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March 2013[edit]

30Creationist stakes $10,000 on contest between Bible and evolution. Why do I get the feeling he'll never pay up?
22Egypt issues arrest warrant for Bassem Youssef, the "Egyptian Jon Stewart".
13"Act of God" destroys 25 cars at a religious gathering.
24Sometimes your faith in humanity is rekindled (Anyone got that pic of Muslims protecting Christians in Egypt?)
17Let's see how much of a bluffer you really are...
48The only way to say this is is to say it straight: Pope Francis washed the feet of a female Muslim prisoner, sparking fears among conservative Catholics over women priests.
18The Governor of Iowa wants to increase education spending by $187 million. Guess his party affiliation.
18According to a Pew study, 48% of US Christians say that Jesus will return within the next 40 years.
18First Neanderthal/modern human hybrid found. 40,000-30,000 years ago, northern Italy. Original paper.
8The NRA serves to protect responsible gun owners...especially when one of them is the Sandy Hook massacre shooter.
31Anti-gay protesters in Paris attack the police and use their kids as human shields. You know, “pro-family.”
17Australia to crack down on bogus "therapeutic goods".
41Ok, who gave Papa Bear the weed?
12Start seriously worrying about Korea. Update: Here come the B-2s.
15Christians rush to the Supreme Court in the wake of the Prop 8 case screaming about states' rights and their imaginary world in which the USA is run on mobocracy. Bonus points for non-white Christians telling others who they can't marry!
14Anthony Kennedy, the Justice who wrote the majority opinion on Lawrence v. Texas and is likely to be the decider on SCOTUS legalizing gay marriage, is being a bit grumpy today.
24Tennessee lawmakers reassured that mop sink isn’t sink for Muslims to wash feet[No, not The Onion]
42 A gay teenager with Asperger's syndrome was viciously abused at his own birthday party; he was forced to strip down, had homophobic slurs written on his body, and was then set on fire. He died the next morning. The individual responsible gets a whopping three and a half year sentence.
13Get your printed organs here.
21No Christianity in our Easter eggs, please.
12Where's Rosa Parks when you need her?
18How we died for 100 years
29Richard Littlejohn has blood on his hands.
24And from the air came water.
38It's official. Fox News is too liberal for the Tea Party.
18Due to sequestration, NASA suspends all its educational and outreach efforts "pending further review". Some people are already calling the death of the agency...
45Michele Bachmann doesn't understand how science works, blames government regulation for the continued existence of Alzheimer's disease.
17North Korea may be selling meth out of its embassies.
31Today in Harper's Canada: a motion, essentially affirming that accurate scientific research is useful in sound public policy making, was defeated in the House of Commons after every single Conservative MP voted it down. (to be fair, party solidarity means that it would be political suicide to vote against your party line)
8Angry at new gun laws, a Colorado based magazine manufacturing company decides to takes its ball and leave, costing Colorado a whopping 200 jobs.
22The Aussies have "revived and reactivated" an unusual species of frog that went extinct 30 years ago.
33From the Planck satellite: Big Bang theory reinforced, more matter and less energy than we thought there was, and the Hubble constant gets a recalculation. Also a trippy CMB map in the mix.
3James Herbert, he of the Rats and the Fog and so many teenage nightmares, dies.
24Someone follows terrible advice from Dr. Oz, sues him for injuries sustained.
12The Wee Frees go all slippery slope
19Google doesn't pay its taxes.
8Cyprus has rejected the bailout.
27Possible college gun massacre stopped by traditional 911 call to police.
15Birds evolve to avoid becoming roadkill.
22The GOP does some serious navel gazing, and comes up with: "The Republican Party needs to stop talking to itself…and driving around in circles in an ideological cul-de-sac...young voters are increasingly rolling their eyes at what the Party represents...and if changes aren't made, it will be increasingly difficult for Republicans to win another Presidential election." Grab some popcorn and sit back - the next eight years may be interesting times for the Party of No.
31Water water everywhere and every drop to drink.
