MY ONLY SIN IS SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS
The Vatican has created a new list of seven social sins to go along with the seven deadly sins written up by Pope Gregory I way back in the sixth century. According to Bishop Gianfranco Girotti, the new "sins" are meant to add a global perspective to one's moral behavior. "If yesterday sin had a rather individualistic dimension, today it has a weight, a resonance, that's especially social, rather than individual," said the monsignor. The new sins are "bioethical violations" such as birth control, "morally dubious'' experiments such as stem cell research, drug abuse, polluting the environment, contributing to widening the divide between rich and poor, excessive wealth and creating poverty. In case you forgot, the original seven deadly sins (also known as our seven favorite hobbies) are pride, envy, gluttony, lust, anger, greed and sloth. (Bloomberg.com)
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT
Meanwhile, in Kottayam, India, the Virgin Mary put in an appearance by blinding at least 48 people who tried to catch a glimpse of her in the sun. After crowds began to gather in order to stare into the sun thanks to rumors that you could be blessed with a vision of the Virgin Mary, a local hospital reported that 48 patients had been admitted with burned retinas since the sightings began. (UPI)
COLD ENOUGH FOR YA?
Scientists are baffled by the bizarre abilities of a Dutch man who can withstand freezing temperatures that would kill any normal person. Wim Hof, also know as "The Iceman," has broken every world record involving extremes of cold, including sitting in an ice bath for over an hour, swimming 80 metres (262 feet) under the ice at the North Pole and running a half-marathon in his bare feet 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Through it all, Hof remains perfectly comfortable, his body inexplicably immune to frostbite and hypothermia. Last year, Hof made his first attempt to climb Mount Everest wearing only boots and his shorts, making it all the way to the 7,500 meter (4.66 mile) mark before bad weather turned him back. "It was quite easy," he claims, and plans another attempt later this year, although he has received criticism for his cavalier attitude toward the challenge. When asked why he wanted to climb the mountain, Hof told a reporter: "Edmund Hillary's ascent of Mount Everest was a testament to human achievement, my climb of Mount Everest in my shorts will be a monument to the frivolous, decadent nature of modern society." (ABC News)
A strange tale out of Ness City, Kan., this week involves a 35-year-old woman who stayed on her boyfriend's toilet for two years, long enough for her skin to meld with the seat, leaving her body physically attached to the toilet. After two years of feeding her and asking her to come out of the bathroom (to which she would invariably reply, "maybe tomorrow"), her boyfriend finally called the police for some professional help. Police found the clothed woman sitting on the toilet, her sweat pants down to her mid-thigh, looking "somewhat disoriented." "She was not glued. She was not tied. She was just physically stuck by her body," said an officer who helped pry the seat from the toilet so that the girl could be taken to the hospital. No explanation was given as to why the man waited two years to call the police. (MercuryNews.com)
CUPID'S EVIL TWIN
A Chinese man has started a service to help break up couples who are too spineless to end the relationship face-to-face. "If they break up in person, both parties may become emotional and unreasonable," explained the budding entrepreneur. "I can pass along information clearly, while convincing the party being broken up with to move on." His service costs 124.70 yuan (around $20) because that amount sounds like the phrase "let the love die" in Chinese. ( Liaocheng Evening Post)
SMOKES VS. TEETH
More bad news for smokers. A 30-year study carried out at Tufts University in Boston found that chain smokers are twice as likely to lose their teeth as nonsmokers. The research found that smokers lost an average of 2.9 teeth after 10 years of smoking a pack a day as compared to nonsmokers who lost an average of 1.3 teeth every 10 years. (Agd.org)
INTERNET FACT OF THE WEEK
Sharks kill around 10 people each year, while falling coconuts kill approximately 150.
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