Archive for August, 2005

The Brick Testament: big in Japan?

Monday, August 22nd, 2005

The Bible has been translated into more languages than any other book, but Rev. Smith’s beloved illustrated version of the Bible moves one step closer to that record with the release of the Japanese translation of The Brick Testament: Stories from the Book of Genesis, which has previously seen publication in English (2003) and German (2004). Japanese publisher Futami has redesigned the cover (notably putting Shem on the cover while relegating God to the dust jacket fold-over), but the content remains the same: ten classic stories from Genesis rendered in everyone’s favorite brand of plastic building blocks.

Christian serial killer given ten life sentences

Thursday, August 18th, 2005

Dennis Rader, the church congregation president who tortured and murdered ten people in and around Wichita, KS, was sentenced today to ten consecutive life sentences. Media attention given to the trial has prompted many to speculate whether there is a connection between Rader’s crimes and his religion which holds the torture and murder of a first century Jewish man as its defining moment, and whose adherents are known to surround themselves with graphic depictions of that gruesome act in their houses, their places of worship, and even around their necks.

Diddy switches name to “Poofy”

Wednesday, August 17th, 2005

Just one day after announcing his decision to drop the “P.” from his name and be known simply as “Diddy”, the rapper-producer- clothing designer said he would now like to be known instead as as “Poofy”. The second name change in as many days has confused many, but the entertainer defended his actions, saying, “‘Diddy’ was a name that served me well, but it doesn’t capture who I am today.” Poofy, who has previously gone by stage names “Puffy”, “Puff Daddy”, and “P. Diddy” is putting the finishing touches on his next album titled Sean Combs Is My Name.

Smith invents the automatic taco

Thursday, August 4th, 2005

In news that will come as a delight to busy housewives and Mexican food enthusiasts alike, The Rev. Brendan Powell Smith today unveiled his latest invention: the automatic taco. His brief demonstration of the product at the 39th annual Food and Technology Convention in Dayton, OH, met with gasps of astonishment followed by thunderous applause. After five years of laborious research and development, Smith finally had a scientific breakthrough that allowed him to accomplish what was long thought impossible. But Smith believes all his time and effort will be worth the added ease and convenience his new invention will bring to the lives of millions.