15On the night that submissions for the board of Ireland's constitutional convention close, enormous support for same-sex marriage floods in.
7Oh no, we are not starting this again - Power outage at Fukushima. Update 1: Already fixed. Update 2: Official cause: Kentucky Fried Rat.
14The Hague is right this way, sir.
14Well fuck. Forget Greece, we might have an Iceland-style bank run in Cyprus. Update: Now Putin holds the cards in the Eurozone crisis? Historic vote tomorrow.
10Indian Police on yet another gang rape: It's your fault that you were in an area where we're completely incompetent in addressing crime!
17The mad scientists running New York City come up with an inventive way to deal with the city's long bemoaned rat problem.
1More Catholic dumbfuckery: "Paedophilia is not a criminal condition."
8Worst Nazi salute excuse ever.
21A guilty verdict for the alleged human beings in Steubenville. The scumbags receive a whole one year in juvie.
11How many more weeks of this shit are we going to have to take?
15Sherry Shriner's apocalyptic, NWO, UFO crankery drives unfortunate Detroit woman to suicide... or is that what they want you to believe?
14Canadian federal librarians and archivists now have to be bound to a “duty of loyalty” to Stephen Harper. Because it's librarians who are acting against the government?
34Don't ya luv 'em: “I didn’t know the legacy of the Republican Party included women correcting men in public.” (also: ...African-Americans “should be allowed to vote in Africa,” of course.)
28Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), former supporter of DOMA, renounces opposition to gay marriage, but is still kind of a jerk.
-5"Every October, a group of about 100 divorcees pack into a hotel on Treasure Island Beach, Florida, for the annual gathering of the Straight Spouse Network - bound together by their shared separation from former husbands and wives who are now openly gay."
26If this story is true, the sound of exploding irony meters will be deafening.
24Another preacher caught diddling an underage member of his flock, this time "because Jesus wanted them to have sex."
13The ISS just got a whole lot politer.
23The Family Research Council takes a little break from hating gays to hating everyone who has premarital sex.
28Possible Higgs boson found in 2012 now probable Higgs boson.
9Paul Ryan: "We're not going to give up on destroying the health care system for the American people."
37Religious affiliation in the United States is at its lowest point since University of California sociologists began tracking American religiosity in the 1930s.
27Habemus Papam. Update: It's Jorge Mario Bergoglio AKA Francis I, from Argentina.
40Kiwis pass gay marriage!
10Pope watch: First vote inconclusive. Still nothing after 3 votes. Where's a Borgia when you need 'em?
16Men, beware of women with poison-laced skirts!
14We honest, patriotic Americans, wish to name this mountain for the man who gave weapons to the Islamic Republic of Iran. The current name is too French.
10Who else wants to see a game of basketball between Dennis Rodman and a doddering old man? (It might be better than his last game between a younger, more... corpulent one.)
-12WE ARE NOT ALONE Well, that defused quickly.
35Vatican "accidentally" invests 23 million euros in a ... HUGE GAY SAUNA.
16EU bans animal testing for cosmetics.
16Looks like the caveman diet may have had no real effect on heart disease.
12The three-body problem now has 13 more families of solutions to add to the three families that were already known.
13If Adolf Hitler flew in today, they'd send a limousine anyway.
13Quebecois association of victims of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy champion Marc Ouellette (one of the "dirty dozen") as Pope in the hopes that it will draw media attention to his sorry record on the issue.
11Second case of church standing up for the poor against shitbags Well done for once (twice?)
16Your rights mean nothing to us
20Deacon in the Archdiocese of Baltimore caught with child porn (which the genius stored in his on-line Verizon account).
22Mandatory gun ownership... that'll make closing time in the bars on payday interesting...
9Rand Paul's fillibuster - full of stupid.
-17Let's turn abortion into a light-hearted game! Come on, people. Serious issue, serious attitude.
9Move to Feldheim!
19Scientists say Earth is hotter today than in (most) of the last 11,000 years, suck it global warming doubters!
22In Louisiana, a charter school is teaching children the Hippies worshiped Satan.
