God made phones

Please go and look here if for no other reason than to be amused at the picture of Postmaster General Ernest Marples demonstrating how to use a pay phone.  Actually it’s there now ==>

It’s amazing to think that less than 50 years ago people couldn’t make phone calls without a human being connecting them to the person they were calling.  Actually connecting a line through a switchboard to create a continuous copper wire connection between one telephone and another.  What a palaver.

Speaking of strange and unusual I stumbled onto this from the WordPress main page and left a few comments.  This is one of the most interesting parodies that I’ve ever read.  At least I really hope it’s a parody otherwise there is someone out there who really believes that the sun orbits the Earth.

That’s right: geocentricism stated as fact.  Never mind the Newton’s second law of motion that would sort of suggest that a smaller mass would kind of fall into orbit around a larger mass over time.  Even the Catholic church has dropped the idea that the Earth is the centre of the universe.  At least geocentricism is easier to laugh at than Creationism.

It’s not Creationism that really bothers me.  I mean the idea that some all powerful geezer sitting on a fluffy cloud made everything the way it is as part of a master plan is sort of sweet.  By sweet I mean that anyone who still believes in the tooth fairy* might take it as fact.  No, what bothers me about Creationism is the way that it has been adopted by political movements in order to promote their own agendas.  After all if the world was made like this then who are we, as humble humans, to argue with the natural order.  Why not just go along with what our betters tell us to do?  Bomb the heathens in the Middle East? Sure, the President says it’s OK and he’s a religious man and King Tony’s also religious so it must be right.  Bothered by gays?  No problem, the bible calls them abominations so it’s OK to exterminate them.  What about women? Well the bible says they are inferior to men so why not treat them as such.  Women, you’re losing all your rights and will now be the property of your father or of your husband.  If you argue then I’m afraid we’ll just have to have you stoned.

I know Creationism isn’t a Christian idea but those pesky Republicans have gotten hold of it and now they’ve gone and brought the message over here.  Hopefully the British public are too jaded to start following but I doubt it. 

I can’t wait for the backlash though.

*Trolls steal teeth, the tooth fairy is a myth.  Your mum leaves the money under your pillow.  Sorry but it’s just the way things are.


Filed under Reasons to be cheerful, Shitbiscuits

9 responses to “God made phones

  1. M

    I think the world would be a better place if we had those old telephone exchanges; rather than the automated “the person you’re tryting to contact doesn’t want to answer the phone” you’d at least get to have a bit of a natter with the operator. Besides, you could call down the phone “Give me Basingstoke 5691 please” and I think that just sounds cool.

    Did you notice I ignored the religion completely?

  2. M

    additionally.. homosexuality…
    Jeremy Clarkson has been rapped on the knuckles by the Media watchdog (whatever one of them is) about describing a car as “homosexual” …. aparently it is okay to say a car is “gay”, because something which is “gay” is “foolish, stupid and socially inappropriate, or disapproved of and lame” but to say a car is “Ginger-beer”… well…

    …is it just me who thinks there is nothing wrong with saying a car is a bit queer. The sort of car other cars would like to get some “automobile on automobile action” going with? And actually the media’s statement that “gay” is “foolish, stupid and socially inappropriate, or disapproved of and lame” is actually more offensive than the throw-away comment by Clarkson (which caused 5 people to complain; and probably were expecting one man and his dog or something…)


  3. A manual exchange might stop those irritating sales calls as well as being much cooler. Well done on the religion thing. I wasn’t going to mention it but I was compelled by unseen forces after reading that other blog.

    Saying a car is gay or ginger beer is a bit strange. It’s like saying a drill is heroic or a door is stoic. It just makes no sense. Now Clarkeson likes to throw away comments like this on the assumption that people will agree with him because he’s “one of the lads” and “tells it like it is” but that doesn’t stop him being a knob. A loudmouthed knob with tight jeans and a denim shirt on.

    I always thought gay meant cheery, bright and pleasant which I think is something you want out of a car. Much better than those dour, miserable cars who never even say hello in the mornings.

    Anyway I wasn’t attacking religion (for a change) but fundamental extremist views that take a phrase from a religious text and pervert it to serve their own purposes. OK I may have been attacking it a bit but I had those giant inflatable gloves on so it wouldn’t hurt.

  4. M

    Religionwise I did look on that link (the lego one) and then did wikipedia research … and realised that there were pages and pages saying essentially “thou shalt not have any bloody fun at all” … so nothing new there.

    I know what you mean about Jeremy – he has his ways about him… I know there’s a generalisation of phrasology that gay=bad ;”That’s so gay” but I’m with you on the positivity of it all. As to talking cars… or anything.. that is cool for 5 minutes then you want to smash the thing to bits… I find… or disable it

  5. You could smash it to bits with my giant, inflatable boxing gloves.

  6. M

    that only works if it isn’t sharp and pointy.
    But yes. I could if you are offering me boxing gloves that give me a sense of nostalgia, remembering Kenny Everett’s minister “Brother Lee Love'” with the giant hands…


  7. M

    Jeremy Clarkson and inflateable boxing gloves; obviously the only way to stop religious or moral discussions. I’ll have to bare that in mind for the future 🙂

  8. What wold happen if you combined the two?

  9. M

    I’m not sure, but I know that tying your shoelaces would be incredibly tricky!!!!

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