Monthly Archives: November 2007

Scary Americans

Have a read of this.

The data from several recent Gallup studies suggest that Americans’ religious behavior is highly correlated with beliefs about evolution. Those who attend church frequently are much less likely to believe in evolution than are those who seldom or never attend. That Republicans tend to be frequent churchgoers helps explain their doubts about evolution.

The data indicate some seeming confusion on the part of Americans on this issue. About a quarter of Americans say they believe both in evolution’s explanation that humans evolved over millions of years and in the creationist explanation that humans were created as is about 10,000 years ago.


Now thinking about how human beings came to exist on Earth, do you, personally, believe in evolution, or not?

Yes, believe

No, do


2007 May 21-24




It’s close but education seems to be winning out over superstition by a small margin.

Apparently we in England are much less likely to suffer from fundamentalist opinions but I’m not so sure.  To me evolution offers the best explanation for the origin and development of life on this planet.  It disturbs me that schools in England are being pressurised into teaching creationist dogma in science classes rather than the most up to date scientific knowledge. See here or here for more information.

Personally I’d like to see religious education taught as mythology rather than as morality and as fact.  In fact I think the world would be considerably better off without religion of any kind.


Filed under Atheist, Religion, Shitbiscuits

Shadow – A drabble by hoverFrog

The shadow looked up at the man and felt pity.  “So solid, he’s barely able to change his shape at all.”

The shadow looked up at the man and felt jealousy.  “He can stand in the light and it doesn’t hurt  him.  I’m trapped in his wake.  I’m forced to leap about to where he blocks the light.”

The shadow looked up at the man and felt love.  “He protects me from the light.”

At night the shadow whispered to other shadows and told them of its discoveries.  The shadow of the Earth thought them such small and foolish creatures.


Filed under Drabble

What tosh!

Your Emoticon is Grumpy

Maybe you’re having a bad day… or maybe something just upset you. Either way, you’re definitely seeing red!

What Emoticon Best Represents You Right Now?


Filed under Facebook Generation


Drabble Rules: The One Hundred Word Variant


Drabble is played sitting around a fire, while sipping brandy and partaking of pleasant conversation with friends. The first person to finish a novel wins.

A Doubtful History

The first game of Drabble, a name coined in a ‘Monty Python’ sketch, was played at the beginning of the last century. The winner was Mary Shelley with ‘Frankenstein’ and Polidori, who didn’t actually finish during that stormy weekend, came second with ‘The Vampyre.’

The Rules

‘One hundred words’ must be EXACTLY one hundred words: not a syllable more, not a letter less. In addition, up to fifteen words (title, sub-titles and the like) are allowed. Hyphenated-words-are-argued-about.

The End


Filed under Drabble, Reasons to be cheerful

Riddle me this?

An old riddle that Blue Soup reminded me of:

A car stops outside a hotel.

Someone goes bankrupt.

The answer is horribly simple.


Filed under You decide


Akismet has caught 2,202 spam for you since you first installed it.

I’ve only receive 1,570 comments.

Clearly the posts I leave encourage spam more than they do actual people.



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Deb passed me a recipe that I’m planning on trying out at the weekend.

Her husband is Norwegian and apparently so is the recipe.  I’m reliably informed that you can put different goodies in the middle and roll them up like a crepe to eat. i.e. butter, cinnamon and sugar….Have fun!

I’m not 100% sure what a crepe is but I’ll give it a go anyway.  It is actually remarkably similar to a type of Russian pancake that I’ve made before.  The difference being that raw, grated potatoes are used rather than cooked and mashed ones.

18 baking potatoes, scrubbed
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup butter
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon white sugar
4 cups all-purpose flour

Peel potatoes and place them in a large pot with a large amount of water.  Bring water to a boil, and let the potatoes boil until soft. Drain and mash well.

In a large mixing bowl, combine 8 cups mashed potatoes, cream, butter, salt, and sugar.  Cover potatoes and refrigerate over night.

Mix flour into the mashed potatoes and roll the mixture into balls about the size of tennis balls, or smaller depending on preference.  Keep balls of dough on plate in the refrigerator.

Taking one ball out of the refrigerator at a time, roll dough balls out on a floured board.  To keep the dough from sticking while rolling it out, it helps to have a rolling pin with a cotton rolling pin cover.

Fry the lefsa in a grill or in an iron skillet at very high heat.  If lefsa brown too much, turn the heat down. After cooking each piece of lefsa place on a dishtowel.  Fold towel over lefsa to keep warm.  Stack lefsa on top of each other and keep covered to keep from drying out.


Filed under Recipe for disaster

Toad in the Hole

Toad in the hole is simple. Cook some sausages in a dish (we use vegetarian Quorn sausages but you don’t have to.  two sausages per person is about right), mix up some batter and pour it over the sausages when they’re cooked and sliced (slice length ways in half).  Bung it in the oven for about half an hour. Serve with veggies and gravy.  It’s always best if you have a helper.  You can also drink some cheap plonk while you’re waiting for it to cook.

8 oz (400g) Plain Flour
2 oz (100g) Margarine
Pinch of salt
2 Eggs
1 Pint of milk

Whisk it all up together. It’s better if you mix the marg, eggs and dry ingredients first and add the milk slowly but I tend to must use the hand blender for speed.


Filed under Recipe for disaster

Friday Funny

Something funny to round off the week.


Filed under Debate, Reasons to be cheerful, Religion


It’s Thursday Thirteen time again.

Thirteen Things about hoverFrog

  1. Spiders love me. I’m always finding spiders in my hair or crawling over my face or glasses.

  2. Cats hate me.  I have the “enemy of cats” gene that makes felines hostile to me.  I’m just going to run with it though because I’m not too keen on the verminous little pests either.

  3. I have a loony magnet.  I’ve no idea why I have one and I can’t get rid of it.  You know the nutter on the bus who talks to himself or the crazy lady who smells of wee that won’t leave you alone?  Well I’m their best mate.  They always want to talk to me.  The Hildy says I have a friendly face but I think she’s just laughing at me.

  4. I don’t wear shoes except to travel from one place to another.  At home or at work I am barefoot.

  5. I have really long toes.  They are literally twice the length of The Hildy’s toes.  It’s possible that she has stunted feet as a result of some awful Chinese binding practices but she claims otherwise.

  6. I like to argue.  Not that unusual really but I find myself arguing against things that I am indifferent about just to get a reaction.  I am a very bad man.

  7. I have almost no ability to match a name to a face.  Seriously.  I can bump into someone who I haven’t seen for a while and not know who they are until they tell me their name or put themselves in the proper context.

  8. I don’t like chocolate.  I’ll eat it for the sugar rush but I’d much prefer an apple or something spicy.

  9. I really hate pigeons.  Vile, verminous, disease ridden horrors.  *shudder*

  10. Rats make the best pets.  OK not that weird but for some strange reason there are people who can’t stand them.

  11. I change favourite drinks a lot.  Tea, coffee, cider, stout, beer, water, cherry aid, shandy bass.  I just can’t stick to one.

  12. I eat really fast.  About twice the speed of anyone else.  If you share a Chinese meal with me make sure I have chopsticks or I’ll finish while you’re still pouring the tea.

  13. Sometimes I forget to eat.  Probably not a bad thing considering the last point but it’s only when I feel dizzy that I remember that I last ate something on Tuesday.  I don’t do this often though as my prodigious girth will attest.

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