Category Archives: Humor

A Brain Surgeon Is Not An Archaeologist

BuzzFeed NEWS reports,

At the 1998 commencement for Andrews University, a school associated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, [Ben} Carson also dismissed the notion that aliens were somehow involved in the construction of the pyramids.

“My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain,” Carson said. “Now all the archeologists think that they were made for the pharaohs’ graves. But, you know, it would have to be something awfully big if you stop and think about it. And I don’t think it’d just disappear over the course of time to store that much grain.”

They even have a video of him saying this.

Ben Carson isn’t an expert on much of anything beyond brain surgery, oh, and making money. He also doesn’t make much sense on anything beyond brain surgery.

I don’t know if Dr. Carson still believes this nonsense but I wouldn’t be surprised. He sure believes a lot of other nonsense.

Always Consult The Original

What are these Christian New Testament folks trying to hide? And Why?
The English version of the announcement of “The Nestle-Aland for the digital age,”

Work with your Novum Testamentum Graece: At your PC or Mac as well as on your smartphone. Your NA28 is always at hand.
All digital editions of the NA28 include the following features:

  • With transcriptions of the most important manuscripts
  • Text variants displayed in the context of the respective manuscript
  • Memofunction so that you can make your own notes

Nestle-Aland digital will be available as download for Microsoft Windows, OS X, iOS and Android.

And now the German version,

Nutzen Sie das Novum Testamentum Graece nun auch digital für Ihre Arbeit: Am PC oder Mac sowie auf Ihrem Smartphone. So habe Sie den Text immer griffbereit.
Mit den digitalen Ausgaben des Nestle-Aland bekommen Sie folgende Zusatzfunktionen:

  • Zusätzlich Anzeige von Textvarianten im Kontext der jeweiligen Handschrift
  • Transkriptionen der wichtigsten Handschriften
  • Verbindung zum Virtual Manuscript Room des Instituts für Neutestamentliche Textforschung
  • Notizfunktion für eigene Anmerkungen

Nestle Aland digital wird im November 2012 als Download für Microsoft Windows, OS X, iOS und Android zu je ca. 30€ verfügbar sein.

And from whom who are they trying to hide it?

If This Comes To Pomona, I Could Be In Big Trouble

The city of Middleboro, Massachusetts, has imposed a $20.00 fine on “cussing.”
From the Patriot Ledger,

MIDDLEBORO – Town meeting took longer to pass a $20 cussing fine Monday night than it did to pass a $72 million budget.
The budget passed without an argument, but the fines for cussing, smoking pot in public and shoveling snow in the street drew lengthy debate from the 297 residents who attended town meeting under the glare of a pack of television news cameras.

If this comes to my town, I’ll either have to ask Shirley for a cussing allowance to cover my fines or give up reading German, using books with endnotes, and trimming our bougainvillea.
Actually, I wonder if this ordinance is actually legal. I actually hope it isn’t. Not that I practically like “cussing” but that I hate restrictions on speech. I particularly dislike the idea that the decision as to what is cussing is at “the discretion of the police officer.” There is more than a little room for abuse.
Should Pomona adopt such an ordinance, I hope the officers who come after me have experience with German compounds, books with endnotes, and have recently trimmed their bougainvilleas.

David Meadows Calls BS

And he is correct.

The municipality of Zile in the northern province of Tokat has announced the acquisition of the Turkish patent license for the Roman Emperor Julius Caesar’s famous saying “Veni Vidi Vici” which is believed to have been uttered in district’s 4,000-year-old castle [Hurriyet]

The municipality plans to assert its copyright against a tobacco company that uses the phrase in its brand logo. Good luck with that.
If anyone can hold the “patent license” on this is should be Julius Caesar or perhaps Plutarch. Heck, even Suetonius might have a claim but not the town in which these famous words were reported to have been spoken.
Reporting his own Tweet, Meadows says, “. . . all the Classics departments should band together and trademark the name of every Greek and Roman divinity. We should add to that the name of every ancient author and everything they said. We clearly could easily fund Classics for eternity.” Just think what biblical scholars could do with the Psalms of David or the saying and parables of Jesus. I plan to apply for “πάτερ, ἄφες αὐτοῖς, οὐ γὰρ οἴδασιν τί ποιοῦσιν©” in the original and in all translations. While I’m at it, I’m also applying for יְרוּשָׁלַיִם‎‎©. I’ll see all you infringers in court.

Does He Know Something I Don’t Know?

I get spam. I get more spam comments than I get real comments. I generally don’t comment on spam comments. I delete them. But this learned comment caught my eye.

Im just wondering if that exists, i know plenty of sex toy stores, but just wanna know if that one exist and if it does whats it called.

This comment was in response to yesterday’s post announcing Dietrich and Loretz‘ paper on the Tiryns alphabetic inscription. Does this commenter know something about the function of the cylindrical ivory thingy with the alphabetic inscription that I don’t know or is he commenting on Dietrich or Loretz?