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Wile E. TF

Super Powers from Scientology

Posted on 2006.05.16 at 12:38
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Current Music: J.T. Adams & Shirley Griffith - Match Box Blues
In exchange for a hefty sum, of course, Scientology is getting ready to give you super powers. Sigh.
Apparently, this includes the super power to yell at a kid to get out of the way of a speeding truck when he runs into the street. I think I might already have that one.


suzermagoozer at 2006-05-16 18:26 (UTC) (Link)
Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard taught that people have 57 "perceptics." They include an ability to discern relative sizes, blood circulation, balance, compass direction, temperature, gravity and an "awareness of importance, unimportance."

i would say that scientologists don't know how to discern those last two.

also...whaddup with that newspaper article being so in depth? st. petersburg reporters must have nothing else going on. Also, they spelled Belaire, CA wrong.
theservant at 2006-05-16 19:22 (UTC) (Link)
Good questions! Maybe 'cause of Clearwater it is a 'local' story?
metalclarinet at 2006-05-17 17:35 (UTC) (Link)
Apparently the one super power it doesn't confer is bullshit detection.

57 varieties perceptics?

From the Stright Dope column:

"The number 57 has mystical significance to the Heinz company, but it has never had much to do with reality. The slogan was invented by the company's founder, Henry J. Heinz, in 1892 while he was cruising around on the elevated in New York one day. Whilst reading the car cards on the ceiling, his eye alighted on the slogan "21 styles of shoes." To pedestrian minds such as our own, R.B., this probably does not sound like one of your landmark advertising mottoes, but that's why we're not millionaire ketchup barons. Heinz, on the other hand, could recognize genius when he saw it. Cogitating briefly, he soon conceived the immortal words "57 varieties," whereupon he got off the train and set about plastering the nation with the now-famous pickle-plus-number logo. The one problem with this scheme was that at the time the company was manufacturing more than 60 varieties. However, Heinz stuck with 57, for what his biographer describes as "occult reasons."

theservant at 2006-05-17 22:47 (UTC) (Link)
I hadn't thought of that! Have you uncovered a secret ketchup-Scientology connection? Better invest in one of those remote starters for your car!
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