Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Got a middle name?

Karl-Theodor Maria Nikolaus Johann Jacob Philipp Franz Joseph Sylvester Freiherr von und zu Guttenberg is the new German Federal Minister of Economics and Technology
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Nonsensical Inventions

From Magazine on Radio Prague: 

The Brno Technical Museum is offering a look at the lighter side of life with an exhibition of nonsensical inventions. The exhibition features a tandem bike for married couples - with the man and wife sitting back to back and pedaling in opposite directions, glasses for Peeping Toms with an opening designed to fit a keyhole, a candleholder for a light bulb, a screwdriver inside a sealed bottle, a hammer made of porcelain and a gun that shoots backwards for people who want to commit suicide. The exhibition of crazy inventions that “failed to change the course of history” is on display until May 18.

More odd news on the Magazine Homepage.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Thank God I'm an Atheist!

"There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life." That message, on British buses for just over a month, is coming to Switzerland.
The Swiss freethinkers' association launched a campaign on Monday to collect donations to "give a voice to those people who feel plagued by the missionary slogans" plastered around the country.

"We did it because so many people asked us to do it," Reta Caspar, spokeswoman for the association, told swissinfo.

"We hadn't planned it – we had our own campaign last October in which we invited people to 'out' themselves on our website, saying they were non-religious and why."

Caspar said one of the aims of that campaign was to give faces to the 11 per cent of Swiss who are non-religious.

"When we saw what happened in London and how people were so happy to have a campaign like this and how much support they got, we said we had to do it."

Read more here in an article on, where you'll find quite a few links.