THURSDAY, March 1, 2012

Bill Maher told CNN’s Piers Morgan that prayer is “nothing more than trying to communicate with your imaginary friend.”  Maybe Bill, but just wait until the imaginary friend decides to give your pot supplier a heart attack just as he‘s ringing your doorbell.

A Catholic church in Columbus, Ohio celebrated Ash Wednesday by distributing ashes in a special drive-thru lane.  They got the idea from  church in Cleveland that recently began allowing parishioners to go the confession using a drive-thru lane they named “Toot-N-Tell.”

GOP Oval Office hopeful Rick Santorum told supporters that John Kennedy’s endorsement of “Separation of Church and State” made him sick to his stomach.  Strange since he seems to embrace the concept of “Separation of Brain and Common Sense.”

The sister ship of the ill-fated Costa Concordia had its engines suddenly quit while cruising the Indian Ocean.  When reporters tried to contact the captain of the Costa Allegra for an update on conditions aboard, they were told he had already taken a lifeboat heading for shore.

Health officials in Mexico have announced that the obesity epidemic affecting Americans has leaked south of the border.  In fact, it’s so bad, you can’t even do the Mexican hat dance anymore.  The hats have become so big, by the time you can dance around one, everyone has gone home.

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