe prupsoe is to comuminctae a msesgae form its auhtor.
If somoene raeds a wrod and konws waht the atuhor maent, the wrod was 100 per cnet sucecsfsul—thus, so was the splelnig.
The oirgnial mesasge was comumniacted form one pesron to the ohter and we’re all hpapy. No corerspnodecne nedes to be enetred itno.
Spleling is olny a rceomemndtaion. Offiically, it is the ulitmtae and prefcet way to oredr the letetr seqeunce of a wrod but is not vtial in the wirtnig of taht wrod.
Jsut lkie wtih darwnig, the olny prefcet way to darw is idnetiaclly to the subejct. But if it’s not pcitrue prefcet, you can stlil tell waht the darwnig is of.
Now tkae tihs colmun. It is ridlded wtih spellnig cerativtiy but you can stlil undrestnad waht I am comumnciatnig to you. Thus you can see crorect spelilng is not as imoprtnat as you may hvae frist thuoght.
And so, the porbelm is wtih the reaedr, not the spleler. It is olny thsoe wtih solw mnids that are torubeld by seplling msitakes.
Thsee dsiadvnataged poeple comptue ecah letetr in a wrod and hvae to thnik bcak to scohol and dceide if tehy lerant that sequnece of letetrs.
Thsoe wtih fsat mnids can see a wrod and thier mnid isntatnly comptues the corerct wrod intneded by the autohr, wtihuot intreruption.
If you are a perosn who notcies mnay spelilng errros in dayto- day life, don’t be too disocuraegd. You are porbalby gitfed at cuontnig out luod qucikly.
Try it!

Did you know: The rules of the board game Scrabble originally allowed any spelling of a word to be used, as long as the other players could tell what the word was communicating.
While that is now banned, you can instead use words that noone knows the meaning of, as long as they are spelt correctly. That's just floccinaucinihilipilification!

Oct 13, 2007

What did Samson’s hair have to do with his strength?


A strong argument that gels with everyone has yet to be found in this tangled debate.
Rather than commenting on how many Weet-Bix Samson did, the Bible prefers to talk about his hair being the source of his strength.
We know that if the secret to strength was just having long hair, the fairy tale about Rapunzel would have focused on her being able to carry around an entire castle (moat and all) under one arm and an entire set of Uncle Arthur’s Bedtime Stories in the other.
Therefore, there must be more to strength than hair length.
There are three popular theories about Sampson’s strength and his hair:

ONE: It was a symbol of his dedication to God, who provided the strength as a result. This is the traditional explanation.

TWO: It was his hair that caused rage. He was teased for looking like a girl all through school, bullies pulled his hair, his mother wasn’t very gentle when brushing out knots, he had split ends, trying to run a restaurant was unsuccessful (every dish seemed to have a handful of hair in it) and he would catch his hair when ploughing the field. All this built up and you will see in the Bible he had several anti-joyful attitudinal moments, all caused from the built up anger caused by his hair. Thus, his strength got out of control.

THREE: The explanation that lathers best involves Samson using the hair strengthening shampoo "Steroidsilk." To the average user, this had no noticeable effect but because Sampson washed his hair after every meal (due to it falling into his food each time) and with the huge quantities of Steroidsilk needed each time—due to the amount of hair Samson had—it slowly absorbed into his body through osmosis. You will notice, when his hair was cut, no more washing and the effects wore off. Coincidence??

Random fact about Samson: According to Judges 15, Samson was the creator of Firefox, a fast way to access all the local farmers’ produce from one location.

Aug 25, 2007

What happened to the dinosaurs?

The Edge, August 25, 2007

This is a monster of a question that never seems to find extinction.

The Triumphal Entry that could have been!?!?Through the process of carbon DNA glycosonarisation, we are able see that dinosaurs were allergic to carrots. The presence of carrots in their stomachs (see the silly answer “Why are there always carrots when . . .” somehow made their ears ring. And being so big, it was more a fire truck’s wailing siren than the genteel ringing humans encounter.

Most had either really short arms or stumpy legs, preventing them from getting a giant cotton bud to poke around in their ears and satisfy their curiosity.

Of course, having this ringing in their head all day made them very grouchy indeed. Needless to say, no-one likes to be around an irritable dinosaur. It just brings your own mood down. Therefore, the dinosaurs became very lonely and depressed too—not having any friends as such.

They resorted to bullying the other animals in an attempt to be accepted. But that only brought a few shallow friends out of fear—not true friends.

Come time for the flood, Noah put out an audition call for all the animals. He had a place for two of every animal in his floating barnyard. There were animals queuing back for kilocubits! Because of the ringing in the ears, the dinosaurs didn’t hear about the auditions. They were also used to people just walking away from them too, so didn’t think anything was up. No-one wanted to tell them about it either, for fear of the crankosauruses biting their head off.

Eventually, Noah herded two of each animals in, plus a few extra animals for cleaning purposes and the poor humagadocuses were left behind. Whales were the only dinosaurs to survive. Even today, if you put a microphone in the water you can hear them whining due to the ringing still going on in their ears!

Random fact about dinosaurs: While most dinosaurs were really tall, none ever played professional basketball.

Jun 23, 2007

How much money do I need to be rich?

The Edge, June 23, 2007

About a century ago, Ernie Einstein—Albert’s younger brother—formulated an accounting equation that works out how much money any one person needs to be considered rich: R=mc0. The equation “R=mc0” means rich (R) is your money (m) counted (c) plus an extra zero (0).

