Story Idea: History is Written by the Winners

In the Bible that dude God killed 2,038,344 people, and Satan only 10. Maybe Satan is the good guy but he just lost the battle.

I read the above tweet this morning and had a thought for a story, what if god was the bad guy and he just put himself in a good light because as the victor he was the one who told the story?

I assume the story would be a bit Hellblazer stories with a John Constantine like character but possibly not. It could actually end up being a double bluff where Satan convinces a faithful person, probably a priest, that he is in the right only to find that at the end that Satan had tricked the priest and the whole thing was meant to be a test of his faith…

 

 

Fear Invisible Princess Alice!

Image completely unrelated...

This is a really interesting study which probably explains the psychology behind religion.

Scientists from the University of Kent split students into groups, and make them perform a task that was so difficult the only way they could complete it was to cheat.

One of the groups was told that there was an invisible princess called Alice watching them play the game. The children were asked if they believed in Alice and of the 11 who did only 1 cheated. Interestingly enough of the 7 who didn’t believe 5 cheated but only after they’d physically checked that there was no Alice by waving their hands through the air where she was.

It would have been interesting to see whether they would have cheated if they could not verify the existence of Alice, say because she was behind a glass wall.

This reminds me of another study I once read about in which people were more likely to act honestly if they were exposed to pictures of eyes.

Via New Scientist.

God hates figs

I thought they they were taking the piss but I looked it up and Mark 11:12-14 clearly states:

Mark 11:12-14 (King James Version)

12And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry:

13And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.

14And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.

This amuses me no end, almost as much as the whole god hates shrimps thing. I think very much doubt that this revelation will lead to a slump in the sale of Fig Newtons among fundamentalist Christians though.

I assume the image was taken at the Rally for Sanity, held on Saturday.

Via Boing Boing.

2nd Coming canceled due to bad weather…

God's world tour canceled.

Glasgow city council have this amazing campaign to stop illegal flyposting where they stick huge stickers on the posters saying “Cancelled”, in small print the stickers say that the poster is cancelled. But for the innocent by stander it looks like the event/ album launch etc is canceled.

I saw this on my way into town and almost died laughing.

Knowing Glasgow the 2nd coming was probably canceled due to bad weather, however it’s likely that it might also be due to a lack of interest.