In a sign either that the human species is less doomed than I had thought, or that the heat death of the universe is more imminent,
FiveThirtyEight.com reports that The Chicken Dance was banned at 23.1% of wedding receptions last year.
The value of this datum is somewhat diminished by the fact that they found that many songs appear both on their most requested and their most banned list.
FiveThirtyEight‘s Significant Digits column every day precisely because it provides this sort of critical information.
You can return to your day now.
PS: Six percent of wedding receptions banned anything by Justin Bieber. I regard that latter figure as much too low.
Students at UC San Diego are
trying to solve a really serious problem.
(Because of the way this theme works, you need to go to the actual post to get the link. At some point I’ll try to figure out how to change that.)
I had chosen to lead into Isaiah 61 by starting with Luke 4:16ff, but I only got to the end of 4:16, “stood up to read.” I don’t work well with these schedules.
As a dual citizen, I had to appreciate this:
FiveThirtyEight.com. Note: I read their Significant Digits every day. Great site.
Yes, he had an opinion:
To Mary Willis Shelburne (3/21/1955): “We were talking about Cats & Dogs the other day & decided that both have consciences but the dog, being an honest, humble person, always has a bad one, but the Cat is a Pharisee and always has a good one. When he sits and stares you out of countenance he is thanking God that he is not as these dogs, or these humans, or even as these other Cats!” (3:587).
See a long list of
Lewis quotes from Andy Naselli.
This was so good I had to embed it!
Too funny! (Hat tip:
hat tip to Jacob Cerone. I nearly died laughing.
I was stopped at a light and saw this church sign. Yep! I did! I grabbed my cell phone and took a picture. (It was a long red!)
It’s a particularly bad use of the slippery slope argument.
A free society depends on us permitting things that we do not promote. I permit people to utter nonsense, even in my presence. I do not promote their speech.
I’m guessing that this was intended to refer to same-sex marriage, as a warning that if we allow it, we must promote it. But permitting and promoting are not the same thing.
It is, of course, quite possible that we should neither permit nor promote some activities. Murder, for example. But permitting even murder would not be the same thing as promoting it.
I suppose it’s too much to expect the purveyors of church sign quotes to use the language with any skill. In fact, church signs are a very rich source of really bad quotes.
But this one just got on my nerves.
OK. I’m done.