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How to Make Money on Food Items in the Shape of Religious Icons

The Consumerist today has posted a funny guide to recognizing and exploiting religious-icon-shaped foods. Picking through a bag of Cheetos, Chris Walters estimates there may be as many as four Jesus- or Mary-shaped chips per purchase. It's partly a matter of luck, but it also takes a good eye for spotting the random edible miracle. You should also remember that context is everything: You might find a Shiva or an Apollo, but they're not going to be that newsworthy in the U.S., so stick with tried-and-true icons like Jesus or the Virgin Mary. A Cthulhu-shaped snack might net you some cult fame but probably not a lot of money. Related In Videos: And Finally Tonight, Jesus in a Bucket of... More

In Videos: The Donut Man

This video has been making the rounds on YouTube and looks like something from the early 1990s, at the latest. But no, the Donut Man is currently traveling the country (including upcoming shows in Philadelphia), teaching children that without Jesus, they are like a doughnut. I would think that being a doughnut would be a good thing, as one would always have a snack ready, but the Donut Man contends that by accepting Jesus, a doughnut hole gets placed the the empty space. What if you were jelly-filled to begin with? So many questions. Watch the video after the jump.... More

Re-creating Brigham Young's Buttermilk Doughnuts

Photograph from Patrick Beeson on Flickr Brigham Young, leader of the Mormon movement, liked a good hot doughnut in the morning, according to the Mormon Times. "I think that the doughnuts would have been the 'wipe-it-up' at the end," said Brock Cheney, a living history enthusiast and blogger behind Mormon Pioneer Foodways, who added that Young would put away two or three courses at breakfast alone. Cheney found a recipe for "Brigham Young's Buttermilk Doughnuts" but it was printed in 1967, almost a century after Young's death. The modernized version involves baking soda instead of the old-school "soda and buttermilk method," and lots of nutmeg. "If it was a modern recipe it would probably be cinnamon. [via Coldmud]... More

In Videos: Cheesus: Jesus in Cheetos Form

The lord moves in mysterious ways, but how often is artificial cheddar powder involved? Virgin Mary toast was just the beginning of religious visions you can eat. Kelly Ramey of High Ridge, Missouri, was just crunching along when she spotted "Cheesus," the crucifixion-reminiscent single Cheeto she's now storing in a special box. "I looked at that and thought, oh, my, that looks like Jesus...it was just like wow!" She's not selling it on eBay because "of the joy that it's bringing." The best is when pastor David Bennett of Kirkwood United Methodist Church asserts, completely straight-faced and unfazed by the episode, "people can find Jesus in each of us like she's found in this object." Whether singing gospel hymns,... More

Peanut Butter, Kryptonite to Atheists?

John Brownlee over at Wired's Table of Malcontents blog found a video of Creationist Chuck Missler using peanut butter to "disprove" evolution: Brownlee summarizes Missler's argument: "Evolution makes the claim that life is created from nonliving matter, pretty much by random chance. Therefore, chance dictates that every once in a while a gigantic peanut butter blob monster should spring from a recently opened jar of peanut butter and wreak havoc upon the supermarket. After all, a billion jars of peanut butter are produced every year: If evolution were true, certainly one of those jars would have evolved into a chunky peanut butter monster by now." (Myself, I'm considering becoming a Pastafarian, so who am I to say that our ancestors... More

Go Atone

It's just about an hour before sundown as I type this, so our Jewish readers and friends will be starting their Yom Kippur activities. And inactivities—no pizza for you on this Day of Atonement. I will be joining all you observant Chosen Folks in spirit—at least for the next few hours—thanks to a mouth-numbing dental procedure that was just inflicted upon me. And I'll be reflecting on things that Slice, as a blog, should atone for. OK. I'm not trying to make light of the holiday, so have a fulfilling sabbath, and I'll catch you on the flipside.... More

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