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Michael J. Lindell in 2018, photo by NorthStarOasis <a href=https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>(CC BY-SA 3.0)</a>
Michael J. Lindell in 2018, photo by NorthStarOasis (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Bill Maher: "Mike Lindell, the My Pillow guy, said, 'I see the greatest president in history, of course he is, he was chosen by God.' Mike's pillows are made from foam, but his head is stuffed with feathers." * Lindell, an Evangelical Christian and former crack cocaine addict, invented the My Pillow: an open-cell, poly-foam pillow design.
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Peter Sellers (left) in <i>The Pink Panther</i>
Peter Sellers (left) in The Pink Panther
Late one night, after retiring to bed exhausted from a disappointing day wrestling with a troublesome scene in one of the Pink Panther movies, director Blake Edwards was roused by a call from the film's star, Peter Sellers. "I just talked to God!" he exclaimed. "And He told me how to do it!" The next day, although he was skeptical, Edwards humored Sellers and the result was an unmitigated disaster. "Peter," Edwards sighed, "next time you talk to God, tell Him to stay out of show business."
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Trump Free Speech Rally participants in Portland, Oregon, in June 2017. Wikipedia photo from Joe Frazier (<a href=https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>)
Trump Free Speech Rally participants in Portland, Oregon, in June 2017. Wikipedia photo from Joe Frazier (CC BY-SA 2.0)
During the presidential election in 2016, a Trump-supporting tow-truck driver in North Carolina refused to tow a car belonging to a stranded Bernie Sanders supporter. "Something came over me," he later explained. "I think the Lord came to me, and he just said, 'Get in the truck and leave.' And when I got in my truck... I was so proud, because I felt like I finally drew a line in the sand and stood up for what I believed."
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Kick-off at the final of the 2005 Confederations Cup
Kick-off at the final of the 2005 Confederations Cup
In a memorable soccer match between Corinthians and Rio Preto at Bahia Stadium in Brazil, Corinthian striker Roberto Rivelino scored a goal, after a single pass, with a left foot drive from center field. Three seconds after kickoff, the ball flew past the ear of Rio Preto goalkeeper Senhor Isadore Irandir... while he was kneeling in the goalmouth finishing his pre-match prayers. Rivellino in 1974. Photo: Rob Mieremet/Anefo (CC BY-SA 3.0)
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Flooding in Chackbay, Louisiana (FEMA photo)
Flooding in Chackbay, Louisiana (FEMA photo)
In June 2001, after weeks of drought, Louisiana governor Mike Foster asked his constituents to pray for rain in the Bayou State. Fortunately, it worked and the remnants of a tropical storm (Allison) moved ashore from the Gulf of Mexico. Less fortunately, Allison dumped up to three feet of rain on the state, causing massive flooding. Said one Louisiana resident: "We may have prayed too long." ["A congresswoman from Texas is complaining because hurricanes are never given African-American names," Conan O'Brien reported in August 2003. "As a result, today, the National Weather Service gave a shout-out to Hurricane Tyrell."]
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Jean-Baptiste Lully, by Lithogr. de Ducarme
Jean-Baptiste Lully, by Lithogr. de Ducarme
The baton used by seventeenth-century conductors was much longer and heavier than the tiny instruments employed today. On January 8, 1687, in the course of conducting a "Te Deum," Jean-Baptiste Lully accidentally struck his foot with his baton. So severe was the resulting injury that, despite progressive amputations, gangrene set in and ten weeks later Lully was dead. Ironically, a "Te Deum" (Latin for: Thee, O God, we praise) is a hymn, sung as part of a liturgy, praising God.
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While running in the Medtronic TC 10 Mile marathon in Minneapolis in October 2019, 25-year-old Tyler Moon suddenly suffered a heart attack and collapsed on the ground. Amazingly Moon, who had altered his bib to read "Jesus Saves," was saved by CPR administered by the runner behind him: a local nurse, named Jesus Bueno. "My name was originally on the bib," Moon told Fox News. "One day I got a thought—I thought it was from God and that it should be a profession of faith—and changed it to 'Jesus Saves,' so that another runner or someone in the audience would see it ... that Jesus saves us for eternity." Despite suffering a concussion, fractured bones in his face, and scrapes ...
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The Gutenberg Bible [Bible, Latin Vulgate. Ca. 1455]. Biblia Latina. [Mainz: Johann Gutenberg, ca. 1455]. Rare Books Division. From the Lenox Library The first substantial printed book is this royal-folio two-volume Bible, comprising nearly 1,300 pages, printed in Mainz on the central Rhine by Johann Gutenberg (ca. 1390s-1468) in the 1450s. It was probably completed between March 1455 and November of that year, when Gutenberg's bankruptcy deprived him of his printing establishment and the fruits of his achievements. The Bible epitomizes Gutenberg's triumph, arguably the greatest achievement of the second millennium. Forty-eight integral copies survive, including eleven on vellum. Perhaps some 180 copies were originally produced, including about 45 on vellum. The Lenox copy, on paper, is the first Gutenberg Bible to come to the United States, in 1847. Its arrival is the stuff of romantic national folklore. James Lenox's European agent issued Instructions for New York that the officers at the Customs House were to remove their hats on seeing it: the privilege of viewing a Gutenberg Bible is vouchsafed to few. (Shortened text copied from placard seen in the background). Credit: NYC Wanderer (Kevin Eng) (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0">CC BY-SA 2.0</a>)

The Gutenberg Bible [Bible, Latin Vulgate. Ca. 1455]. Biblia Latina. [Mainz: Johann Gutenberg, ca. 1455]. Rare Books Division. From the ...(more)

The priest William Lisle Bowles (1762–1850) was notoriously absentminded. On one occasion, he gave a Bible to Bessie Moore, the wife of poet Tom Moore, and was graciously asked to inscribe it. Retreiving the volume, she was amused to see that Bowles had scribbled: "From the Author."
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Time Cover, 14 Jan 1924
Time Cover, 14 Jan 1924
Joseph Garland in Boston's Golden Coast: "Driving somewhere along the Massachusetts North Shore in the early 1900s, Bishop William Lawrence happened upon a driver swearing profusely as he struggled to pry a flat tire from the rim. 'Have you tried prayer, my good man?' gently inquired the bishop—upon which the poor fellow, in the desperation of his plight, fell on his knees, clasped his hands, and lifted his eyes heavenwards. He then picked up the iron, inserted it, and off popped the tire. 'Well, I'll be Goddamned,' said the bishop."
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Yale University
Yale's Old Campus at dusk, April 2013. Wikipedia photo: Namkota (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Yale's Old Campus at dusk, April 2013. Wikipedia photo: Namkota (CC BY-SA 4.0)
While marking exam papers shortly before Christmas one year, William Phelps, who taught English literature at Yale for forty-one years until his retirement in 1933, came across a curious answer to one of his more perplexing questions: "God only knows the answer to this question. Merry Christmas."Phelps returned the paper with the following annotation: "God gets an A, you get an F—Happy New Year!"