Monday, March 03, 2008

Today in Extraordinarily Odd

The body of St Padre Pio, one of Italy's most popular saints, was exhumed last night to be prepared for public veneration next month marking the 40th anniversary of his death and the 90th anniversary of the first appearance of stigmata on his hands and feet. Isn’t that lovely? I think it sounds like the kind of thing that any good Catholic would want to take their child to see. What a charming evening event. Come along, Maria and Joseph, we’re going to ensure your place in heaven by having you stare blankly at the rotting corpse of a man whose hands apparently bled spontaneously thus inducing mind altering nightmares in you that will turn you into someone akin to David Lynch except you’ll probably end up working in administration with no real outlet or understanding of what’s going on in your head and your bizarre inner turmoil will seep out in other ways. What a calming and lovely thought. I wonder how much it will cost the average person to come and gawk at the cadaver. How is this any different to selling indulgences? I mean, even if they’re not selling access it’s still freaking inane. Sign me up immediately [source]

A controversial young Nepali girl worshipped by many Buddhists and Hindus as a Kumari, or "living goddess", has given up her divine position following a request from her family, an official said on Sunday. "We are trying to find a replacement for Sajani," Pandey a senior official of the state-run Trust Corporation that oversees the cultural affairs in the deeply religious nation.said. Here’s the thing about this. Thank goodness this kid is no longer a living goddess because from previous research I’ve done about this cultural phenomenon, the whole thing reads like a nauseating pederast’s dream come true. To be a child deity in Nepal you have to be young, a girl, have perfect skin, hair, eyes and teeth, they shouldn't have scars or wounds, and shouldn't be afraid of the dark. Seeing as all religion is insane and generally comes from the bizarre whims of a charismatic political or social leader, this whole child god thing always creeped me out. Aside from that, I wonder what those Nepali people will do now that they have no goddess. Perhaps they will fall into despair. I love that you can be a goddess that people worship until your parents decide you need to do your homework too. That’s the clincher for me. Yep, total divine inspiration there. Why not just worship a shoe for Christ’s sake? [source]

Sixty Indian chefs on Saturday cooked a rice dish weighing 13-tonne (28,600 pounds) in a bid to enter the Guinness Book of World Records. They are using 86 kilos of salt, 3,000 kilos of Basmati rice, 85 kilos of chilli peppers, 1,200 litres of oil and 3,650 kilos of vegetables and you know, good on them. World Records breakers on things like this, with food particularly, are generally kind of insane I think. I think actually that these kinds of things are void fillers for people who don’t know what to do with themselves. “Oh well, I got up and thought, Jesus, if I have to do more data entry I’m going to kill someone so I naturally went and made a 90 foot cake. Done.” Now THAT’s meaning. "This event is a one-of-a-kind endeavour unmatched by any other past culinary activity," organiser Gurnam Arora said. And indeed it probably is unlike any other. Unless, that is, you count every other world record event involving food. I mean, they all involve crap loads of food, a massive vat and some red bull pepped up freak who thinks this will take him to Valhalla. [source]

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