If we’re known by our enemies…

When even the KKK thinks your position is outside the pale, and that you might be a little narrowminded about all this, well, I think Westboro Baptist’s stock just went down – a lot.

Countdown to the Rapture, NGM Edition – Day 4

Countdown to the Rapture: So please Lord, because I’m Not Gonna Miss your more vocal, vehement, violent followers – call the Rapture on May 21st. My buddy Stephen Hawking and I will expect our 72 virgins when we arrive.

Well, that was helpful.

We were deep in the jungles of Sulamalasy when I found the body.

Good ole Jules

Jules Verne predicted the future, from submersible ships to space flight, including the concept of mutually assured destruction as a deterrent to war, high-speed trains, calculators, a worldwide “telegraphic” communications network that sounds suspiciously like the Internet, and the idea that governments would execute criminals by electric charge. That was a hell of a leap in 1863.

Did he know?

Here Kipling sits down with, talks to, asks impertinant questions of, and fawns over Mark Twain – who puts up with him, and admits that he has actually heard of him. Here, on the other side of the world, Kipling visits a Burmese town called Moulmein and sees a beautiful pagoda. I’m reading this and humming “Road to Mandalay” and realizing he hadn’t written it yet.