The Late Sam Kinison, Prior to his Rise as an Actor and Stand-Up Comedian, was a Pentecostal Preacher. He Preached From the age of 17 to 24 and Recordings of his Sermons Reveal That he Used a "Fire and Brimstone" style, Punctuated With Shouts Similar to the Ones he Would Later use in Comedy. youtube.com/watch?v=8IsFA…
Preacher Elvy E. Callaway claimed the Garden of Eden was in Bristol, Florida. He reasoned that it is one of only two places in the world where a river "splits into four "(Genesis 2:10). The only other place with this description is a river in Siberia, which is obviously too cold for Eden. floridafringetourism.com/…
A lawyer used his will for practical jokes. He gave a house to 3 men who hated each other, stocks in a brewery to preachers, shares of a racetrack to each ministers "except Spracklin, who shot a hotelkeeper", and gave the rest to whoever had the most kids in 10 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
In 1909, the first truly salacious hit song β€œI Love, I Love, I Love My Wifeβ€”But Oh! You Kid!” made the leap from vaudeville stage to the sheet music stands of a million parlor room pianos in America, inciting newspaper editorials, outraged sermons by preachers, and at least one fatal shooting. slate.com/articles/arts/c…
Today I learned that the Oneida silverware company was founded by a free-love community in upstate New York, led by a Protestant preacher from the 1840's, who believed there was a connection between sex and spirituality. He experimented with perineum pressure during intercourse to block ejaculation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One…
Today I learned about Marjoe Gortner. Forced to be an evangelical preacher at a young age, he left his religion, but then returned to make some money. He eventually invited a documentary crew to follow him as he showed the β€œtricks” of his revivals. The 1972 film won an Oscar. wikipedia.org/wiki/Marjoe
, Rasputin (born a peasant in Russia, but became a holy preacher) didn't die when his wine was poisoned. He also predicted that the entire imperial family would be killed by Russian people if he were killed by government officials (which became true when they were killed during Russian Revolution biography.com/political-f…
The "Farting Preacher" at his prime was bringing in over $80 million in donations per year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
The richest preacher in the world is David Oyedepo of Nigeria, with a net worth of $150 Million. The 63-year old pastor owns 2 private jets, a $10 million house, and controls churches in 45 African nations. informationng.com/2018/01…
Manic Street Preachers lyricist and guitarist Richey Edwards disappeared in 1995, and we still don't know what happened. wikipedia.org/wiki/Richey…
Today I learned of The Great Disappointment: a reaction to the failure of a preacher's proclamation that Jesus would return to Earth on October 22, 1844. When nothing happened, many groups reacted with violence, including a group in Toronto being tarred and feathered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Comedian Sam Kinison was a Pentecostal preacher before becoming a successful comedian biography.com/performer/s…
Today I learned about the Public Universal Friend, an 18th century Quaker preacher who claimed to have died and been reborn as a genderless, nameless individual and went on to found a religious movement known as the Society of Universal Friends. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pub…
The idiom "Pie in the sky" comes from the song β€œThe Preacher and the Slave” by labor activist Joe Hill, which he wrote as a parody of the Salvation Army hymn β€œIn the Sweet By-and-By”. The song criticizes the Salvation Army for focusing on people’s salvation rather than on their material needs progressive.org/dispatche…
In 1899 an automobile called the β€œHorsey Horseless” was designed by Seventh-day Adventist preacher with the purpose to make the new contraptions less frightening to horses. The car had a big wooden horse head stuck on the front of it which doubled as a fuel tank. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
The televangelist Joel Osteen, preacher at the world's largest protestant church, is worth an estimated $56 million and owns a home worth over $10 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe…
Liberal, Missouri was founded as an atheist utopia. Residents published recruitment ads claiming "it was the only town of its size in the US without a priest, preacher, church, saloon, God, Jesus, Hell, or Devil." The founder, George Walser, later converted to Christianity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lib…
Today I learned about Praise-God Barebone (1598-1679) a radical English Puritan preacher and member of Oliver Cromwell's parliament. He gave his son Nicholas Barebone (or Barbon) the legendary middle name "If-Jesus-Christ-Had-Not-Died-For-Thee-Thou-Hadst-Been-Damned". britannica.com/biography/…
Charles McCartney was a traveling preacher who for around 60 years crossed most of the United States on a wagon pulled by goats, survived on their milk, and tried to run for President snakenation.press/america…
Marjoe Gortner was a child-preacher who became a very successful evangelist despite not believing in any religion. An honest documentary of his work won an Oscar in 1972 despite not being shown in any theaters south of Des Moines, IA. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
"fundamentalist preachers" asked Fred Rogers to denounce homosexuality. In response, Mr. Rogers would pat the target on the shoulder and say, β€œGod loves you just as you are.” Rogers also belonged to a β€œMore Light” congregation of the Presbyterian Church dedicated to welcoming LGBT citizens. nedhardy.com/2013/04/23/t…
[] that a lawyer while defending an abolitionist preacher being prosecuted by the State of Maryland in 1819 called slavery, "[A] blot on our national character." The lawyer was future Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Roger Taney. mtsu.edu:8443/first-amend…