20Quebecois Catholic priest charged with, ah, f**k it, you know the drill....
-5"There are currently more people with neo-Nazi views in the Netherlands than the number of Dutch collaborators with the Nazis during the Second World War." (Where "neo-Nazi" here means "disapproves of Israel's behaviour".)
11James O'Keefe will pay $100K to ACORN employee he defamed.
17The EU is going to debate a ban on all pornography on the Internet. When this went public, the European Parliament blocked incoming email after MEPs complained about getting email from citizens about it. Update: This seems to be a habit with the EU parliament's email system, as any email with the words "gender stereotypes" in it is also blocked... on International Women's Day.
19There might be life under Lake Vostok. We await the marine biologist/exobiologist nerdgasms in May.
30Your move, Jong-un. UPDATE: North Korea ends all non-aggression pacts with the South, the largest escalation since the Korean War.
15That didn't take long to rectify
17Prepare to give a giant fuck you to David Petraeus.
24Explain this, YECs. 80,000-year-old grove of Aspen trees in Utah is a single vast root structure that clones itself, making it likely the oldest living organism. It may be even older. It's also the heaviest, with conservative estimates putting it at 13 million pounds.
2Louie Gohmert is at it again.
15Superman: If Orson Scott Card's writing it, I'm not drawing it
5 Hugo Chavez will come back from the dead, says Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
11Duane Gish gallops into the sunset. (And probably the last time you'll see AiG in WIGO:World.)
3Let's see how those goldbugs are doing these days, shall we?
16TSA to allow people to bring the weapons used by 9/11 hijackers onto planes again, but not bottled water or snowglobes.
8The Canadian government is required to evaluate all proposed legislation for consistency with the Charter. Seems standing Harper-government policy is that it's fine if it has a 5% chance of surviving a constitutional challenge.
5North Korea threatens to break 1953 armistice agreement. Meanwhile the USA and China have come to an agreement on new sanctions over their nuclear test.
16Hugo Chavez is dead. (for real this time)
29A Christian school fired a woman for having premarital sex and then hired the man she had the premarital sex with.
10My son needed guns to shoot his girlfriend because he had to fight white crime!
6"But what about the third terror of the Fire SwampTehran? The R.O.U.S's?" "Rodents of Unusual Size? I don't believe they exist."
24Obama administration to the Supreme Court on Prop H8: "the exclusion of gay and lesbian couples from marriage does not substantially further any important governmental interest. Proposition 8 thus violates equal protection."
14"Justice must not only be done, it must be seen to -" Fuck that shit.
11Getting drunk at the UN?
11$15 million bill... for a website created with a $40 Wordpress theme.
7Seven children die in Chinese orphanage due to exposure, Chinese government claims illness, not the bad facilities.
15Haven't the Bush family fucked up the world enough already? Jeb's "...not going to declare today, ..."
4Unlucky, but please try again
22Is Israel reading the same history books as we are?
22In 2013, the tide was turned against AIDS ... ... or maybe not ...
53According to Republican Washington state legislator Ed Orcutt, a proposed bicycle tax is essential because cyclists aren't environmentally friendly due to all the CO2 they exhale. "[b]icyclists need to start paying for the roads they ride on rather than make motorists pay".
4In an effort to stay current, United States president Barack Obama, while talking on the subject of the upcoming sequester, made what the internet is describing as an "epic fail". Will Obama lose his nerd constituency? UPDATED: Ubernerd to Obama's rescue.
4Ok RationalWiki Brits, if it had to come to it, would you vote Cameron to stop UKIP?
21End of the line for Holocaust deniers: The total number of those exterminated could be raised to 20 million, with researchers finding six times the amount of Nazi ghettos and death camps previously estimated.
12Let them eat bombs
12China building shitloads of nuke plants.
19Dennis Rodman & Kim Jong-un: BFFs.
28Maybe Andy was right about video games: College students play video games, use what they've learned to slice people open!
4Churches shock us all by defending the poor against rich scum (then ruin it with the 'honest debate' copout)
4Next week: "Bloomberg fires cover artist"