Week of 1/24/99:

Metal Plate

Though not necessarily the type of metal plate you have put in your skull.

All the tower needs is a 900-foot Jesus leaning Godzilla-like over it.

If you didn't catch that reference, in the 80s televangelist Oral Roberts had a vision of a 900-foot-tall Jesus. Because a 90-foot-tall Jesus is just not impressive, and a 9-foot Nazarene would just be a basketball player, though He might get a miracalously large series of consecutive free throws. If you wonder what message the 900-foot Jesus (300-meter Jesus in Europe) had for his flock, it was "Give Oral Roberts all your money."

Oral had a later encounter, this time with Jesus H's dad, God Himself. God said he would kill Oral unless his audience gave Oral all their money. Fortunately (or something), Oral's sheep coughed up the required ransom, allowing Oral to stay amongst the living and leaving theologians with the interesting moral question of God The Holy Extortionist.

Do you think Oral Roberts has a brother named Anal and a sister named Vaginal? Just curious.

Photo by Groovygirl

Objects from Previous Weeks

Objects from Previous Weeks

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