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The Brick Testament - The Book of Job

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Throughout the millenia, humans have struggled to understand how God and evil can coexist. The ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus put it this way: “Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then is he impotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then is he malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then why is there evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?” The Bible’s book of Job, which has just been illustrated by The Brick Testament, tackles these questions head-on and provides God’s definitive answer on the matter. You should totally go read it. But if you don’t, here’s a paraphrase: “I’m God. I can do whatever I want and I don’t have to answer to you. Now go sacrifice some animals.”

Americans stocking up on cheap gas

Friday, November 14th, 2008

American consumers, still suffering from the shock of $4-a-gallon gas prices, are acting quickly to take full advantage of the recent sudden and equally inexplicable drop in gas prices. Many are modifying their vehicles with roof-mounted gas tanks that can hold up to 2,000 gallons. Others are filling up their basements and attics with gas now in order to ration it later or make a fortune selling it street-side when gas prices double again. Some enterprising individuals like John Endicott of Riverdale, WA, are even buying up foreclosed homes in the suburbs and repurposing them as giant makeshift storage tanks for $2-a-gallon gas. “Sure it’s a major fire hazard and a little bit insane,” admitted Endicott before adding, “but it’d be insaner no to.”

President-elect Barack Obama: most votes ever

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Barack Obama made history on Tuesday, becoming the most popular president-elect in US history when over 66.8 million Americans cast their ballots for him to become the next commander-in-chief of the United States of America. To put that number in perspective, that’s more than all the votes won by historic presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy combined. In fact, a whopping 5,000 times as many Americans voted for Obama than for the so-called “father of our country” George Washington, and Obama racked up 16 times the number of votes won by Lincoln, who is thought of by many as America’s greatest president. Or put another way, Obama got 1% more votes than George W. Bush did in 2004.