Since I'm not that involved in the wedding where my son is getting married, I thought I would release some of the tension by sharing some of the stories I have come across in my stupid world this week!
A Guy Started a $750,000 GoFundMe for His High School Reunion . . . With a 20% Cut Going to Him for "Coordinating"
61% of Americans Want the Government to Release Its X-Files on Aliens
A Woman Says a Guy Behind Her on a Plane Who Kept Punching Her Seat "Assaulted" Her
A Woman Who Pooped in a Cop Car to Hide Her Drugs and Valentine's Day Card Gets Prison Time
MMA (Mom Martial Arts) At The Dance Recital?
The "Broomstick Challenge" Is Going Viral . . . and Doesn't Require a Special Gravitational Field to Work
An 82-Year-Old Man Gets Jail Time for Constantly Blasting His Classical Music
A Guy Falls Into an Icy River Because Google Maps Told Him To
Avoid Malware on Your Computer By Getting One With LINUX
FLORIDA MAN GETS ARRESTED FOR 66TH TIME
VEGAN GOES ON FURIOUS RANT AT MCDONALD’S RESTAURANT, INSISTS COWS HAVE SOULS
I'm back from a week's vacation at Walt Disney World & after watching all the crowds patiently waiting in lines for a short "experience", I thought this may be the answer to getting the government to better bring its people under control. And they would enjoy the experience. Lines at the DMV would no longer trigger folks. When I returned home, I saw that our friends at PETA (People Enjoying Tasty Animals?) have a "win-win" suggestion for Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, PA....NOT! Plus a few other stories that highlight what a stupid world I came back to after my vacation.
EXPERTS WARN SMARTPHONE VOTING IS ‘EXTREMELY RISKY,’ BUT IT’S COMING
The Most Annoying Pictures We Take on Vacation
The Head of PETA Says You're Walking Your Dog Wrong
PETA Wants to Replace Punxsutawney Phil with a Robot (and their argument why)
Easter Bunny Charged with Hit & Run
Granny & granddaughter charged with meth trafficking at the boarder
New breakthrough technology for the BRAINLESS! Deepak Chopra's Artificial Intelligence
Boy, do I have some hummers for you this week. Here are links to just a few of the gems that happened in my stupid world....
Toe Sucking Intruder
Rambo, The Screaming Parrot
Dippy Sauce Robbery
An O-HIGH-O Proposal for Browns & Bengels Fans
Stinky Fart Assault
Bulgy Batman Problem
Automated TP Retriever
Do you know what yellow journalism is? Sadly, it is the new definition for 21st Century reporting. I am still hoping there will be a news organization that will emerge in the new decade to actually tell the news instead of inserting themselves into the news. I can hope, can't I?
In the meantime, there are enough stupid news stories to insert my opinion into that starts us off for 2020. Like the one where a Grubhub delivery man delivered an "ash-whippin'" to a Florida Burger King.
Then there's the pair of sexagenarians that took the "sex" part a little too far in a women's bathroom at a Florida beachside bar.
How about the nightmare on Christmas that frightened a North Carolina couple into calling the police when they heard noises in their home. This was one time that a police call on Christmas really sucked.
And some gas pumps were the recipient of blows delivered by an inebriated Florida man who had just come from a Christmas party where he got into a row with his girlfriend.
Looks like my Stupid World will have another banner year ahead.
The great moments of stupidity from 2019 will not help us be less stupid for 2020. Instead, it will challenge us to "top that" for the next year. I'll reminisce about all the stupid people & stupid stunts we lived through this past year:
1. The "10 Year Challenge" reminds us to never trust anyone.
2. Sunning your rectum, and other terrible viral health trends
3. Would you buy used tissues to help prepare for flu season?
4. End of an era...?
5. South Dakota's anti-meth slogan sends the wrong message.
6. The Navy's strange UFO denial and other conspiracy theories.
7. Disgusting things are so hot right now.
8. A man dies having sex on a business trip . . . his wife successfully sues for workers comp.
9. The plan to storm Area 51.
10. A short guy starts a fight in a bagel shop and then has quite a journey.
11. Well that's ironic.
12. Oh, come on.
13. Saying "OK, boomer" at work could get you fired.
14. A study involving bunnies, Prozac, and a horny rabbit named Frank may have unlocked the mystery of the female climax.
