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Ah, the joy of the web. Conservapedia has been so over-run by parodists it has become completely impossible to tell what was originally there and what has been added by people mocking the crackpot religious ideology that now passes for mainstream conservatism. I think the Pacific Northwest Arboreal Octopus, for example, is probably a joke. Also this definition of gravity:

"The considerable disagreement between scientists about the theory of gravity suggests that, like evolution, the theory will eventually be replaced with a model which acknowledges God as the source of all things, the Prime Mover, and the only real fundamental force in the universe."

Heh. But this description of the Second Estate looks legit - or is it?

The Second Estate was a social level in pre-revolutionary France. It consisted of the nobility, about 2% of the population, yet it controlled 20% of the land and paid very little taxes, much like welfare mothers in modern America.

Ditto this definition of "liberal," allegedly taken from the American Heritage Dictionary:

'8. Obsolete political system; Morally unrestrained; licentious.'

The original AHD entry, a reader tells me, did not contain the words "political system". The entry on the King James Bible is great. It refers to James as a "confirmed bachelor," which might come as a surprise to his wife and eight children, one of whom became king. 

I'm going to anoint the tree-loving octopus from Oregon as the winner, because at this point it's like shooting invertebrates - created 6,000 years ago from scratch! - in a barrel. I haven't seen a comment from JPod an all this yet. Or Steyn. Have they lost their famous sense of humor? Or are they scared of Phyllis Schlalfy, whose son (the straight one) helped compile this masterpiece of truthiness?

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