All the prayers in the world to the Flying Spaghetti Monster probably won't help.
- The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has been denied the rights of a religion in Germany.
- Church members were seeking permission to erect public signage.
- Are views of opposition expressed as satire less valid than the ideas they oppose?
Meanwhile, Spaniards are the least likely to say their culture is superior to others.
- Survey by Pew Research Center shows great variation in chauvinism across Europe.
- Eight most chauvinist countries are in the east, and include Russia.
- British much more likely than French (and slightly more likely than Germans) to say their culture is "superior" to others.
Amongst other things, you can't get away with handling a salmon suspiciously in Scotland.
- While a few of the laws on this list are holdovers from long ago, some laws are as recent as 2011.
- While marrying a dead person or handling salmon suspiciously might sound morbid or hilarious, these laws have historical context.
- Some of today's laws might seem as antiquated as these in 100 years, too.
This 100-year-old map, originally made for American consumption, highlights the famines that swept across Europe after WWI.
- Exactly a century ago, a massive U.S. relief effort kept Europe, including communist Russia, from starving to death.
- This map shows the areas worst affected by famine, but ignores the food emergency in Germany.
- Drawn up between the Armistice and the Treaty of Versailles, it also shows a few intriguing countries and borders, never seen since.
Most other countries don't have universal healthcare because of poverty or war. Why does the U.S. keep clinging to a bad system?
- It's long been known that the U.S. is the only wealthy country without universal healthcare. But even significantly poorer countries also have some kind of universal healthcare system.
- The reasons why the U.S. doesn't have a universal healthcare system are unique in the world but aren't insurmountable.
- In order to join the rest of the developed world, the U.S. needs to realize that not having universal healthcare is something countries do out of necessity, not out of choice.
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