15. A guy with a full back Jar Jar Binks tattoo says he's had sex many times.
16. The three cameras on the iPhone trigger people with a fear of holes?
17. Popeye's hires its imposter restaurant to help launch its chicken sandwich.
18. The four-day work week is a huge success.
19. Gender reveals are done having a moment.
20. And finally . . .DON'T HAVE A COW, GRANDMA!
JR Rife is back on the podcast this week talking with me & reacting about several stupid stories from the Christmas season. We chat about topping off our Christmas tree, turmoil embroiling within the largest Protestant denomination in the country, misunderstanding marriage, & an office bathroom policy that really SMELLS.!
What Do You Put on Top of Your Christmas Tree?
Jolly Rancher Cereal Is Now on Sale.
A new study found that our bodies don't really age gradually . . . there are really three ages where our bodies make a big shift to their next, older stage. And those ages are: 34 . . . 60 . . . and 78.
Someone on Reddit posted a photo of their crazy office bathroom policy. If they take longer than 10 minutes, someone goes in after them to do a "SMELL CHECK" . . . to make sure they were really doing their business, not just playing on their phone.
For the first time ever, we had more DIGITAL conversations than FACE-TO-FACE ones this year. The main reasons are an increase in people living alone and working remotely, and just having fewer friends to spend time with.
One in five people are planning to give a passive-aggressive "take the hint" gift this year, according to a new survey. Those include things like perfume . . . a cookbook . . . a self-help book . . . and exercise equipment or a gym membership.
What's the worst thing a guest has done while they were staying with you? A recent discussion on Reddit had some doozies. Like someone's uncle who tried to fix a computer and a dishwasher that weren't broken . . . and broke them. And a weirdo who took one bite out of every single apple in the house.
In Last-Minute Move, Southern Baptist Convention Supports Anti-Christian Racial Identity Politics - The Southern Baptist Convention is being infiltrated by an ideology that is antithetical to the Christian religion, right under the noses of SBC members.
Self-identity goes out of control in Portland, OR. Thanks to my good friend, Tim Barrett--the former drummer of the band Disciple--for flagging this specimen of stupidity going on along the "left coast":
Portland’s City Council Votes to Give Furries the Right to Defecate, Mate in Dog Parks
You can't please everybody & this is proven in the reaction from Kanye West's new profession of faith, Chick-Fil-A's new direction in donating to non-profits, & how women are to be treated in the church. JR Rife joins in on the discussion after returning stateside from NordicFest 2019 & a book signing for his new photography book. Check out JR's Facebook page, listen to his podcast, pick up some of his books on his Amazon site & watch for his newest book release coming soon!
What is your take on all this stupidity? I'd love to hear your response/reaction to our discussion. Feel free to leave a comment or a question & it may be used in an upcoming podcast!
I was able to get to know about a new local poet from Central PA who has just published a new 274 page book called, Truth Poet: Truths of Our Fallen World and Glorious God (Inspiring Voices). Joshua I. Sykes delves into truth on various levels—some truth is quite hard & controversial, while much is comforting.
Sykes believes truth is an important thing & needs to be shared in any way possible. The truth Sykes is talking about is Jesus. His book contains poems about real situations & material that many readers may have experienced or know of themselves. The book offers readers a different lens & spurs them on in personal growth.
Sykes wants readers to take away that “Jesus loves you right where you are, no matter who you are. Start to know Him; He is the Truth.”
By Joshua I. Sykes
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5in | 274 pages | ISBN 9781462412716
E-Book | 274 pages | ISBN 9781462412723
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
My conversation with Dustin of the band, "Sanctus Real" during a stop on their "Unstoppable God" tour at the Somerset Alliance Church in south-central PA.
Check out the band's website to get more info on their tour dates & music.
To get more info on upcoming events at the Somerset Alliance Church, visit their website. Also, in the podcast, I referred to Pastor Todd Willoughby as the Lead Pastor... he is actually the Youth Pastor ...which makes him an even cooler dude.
