11 4 / 2012
American money, as much as we all love it, can be pretty dull. Other currencies are so much more colorful - this is why we spend it like Monopoly money when we travel to a new country.
Anyway, the point is…this is probably the best headline ever.
New quarter features glow-in-the-dark Alberta dinosaur
Somebody get me one of these. I’ll pay you a dollar for it!*
You can read more here.
*They are retailing for $29.95
29 2 / 2012
A giant insect thought to be extinct is rediscovered on an isolated, swear-to-God-this-isn’t-photoshop mountain island.
The insect, nicknamed a “tree lobster,” is from another island about 13 miles away, and was wiped out there by rats. Somehow, a small population has quietly endured at the top of this mountain.
They’re pretty freaky looking, but this article is definitely worth a read.
07 2 / 2012
The Indiana State Senate has passed a bill that would allow school districts to require the teaching of creationism in public schools.
On January 31, 2012, the Indiana Senate voted 28-22 in favor of Senate Bill 89. As originally submitted, SB 89 provided, “The governing body of a school corporation may require the teaching of various theories concerning the origin of life, including creation science, within theschool corporation.” (source)
In a stroke of brilliance, however, State Senate Minority Leader Vi Simpson was able to amend the bill to say:
The governing body of a school corporation may offer instruction on various theories of the origin of life. The curriculum for the course must include theories from multiple religions, which may include, but is not limited to, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Scientology.
Simpson said in an interview with The Village Voice that she “wanted to give school board members some pause, to get them thinking about what kinds of things would come up in the classroom, and that they wouldn’t be able to get away with only a Christian or a Genesis perspective.”
As the interviewer noted, “By adding in other religions (Islam, in Indiana!), her wording would probably make the bill completely unattractive to local school boards, who are under no obligation to follow its suggestion anyway.”
The Indiana State House has not yet decided whether or not to consider the bill.