Similar to the fact that the American South may referred to as “The Bible Belt”, or the Great Lakes Region is referred to as “The Rust Belt”, the Mormon Corridor (in the Midwest of the US)is nicknamed “The Jello Belt” because they consume twice the amount of Jello as the average American.
In Japan, back when Christianity was illegal, people were told to step on this plaque with a picture of Mary or Jesus on it to prove that they weren’t Christians.
The Archbishop of New Orleans ruled that Alligator meat is classified as fish, so Catholics can eat it on Fridays during Lent.
Rollercoasters were invented to distract Americans from sin. In the 1880s, hosiery businessman LaMarcus Thompson didn’t like that Americans were going to places like saloons and brothels and created the first rollercoaster on Coney Island to persuade them to go there instead.
Michael Jackson begged the director of the Thriller film to destroy it because members of his church had told him the song promoted demonology. Instead of destroying it he was convinced by his lawyer to put a disclaimer at the beggining of the short film.
Thomas Jefferson created his own version of the Bible, using a razor to cut out the ‘supernatural’ parts, such as the miracles and the resurrection. Today, new members of Congress receive a copy upon election.
In 2002, a British woman was so annoyed by Jehovah Witnesses repeatedly knocking on her door, she waited until they were holding a service, then started pounding on the front doors of their church. Then, she tried to get them to change religions. After about a half-hour, she was forced to leave.
The Bible says farmers should leave the edges of their fields unharvested to feed the poor and foreigners.
The median annual salary for church Pastors in the US is about $94,000.
Thomas Jefferson used a razor to cut passages from the New Testament and literally pasted them together into what is now known as the Jefferson Bible, currently on display at the Smithsonian. He felt the focus should be on Jesus’ life and moral teachings, not inexplicable miracles.