A good quote.....

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Mefiante (June 09, 2013, 11:12:03 AM):
Quote from: Greg Graffin
Countries with a high percentage of non-believers are among the freest, most stable, best-educated, and healthiest nations on earth. When nations are ranked according to a human-development index, which measures such factors as life expectancy, literacy rates, and educational attainment, the five highest-ranked countries — Norway, Sweden, Australia, Canada, and the Netherlands — all have high degrees of non-belief. Of the fifty countries at the bottom of the index, all are intensely religious. The nations with the highest homicide rates tend to be more religious; those with the greatest levels of gender equality are the least religious. These associations say nothing about whether atheism leads to positive social indicators or the other way around. But the idea that atheists are somehow less moral, honest, or trustworthy has been disproven by study after study.

— Greg Graffin, American punk rocker, college professor, and author.

Rigil Kent (November 18, 2013, 14:45:15 PM):
[filling out an official form]

Q: How long has your family lived at the present address?

A: 697 years. - Sir Thomas Ingilby, of Ripley Castle
st0nes (November 21, 2013, 18:26:38 PM):
Quote from: Harper, Charles G., The Ingoldsby Country
His father, made rich by hops, was a
man of consideration at Canterbury, and filled an
Aldermanic chair with all the dignity that comes
of adipose tissue largely developed.
brianvds (November 22, 2013, 03:15:30 AM):
I speak Esperanto like a native. - Spike Milligan

I wonder how many people will nowadays still get the joke. The most popular made-up language these days is Klingon. :-)

If you read the Fritz Deelman novels written by Leon Rousseau in the late 1950s, you'll hear quite a bit about Esperanto: in the futuristic world of the novels it is very widely spoken all over the world, so much so that members of the International Security Police like Deelman are required to know it.

But looks like the language more or less sunk like a brick. Instead we are stuck with something as illogical and awkward as English. Soon to be replaced by Mandarin. Oh, the horror.
Rigil Kent (November 28, 2013, 10:03:49 AM):
Possibly not very new, but first time I've seen it.


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