In 1896 the apocalyptic Brazillian monarchist preacher AntΓ΄nio Conselheiro (widely regarded by his followers as the Messiah) founded the communistic village of Canudos and declared the deadliest civil war in the nation's history against the newly founded Republic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Today I learned about Henry Ward Beecher, a Protestant preacher who was one of the most famous Americans in the 1800s and gave support to causes such as abolishing slavery, temperance to alcohol and women's suffrage, but was later put on trial for adultery (which resulted in a hung jury) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
In 1848 a traveling preacher was challenged to a duel by a "Desperado." As the challenged party, the preacher chose the weapons. Potatoes cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc…
Today I learned about the Great Disappointment which is the reaction that followed after Baptist preacher William Miller had wrongly proclaimed that Jesus would return to Earth on October 22th 1844. One Millerite later recalled: "I lay prostrate for 2 days without any pain – sick with disappointment" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Richard Pryor had it rough growing up: He was molested at the age of six by a teenage neighbor, and later by a neighborhood preacher. His mother was a prostitute who abandoned him when he was ten years old, after which he was raised in his grandmother's brothel. imdb.com/name/nm0001640/b…
Upon his incarceration in 2015 hate preacher Abu Hamza had his sinister hook replaced with a spork! nypost.com/2015/01/08/hoo…
While Teddy Roosevelt was police commissioner in NY, he ordered about forty Jewish policemen to protect a German anti-Semitic preacher, with the goal to make him ridiculous. bartleby.com/55/6.html
When the Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers performed in Havana, Fidel Castro was in attendance. After being warned that the music would be loud, he said "You cannot be louder than war!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kar…
Mr. Rogers only appeared as a fictional character one time as a preacher on one of his favorite TV shows: Doctor Quinn, Medicine Woman neighborhoodarchive.com/m…
Sam Kinison, a foul-mouthed standup comic with politically incorrect humour, was a Pentacostal preacher before starting his career in comedy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
General Butt Naked in Book of Mormon is a real warlord who converted and became a preacher reuters.com/article/us-li…
JFK criticised the Indian annexation of Portuguese Goa by saying "You spend the last fifteen years preaching morality to us, and then you go ahead and act the way any normal country would behave… People are saying, the preacher has been caught coming out of the brothel" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
Almost all of Japan's Buddhist temples supported the country's militarism during World War II. They believed it necessary to bring dharma to Asia. In order to make the wars seem just Japanese Buddhists took the work of a famous Buddhist preacher and edited it 208 times. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bud…
Robert Shields was a preacher and teacher, who recorded his life in five-minute segments for over two decades, creating a diary with 37.5 million words. nytimes.com/2007/10/29/us…
Aaron Burr, America's Third Vice President and the man who killed Alexander Hamilton, was the grandson of preacher Jonathan Edwards senate.gov/artandhistory/…
Shakespeare's house was torn down by a later owner, a preacher who got sick of tourists coming to stare at it. chrishillauthor.co.uk/201…
Today I learned of Wade Watts, a gospel preacher and civil rights activist who responded to KKK harassment with love, humour and wit. youtube.com/watch?v=jD4hg…
Daniel Tosh is the son of a preacher en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
There is a former warlord, now a preacher, known as General Butt Naked who consumed the heart of a child in a religious human sacrifice practise. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
JosΓ© Luis de JesΓΊs Miranda, a preacher from Puerto Rico, claims that he is the re-incarnation of Christ. He also has a criminal record, history of heroin abuse and a "666" tattoo on his arm. edition.cnn.com/2007/US/0…
Sam Kinison was a Pentecostal preacher from age 17 to 24 before becoming a comedian en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
There is a man from Liberia known as "General Butt Naked" who regularly liked to partake in human sacrifice and cannibalism but later repented his sins, becoming an evangelical preacher. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
KKK member, Ray Edgar Killen, was acquitted of charges related to the "Freedom Summer" murders due to a lone juror's reluctance towards convicting a preacher. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edg…
Sam Kinison was a fire and brimstone Pentecostal preacher before getting into comedy en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/S…
The vocalist of the Manic Street Preachers, Richey Edwards, completely disappeared in 1995 richeyedwards.net
After Denzel Washington starred in Heart Condition (1990), the movie's reception was largely negative, that Denzel fired his agent that talked him into doing it, and only starred in one other comedy, The Preacher's Wife (1996), until 2 Guns was released in 2013. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
Today I learned of Samuel Willard, a prominent preacher in the Puritan, Massachusetts Bay Colony. Willard took a scientific approach by studying Elizabeth Knapp, a young woman he believed to be posessed, from October 30, 1671 until January 12, 1672. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
-1950's Brooklyn Dodger pitcher Preacher Roe was renowned for his ability to control the illegal pitch (the spitball), and described his methodology in a 1955 article in Sports Illustrated, "The Outlawed Spitball Was My Money Pitch", published a year after he retired. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…

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