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Amish Marathon Runner

Apparently the Amish practice of "plain dress" extends to marathon running, because Amish runner Leroy Stolzfus has been showing up to races dressed in a long-sleeved shirt, black slacks, and suspenders. However, he does wear sneakers. More: York Dispatch.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Nov 23, 2015 | Comments (11)
Category: Fashion, Religion, Sports

Realized he was Jesus

Here at WU we've explored a number of odd reasons marriages have failed (such as the husband's over-fondness of horse fondling, and a man's dislike of his wife's deformed nipples).

Add to this list Alan John Miller, whose marriage didn't survive his realization that he was Jesus Christ, reincarnated. I can see how that might put a strain on a relationship.

Miller (aka Jesus) went on to found the Divine Truth ministry in Australia. He still claims to have been Jesus and says that he remembers many details of his past life, such as his crucifixion (says it wasn't that bad). However, he doesn't remember how to speak Aramaic.

He's also found a new life partner, Mary Luck, who coincidentally happens to be Mary Magdalene, reincarnated.

More info: Times Live

Mary Luck and Alan Miller (aka Mary Magdalene and Jesus)

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Sep 17, 2015 | Comments (14)
Category: Religion, Divorce

Bob Harrington, the Chaplain of Bourbon Street


The animated mouth of Jesus, who speaks with a robot voice, is tops!

As for Bob Harrington himself, am I cynical for imagining that hanging out with the hookers and party-animals of Bourbon Street was more fun than ministering to Jim and Jane Normal in the suburbs?

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Sep 14, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Regionalism, Religion, 1960's

Church Of Bacon

Move over Spaghetti Monster, The Church of Bacon is new in town! With bacon's popularity peaking its an idea whose time has come.

Update: For those who are reticent to take a Google survey (sorry about that) Here is a link to the Church of Bacon website.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sun Sep 13, 2015 | Comments (9)
Category: Publicity Stunts, Religion, Bacon

Father Pierre Monastery Herbs


Original ad.

I wish I could find a picture on the internet of the packaging for this product. Or learn who the legendary Father Pierre was. Alas, even the mighty Web does not have the answer to everything.

But I did find out the ingredients.


As to the recipe's effectiveness, I cannot attest.

Apparently, this current-day Russian product also known as "Monastery Herbs" has a different composition.


"Ingredients: rose hips, currant leaves, birch leaves, roots and rhizomes Elecampane, grass oregano herb St. John's wort, willow (willow-herb)."

Russian page.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Aug 25, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Body, Nature, Religion, Advertising, Excrement, 1940's, Russia

Litigation Through Poetry:  Or, Texas Is Hell


Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jul 22, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Law, Nature, Regionalism, Religion, Poetry, 1900's

The Bible Diet

The spiritual nourishment was too rich for this boy's system.

Source: Florence Morning News - Jan 9, 1926.

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Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Jul 13, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Food, Religion, Books, 1920's

Rampaging Bible Seller

A Bible salesman who wouldn't take no for an answer.

Source: The Massillon Evening Independent - Nov 6, 1957
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Jul 07, 2015 | Comments (13)
Category: Religion, Retailing, 1950's

The Gospel Singing Jubilee

Those suits! Those hair-dos! Those pop arrangements of venerable tunes! It's Lawrence Welk for Bible-thumpers.

Some background.

Three more segments below the jump, and even more on YouTube..

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Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Apr 16, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Kitsch and Collectibles, Music, Religion, Television, 1960's, 1970's
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