Tuesday, April 17, 2007

From the Utah section of the new Wikitravel

"Mormons or members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints make up a good part of Utah's population. The beliefs and practices of these people are one of the stronger influences for public policy. Drinking and smoking isn't permitted by their church, and the drinking laws are well-known for being strict and somewhat archaic. Sunday is considered a day of rest, and so most stores will be closed on Sunday. These stereotypes hold more weight in smaller cities and towns, and in some areas (especially Park City and Salt Lake City) the number of non-Mormons do outnumber members of the LDS faith. The people are generally friendly, but may be taken aback by cussing, smoking or drinking in their presence."

7 comments:

Scully said...

Do you think any Colbert Nationals will add anything about the mormon pope or 'mope' being Pres. Hinckley rather than Elder Packer? Or do you think Wikipedia just heightens the security of entries regarding any subject Colbert brings up?

SJ said...

I saw that segment...that was pretty funny.

Scully said...

I thought it was funny, too. It makes me wish I had seen the Thursday segment with the error. Especially if he was mocking Sen. Reid, who was hands down the worst Sunday School teacher I have ever had.

SJ said...

Hey, I had him too. When were you in DC? He was soooo boring!

Scully said...

I interned in DC the summer of 02. I remember one grand lesson he gave in which whatever topic in the Old Testament he opened with somehow morphed into a diatribe about how we shouldn't judge Catholics just because of the priest/molestation scandals that were going on at the time. I always felt he thought he was on some religious C-SPAN. I half expected to turn around and see cameras at the back of the room.

Evan Prodromou said...

So, is this entry from Wikitravel funny to Utah folks? I'm one of the founders of WT, and it doesn't seem that far off-base to me. If it's wrong -- humourously wrong -- please fix it.

SJ said...

actually it's more funny because it's true. well, and the word "cussing"