The Weird and Fraudulent World of Catholic Relics
For centuries, some Christians have venerated the bodies and possessions of saints, but more often than not, there's no way to tell whether something is St. Peter's skull or a really old potato.
They bent steel and smashed concrete with their skulls while preaching the word of Christ to massive audiences. Two decades later, the group was bankrupt. What happened?
Religious organizations like XXXChurch and activists like former adult star Brittni Ruiz are leading the fight against what they see as the morally corrosive influence of porn.
We spoke to the author of Goliath about how his harsh and uncompromising critiques of Israel have inspired a backlash from across the political spectrum.
Like the ruins of the Coliseum or shuttered drive-in theaters, the ghosts of web 1.0 linger. And scattered throughout that hidden world are the early Internet churches.
News reports on protests that focus on broken windows or a shop's momentary loss of income are missing the broader context of why people take to the streets to demand change.
What would happen to the world's religions if we made contact with alien life? I asked Dr. David A. Weintraub, an astronomer at Vanderbilt University who's been trying to get to the bottom of that question.
"People feel more comfortable asking her for favors that they probably shouldn't ask a Catholic saint for. If you want your shipment of meth to arrive safely, it's easier to ask Santa Muerte than the Virgin of Guadalupe."
No, he doesn't have the rights to Breaking Bad, nor has he received a commitment from Kilmer or Slash. But don't worry—he'll get it all figured out.
A man claimed he was too good-looking to have raped a woman, a toe-sucking fetishist sucked a woman's toes in a big-box store, and some idiots thought Seattle cops reopened the Kurt Cobain suicide investigation.
Sbarro filed for bankruptcy protection, scientists think we can clone woolly mammoths, engineers and a pretentious British musician created a robotic rock band, and more bad news from across the world.
This week, a roofer discovered a mummified woman in her garage, Dinesh D'Souza announced he was creating more cinematic propaganda, and scientists said they revived a 30,000-year-old virus found in a chunk of ice.
Children in California exhibited polio-like symptoms, Australia banned a forgotten art film, the British government used webcams to spy on millions of people, and the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments issued a fatwa against Muslims…
This week, Sudan charged a gang-rape victim with adultery and prostitution charges, a woman claimed to have murdered 22 men, and Zimbabwe authorities arrested a former Democratic representative for owning porn.