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#51
Chicken mcnuggets for me! Yummm...
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#52
It turns out that today isn't actually my birthday - how could I have known? I think 65 might have as much to do with why we should retire as when we should retire.
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#53
Fun ''religious'' fact: Lady bugs get their name from the Virgin Mary. According to legend, European crops during the Middle Ages were plagued by pests. Farmers began praying to the Blessed Lady, the Virgin Mary. Soon, the farmers started seeing beneficial ladybugs in their fields, and the crops were miraculously saved from the pests. The farmers began calling the red and black beetles "our lady's birds" or lady beetles. In Germany, these insects go by the name Marienkafer, which means "Mary beetles." The seven-spotted lady beetle is believed to be the first one named for the Virgin Mary; the red color is said to represent her cloak, and the black spots her seven sorrows.

I need to brush up on my Catholicism, not sure what the seven sorrows are about.
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#54
(May 18, 2019 07:03 AM)Leigha Wrote: Fun ''religious'' fact: Lady bugs get their name from the Virgin Mary. According to legend, European crops during the Middle Ages were plagued by pests. Farmers began praying to the Blessed Lady, the Virgin Mary. Soon, the farmers started seeing beneficial ladybugs in their fields, and the crops were miraculously saved from the pests. The farmers began calling the red and black beetles "our lady's birds" or lady beetles. In Germany, these insects go by the name Marienkafer, which means "Mary beetles." The seven-spotted lady beetle is believed to be the first one named for the Virgin Mary; the red color is said to represent her cloak, and the black spots her seven sorrows.

I need to brush up on my Catholicism, not sure what the seven sorrows are about.

Quote: I need to brush up on my Catholicism, not sure what the seven sorrows are about.

Alabama is probably one of them
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#55
odd feeling of warm water running down the back of my head
mild synesthesia can probably do such things
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#56
Quote:Alabama is probably one of them

Feverishly pushing LIKE button.
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#57
(May 17, 2019 10:54 PM)confused2 Wrote: It turns out that today isn't actually my birthday - how could I have known? I think 65 might have as much to do with why we should retire as when we should retire.

I'm not sure if it's lucky or not, but if you've been two years younger you'd have to wait three years to retire. The governments planned increase of retirement age doesn't stop there, by 2030 you'd have to be 68 to retire. Retirement to some extents voluntary anyway, I mean you could (Should you actually want to) continue to work for years to come (Just for the privilege of being taxed further).

https://www.gov.uk/working-retirement-pension-age

Incidentally if you decide to venture abroad for a time and need healthcare it can be a problem. Originally retiree's were covered by the NHS from putting the years in, however a couple of years ago the government grandfathered in that should you be outside of the UK for a period, you'll no longer be covered by NHS treatment. (They've been trying to shaft my father with that one after he was admitted to hospital through A&E and they ran a bunch of tests on him which I think they personally cherry picked based on costs considering he'd have to pay full price if they had their way. The thing was that it wasn't written anywhere, he didn't sign any agreements and he was taken in through A&E which is suggested to not cost even if you were a foreigner visiting the country. In fact the hospital in question has gone out of it's way to cover all those points, but still have been chasing him. I should of taken it upon myself to chase them at the time but I was foolish enough to let him deal with his own mess.)
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#58
(May 18, 2019 07:03 AM)Leigha Wrote: Fun ''religious'' fact: Lady bugs get their name from the Virgin Mary. According to legend, European crops during the Middle Ages were plagued by pests. Farmers began praying to the Blessed Lady, the Virgin Mary. Soon, the farmers started seeing beneficial ladybugs in their fields, and the crops were miraculously saved from the pests. The farmers began calling the red and black beetles "our lady's birds" or lady beetles. In Germany, these insects go by the name Marienkafer, which means "Mary beetles." The seven-spotted lady beetle is believed to be the first one named for the Virgin Mary; the red color is said to represent her cloak, and the black spots her seven sorrows.

I need to brush up on my Catholicism, not sure what the seven sorrows are about.


Fun fact and/or fiction: if there’s any truth to any biblical accounts, it’s probably safe to assume that the Virgin Mary was a child when she was with child.

Quote:According to the apocryphal Gospel of James, Mary was the daughter of Saint Joachim and Saint Anne. Before Mary's conception, Anne had been barren and was far advanced in years. Mary was given to service as a consecrated virgin in the Temple in Jerusalem when she was three years old, much like Hannah took Samuel to the Tabernacle as recorded in the Old Testament.

Some apocryphal accounts state that at the time of her betrothal to Joseph, Mary was 12–14 years old, and he was ninety years old, but such accounts are unreliable. According to ancient Jewish custom, Mary could have been betrothed at about 12. Hyppolitus of Thebes says that Mary lived for 11 years after the death of her son Jesus, dying in 41 AD. [2]

In ancient and medieval societies it was common for girls to be betrothed at, or even before, puberty.[1] 

Fun probably isn't the right word.  Undecided
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#59
With a 35 year average life expectancy, 12-14 wasn't what it is today. Judging it by modern standards is the fallacy of presentism.

The Bible is pretty clear on protecting the innocent...like against being killed before even having a chance to live outside the womb. And with the high infant mortality of the day, any child was a blessing. So no, it would not count Alabama among Mary's sorrows. If anything, she would have related to the loss of a child quite strongly.

But don't let that stop your ignorant little fantasies.
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#60
(May 18, 2019 05:22 PM)Syne Wrote: With a 35 year average life expectancy, 12-14 wasn't what it is today. Judging it by modern standards is the fallacy of presentism.

The Bible is pretty clear on protecting the innocent...like against being killed before even having a chance to live outside the womb. And with the high infant mortality of the day, any child was a blessing. So no, it would not count Alabama among Mary's sorrows. If anything, she would have related to the loss of a child quite strongly.

But don't let that stop your ignorant little fantasies.

Oh, modern medicine (science) created pedophiles…interesting.

Yeah, at one time or another murder was even acceptable. Hell, I think it was even God who protected Cain, wasn’t it?

Old men fucking 12 year olds; makes you wonder where all the old men came from, and how they were able to outlive all the women, doesn’t it? Where were all the viable 18 year olds? Not enough to go around, eh?

Yeah, the bible was pretty clear on protecting the innocent. WTF? Dodgy

If Jesus is the child of God/or even God and she was 12-14, what would that make God by today's standards? A pedo? But it's kinda tricky, isn't it? If Jesus is God, (Father, Son, Holy Ghost) that would mean that he impregnated his own mother, wouldn't it? Weird!
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