Pets Provide More Comfort Than Priests

And not only are pets more comforting than priests, studies have shown that they are far less likely to molest your children which is pretty goddamn comforting in my book.

People recently bereaved gain greater comfort from their pets than they do from their priest or spiritual adviser, a new study suggests.
The survey found that a third of people mourning a loved one turned to their family, with a quarter relying friends and one in five getting support from children.

Lower down the list, pets ranked ahead of priests and spiritual advisers, books, films and professionals.

(via Friendly Atheist)

Selfless crazies play Desert Bus for charity

From Joystiq.com:

The guys behind LoadingReadyRun have a very unique way of contributing to this year’s Child’s Play charity: they’re playing one of the worst games of all time.

Desert Bus is one of several mini-games included in the never-officially-released Sega CD game Penn and Teller’s Smoke and Mirrors. The Desert Bus mini-game challenges players to drive Penn and Teller’s tour bus from Tuscon, Arizona to Las Vegas, Nevada… in real time… and at a maximum speed of 45 mph.

It’s a task that takes 8 hours to complete, and earns players one point in the game. The task can be completed back and forth as many times as the players can stomach, each time earning one point. The LoadingReadyRun team has pledged that the more money they receive, the longer they will sit and endure this painful, painful game. Over $1,000 USD have already been donated, which guarantees the masochists at least 64 hours of play-time. To see just how crazy they are, check out the gameplay footage after the break.

Waxy covered this game extensively in a post last year which includes Penn talking about the game on his old radio show.

Update:

They’ve made over $12,000 for the Child’s Play charity and are almost on their third day of driving the bus.