In Sanity We Trust

...Broken News...
August 2006

Battle of The Planets:

Pluto demoted to "dwarf planet" status.

"I have a slight tear in my eye today, yes; but at the end of the day we have to describe the Solar System as it really is, not as we would like it to be."
- Professor Iwan Williams

August 24: Pluto, which has been a "planet" since it's discovery in 1930 has been demoted to a secondary category of "dwarf planet". The decision was made by The International Astronomical Union (IAU) following a vote by delegates at a convention in Prague. The change in status reflects recent discoveries of objects in the Kuiper Belt of comparable size to Pluto (one "Xena" is in fact slighly larger) and also the nature of it's orbit which is at considerable variance to the other planets.

The new criteria for planetary status are as follows:

* it must be in orbit around the Sun
* it must be large enough that it takes on a nearly round shape
* it has cleared its orbit of other objects

Pluto loses status as a planet
William Shatner sings "Rocket Man"

Text Messages of Babylon:

Popular text messages sum up the current state of affairs in the cradle of civilization:

"President Bush calls for a timetable for the withdrawal of Iraqi peoples from Iraq."

"I send you the tanks of my love, bullets of admiration and a rocket of my yearning."


Moving jigsaw puzzles (best viewed with i.e. I couldn't get them to work with firefox)

Warning sign Generator Create your own warning sign from a range of templates. (see right)

The Land of Moron:

It pays to be wary when making light of religion these days of course, though n the spirit of Ogden Nash when throwing rocks at seabirds, we at In Sanity We Trust like to leave no tern unstoned. Recently seeking salvation (from boredom) I found myself flicking through a copy of the Book of Mormon which had been left in a coffee shop. I was naturally delighted to discover reference to a character called Moron, who was a king no less! Further, it appears that the "Land of Moron" is in fact in the present day United States.

The Book of Mormon tells us:

Ether 7: 5-6

5. And when he had gathered together an army he came up unto the land of Moron where the king dwelt, and took him captive, which brought to pass the saying of the brother of Jared that they would be brought into captivity.

6. Now the land of Moron, where the king dwelt, was near the land which is called Desolation by the Nephites.

Ether 11: 14-16, 18

14. And it came to pass that Ethem did execute judgment in wickedness all his days; and he begat Moron. And it came to pass that Moron did reign in his stead; and Moron did that which was wicked before the Lord.

15. And it came to pass that there arose a rebellion among the people, because of that secret combination which was built up to get power and gain; and there arose a mighty man among them in iniquity, and gave battle unto Moron, in which he did overthrow the half of the kingdom; and he did maintain the half of the kingdom for many years.

16. And it came to pass that Moron did overthrow him, and did obtain the kingdom again.

17. And it came to pass that there arose another mighty man; and he was a descendant of the brother of Jared.

18. And it came to pass that he did overthrow Moron and obtain the kingdom; wherefore, Moron dwelt in captivity all the remainder of his days; and he begat Coriantor.

The quotes come from the Book of Ether which might leave you wondering what Joseph Smith was sniffing when he came up with this stuff. According to Smith and his followers, the Americas were populated by Mesopotameans and Israelites from about 3,000 years ago. The places mentioned in the Book of Mormon then are in fact locations within the Americas though there is some debate about the exact location of some of them. Some place "Desolation" and the "Land of Moron" in New York near Cumorah, where Joseph Smith first received the Plates of Nephi, while others place them further south in Mexico.


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More bad album covers at The Museum of Bad Album Covers.
Jim's collection of Worst Album covers of all time
Play a mean game of ping pong? How would you rate yourself against these guys?


The Trial:

Philadelphia: Korvel Odd was imprisoned through the filing of a "material witness petition", a provision by which prosecutors can have a reluctant witness detained until after he testifies. Odd who is described as suffering from schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder, failed repeatedly to show up for the preliminary hearing of a murder trial, prompting an attorney to file the petition. The case was ultimately dismissed due to a lack of evidence without Odd even being called to testify. Meanwhile Odd languished in gaol, forgotten, wondering how he got there and how to get out.

"He was the only one in the entire system who knew why he was in jail.....I can finally use the expression 'Kafka-esque.' "

Daniel Silverman, attorney.

Philadelphia Daily News

Ever wanted to change your star sign? Now you can.
Who want's to be a couple of fish anyway?

The Metamorphosis - Cool Flash animation of Kafka's short story.

Worst Album Covers

One man's considerations for the 10 worst album covers of all time. It's quite a collection.

Ninelevenning: n. all irrational or cynical exploitation of the events of that day. "Once on the back foot, Bush started ninelevenning for all he was worth".
(from George D. Henderson)