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discordian martyrs

In scriptural religions, one is supposed to believe what is written. In these scriptures, suicide is mostly considered sinful and those who commit suicide are usually deprived of a funeral before burial. Therefore, if the authoritative scriptures write that someone committed suicide, even if they had no objective reason to commit suicide, then believers are supposed to treat the suicide committer as a sinner, even despite their former merits

Discordianism prescribes not to believe what is written. Therefore, if authoritative sources centrally report the suicide of someone who had no preconditions for suicide, that someone becomes a posthumous candidate for Discordian martyrdom. Having been recognised by the five Popes, Discordian martyrs are venerated and become candidates for sainthood of this religion. Candidate Discordian martyrs are not only those who are declared by authoritative scriptures to be suicidal, but also those who died in bizarre suicidal circumstances and her or his activities were contrary to the building of a unified order.

53 Discord is a general commemoration of Discordian martyrs. On this day it is customary to remember the lives and labours of the revered Discordian martyrs, unwittingly forgotten by adherents of scriptural religions; to commemorate their merits and shame the adherents of scriptural religions who benefit from the fruits of their labour, but who are careful not to remember or honour, according to their scriptures, the suicidal sinners.

The first five recognised and revered Discordian martyrs (in chronological order of their deaths): Continue reading

octal and decimal roman number converter

In earlier times, different regions used different systems of numbering, not only measures of weight, distance or temperature, but also of time and chronology. In his work “The Easter Computus and the Origins of the Christian Era“, Alden Mosshammer, professor emeritus of history, notes:

The standard chronological reference in many ancient cities was the eponymous year—the name of the chief magistrate who served during that year. Some ancient historians also dated by reference to a numbered Olympiad, beginning with the first Olympic observance, traditionally dated to the summer of 776 BC. Where kings ruled, it was customary to number the years of the monarch. Numbering the years from the foundation of a city or an epochal date in its history was also common. A system of numbering the years by reference to a 15‐year period known as the Indiction, with a base‐date in AD 312/13 emerged in the eastern Empire. Some Christian writers numbered the years from the Creation of the cosmos, others from the Passion of Jesus. Each city had its own calendar, with different names for the month and a different point for the beginning of the year.
In doing so, modern revisionists have discovered that even the numbering systems themselves may have differed in the past: non-positional Roman numbers could have been recorded not only in the decimal style generally accepted today, but also in octal. I have made a simple web application for this kind of research:

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erisian time

Back in the old days, the world was on many conflicting systems of keeping time. While three-quarters time might prevail in one area, elsewhere it was spare time or springtime or due time or ragtime.
Exactly 136 years ago a bunch of pundits from all over the world met in Washington, DC, and decided everyone should employ Standard Time (used by Standard Oil of New Jersey), based on Greenwich Mean Time (the time I was using in the meantime in Greenwich Village).
Far from perfect, this solution allows it to be one time in London at the exact moment it is some other time entirely in New York or San Francisco or Moscow.

Today, on this Daytime holiday, in coordination with Pope Crestomanci and the consensual decision of other respected Popes and Bishops of the New and Old World, we present the exact Erisian (Discordian) time. Discordian time is a single planetary decimal time. If in Christian time, the clock shows the correct time only in Greenwich Village and surroundings, then Erisian time on the whole planet is the same, that is, in some places the dawn is usually at 1 o’clock, while in the opposite side of the world it is at 6 o’clock. With this the beginning of Discordian day (0 hours, 0 minutes, 0 seconds) coincides with the beginning of Christian day on Easter Island on winter time (GMT-5). This means that the Erisian day starts 5 Christian hours later than the day in London (UTC ± 0:00).

As in the original decimal time system, there is 10 hours, 100 minutes in an hour, 100 seconds in a minute in a Discordian day. 10 hours per day – exactly as many fingers on both hands, without all these 12 apostles and 12 tribes.

1 Erisian hour = 0.1 days = 2.4 Christian hours
1 Erisian minute = 0.001 day = 1.44 Christian minute
1 Erisian second = 0.00001 day = 0.864 Christian second

In general, Discordian time coincides with the traditional decimal time (previously officially used in France and China), with a slight difference that Erisian time is the same for the whole planet, it has no time zones and is used within Discordian calendar.
At this address you can find out the exact discordinian time and date right now:

The source code for calculating time in javascript is published here:

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