Mars microscope

The Mars Phoenix Lander has managed to take some really close-up pictures of Mars dust. The picture was taken off of a silicon substrate which was exposed so that dust kicked off when the lander landed would stick to it. I don't know what to make of the picture, but it still gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling to see something so microscopic from Mars.

The image above is from NASA.

Raptor Jesus

There is a hilarious cult of Jesus Christ claiming that the head of Jesus was that of a raptor. The sad thing is that the arguments for the claim were so similar to the types that some fundamentalist Christians use that I had to double check that it wasn't a real cult. Poe's Law strikes again!

I wish it were the case that I could have dismissed it as satire immediately, but sadly it's the case that some Christians seriously believe some weird things and often employ confused arguments (like what some believe about thermodynamics or the power of prayer). It's sometimes really hard to figure out whether certain religious content is sincere or parody.

Too much prayer

Some people might think that there can never be such a thing as too much prayer. So it's funny to notice that an Islamic cleric thinks that Egyptians pray too much. While I'm not against people praying in their own time, there's no way I can be fine with people spending more time praying than working during work hours. I'm not sure if the average Egyptian is incredibly devout or if they're just using prayer as a state-sanctioned excuse for not working. However, significant loss of productivity due to prayer is certainly not a downside I would have thought of coming from state-sponsored religion.

Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me is a hilarious podcast where they make fun of the weekly news. It's a quiz show where the questions are hilarious, and you'll discover things that you would never believe happening. The intervening breaks where regular panelists try to guess the answer to a question are also really funny, especially when they don't know the answer.

It's actually a radio show which is also being provided as a podcast. I don't listen to the show through radio since I prefer podcasts, not to mention that I don't even have a radio, which means you'll probably never hear me on the show as a contestant.