Daily Dose of Ingersoll

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I would not for my life destroy one star of human hope, but I want it so that when a poor woman rocks the cradle and sings a lullaby to the dimpled darling, she will not be compelled to believe that ninety-nine chances in a hundred she is raising kindling wood for hell.
— Robert Green Ingersoll, “How To Be Saved” (1880)

Original Doctor Who Pitch

From BetweenthePages:

I recently discovered that the BBC’s original pitch for Doctor Who is online. The pitch is divided into five documents. Most pitches I’ve seen are single documents which roughly describe a proposed TV show. Because the Doctor Who pitch is five documents, you see the progression of how the BBC went from considering a new science fiction series to creating Doctor Who. As always some of the most interesting portions of the pitch are items which never made it into the series.

(via Kottke)

Umbrella Mistaken for Rifle at Mall

I could see people mistaking it for a samurai sword:

BURLINGTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – A report of a man with a rifle inside a Nordstrom department store triggered a massive police response and the evacuation of a mall near Boston on Tuesday, but the man turned out to be carrying only an umbrella.

The Burlington Mall was evacuated and closed for more than two hours as a police SWAT team wearing body armor and carrying shields searched for an armed man.

State police wrote on their Twitter account that they had received two calls about a short white man with a gray shirt and a backpack who was carrying what appeared to be a rifle.