I visit with a former pastor who has a desire to help coach current pastors through the pain that comes with the pastorate. Pete coaches soccer at Grace Prep High School in State College, PA & has been a pastor in various churches. He began SoulQuest Ministries International in 2018 to equip the emerging generation in their intimacy with Christ and in their calling from Christ through teaching, coaching, spiritual pilgrimages, and professional counseling. You can also find SoulQuest Ministries on Facebook.
Allan's life story from the "gutter-most to the uttermost". Musician, Allan Scott, has seen the good, the bad, & the restored in his life. Being brought up in a home that honors God & having found a saving faith in Christ. But Allan had an identity problem. He was looking for his identity in what others saw in him rather than what Christ saw in him. It took a journey that removed him from the life that kept him in close relationship with the Lord to make him realize that he never had is so good than when he was in the comfort of his Savior. Now that he has been restored, he is seeking other who need restoration with the message of being "Found & Favored".
Learn more about the Allan Scott Band at allanscottmusic.com.
Find out more about his new ministry outreach at Found & Favored Ministries at www.foundandfavored.org.
Listen to his music anywhere you stream your favorite tunes or buy a copy of his new CD, The Story, at Google Play, Apple Music, or Amazon.
I talk with J.R. Rife, whom I had the unlikely blessing of getting to know first as a 19 year old teen who attended a concert at a Brookville, PA teen center years ago. J.R. now is a pastor, a "world evangelist" of sorts, a metal missionary, & an author. His book, General Admission: A History of Christian Metal by a Fan is a quick read but highly informative of the Christian metal scene in Pennsylvania. More recently, J.R. was a weekly featured segment of my Christian Rock show, "Bread-n-Jam!" where he shared "The Life of Rife" with radio listeners. I suspect we'll be hearing a lot from J.R. in the future, and that's namely because he has an awesome radio voice.
In the podcast I reference a band that I helped get signed to Frontline Records names A Few Loose Screws. Yes, you can still buy their music, however I have no idea where the individual band members ever disappeared to. Probably in hiding after releasing their one & only CD.
If you have questions or comments about the podcast, please leave a message & if you or someone you know would like to be a guest on a future podcast, I'd love to consider the opportunity... so just drop me a message or an email at ShoutOut@InsaneErikLane.com.
Thomas Rhett's simple prayer had a big impact. It may have been "unconventional", but it was real. Why is this such a big deal today? Because fewer Christians are standing up & being real.
You may not like the genre of music, and you may look at Country Music artists are hillbillies or rednecks. You can't deny that they are transparent. The good, the bad, & the honest. Just like real life. Christian music extols the ideal life....that few people actually live. We all have our faults & we all need to have goals to strive for. So don't knock Christian music for being too heavenly minded to be any earthly good....and don't knock Country Music for being hypocritical.
Take up Ellen DeGeneres' challenge & try being kind. Or if taking the advice of a person you may disagree with or oppose, try taking up the 30 Day Kindness Challenge from Shaunti Feldhahn.
All truth is God's Truth. So just because you may not agree or like the messenger who is speaking truth, doesn't mean God isn't speaking through that person. Being kind is not that difficult. It's much harder to fester & brood into bitterness than it is at being kind. To be kind means you have to surrender something for the benefit of another.
Have a differing view? Have some questions or comments? I'd love to hear them & respond to them. Send me a message through Anchor Podcast. I'll be happy to address it in an upcoming episode.
I have a big 'ol jug to guzzle down while watching all the stupid things people are saying. Here's some samples:
Hillary Clinton told “The View” that the gutsiest thing she ever did was stay with Bill Clinton.
A Corrupt Chinese Mayor was arrested after authorities found 13 tons of GOLD and $37 BILLION dollars in cash in his basement.
The Universal Orlando Resort Theme Park has fired a Despicable Me character who made a white power gesture while being photographed with two kids.
A Florida man was arrested after he called 9-1-1 and told the operator he had drugs.
The betting markets have made Elizabeth Warren the favorite to win the Democratic Nomination.
A British survey found that sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise with people over the age of 65.