Welcome to the last week on the web for 2010! This edition brings you more reasons the next Batman film should be based on Prey, Schreudenfroud on YouTube, the last Bah Humbug of the year, and more!
Why Hugo Strange should be the villain for The Dark Knight Rises: I want this to happen so hard. And I want them to republish Prey.
HR Giger will be doing designs for the new Alien prequel: I can’t wait for all of the mystery to be taken out of the Space Jockeys. (via Slashdot)
Priceless Edison wax cylinder breaks on camera: New rule: if you suffer from ridiculously shaky hands, do not handle the brittle, priceless artifact. (via John Myers)
Word Lens: automatic, augmented-reality translation: I have a hard time believing that this is legit. This thing would have to be doing OCR (Optical Character Recognition), translation, font determination, skewing, and layout, all in real time. I don’t see how it’s possible… but if it is, this guy deserves to be a billionaire.
Placebos work even if you know the pill is fake: Okay, brain, stop screwing with us.
How different age groups celebrate Christmas: The Oatmeal is frighteningly insightful in this episode.
Church executes Santa: I can just feel the love of Jesus pouring over me.
TSA lets a loaded gun through security: Not only did this civilian get onto a plane with a loaded Glock, reports indicate that when the government tests their own security, the failure rate is close to 70%. These people need to be fired, every single one of them. They’re a joke.
One of the creators of The Office explains why he doesn’t believe in god: because there’s just no evidence. That’s it: not because of bitterness, or stubbornness, but because a claim as extraordinary as god requires extraordinary evidence, and believers can’t offer any.
Five ridiculous things you probably believe about Islam: Actually, if you’re talking about radical Islam, most of these things are true. But they’re also largely true of fundamentalist Christianity, so…
Don’t ever tell me I’m wrong ever again: What happens when you confront a fundie with facts? You end up on FailBook, of course. (via Kevin Nugent)
How God got all those animals to Australia : this sign, from the Creation Museum, is hillarious, until you stop to think about the fact that people actually believe and teach this stuff. (via Rebecca Watson)
Pastor pays $740 in taxes on an income of $105,000: Jesus, I should have founded a religion.
Jesus is a liberal democrat: “If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we’ve got to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that he commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition — and then admit that we just don’t want to do it.” (via Katie Grasso)