A week, a Lent without swearing
A 14-year-old boy has inspired Los Angeles County (or at least part of it) to try to go without swearing this week.
McKay Hatch is the founder of the No Cussing Club and author of a book with the same name. His middle school friends joined him in his quest to use positive peer pressure to encourage others to stop swearing when Hatch told them how much their swearing bothered him. Now a freshman in high school, his club has more than 20,000 members in all 50 states and around the world.
Snuggies for a good cause
At a retreat I was at a few weeks ago, a speaker talked about the great temptation of today of just “checking out” rather than engaging in the world and its problems. You sit on the couch and watch worthless, stupefying cable television programming late into the night. A symptom of this disease: You know about Snuggies, the blanket with arms, advertised on such programming.
Most of us at the retreat laughed sheepishly because, indeed, we had seen the commercials for Snuggies, the type of mail-order product that garners the label, “As seen on TV!” in stores.
Babies not in limbo
They aren't in limbo, but unbaptized babies aren't in a cemetery either.
Archeologists are looking for mass graves of babies that died before Baptism in Belfast, according to the Associated Press. The scary part: this practice seemed to have continued until the 1980s!
Voice of Bart Simpson in trouble
Fox might want Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, to write this on the chalkboard 100 times: “I will not use Bart Simpson to promote Scientology.”
Odd News round-up
These old stories are too weird not to make a note of them:
Death becomes you
There’s another option besides burial or cremations for a deceased loved one these days: diamonds. Companies will turn the ashes of the dead into diamonds, Reuters reports, and as technology improves, the demand is rising.
Artificial diamonds are created by subjecting carbon to huge pressure and temperature, a method started by General Electric in the 1950s. Diamonds can be made out of cremated bodies, deceased pets, or hair from a body to be buried.
How about this for an economic stimulus plan: $250 from your local Catholic parish school?
That's what some families in Nashville have received from their pastor, Father Joseph Breen. Breen has set aside about $117,000 for an economic stimulus plan for his community, granting $250 per child for 270 families enrolled at St. Edward Elementary School.
The Amish Economy
Here's an investment tip for you: Invest in the Amish.
According to this NPR piece on banking in Amish country, Amish farmers don't default on mortgages, even though they have no credit history, let alone a driver's license.
In fact, Bill O'Brien of Hometowne Heritage Bank says none of his Amish clients have ever missed a payment. He has been banking for 20 years and is responsible for about $100 million in loans, with 95 percent of his customers Amish.
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