Good morning Whitenoise.
I hope you read that first line to yourself in a Robin Williams voice. And if you didn't, I'd be willing to bet you just glanced back at the line and did it.
The power of suggestion is a powerful thing. That's why they call it power.
Yesterday I published a very unusual oddities post. In it I gave a description and examples of anticipation. My thought was to get you all worked up for todays post. I was looking for something along the lines of a Pavlovian response.
I hope it worked.
I also said that todays was a special post. And it is. The subject is one I've sat on for a while now, saving it for such a special occasion. We'll get to the subject shortly.
First, though, allow me to thank you all for taking time out of your day to read my posts. I enjoy writing them, and I hope you enjoy reading them. I know some of my subject matter is distasteful. But, knowledge is power. And learning something you didn't know adds to your knowledge. So in effect, I'm helping y=to make you all more powerful. You may never ever use one of the facts you learned from one of my posts. But then, you just might.
So what makes today special?
Today is the 1 year birthday of Otters Oddities. It was May 16, 2013 when I sat down and wrote a short post about how bees have hair growing from their eyes. And in the past year, I have tried to keep my posts odd. Sometimes I failed, but most of the time, I think I pulled it off. It hasn't always been easy coming up with a subject to write about. But that's when I use my Google-fu and find something.
But, enough of the worthless babble! You all came here for an oddities post, and an oddities post you shall have!
Today I am going to do something I don't always really like to do. I am going to make fun of a religion. I am a firm believer that people have the right to whatever religious beliefs they want. But sometimes, you find a set of beliefs that's so.....odd, you can't help but mock them. There are a lot of odd religions out there. Just move to Pennsylvania and get a drivers license. You'll see a list of hundreds of religions to choose from. Including the Church of Santa. But by the end of the post, I hope you'll understand why I'm doing what I'm doing. Some things just need to be shared.
Let me tell you a story. It's a story of good vs. evil. A story of how some scrappy rebels took on a powerful empire, and won.
No. On second thought, if you want to hear the story, you can just watch the DVD. I mean, everyone loves Star Wars, right?
Now, hold on a minute. Before you all get up in arms and angry at me, I'm not mocking Star Wars. And Jedi isn't the religion I'm talking about. But Star Wars plays a prominent role in the religion I am talking about.
The religion in question is called JAH. JAH bills it's self as the religion of all things on planet Earth. They are not affiliated with the Rastafarians. And, they are serious.
JAH is short for EliJAH. Elijah was a prophet from the bible, and if you want to learn about him, read the book of Kings. Because, other than the name, I really don't think JAH has much to do with Elijah.
If you do your research on them, JAH comes across like a bunch of.....no. I refuse to pass judgement on these people. I will however, mock them. Because their beliefs are odd. And I'm going to highlight one of them.
STAR WARS! We all love it. It's a good story, right? Except, according to JAH, it's not a story. It's the truth. It's actual history.
George Lucas was fed the details of Star Wars telepathically by the force. And it didn't take place in a galaxy far, far away. It took place here. In our solar system.
Ok. I can't do this. There is no way I can summarize the explanation of the 'truth' of Star Wars. But it is definitely something you need to read.
I know I've said it before. But I have to say it again; I can not make this shit up.
And JAH goes far beyond just Star Wars. There's all sorts of theories involving Ireland, science fiction, UFO's, Gibraltar.....the list goes on. If you go to their website, you'll find it reads like a religious conspiracy theorists web site. Maybe because it is.
But it's one of the most entertaining reads you'll find.
I'm sorry I can't make this a traditional oddities post. But there is just no way I can summarize the whole 'Star Wars is true' scenario without butchering it. I promise I won't make a habit of this. I will continue to write my own oddities posts in the future, but for this one day, I have to let the oddities subject speak in it's own words.
Seriously, go read about Star Wars - Fact, NOT Fiction.
And remember, Made Up Monday is just a weekend away!