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Mr_Christopher



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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 06 2008,11:12   

What is up with this "A" icon I see everywhere online?  Does it have some meaning other than being the first letter in the alphabet?



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RF Brady



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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 06 2008,12:33   

It's the dreaded Scarlet A. Only in this case it indicates that the wearer is an (gasp!!) Atheist. I believe this started with the Dawkins website and one can pick up several trinkets (lapel pins etc.) from there.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 06 2008,12:47   

Doh, Thanks!  I just clicked on the A (from PZ's site) and now I get it.

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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 06 2008,12:54   

I can't believe you didn't know that, with your taste in atheism icons. For a fun twist on it, see Heddle's icon. :)

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 06 2008,12:58   

Yeah, I can only assume Heddle is showing that he's a mean atheist.  :-)

(with apologies to the 99% of you who don't understand statistical notation)

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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 06 2008,13:06   

I was kind of partial to this design (heh):



But it never caught on.

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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 06 2008,13:14   

I'm kind of pissed actually, here I am an atheist and I never got the note about the letter A!

Obviously I'm being persecuted by religionists!

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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 06 2008,14:16   

Quote (Lou FCD @ Mar. 06 2008,14:06)
I was kind of partial to this design (heh):



But it never caught on.

Atheists with bosoms. I like it.

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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 06 2008,14:33   

I thought this was our symbol:

Looks evil doesn't it? Mad scientists all around!

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 06 2008,17:23   

Quote (Mr_Christopher @ Mar. 06 2008,11:12)
What is up with this "A" icon I see everywhere online?  Does it have some meaning other than being the first letter in the alphabet?


According to Slimy Sal, the "A" stands for "Anus".

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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 06 2008,17:32   

Quote (Mister DNA @ Mar. 06 2008,18:23)
Quote (Mr_Christopher @ Mar. 06 2008,11:12)
What is up with this "A" icon I see everywhere online?  Does it have some meaning other than being the first letter in the alphabet?


According to Slimy Sal, the "A" stands for "Anus".

Unsurprising, as he seems to be oddly obsessed with them.

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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 06 2008,18:04   

Quote (Mister DNA @ Mar. 06 2008,17:23)
Quote (Mr_Christopher @ Mar. 06 2008,11:12)
What is up with this "A" icon I see everywhere online?  Does it have some meaning other than being the first letter in the alphabet?


According to Slimy Sal, the "A" stands for "Anus".

Wow! Sals an atheist?

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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 07 2008,14:37   

Quote (Richardthughes @ Mar. 06 2008,18:04)
Quote (Mister DNA @ Mar. 06 2008,17:23)
 
Quote (Mr_Christopher @ Mar. 06 2008,11:12)
What is up with this "A" icon I see everywhere online?  Does it have some meaning other than being the first letter in the alphabet?


According to Slimy Sal, the "A" stands for "Anus".

Wow! Sals an atheist?

No, Sal is an anus.

Well, not really, an anus expells waste and provides thereby a useful function.
Sal expells waste but never runs out and has never provided a useful function in any form to any entity, concept, form, or being.

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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 07 2008,15:47   

Quote (Shirley Knott @ Mar. 07 2008,14:37)
Quote (Richardthughes @ Mar. 06 2008,18:04)
 
Quote (Mister DNA @ Mar. 06 2008,17:23)
 
Quote (Mr_Christopher @ Mar. 06 2008,11:12)
What is up with this "A" icon I see everywhere online?  Does it have some meaning other than being the first letter in the alphabet?


According to Slimy Sal, the "A" stands for "Anus".

Wow! Sals an atheist?

No, Sal is an anus.

Well, not really, an anus expells waste and provides thereby a useful function.
Sal expells waste but never runs out and has never provided a useful function in any form to any entity, concept, form, or being.

no hugs for thugs,
Shirley Knott

So, would be correct then to say that Sal "Aspires" to be an anus? (That way he could still proudly wear the "A".  Plus, Sal wearing the "A" would totally fit with the normal ID mode of pretending to be something you're not.  Perfect.

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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 07 2008,16:38   

Quote (Reciprocating Bill @ Mar. 06 2008,14:16)
Quote (Lou FCD @ Mar. 06 2008,14:06)
I was kind of partial to this design (heh):



But it never caught on.

Atheists with bosoms. I like it.

I read that as bosons. However, I spent no more than a minute wondering how the symbol could be construed as a particle physics equation, so I'm probably safe.

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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 08 2008,23:56   

Does Heddle's null-A have something to do with non-Aristotelianism?

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