I believe in evidence. I believe in observation, measurement, and reasoning, confirmed by independent observers. I'll believe anything, no matter how wild and ridiculous, if there is evidence for it. The wilder and more ridiculous something is, however, the firmer and more solid the evidence will have to be.
USB: The high-speed port to HELL!
Yes, the religious are (often) nuts.
Ever notice how the logo to denote USB, the ubiquitous technology for connecting peripherals to personal computers, looks like a devilish pitchfork?
Okay, neither have I. But then again, I'm not of the theological ilk to detect the image of Mother Mary gracing a pastrami, either. A gaggle of evangelicals in Brazil, displaying the flavor of open-mindedness on which believers pride themselves, have decided to swear off the use of USB ports because of logo's resemblance to the imaginary pointy-thing carried by an imaginary villain. From USB - Satan's Data Connection:
The evangelical cult "Paz do Senhor Amado" ("Peace Beloved of the Lord") in the interior of Brazil forbids its followers to use any USB technology by contending that it uses a symbol that makes apology to the devil.
According to its founder, the "Apostle" Welder Saldanha says that this is just a symbol of Satan, is always present in all Christian homes.
No word on whether the new USB 3.0 standard enables faster transfer rates to deliver soul packets to Hell. (Where the techno-damned will presumably spend an eternity slaving away at Windows Vista terminals, relishing the occasional breaks for less-painful pitchfork disembowlings.)
So, what's a good Christian gadget lover in the Amazon to do? Fear not; the "Apostle" isn't demanding Amish levels of Luddism from his flock. Believers are free to use the wireless Bluetooth connection technology instead, as
"Blue was the color of the eyes of our savior Jesus Christ."
Score one for Jesus the Nordic Jew! (Suggestion to "Apostle" Saldanha: Give Bluetooth the thumbs-up to honor King Harald "Bluetooth" Gormsson of Denmark's conversion to Christianity, instead of Jesus's impossible eye color. You'll get laughed at a bit less.)
Anyway. Maybe the story's completely false; it could all be just the latest Internet joke. Anyone in Brazil have further news on this puzzling piece of purported pareidolia?