The Electric Commentary

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Scott Adams is in rare form

First on the devil:

According to MSNBC, about 50 people died in Saudi Arabia during the annual ritual of throwing stones at the devil. Apparently a stampede broke out when somebody tripped on luggage. That sounds like a poorly conceived punch line, but it actually happened. And it isn’t the first time. In 1990, 1,426 people died in a stampede while throwing stones at the very same devil. (No word as to whether luggage was involved.) And in 2004, the devil killed another 244 stone-throwers the same way. By my count, the score is Devil 1,720 and Believers 0.

And then on tradition:

Have you ever wondered why some people brag about their “traditional” values when they obviously mean “superior”? It’s because “traditional” is a more flexible word. It implies an inherent goodness without the need to defend the details. I plan to start using “traditional” as my adjective of choice in all sorts of contexts.

Parent: “Here’s a picture of my family.”

Me: “That’s one traditional looking family!”


  • Maybe we should change our focus in the war on terror from hunting down Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq to sending them on all expenses paid trips to Mecca during the Hajj and let the yearly stampedes take care of them.

    By Blogger dhodge, at 5:26 PM  

  • Wasn't the total upped a little bit?

    In a sick way, I've always thought one of those smart bombs on the proper date would take care of a lot of those terrorists that go to MECCA every year.

    By Blogger Joy in the Journey, at 10:16 AM  

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