Luckily, Mormons are not biblical literalists. So you can choose to keep all the crazy stuff you like (Moses just turned his rod into a snake! badass!) and choose to ignore the crazy stuff you don’t like (wait, God just sent bears to kill those kids because they made fun of Elisha’s male pattern baldness?)
I’m not saying no Mormons are young-earthers…but let’s just say you’re not likely to see those ones on Jeopardy.
Christian Aguilera was born Mormon. Not our finest effort.
The original proposed name for Utah, “Deseret,” isn’t related to “desert.” It’s a Book of Mormon word (and therefore etymologically iffy to nonbelievers) meaning “honeybee.”
Mormon congregations are called “wards,” and dioceses are called “stakes.” Some of our houses of worship used to therefore be called “stake houses,” but this turned out to be too confusing. (Especially because there was no salad bar.)
Mormon scripture strongly implies that the apostle John, as well as three Book of Mormon disciples, never actually died but are still kicking around someplace. Awesomely, this leads some Mormons to repeat urban legends about “the three Nephites” miraculously appearing to help little old ladies, repair the cars of stranded travelers, etc.
My Sunday school teacher, when I was a Mormon teen, once memorably advised us that “There’s nothing more overrated than sex, and nothing more underrated than a good bowel movement.” It totally worked…I don’t remember a single other sermon from when I was a kid, but I think about this guy exactly once a day, and then again once a week.
I hear you had an awesome roommate when you lived in Utah who went on to write books and stuff. Why don’t you tell us about how awesome he was?
I kid. (Only a little.) Okay, a serious question. How did it feel to beat Brad? I always felt you got the raw end of things during your previous meeting, coming in cold as you had to. In some ways, that free pass to the final round was a backhanded compliment.
Yes, we were—just lucky chance. I moved into a place where he was already living. A duplex with five rooms, I think. It wasn’t too long (six months or so?) before Ken got married to a girl two or three houses down. So you could say that we failed at keeping the women away…failed WITH STYLE.
And, if you want your head to spin, try going to dinner with Ken, his brother Nathan, and Earl (Ken’s old friend and college bowl team-mate.) All three are geniuses, and it’s a strange experience to be around them as they play off of one another. The literary allusions, pop culture references, and puns create a conflux of wit nearly dense enough to pull down small astral bodies.
this is a less gay version of next to you, but the girl sucks ass. Conor however. HOT SHIT. he’s from the UK! I looked through the rest of his videos I think he purposely uses shitty girl singers to make him sound even glorious-er hahaa
Here’s my osmotic pressure measurement. And I was rather proud of this method. And I published it with great delight. This paper has a record, you know: nobody ever quoted it. And nobody ever used the method again. And I didn’t use the method again. So I have to ask you, what was the point of it all? Well, the answer is really a very serious answer. The answer is I learned to do good science. But it didn’t matter what I did when I was learning to do good science. So it doesn’t matter what you do when you’re doing a thesis, you see. But it’s very important that you enjoy it. Because if you don’t enjoy it, you won’t do a good job and you won’t learn science. So all of this comes around to the fact that if you don’t enjoy what you’re doing, ask your advisors to let you do something else. And if your advisor won’t do that, there’s another solution: change your advisor