Here are some practical examples:
  • A $1,000,000,000 balance has so many zeros that it confuses people, to the point of thinking they have less money than they actually have. They desire that extra zero to ensure they have enough money to put their 10 chihuahuas through university.
  • A $1,000,000 balance brings the desire of the extra zero so people can separate themselves from those who won their million from TV game shows.
  • A $100,000 balance makes people want the extra zero, to be invited to parties where they can get the autograph of those they saw win a million dollars on TV game shows.
  • A $10,000 balance brings a one-chance investment decision. Having the extra zero would mean 10 chances to invest wisely and allow for accidental investments in MP3 duplicating machinery.
  • A $1000 balance means a person can think of 10 things they could buy with that money—problem is they can have only one of them, so the extra zero is craved.
  • A $100 balance is great if you want to take your partner out for dinner, but to really impress them you need that extra zero to be able to aff ord enough roses to show them how much you truly love them.
  • A $10 balance leaves one desiring the extra zero so they can skip the budget “blotchy wash” and get the deluxe carwash that includes laser eye treatment and fl ossing.
  • A $1 balance means that to be able to buy a “minimum of chips” every day in the coming week, and feel rich indeed, an extra zero is required.
  • A $0 balance is literally having nothing. People like this are more common in developing countries. The extra zero brings their total worth to $0.0, which they already have, so are indeed the only ones who, according to the formula, consider themselves rich.

Thus, it seems those with no money are more content than those with it, and therefore richer than those with more.

May 26, 2007

Is there any sense in superstitions?

The Edge, May 26, 2007

Some people scoff at the suggestion of superstitions, others swear by them—and are later made to wash their mouth out with soap by their mother. Like it or not, every superstition has some truth to it, if the circumstances are right.

The superstitions below can be scientifically proven:
  • It’s good luck to find a four leaf clover if you’re a hungry ladybug.
  • It’s good luck to have a rabbit’s foot when you’re a rabbit. (Having two or more is even better luck for the rabbit.)
  • It’s good luck to cross your fingers if someone’s offering a four finger discount.
  • When you see a shooting star you can make a wish and if your wish actually happens, it has come true.
  • Bad things come in threes when your sister visits with her ADHD triplets.
  • Friday the 13th is a day of bad luck if you run you car into the back of a circus animal truck.
  • It’s bad luck to walk under a ladder if there’s a painter with hypothermia up it.
  • It’s bad luck if a black cat passes in front of you when you’re a mouse without legs.
  • It’s bad luck if you break a mirror while living in a lighthouse.
  • It’s bad luck to open an umbrella indoors if you’re in a small but expensive china shop.
  • It’s bad luck to step on a crack in the footpath if the crack is bigger than your foot and the path leads over a septic tank.
  • It’s bad luck to have a horseshoe nailed on the wall with its ends pointing down if you're the horse still wearing the horseshoe.

As you can see, all superstitions are fully valid—given the right circumstances.

The one superstition you need to remember most is the bad luck that comes by not sharing your faith with your friends (for them, not you).

Interesting Fact: The first person to invent a superstition never actually went ahead with the invention for fear it would bring them bad luck.

Mar 31, 2007

What’s so amazing about saying grace?

The Edge, March 31, 2007

Recently, The Edge came across an untranslated Dead Sea serviette that presents 10 instructions God gave Moses about grace. This helps explain some of the idiosyncrasies with this tradition that’s taught to us from Christian childhood.
Below is the best English translation we could decipher.

THE 10 GRACEANDMENTS

  1. For all food or nutritionally beneficial beverages that require more than four mouthfuls or more than 12 minutes to consume, grace is required.
  2. Saying grace before a meal will add to the nutritional value and filling capacity of a meal (and if the grace rhymes the taste of a meal will also improve).
  3. Grace may be said up to 12 seconds into a meal, though all chewing must cease during the grace or it will be declared null and void.
  4. Blessing the hands that have prepared the food ensures that the cook’s hands were washed before preparing the meal—even if they weren’t.
  5. There is a time limit of seven minutes between saying grace and starting to eat the meal before the grace expires and needs reinstating.
  6. A grace is valid for all food consumption and only ceases its functions when 77 minutes pass between any two mouthfuls.
  7. Singing or holding hands during grace will scare away all germs that may be present in the meal.
  8. One person may pronounce a grace for an entire group but a SYO order (Say Your Own) must be openly declared if this isn’t going to happen.
  9. Calling out “Grace!” has no affect on the meal but will bring laughter, groans and confused looks from different people in the vicinity.
  10. Food poisoning may result if the above guidelines are ignored 70 x 7 times. Enjoy your meal.

Did you know? Not closing eyes during grace cancels all positive affects grace would otherwise have. The angels can’t secretly “do their stuff ” to your food if your eyes are open!

Mar 1, 2007

Scott the Mood for Cooking!

I wrote (and 'performed') this script for a guest appearance on a podcast I used to be part of for www.signsofthetimes.org.au

Bon Appétit (whatever that means)

Feb 17, 2007

Green eggs and ham: eat it or scram?

The Edge, February 17, 2007

They say ask a silly question, get a silly answer. So I guess if you ask a rhyming silly question you should get a rhyming silly answer:

The question you ask
It is a big task
The Bible’s reasons, we’ll use to unmask

Ham is forbid
And so is squid
Deut 14 explains it, as to a wee kid

About the green eggs
This question still begs
There’s no Bible stance on, that’s got any legs

Should we go eat
For it is not meat
Lawful to dine on, before it goes tweet?

Eggs of the norm
Are OK in form
But will being green, cause one stomach storm?

If egg were eggplant
Like eaten by an aunt
Gen 1:30 says green, would be a fine slant

So what do we do?
We’re in quite a stew
No advice to receive, that we can call true

Abstain I do say
Keep well away
And when we’re in heaven, we will check the buffet

(Dedicated to Kevin Whyte – whose courage is like a flying kite.)
“God is a vegetarian with no ifs and buts – But He desires spiritual fruit, not spiritual nuts!"

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