May 26th, 2010
03:17 PM ET
Apparently even God is getting in on the Twitter business.
A new website launched this week called almightytweets.com culls tweets in which God’s advice is shared. Take, for instance, this one from this afternoon: “Yesterday Eli said ‘God told me we had to go to dippin dots.’ So we did.”
Some others that have posted in the last 24 hours include:
Hot on the site are references to a news story earlier this week in which a man in Lousiana was found walking the streets naked. When asked why, he reportedly said God told him to do it to save his soul.
It’s stories like these that inspire Marc Hartzman, a creative director in a New York ad agency who’s behind almightytweets.com. He wrote the recently published, “God Made Me Do It: True Stories of the Worst Advice the Lord Has Ever Given His Followers.”
“The stories range from the totally absurd to the horrific,” he said by phone.
In the span of five minutes, he rattled off some stand-out stories he gathered in his research. There was the story of the man who said God told him to TP (toilet paper) the police station. Another man said God commanded him to create a life-sized Jesus out of toothpicks. Five years later, having lost his job and wife, he had a 65,000-toothpick Jesus in his garage. And then there was the man who said God told him to juggle for Terri Schiavo.
“He drove 480 miles to Terri Schiavo’s hospice with his pregnant wife and kids,” Hartzman said, referring to the woman who spent 15 years in a permanent vegetative state. “God had 15 years to help this woman, and he couldn’t. So he thought, ‘I don't know, I’ll send a juggler?’”
With his newly launched site, Hartzman even allows visitors to determine God's mood and behavior. At "Tracking God's Mood" we can see how the Almighty is feeling, according to Twitter followers.
"Even when he's giving us bad advice, now you get to judge him," Hartzman said.
Word is that today God's somewhere between "benevolent-ish" and "smiteful."
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