The Word – Flying Teapot

21 07 2008

Bertrand Russell wrote:

If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes. But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is an intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense. If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time.

It was an analogy put forth to show that the burden of proof should not be put on the sceptic but on the believer.  People who believe in something highly improbable should be responsible for proving it is there.

So with that in mind I give you the picture of this store located in the outskirts of Denver, Colorado.  It is a religious store that sells bibles and whatnot (no word yet as to whether they sell indulgences).  What I find odd however is that their sign is in the shape of a teapot – and to make it look more like a dove I guess they went through the trouble of drawing wings on it.  That’s right – a christian store that’s sign is a teapot with wings – I love it.

For those of you interested, it’s on East Colfax.

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2 responses

21 07 2008
Kate

I love it. For those locals, that is the old Apple Tree Shanty restaurant. We used to go there all the time.

22 07 2008
brittany marie

If you look closer I’m sure you will see the Invisible Pink Unicorn as well…haha…I wonder if the owners realize the oddity of their sign…

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