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Dave W.
Info Junkie

USA
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Posted - 10/24/2004 :  19:37:36  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message
Don't know how many people here have seen this Snopes write-up, or even the emails which prompted it, but I just wanted to point it out not only for the humor aspects, but also for the wonderful illustration of the best of what the Mikkelsons do. They don't just tell you the story is false. They don't just tell you why the story is false. They tell you all about the folkloric motivations which probably went into authoring the story in the first place.

Great stuff.

- Dave W. (Private Msg, EMail)
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Why not question something for a change?
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Gorgo
SFN Die Hard

USA
5310 Posts

Posted - 10/25/2004 :  03:53:54   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Gorgo a Private Message
No doubt about it.

I know the rent is in arrears
The dog has not been fed in years
It's even worse than it appears
But it's alright-
Jerry Garcia
Robert Hunter



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beskeptigal
SFN Die Hard

USA
3834 Posts

Posted - 10/25/2004 :  08:20:49   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send beskeptigal a Private Message
Hmmm...Maybe Atheist should take the 4-1 holiday and fool theists as the theme?
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Gorgo
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Posted - 10/25/2004 :  08:23:27   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Gorgo a Private Message
Let's see if I can remember how it goes. "Fool me...once...shame...on...you..., we won't be fooled again." Right?

I know the rent is in arrears
The dog has not been fed in years
It's even worse than it appears
But it's alright-
Jerry Garcia
Robert Hunter



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BigPapaSmurf
SFN Die Hard

3192 Posts

Posted - 10/25/2004 :  08:32:07   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send BigPapaSmurf a Private Message
I have issues with the term Holiday=Holy day, and is unacceptable for and Atheist occasion.

"...things I have neither seen nor experienced nor heard tell of from anybody else; things, what is more, that do not in fact exist and could not ever exist at all. So my readers must not believe a word I say." -Lucian on his book True History

"...They accept such things on faith alone, without any evidence. So if a fraudulent and cunning person who knows how to take advantage of a situation comes among them, he can make himself rich in a short time." -Lucian critical of early Christians c.166 AD From his book, De Morte Peregrini
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Cuneiformist
The Imperfectionist

USA
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Posted - 10/25/2004 :  08:41:07   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Cuneiformist a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Gorgo

Let's see if I can remember how it goes. "Fool me...once...shame...on...you..., we won't be fooled again." Right?



Yes-- one of my favorite Bush quotes! The guy shouldn't talk unless a teleprompter is in front of him. (Or a radio transmitter is taped to his back )
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Ricky
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Posted - 10/25/2004 :  11:38:43   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Ricky an AOL message Send Ricky a Private Message
quote:
The guy shouldn't talk unless a teleprompter is in front of him.


Oh, did he learn how to read?

Why continue? Because we must. Because we have the call. Because it is nobler to fight for rationality without winning than to give up in the face of continued defeats. Because whatever true progress humanity makes is through the rationality of the occasional individual and because any one individual we may win for the cause may do more for humanity than a hundred thousand who hug their superstitions to their breast.
- Isaac Asimov
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R.Wreck
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USA
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Posted - 10/25/2004 :  13:59:57   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send R.Wreck a Private Message
quote:
Hmmm...Maybe Atheist should take the 4-1 holiday and fool theists as the theme?


What would be the point? The churches already do that every day of the year!

The foundation of morality is to . . . give up pretending to believe that for which there is no evidence, and repeating unintelligible propositions about things beyond the possibliities of knowledge.
T. H. Huxley

The Cattle Prod of Enlightened Compassion
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filthy
SFN Die Hard

USA
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Posted - 10/25/2004 :  15:29:28   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message
That's one of the best things about being an atheist: we don't need some lame excuse to take a holiday.


"What luck for rulers that men do not think." -- Adolf Hitler (1889 - 1945)

"If only we could impeach on the basis of criminal stupidity, 90% of the Rethuglicans and half of the Democrats would be thrown out of office." ~~ P.Z. Myres


"The default position of human nature is to punch the other guy in the face and take his stuff." ~~ Dude

Brother Boot Knife of Warm Humanitarianism,

and Crypto-Communist!

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Siberia
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Brazil
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Posted - 10/25/2004 :  16:20:49   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Siberia's Homepage  Send Siberia an AOL message  Send Siberia a Yahoo! Message Send Siberia a Private Message
I still enjoy Christmas, though. Great food, great movies on tv, great excuse to get people to buy things for you... Easter I don't care much about, though.

"Why are you afraid of something you're not even sure exists?"
- The Kovenant, Via Negativa

"People who don't like their beliefs being laughed at shouldn't have such funny beliefs."
-- unknown
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beskeptigal
SFN Die Hard

USA
3834 Posts

Posted - 11/07/2004 :  11:54:47   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send beskeptigal a Private Message
Christmas is the biggest Capitalism holiday of the year. It is extremely fitting as a USA holiday. I love Christmas. Recreational shopping is so therapuetic.

PS, this is not meant to be sarcastic. I do have some over-consumers' guilt as far as the rest of the world is concerned, though I mostly shop at second hand sources. Sorry, guess evolution has pressured me to be self centered a tad more than group centered. But only a tad, mind you.

Easter is growing more capitalistic all the time. I recreationally shop on Easter as well. Very satisfying.
Edited by - beskeptigal on 11/07/2004 11:56:21
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Wendy
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USA
614 Posts

Posted - 11/12/2004 :  12:09:59   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Wendy a Yahoo! Message Send Wendy a Private Message
Well, April 1 is okay, I guess, but if atheists are going to get a holiday, I vote for Halloween. You get to dress up, decorate, get good things to eat without cooking, and the fundies already hate it.

Halloween has all the fun of Christmas with none of the hassle, hypocrisy or stress. It's far and away my favorite holiday.

Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do on a rainy afternoon.
-- Susan Ertz
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Ricky
SFN Die Hard

USA
4907 Posts

Posted - 11/12/2004 :  12:18:44   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Ricky an AOL message Send Ricky a Private Message
I am really against any holiday. It just seems too... Christian for an atheist.

Why continue? Because we must. Because we have the call. Because it is nobler to fight for rationality without winning than to give up in the face of continued defeats. Because whatever true progress humanity makes is through the rationality of the occasional individual and because any one individual we may win for the cause may do more for humanity than a hundred thousand who hug their superstitions to their breast.
- Isaac Asimov
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BigPapaSmurf
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Posted - 11/12/2004 :  12:28:14   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send BigPapaSmurf a Private Message
I got it! God is Dead Day! You can celebrate any or all days if you wish. But calling it a holiday is punishable by death.

"...things I have neither seen nor experienced nor heard tell of from anybody else; things, what is more, that do not in fact exist and could not ever exist at all. So my readers must not believe a word I say." -Lucian on his book True History

"...They accept such things on faith alone, without any evidence. So if a fraudulent and cunning person who knows how to take advantage of a situation comes among them, he can make himself rich in a short time." -Lucian critical of early Christians c.166 AD From his book, De Morte Peregrini
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