May 2011

It's Not The End Of The World

If you spend any time on Twitter or Facebook, you probably noticed the overwhelming flood of "end of the world" jokes. These all stem from the preachings of one lone loon who proclaimed that the Rapture would happen on May 21, 2011.

Guess what!

Yeah.

Here's what I always wonder: how do these guys stay in business? You would have to be pretty foolhardy - or crazy - to give out a solid date for the Rapture. If it doesn't come to pass, which let's face it, it probably won't, then you look like a total goober.

And yet!

Is Jon Stewart Reading My Mind?

Understanding "Regression to the Mean"

We all have an innate understanding of the concept that is technically described as "regression to the mean."

It was once wonderfully illustrated in an episode of King of the Hill. In an early scene, Khan, Boomhauer, and Bill are standing side by side in the alley on a blustery day. Khan is wearing a big cowboy hat. A gust of wind comes along, plucks the cowboy hat from Khan's head, gives it a single twirl over Boomhauer's head, and drops it square atop Bill's head.

The men are amazed! They decide that they have to videotape it for YouTube so that they can become internet stars. What follows is a long series of attempts to recreate the event, to no avail.

Did Mary Magdalene Fall In Love With Judas (Baby)?

If you have watched the music video released today for Lady Gaga's hit "Judas," you - like me - may find yourself with some questions.

Did Mary Magdalene have a relationship with Judas? Did Judas ride a badass motorcycle? Did Jesus wear cornrows? What is a lipstick gun, and where can I buy one?

I can't answer the last one, except to state the obvious: it is a gun which produces lipstick. (Duh!)

Osama Bin Laden Conspiracy Theories

Just as laika.yaz predicted, a whole host of conspiracies has sprung up around the announcement of Osama Bin Laden's death. It's a pity they are all of such poor quality compared to the conspiracies that grew up around other major events like 9/11, the moon landing, the Kennedy assassination, and so forth.

Conspiracy Theory 1: Birther Distraction

Many people have noted the close timing between the release of Obama's long-form birth certificate and the timing of the assault on Bin Laden's compound. They feel that Bin Laden's death is just meant to distract us from the birth certificate question.