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.