Energy, Religion

Islam's most popular drink may or may not be halal.

The Shabbat Elevator

Transport, Religion

On Shabbat, observant Jews are banned from performing manual labor tasks. That includes pressing the elevator button.

The God of the South Pacific


The Tanna islanders believe that when Prince Philip steps ashore, mature kava plants will sprout, old people will shed their skins, and a man will be able to take any woman he wants.



Reunion Island is a tranquil place in the Indian Ocean where French, Tamil, Arabic and Malagasay cultures coexist. But the most popular religious figure on the island was created by a postal mixup.

File Sharing the Gospel


Can copying and pasting be religious acts? For the online file-sharing movement Kopimi (“copy me”), CTRL+C and CTRL+V are sacred symbols. Serious or not, the organization has been recognized as an official religion in Sweden.

Wham! Bam! Islam!

Superheroes, Religion

Can the world of fictional superheroes have a positive impact on real life? Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, a Kuwaiti psychologist, thinks so: he's designed an Islam-inspired comic book series, The 99, to create exemplary role models for Muslim youths.

Named after the 99 attributes of Allah, such as justice, kindness and patience, the international cast of characters promotes Islam’s positive messages, as…