the hemi-corpus Jesus-golem fails his save v. lightning

HoNoToGroABeMo Day 28 - hemi-corpus Jesus golem, cc by-nc-nd image by DocOperon via Flickr
HoNoToGroABeMo Day 28 - hemi-corpus Jesus golem, cc by-nc-nd image by DocOperon via Flickr

Last night, the 62-foot high, 8-ton iconic abomination along I-75 in Monroe, Ohio, that represented people fundamentally missing the point of their belief system on multiple levels, was struck by lightning and consumed by fire. Money quotes from the Middletown Journal coverage included the following:

  • ‘…motorists were stopped along the highway and along Union Road in Monroe to watch the 62-foot King of Kings statue burn.’
  • “God struck God, I like the irony. Jesus struck Jesus… What else are you going to do on a Monday night?”
  • “Of all the things that could have been struck, I just think that that would be protected. … It’s something that’s not supposed to happen, Jesus burning.”
  • ‘“I can’t believe Jesus was struck,” said his brother, who noted the giant Hustler Hollywood sign for the adult store across the street was untouched.’

I have faith they will build another.

bacterial fatality, in clay

A bit of infectious diseases whimsical warfare for your Friday…

I recently stumbled across this playful short video on the Improbable Research blog, showing a bacterium being infected by a bacteriophage. Bacteriophages are viruses that specifically infect bacteria, but not the cells of humans or other animals. Although they have seen little use in the United States in terms of medical and biotechnology applications, they have been more widely used in other countries. With the continued concern over antibiotic-resistant bacteria and a lack of new drugs to treat them with, bacteriophages may be more extensively researched for clinical uses in the future. (This was a subject I had the pleasure of discussing at last year’s Dragon*Con.)

And really, who wouldn’t want to, when they look this cute?