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Bacteria are about as different from viruses as metronomes are from giraffes.

Every year, a thousand letters arrive in Jerusalem addressed to God.

Uranium is 40 times more common than silver and 500 times more common than gold.

The giant palm salamander can stick its tongue out 50 times faster than you can blink.

Every day, the human body makes 300 billion new cells, three times as many as there are galaxies in the universe.

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On Joseph Smith

“No, it’s a matter of logic! If you’re going to say things that have been proven wrong, like that the first man and woman lived in Missouri, and that Native Americans came from Jerusalem, then you’d better have something to back it up. All you’ve got are a bunch of stories about some asswipe who read plates nobody ever saw out of a hat, and then couldn’t do it again when the translations were hidden!”

– Stan Marsh


According to Jewish tradition, Gehenna is the place in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to the south of Jerusalem where children were sacrificed to the god Moloch in ancient times.

For this reason the valley was deemed to be accursed, and Gehenna therefore soon became a figurative equivalent for ‘hell’ in Judaism. Twenty centuries ago, Gehenna also became a literal equivalent of hell (as a place of eternal damnation) in accordance with the Christian faith to account for this newly thought of concept at the time.

Later versions of the Bible have included more faulty translations of this nature to interject the Christian concept of hell. In the King James Version of the Bible, for instance, the terms Sheol, Hades, and Gehenna are translated as ‘hell’ to accommodate this Christian dogmatic idea.

In Islam, the name given to hell, Jahannam, directly derives from the term Gehenna.

‘To have to leave my little cottage and take a stuffy, smelly, over-heated hole of an apartment in this Heaven-forsaken, festering Gehenna.’

– P. G. Wodehouse, My Man Jeeves

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