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A best-selling 15th century work of fiction was The Tale of the Two Lovers, an erotic novel by the man who later became Pope Pius II.

In 1967, Picoaz, Ecuador, elected a brand of foot deodorant as the town’s mayor.

The word ‘fun’ does not appear in the King James Bible.

At least 109 journeys between adjacent London Underground stations are quicker to walk.

Apostasy, the abandonment of religion, is a capital offence in Afghanistan, Iran, Mauritania, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.

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4 thoughts on “23/vi mmxvi

  1. Apostasy, the abandonment of religion, is a capital offence in Afghanistan, Iran, Mauritania, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.

    How can one be forced to believe in something he doesn’t believe in? The very absurdity of the idea boggles the mind. What I’m hearing is, “We can’t force you to believe, but we can force you to keep it to yourself!

  2. It is, as Orwell wrote, a thoughtcrime. It is a dogma used by Abrahamic theologies – so to speak – to subdue the masses. “We know what you’re thinking, and we can punish you for it!”

  3. Ah, but in “1884,” people – except for a rare few, like Winston Smith – really DID believe anything they were told!

  4. Speaking of Abrahamic theologies, I’m just past the middle of A History of God, by Karen Armstrong, a nun for 22 years who finally broke the habit. One of the most thoroughly-researched books I’ve read. She tracks Judaism, Islam and Christianity, and as far as religious tolerance was concerned, the Muslims were by far the most tolerant of the three.

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