The Church of the SubGenius is a parody religion that satirises better known belief systems. Church members seek to acquire β€œSlack” through sex and avoidance of work. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
Today I learned of "temple garment", also referred to as Mormon underwear, which is a type of underwear worn by some members of the Latter Day Saint church, both day and night as a symbolic reminder of the covenants made in temple ceremonies and as a source of protection from the evils of the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tem…
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, commonly known as the Mormons, has a nuclear warhead proof vault built deep into a mountain in Utah, USA. This vault contains genealogical records on hundreds of millions of people. newsroom.churchofjesuschr…
The Church of Scientology tried to take over the city of Clearwater, Florida, in the 1970s. When mayor Gabriel Cazares criticized this, the Church tried to concoct a sex scandal and stage a false hit-and-run accident involving Cazares, calling the operation "Speedy Gonzalez." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gab…
After L. Ron Hubbard's death in 1986, the Church of Scientology officially claimed that he voluntarily abandoned his physical body after it became an impediment to his work, and that he had left Earth to do scientific research on another planetβ€”having "learned how to do it without a body". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L._…
Despite being a symbol of counterculture, Andy Warhol was a devout Byzantine Catholic who went to church almost daily. His brother said he was "really religious, but he didn't want people to know", and Andy Warhol even enthusiastically financed his nephew's studies for the priesthood. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
The first pipe organ was made 2200 years ago by Greek engineer Ctesibius of Alexandria, making pipe organs 200 years older than Christianity. They weren't adopted by the church until 1000 years later, when Charlemagne requested one for his private chapel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pip…
Today I learned about Rex Beaver, a private investigator hired by the Church of Scientology in 1968 to spy on Rupert Murdoch who had published unflattering stories about the church in his newspaper. After passing his security check Beaver went to Murdoch and offered to work as a double agent. abc.net.au/news/2016-11-0…
Tyler Perry has a 330-acre studio complex complete with a replica of the White House, a farm, a vintage baseball stadium, several courtrooms, a trailer park, a prison yard, a Southern mansion, and church chapel among other sets. chicagocrusader.com/the-w…
H. P. Lovecraft once snuck into the organ loft of the First Baptist Church in America, the church founded in Providence by Roger Williams himself in 1638, to play "Yes, We Have No Bananas" on the organ. However, he wasn't able to turn it on. hplovecraft.com/creation/…
That, through investing in music rights business Hipgnosis, the Church of England co-owns songs such as BeyoncΓ©'s "Single Ladies", Rihanna's "Umbrella", and Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack". bbc.co.uk/news/entertainm…
The Puritans viewed marital sex as a fundamental right. One man, James Matlock, was excommunicated (exiled from the church) after denying his wife sex for two years. tampabay.com/archive/2002…
Bloody Mary was a real person, she was the daughter of King Henry VIII, when she came to power she wanted to return the Church to the Catholic Church and persecuted many protestants, which gave her the name "bloody mary." biography.com/royalty/mar…
In the middle ages in Russia there was a custom of a community gathering together to build an entire church in a single day in order to ward of plagues and epidemics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One…
In 1850 Michigan's Beaver Island was home to a Mormon Kingdom. After Joseph Smith's death, many Mormons considered James Strang to be the head of the church. He proclaimed himself King of the Mormons, had a crown and scepter, and afterward he was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
In the medieval period the church believed that Jesus was born a perfectly formed little man and changed little throughout his life. This is often reflected in the art of the time. blog.artsper.com/en/a-clo…
Women in the middle ages completely removed their eyelashes and eyebrows to give prominence to their foreheads which were their most important feature at that time. The Catholic church even made it a sin and an offence to God to show hair of any kind in public. eyelashesinhistory.com/mi…
In 1975 a religious offshoot of the Church of Satan was founded by Michael Aquino, a US military officer specializing in psychological warfare. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tem…
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, the home of two of the most holy sites in Christianity, has had the same Muslim family as its Custodian of keys since the 12th century. reuters.com/article/us-re…
A local folk remedy in Boho, Ireland was to place soil from the local church under a pillow while you slept to cure infections. In 2018 a microbiologist found the churchyard's soil contains a previously unknown strain of streptomyces which can be used to create antibiotics bbc.com/news/uk-northern-…
Until 1870, the pope required all Jews living in Rome to attend compulsory sermons every Sabbath in front of the Church of San Gregorio. They all attended, but would often stuff wax in their ears in order not to hear a thing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
Thomas Marshall - Vice President under Woodrow Wilson - once fell for a false rumor that Wilson had died. He was at Church at the time he received the false news, and - believing he was now President - announced the news to his congregation. He only later found our that Wilson was still alive en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Today I learned of the Swansea Devil. In the 1890's, two architects wanted the contract to rebuild a church. The loser later placed a carving across the street and prophesied, "My devil will see St Mary’s burnt to the ground". Swansea was heavily bombed in WWII, including the church, but the devil remained. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swa…
The Iceberg Lettuce used to be called the Crisphead Lettuce until entrepreneur Bruce Church started shipping them all over the USA on trains in the 1930s, keeping each lettuce fresh with a capping of ice. As the train pulled into each station, folks would call out "The icebergs are coming!" kitchenproject.com/histor…
The Catholic Church often nominates bishops to titular sees, formerly named "In partibus" because some of them were lost to non-Christians, shcismatics or heretics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tit…
