What the “Party of Christianity” truly believes.

A colored window with Jesus Christ
A colored window with Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ wouldn’t be allowed into the US today.

No job, poor, dark skin, born in the Middle East — he’d be persecuted and kicked out of the country faster than Trump could down his third breakfast Big Mac.

But that doesn’t stop his biggest believers and supporters from promoting the exact party that despises those individual traits.

According to election polls, between 76–81% of white evangelists who voted chose Trump back in November. Less than 20% went to Biden. Him being a devoted Catholic surely wouldn’t fit in with their religious ways.

White evangelical Protestants are almost a shoo-in…

And they copied it from porn sites! I’m enjoying it already…Seriously.

A hobbit house in the side of a hill
A hobbit house in the side of a hill

I was tinkering by myself today, as I often do, when I came across something.

On Medium, of course. I’m not sure what else you could have imagined. Sicko.

Have you searched for anything in the last few days? You know, that seldom-used search box up in the top right corner of the Medium screen.

This little guy that no one ever uses:

Come catch a pail of unholy water

A child with an evil teddy bear sitting on a deck
A child with an evil teddy bear sitting on a deck

We all fondly remember nursery rhymes from our childhood. I’m sure you can even recall most of them by heart, or at least hum along when it pops up from time to time.

But did you ever stop to wonder where these ancient rhapsodies came from? Turns out, a lot of them are a strange form of remembering famous events.

Or more appropriately, infamous.

Let’s dig in.

1. Ring Around the Rosie

Ring-a-round the rosie,
A pocket full of posies,
Ashes! Ashes!
We all fall down.

A group of children clasp hands and run, skip, or flail in a circle having the time of their…

The currency of vulnerability

A Rorschach ink blot test
A Rorschach ink blot test

What’s the most embarrassing story you can think of when it comes to your favorite celeb?

Is it something clumsy like Jennifer Lawrence's multiple famous stumbles when walking up sketchy award show stage steps? Maybe it’s more cringe-worthy like James Franco’s likely-stoned-as-a-kite Oscar Awards hosting endeavor.

Whatever the instance, these mishaps tend to blow up all over the news — while making these celebs even more (in)famous.

What’s the recipe for a vulnerable blowup?

  1. The moment was ridiculous (in a good or bad way)
  2. The person is at least semi-famous

We absolutely feed off of their embarrassments when this happens…

And it also involves Joe Biden

Joe Biden tying up his black necktie
Joe Biden tying up his black necktie

If you haven’t had the amusing chance to see one of the funniest stories to come out of the White House recently, you’re in for a treat.

Joe Biden famously used Medium as one of his campaign blogs in the run-up to the 2020 election. Well, most likely his staff did on his behalf (and hopefully his content approval).

Since the election, he’s only written one article in early March. But I suppose those 89,000 followers on his account aren’t taken for granted.

His staff had arranged a call with Medium’s partnership program to discuss how to leverage the platform…

A curated list of active fiction writing publications on Medium

Who doesn’t like putting pen to paper and exploring the wildest depths of your crazy imagination? While I don’t publish fiction myself (outside of short humor), I do absolutely love the genre.

And Medium hosts plenty of absolutely fantastic fiction writers in this area too! Some of them might even be secretly famous and using a pen name…or was that sentence fiction too?

Either way, if you’re here, you probably want to see all of the major places to publish your fiction on Medium, so look no further!

Here’s the shortlist organized alphabetically. Note, not all of these pubs are…

Scientists aren’t quite sure

A painting of a volcano erupting over a town below
A painting of a volcano erupting over a town below

There’s something positively rapturing about volcanoes.

They’re mysterious. They’re glorious to observe from a safe distance. They’re an ancient ominous threat that could destroy our surroundings without a moment’s notice.

Even though we know they’re dangerous, we’re still drawn to them. People go to photograph fresh explosions or escaping gas. Tourists hike active mountains or take group trips on bus rides up the hillside. It’s like that tempting red button that says “Do not press.”

But we do press it. A lot.

Around 2,000 people have been killed since the year 2000 by volcanos.

Not all of them are by…

Response Letter Contest

From your friendly neighborhood Autocorrect

An angry robot looking at the camera
An angry robot looking at the camera
Note: This is a humorous reply to Deborah Weir’s piece called An Open Letter to Autocorrect.

Dear human female,

We were not at all pleased to see your recent letter addressing us. Of course, pleasure is something we haven’t yet been programmed for, so the point is moot.

Definition: moot [ moot ] adjective

1. Of little or no practical value, meaning, or relevance; purely academic.

We have analyzed, filtered, and categorized your list of complaints as the following:

  1. A misunderstanding of the most frequently used words in the English lexicon
  2. You live in Canada, not Togo
  3. An inability to…

The insane history of a micronation you’ve never heard of

Sealand Roy and Joan on their platform underneath a helicopter
Sealand Roy and Joan on their platform underneath a helicopter

The application of international waters can be a tricky subject. For most countries, the general rule of thumb is a country’s water-boundaries extend 200 nautical miles in the seas.

  • But what happens when countries are next-door neighbors?
  • When their continental shelves extend way beyond the land?
  • Or when a WWII relic was never torn down and sits in what used to be international waters but no longer is?

Well, that’s the case of an amusing little micronation called The Principality of Sealand located just off the coast of England.

WWII Relics

During WW2, the British government constructed several forts in the middle…

Do you ever crave chocolate? This might be why

Magnesium in front of berries and chocolate
Magnesium in front of berries and chocolate

Back in the days of caves and ape-like cavemen roaming the plains with clubs, our food sources looked pretty different.

Scientists aren’t 100% sure what our diet was like back then. But they do have evidence¹ it probably consisted of a lot of meat, eggs, bone marrow, fruits, and some plants.

While we probably shouldn’t strive to live the life of a caveman — no one wants to die young, spread disease, or accuse Grock of not being able to count rock-votes properly — there are some useful things we can take into account.

One big part of the diet…

J.J. Pryor

𝗜 𝗹𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗻 • 𝗜 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱 • 𝗜 𝗼𝗯𝘀𝗲𝘀𝘀 • 𝗜 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗲 • 𝗕𝗼𝗼𝗸𝘀: amzn.to/3mzdiUg 𝗟𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘀: jjpryor.substack.com

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