In Sanity We Trust

...Broken News...
January 2007

Oh Those Russians........!

Lover of the Russian queen
They put some poison into his wine
Russia's greatest love machine
He drank it all and he said "I feel fine"

Lover of the Russian queen
They didn't quit, they wanted his head
Russia's greatest love machine
And so they shot him till he was dead

It's 90 years ago today that russia's "mad monk", Rasputin was assassinated.By all accounts he didn't go easily surviving a poisoning and repeated gunshots before finally meeting his demise in an icy river. - Wikipedia - Rasputin

Seasoned Gratings


In Sanity We Trust

The Longest Day........

Yes, the festering season is apon us. Watch the skies for, Donner, Blitzen, Schnitzel, Rudolph and the old fat guy with the beard, but bear in mind if you do hear somone coming down your chimney it probably IS a burglar.

Bible Story: (sociolinguistics in action)

Early 1st millennium BC: Hostilities between the Gileadites and the Ephramites necessitated some form of test, to determine friend from foe.

Then Gilead cut Ephraim off from the fords of the Jordan, and whenever an Ephraimite fugitive said, "Let me cross", the men of Gilead asked him, "Are you an Ephraimite?" If he answered "No", they said, "Then say Shibboleth". He would say "Sibboleth", sice he could not pronounce the word correctly. There apon they seized and slaughtered him by the fords of Jordan. There perished in this way forty-two thousand men of Ephraim

Judges 12:5-6

Shibboleth means either an ear of corn or a flowing stream. The Ephraimites were betrayed by their mispronunciation. (The Gileadites retained "s" and "sh" as distinct phonemes while the Ephraimites merged the two as a single phoneme "s".)

Shibboleth n   1. a slogan or catch phrase usually considered outworn, characteristic of a particular party or sect. 2. a custom, phrase, or use of language that reliably distinguishes a member of one group or class from another.

Collins Paperback English Dictionary

Last minute Christmas shopping concerns? How about getting that special person a pete penguin? Live penguins farmed in New Zealand from Penguin Warehouse Inc.

Waving your arms in the air? Then there is the new air guitar shirt which actually produces sound as you play that thing!

Southland (New Zealand) anglers are reported benefitting from oversized trout this season. Some have been found to contain large numbers of mice. Over population in mice and rats has forced them to seek alternative sources of food, consequently swimming across lakes and rivers where they become prey for the monsters of the deep. One fish reputedly had 22 mice in it's belly.

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Courtesy of Bizarre News


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Man is an exception, whatever else he is. If it is not true that a divine being fell, then we can only say that one of the animals went entirely off its head.
- Chesterton

In Sanity We Trust took a bit of a breather over the last couple of weeks as I hit the road travelling from Taiwan into Singapore on to Australia and home to Dunedin where they tell me summer has been cancelled this year due to the weather. It's the middle of the scheduled summer though you wouldn't think so. Recent snowfalls, with more predicted, and icebergs off the coast for the first time in living memory more than hint at global climate change. The bergs are all but gone now but became for a time something of a local tourist attraction with daily flights and on one occasion a sheep was shorn on one of them. "Shrek" get's a shave

Dunedin is also famous for having the steepest street in the world though some dispute this claim.

Occultists find new uses for the iPod