Charity? Torture? Charity Torture? Yes!

Every year we run the banner ad for Child’s Play, an organization by one of my favorite web comics that buys video games for childrens hospitals. What started as a response to the ever fearful media portrayals of gamers has grown into a yearly fundraiser that has brought millions of dollars worth of games to very sick children.

Starting a couple years ago, the sketch comedy group Loading Ready Run started Desert Bus for Hope. Wherein they play a grueling, mind numbingly torturous so-called game  cleverely enough called Desert Bus. Desert Bus was to be part of the never released Penn & Teller’s* Smoke and Mirrors for the Sega Genesis, and places you as the bus driver on a route between Tucson to Las Vegas, in real time, at 45mph, at just over 8 hours per trip. At which point, you turn around and drive back. No scenery, just a straight road, and a bus with a bum steering wheel, forcing you to stay at the controls.

Starting about an hour ago, LRR started this years journey. The goal is simple, donate and it extends their time in purgatory. What’s more, the whole thing is webcast, and has somewhat of a party atmosphere as people come and go, and the driver desperately tries to cling to reality. To make it better, they’ll whore themselves out for donations. Anything from telling an embarrasing story, to being forced to go see Twilight, to shaving parts of their body (All things that happened last year). So not only can you donate to a good cause, but you can make someone miserable while doing so. Has there ever been such a win/win situation? I think not.

Even if you can’t donate, spread the word to people who CAN donate, and watch the webcast. It’ll at least keep you amused.


*Penn & Teller are also one of my personal favorites.

The Supreme Court is not going to be happy.

FSM Mojave Cross
Submitted by anonymous.

I have mixed feelings on this one. Obviously, I’m a fan of separation of church & state. However, this is a war memorial that was created in 1934, which became part of public land in 1994. It should be grandfathered. Whether I agree or not with religion, it’s shameful to the memory of the faithful veterans who gave their lives who were believers. Ultimately I hope the court decides it must be removed, because unfortunately the precedent must be set for other more practical cases. However, if it does, I know it was the wrong thing to do ethically.

Some history. (You may have the urge to get Pepperidge Farm Goldfish if you watch the video.)

Doublethink? Doubleplus good!

Creationism? In my Origin of the Species? It's more likely than you think.
Submitted by Lara.

If you can’t beat them, take their published works, remove what you disagree with, and then add a 50 page ad hominem attack. That’s what one fundamentalist group has done to Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. Although there were too many big words, so the Creationist version is handily identifiable by being titled “Origin of Species”.

Think I’m being biased? In their own words, straight from their site:

A recent study revealed that in the 50 top universities in the U.S. (in the fields of psychology and biology), an amazing 61 percent of respondents described themselves as atheists or agnostics. It’s no wonder atheism has doubled in the last 20 years among 19-25 year olds. An entire generation has been (and is being) brainwashed by atheistic evolution, and it’s radically changing the culture of our nation.

In an effort to combat this, we produced a special 280-page full color cover edition of Origin of Species, which contains a 50-page introduction. This introduction gives the history of evolution, a timeline of Darwin’s life, Hitler’s undeniable connections to the theory, Darwin’s racism, his disdain for women, and his thoughts on the existence of God. It lists the theory’s many hoaxes, exposes the unscientific belief that nothing created everything, points to the incredible structure of DNA, and the absence of any species-to-species transitional forms.

Their master plan? To flood college campuses nationwide on November 24th (the 150th Anniversary of the first publishing) with altered copies. Their goal, to give a 1000 copies away per school.

To quote submitter Lara “This is the size of the template at, in case someone wants to have some printed to put all over the fucked-over Origin of the Species books showing up at schools.”

A fine idea indeed. For reference, the template she used was for 4.25 x 2.75, and again you should use the full size version linked here.

You can also read the original via Google Books.