Word of the day:

Paruresis (IPA [paɹ jÉ™ ‘ɹi: sɪs]), also known as pee shyness, shy kidney, bashful bladder, stage fright, urinophobia or shy bladder syndrome is a type of social anxiety disorder, that can affect both men and women, in which the sufferer is unable to urinate in the (real or imaginary) presence of others, such as in a public restroom. The analogous condition that affects bowel movement is called parcopresis.

The Word according to Dubya: 50 religious insights from George Bush

From Times Online:

1. I am driven with a mission from God. God would tell me, ‘George go and fight these terrorists in Afghanistan’. And I did. And then God would tell me ‘George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq’. And I did. Sharm el-Sheikh August 2003

2. I trust God speaks through me. Without that, I couldn’t do my job.
Statement made during campaign visit to Amish community, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Jul. 9, 2004

(via Pharyngula)

Would You 72

What is Would You 72?

The most intensely broadcasted game-show on the internet. One person, some cameras, 72 hours. If they can withstand a grueling, no sleep, 72 hour session of some predetermined activity they will win the prize of their choice courtesy of us. For all 72 hours they are live, by webcam, for all to see. Contests, betting, games, and random entertainment are shown throughout.

What is the first show going to be about?

A journey on how far a gamer would go to get his fix. Halo 3 for 72 hours straight. That’s three entire days of continuous play with no sleep, no naps, no mercy! Protecting earth from alien destruction, side by side with his fellow man, fighting for our right to live! If the contender manages to stay awake all 72 hours he will win a copy of Halo 3, a 360, and the respect of millions! An instant legend to all who worship Master Chief. All hail the bane of the covenant!

Duluth Lynchings

From Wikipedia:

On June 14, 1920, the James Robinson Circus arrived in Duluth for a performance. Two local teenagers, Irene Tusken and James Sullivan, met at the circus and ended up behind the Big Top, watching the black workers dismantle the menagerie tent, load wagons and generally get the circus ready to move on. What actual events that transpired between Tusken, Sullivan and the workers are unknown; however, later that night Sullivan claimed that he and Tusken were assaulted, and Tusken was raped by five or six black circus workers. Sullivan’s father reported the story to the Duluth Police who immediately stopped the train on its way out of town, lined up all 150 or so roustabouts, food service workers and props-men on the side of the tracks, and asked Sullivan and Tusken to identify their attackers. The police arrested six black men in connection with the rape. One of them, Isaac McGhie, was held as a material witness.

The authenticity of James Sullivan’s rape claim is subject to skepticism. When Irene Tusken was examined by her physician, Dr. David Graham, on the morning of June 15, he found no physical evidence of rape or assault.[1]

Newspapers printed articles on the alleged rape, while rumors spread throughout the town that Tusken had died as a result of the assault. Through the course of the day, a mob estimated between 5,000 and 10,000 people[1] formed outside the Duluth city jail. The Duluth Police, ordered not to use their guns, offered little or no resistance to the mob. The mob seized Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson, and Isaac McGhie and found them guilty of Irene Tusken’s rape in a mock trial. The three men were taken to 1st Street and 2nd Avenue East,[1] where they were lynched by the mob.

Hunting Bats

As of July 27th, 2006 I have had nine “encounters” with bats in my house the last five years … and the score so far is “Alek-9, Bats-0” … although 7 of the bats were “returned” back outside … so it’s possible I’ve had some repeat visitors. I wish I knew why/where these guys are coming from, but I really wish those pesky critters would stay outside and eat the bugs. BTW, if you have bats in your house, the first thing you should do is go get your digital camera (like I do! 😉 … and then close the doors so they are confined to that room – then deal with ’em!

(via Boing Boing)