Galileo's Middle finger is on display in the Galileo Museum, in Florence, Italy. The finger is to be interpreted by the viewer as sitting eternally defiant to the church that condemned him or pointing upwards to the sky, where Galileo glimpsed the glory of the universe. atlasobscura.com/places/g…
In 2013 Russia and Belarus destroyed a 14th century church with artillery fire during military exercises in Kaliningrad. russiatrek.org/blog/cultu…
Anton LaVey, the founder of the Church of Satan, passed away at St. Mary's Medical Center, a Catholic hospital, because it was the closest available latimes.com/archives/la-x…
At the time of his death, the accomplishments of Johannes Gutenberg (inventor of the printing press) were largely unrecognized. The church and the cemetery where he was buried were later destroyed, and his grave is now lost. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The infamous scene, in Mel Gibson's film "the Patriot" depicting the herding noncombatant men, women and children into a church, and setting it on fire is based on the SS massacre of French villagers in Oradour-Sur-Glane in 1944. Nothing like this ever happened in the American Revolution. englishmanlovesamerica.co…
Before 1975, the BBC overwrote or destroyed old show tapes. Hundreds of Doctor Who episodes were thought lost forever, until a worldwide hunt began to turn them upβ€”e.g. 2 in a London Mormon Church, and a goldmine 9 in Nigeria (employees had ignored instructions to burn them). 97 remain unfound. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The term "Moonie" was first used by American media sources to refer to members of Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church in 1974, during church events at the Madison Square Garden en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
The Parthenon was reasonably intact until 1687. The Greek temple had been used as a church and then a mosque for centuries, then the Ottomans used it as an ammo dump during a war with the Venetians. The building was shelled and a mortar burst through the roof and destroyed much of the building. io9.gizmodo.com/the-jerks…
A Louisiana Church Filled A Drop-Duster With Holy Water And Blessed A Whole Community npr.org/2019/12/23/790973…
Ronald Townson of the music group The Fifth Dimension, started his singing career at the age of 6, singing professionally with church and other choirs. He worked his way through college actually directing two choirs and organized a new one after he graduated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…
The Egyptian Language was actively spoken for more than 5,000 years, spanning from the late fourth millennium BC to the 19th century AD. It lingers on as the liturgical language of the Coptic Church. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egy…
In response to the Rosa Parks incident, the Montgomery bus boycotters organized as the Montgomery Improvement Association, or MIA. They selected Martin Luther King Jr., a newcomer to Montgomery, who was a young and mostly unknown minister of the Dexter Ave. Baptist Church, to be their leader. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
In year 2004 Greek Orthodox church formally accepted the Catholic church apology for the Sack of Constantinople in 1204. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sac…
For a year between 1575 and 1576, Ivan the Terrible of Russian abdicated and appointed a descendant of Genghis Khan, Simeon Bekbulatovich, to take his place as Tsar. There are a number of opinions as to why he did this, the most popular being to seize Church lands. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sim…
Joan d'Arc was tried, condemned and burnt at the stake by the Roman Catholic Church in May, 1430 . In the 1456 the very same church debunked her charges and denoted her as a martyr. Finally, in 1920 she was canonised and became a patron saint of France. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joa…
Today I learned about the 1896 film The Kiss. It contained the very first kiss on film and was denounced as shocking and obscene to early moviegoers and caused the Roman Catholic Church to call for censorship and moral reform. The film is 18 seconds long. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The author of the book, "I Kissed Dating Goodbye," a evangelical book on the absence of all physical contact before marriage; would eventually denounce his book, leave the church he pastored, and divorce his wife. usatoday.com/story/news/n…
Today I learned of Sir Ewan Forbes, an intersex British aristocrat and rural doctor who applied to change his sex in 1952. Afraid of possible ostracism, he alerted his patients, priest and friends in advance and found that they were β€œuniversally supportive”. He married his partner in a church a month later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir…
A statute of 13th Century Buddhist Shinran Shonin survived the atomic blast in Hiroshima. It was then moved to the NY Buddhist Church on September 11, 1955 with a plaque that reads "a testimonial to the atomic bomb devastation and a symbol of lasting hope for world peace." lionsroar.com/new-york-bu…
A medieval French soldier climbed up a toilet into a besieged castle to let his army in. King John of England had specifically requested that toilet be installed for personal use during church services. The castle’s fall led to English loss of Normandy and the signing of the Magna Carta. medieval.stormthecastle.c…
In the Assassination of Luis Carrero Blanco, the bomb caused his car to fly over a church en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ass…
Misanthropy - a dislike of humankind - is higher among those with lower socioeconomic status, subgroups toward the social periphery such as racial and ethnic minorities and Southerners, people suffering recent negative life events, and those who do not attend church and fundamentalists. sciencedirect.com/science…
People have had the Universal Life Church ordain their pets as ministers so that they could officiate at their wedding. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
The FBI spent years investigating an anti-goth cult that didn’t even exist.Official investigation on β€˜Church of the Hammer’ and their Yahoo group β€˜GodHatesGoths', continued for over 2 years before they realized the entire thing was completely fake and intended to be a joke. muckrock.com/news/archive…
For the 1973 Clint Eastwood western film 'High Plains Drifer' over 50 technicians and construction workers built an entire townβ€”14 houses, a church, and a two-story hotelβ€”in 18 days, using 150,000 feet of timber. Complete buildings, rather than facades, were built. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hig…

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