Theoretical Thursday to you all, my little gingersnaps! In the news, some private schools in Louisiana are teaching children that the Loch Ness Monster is proof that Darwin's Theory of Evolution is wrong. They say, "Have you heard of the `Loch Ness Monster' in Scotland? `Nessie,' for short has been recorded on sonar from a small submarine, described by eyewitnesses, and photographed by others."
I'm not about to get into politics or religion here, and I clearly have my own views on the subject, but uh... I fail to see how an imaginary creature (whose sightings have been debunked) makes the argument one way or another regarding Evolution. Is Bigfoot next? I bet the people in Scotland are having a wee bit of entertainment over this one.
One of the Louisiana textbooks also appears to present the Ku Klux Klan in a positive light. In Louisiana?! I'm shocked! *shakes head no*
Louisiana Private Schools Teach Loch Ness Monster Is Real In Effort To Disprove Evolution Theory
Some students at private schools in Louisiana are being taught that Scotland's fabled Loch Ness monster is real, a claim that is then held as evidence disproving Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, the Scotsman reports.
Thousands of students across the state are eligible to receive publicly funded vouchers to allow them to attend private Christian schools where textbooks published by Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) claim the monster was actually a dinosaur that existed at the same time as man, an assertion which conflicts with the theory of evolution.
The Times Educational Supplement, a British publication for teachers, published an article in 2009 that included an excerpt from Accelerated Christian Education's Biology 1099 textbook, which was published in 1995:
Are dinosaurs alive today? Scientists are becoming more convinced of their existence. Have you heard of the `Loch Ness Monster' in Scotland? `Nessie,' for short has been recorded on sonar from a small submarine, described by eyewitnesses, and photographed by others. Nessie appears to be a plesiosaur.
Could a fish have developed into a dinosaur? As astonishing as it may seem, many evolutionists theorize that fish evolved into amphibians and amphibians into reptiles. This gradual change from fish to reptiles has no scientific basis. No transitional fossils have been or ever will be discovered because God created each type of fish, amphibian, and reptile as separate, unique animals. Any similarities that exist among them are due to the fact that one Master Craftsmen fashioned them all."
Loch Ness monster tour guide Tony Drummond, 47, told the Scottish Sun the curriculum is "ridiculous propaganda."
And Bruce Wilson, a researcher specializing in the American political religious right, told the Scotsman that one of the texts also claims "dinosaurs were fire-breathing dragons."
"It has little to do with science as we currently understand. It’s more like medieval scholasticism," Wilson told the paper.
According to Scotland's the Herald, one of the textbooks also provides a somewhat controversial look at the Ku Klux Klan.
"The [Ku Klux] Klan in some areas of the country tried to be a means of reform, fighting the decline in morality and using the symbol of the cross ... In some communities it achieved a certain respectability as it worked with politicians," the textbook reads, according to the Herald.
In dumb celebrity news, singer Ke$ha tweeted a picture of her new tattoo. First off, that looks like it was painful. REALLY painful. Secondly, is she saying she wants people to suck her lower lip? Or her gold tooth? Speaking of, why in the flim flam does she even have a gold tooth cap? Ah, Ke$ha, you so ghetto!
In other celebrity news, Miranda Kerr,
the luckiest girl in the world wife of Orlando Bloom is promoting a skin care line called "Kora Organics". She says, "Beautiful skin, as in good health, doesn’t happen by accident." Uh, Miranda... speak for yourself. My skin is beeeooootiful, and I take lousy care of it. #TrueStory #AskSpankorJamie
Speaking of, Jamie and I should totally test & review Kora Organics for "Mommy Hates Chemicals".
Miranda Kerr: Beautiful Skin 'Doesn't Happen by Accident'
Miranda Kerr rocks a pair of white pants while out on Wednesday (June 27) in New York City.
The 29-year-old Aussie model walked behind her bodyguard, who carried her dog Frankie.
“My goal is to help people have beautiful skin. Beautiful skin, as in good health, doesn’t happen by accident. I just did a blog post on the KORA Organics site as people ask me all the time what I do with my skin,” Miranda wrote on her Facebook page.
“I hope you find this helpful guys,” she added with a link to her post. “Let me know if you have any questions or need any help. Sending you all much love Miranda xxx.”
Introducing... the latest invention: Shoe Pants! Interesting idea. It would appear they would really need to have an accurate inseam, so your pants don't fall down when you bend over. But the real question is... Would Spank wear them? They are Chucks after all, and she IS the Chuck Queen.
And now, for today's FAIL... You know one of my fondest memories of my mom is when I too got lost in a store. Besides the extreme panic, they did call my mother's name on the overhead speaker, to come to the customer service and pick me up. I think that's what tipped her off that I was even missing. Ahhhh... the memories!
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And today's (customer service) WIN!
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Hey, WTF?!! Clearly Percy Jackson isn't allowed to swim in that pool. What kind of messed up demi-god prejudice is this?
And that's all the time I have for today. Tell me, would YOU wear the shoe pants? And until tomorrow here's one more thing you need to know...
Are you the kind of person who finds it’s hard to express yourself? Well the new Intimacy 2.0 may help in making your feelings more transparent. This fashion/technological breakthrough measures the heart-rate of the wears and adjusts its transparency accordingly.
In a bar-like situation, a conversation with a charming partner that causes the wear’s heart to race may cause the dress to show more skin whereas one with someone who is dull and boring may keep everything behind curtains.
Its designer, Daan Roosegaarde constructed it out of leather and smart e-foils that are opaque. This dress is another unconventional addition to fashion, alongside dresses made from chocolate and paper.
The Intimacy 2.0 has already won a string of awards and created explosive media buzz. This dress does explore the merger between fashion and technology like the new Google glasses exploit, but on the less obvious side, it also shows how fashion is essentially a social tool, and how styles adjust themselves to the social climate.
While it covers up our bodies, clothing is meant to give others a glimpse into what lies underneath, which in turn facilitates social interaction. In our age of efficiency and sexual/romantic freedom, this dress may lead to more straightforward and quicker beginnings to relationships.