What you thought was a nice place to see kangaroos and the Outback is actually the site of the coming alien invasion. Well, maybe.
The blog I09 recounts a spate of reports that Australians in Sydney have been abducted, taken to a medical facility in the Blue Mountains, and, um, medically examined.
The victims claim to be sort of asleep, conveniently next to an open window, when they levitate over the city and onto an operating table inside an Unidentified Flying Object. This is where they face the inevitable "dental or baking instrument" used as a probe. (If anyone has been abducted by aliens and not faced the probe, please come forward now.)
Extra terrestrial enthusiasts are probing for UFOs online. Interest in "ufo evidence" has mysteriously increased 125% in the last seven days, along with "real aliens," "ufo photos," and "ufo sightings." Then there's the ominous "aliens will probably invade."
Self-proclaimed UFO expert Michael Cohen, who has studied the abduction reports, can't explain the alien interest in Aussies. But the details do tell him certain things: Since the reports come from single men, these aliens appear not to like witnesses (or marriage. But we digress). Aliens can't make people float through walls, but they do like the summer heat (maybe because of all those open windows).
Sure, all that makes sense to us. But will someone please explain the deal with the probe?
You may not enjoy your posts when you return. - Miraz
Game show looks to convert atheists
Fri Jul 3, 2009 11:55am EDT
By Daren Butler
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - What happens when you put a Muslim imam, a Christian priest, a rabbi and a Buddhist monk in a room with 10 atheists?
Turkish television station Kanal T hopes the answer is a ratings success as it prepares to launch a gameshow where spiritual guides from the four faiths will seek to convert a group of non-believers.
The prize for converts will be a pilgrimage to a holy site of their chosen religion -- Mecca for Muslims, the Vatican for Christians, Jerusalem for Jews and Tibet for Buddhists.
But religious authorities in Muslim but secular Turkey are not amused by the twist on the popular reality game show format and the Religious Affairs Directorate is refusing to provide an imam for the show.
"Doing something like this for the sake of ratings is disrespectful to all religions. Religion should not be a subject for entertainment programs," High Board of Religious Affairs Chairman Hamza Aktan told state news agency Anatolian after news of the planned program emerged.
The makers of "Penitents Compete" are unrepentant and reject claims that the show, scheduled to begin broadcasting in September, will cheapen religion.
"We are giving the biggest prize in the world, the gift of belief in God," Kanal T chief executive Seyhan Soylu told Reuters.
"We don't approve of anyone being an atheist. God is great and it doesn't matter which religion you believe in. The important thing is to believe," Soylu said.
The project focuses attention on the issue of religious identity in European Union-candidate Turkey, where rights groups have raised concerns over freedom of religion for non-Muslim minorities.
Detractors of the ruling AK Party government, which is rooted in political Islam but officially secular, accuse it of having a hidden Islamist agenda, a charge it denies.
Some 200 people have so far applied to take part in the show and the 10 contestants will be chosen next month.
A team of theologians will ensure that the atheists are truly non-believers and are not just seeking fame or a free holiday.
(Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Dominic Evans)
RIGA (Reuters) - Ready to give your soul for a loan in these difficult economic times? In Latvia, where the crisis has raged more than in the rest of the European Union, you can.
Such a deal is being offered by the Kontora loan company, whose public face is Viktor Mirosiichenko, 34.
Clients have to sign a contract, with the words "Agreement" in bold letters at the top. The client agrees to the collateral, "that is, my immortal soul."
Mirosiichenko said his company would not employ debt collectors to get its money back if people refused to repay, and promised no physical violence. Signatories only have to give their first name and do not show any documents.
"If they don't give it back, what can you do? They won't have a soul, that's all," he told Reuters in a basement office, with one desk, a computer and three chairs.
Wearing sunglasses, a black suit and a white shirt with the words "Kontora" (office) emblazoned on it, he reaches into his pocket and lays out a sheaf of notes on the table to show that the business is serious and not a joke.
Latvia has been the EU nation worst hit by economic crisis.
Unemployment is soaring and banks have sharply reduced their lending, meaning that small companies offering easy loans in small amounts have become more popular.
Mirosiichenko said his company was basically trusting people to repay the small amounts they borrowed, which has so far been up to 250 lats ($500) for between 1 and 90 days at a hefty interest rate.
He said about 200 people had taken out loans over the two months the business was in operation.
(Reporting by Patrick Lannin; Editing by Steve Addison)
I like it! I find Mary to be one of the most interesting person in human history. Just think about the influence she had on making of Jesus. Both literally and figuratively, there would be no Jesus without her divine stories... The moment she declared that this is a miraculous child is the day people would be worshipping Jesus....
In fact, I believe if Mary was a man - I think it would have been her spreading the religion instead of her son. Shame she was born a woman with a beautiful mind.
Muhammed had it tougher with the cave, meditation and everything else....
Aijaz Mehboob Khan is a con man who successfully convinced his victims that he had personal ties with Mahatma Gandhi, as well as Subhash Chandra Bose.
What’s weirder, he proved his famous affiliations with a fake Times of India cover story; complete with a picture of him standing besides the Father of the Nation .
What’s weirdest is that the issue is dated July 12, 1945, while our con man himself is just 29 years old.
Surprisingly, Khan - a computer engineer and a resident of Mumbra - managed to dupe at least 10 people to the tune of Rs 50 lakh with his so called ‘freedom fighter’ connections!
Besides the morphed newspaper cutting, which had him posing with Mahatma Gandhi, Khan also managed to convince his victims that he was the president of the Azad Hind Party, which was formed by Netaji Bose.
“He was a very smooth talker, and it never really occurred to us to verify whatever he told us,” said Shivaji Argade, a merchant navy man, who was duped of Rs 1 lakh.