The 5th Century BCE: Siddhartha, the Gautama Buddha, walks the earth.
The 1980s: Rand Paul goes to college and joins a prank-happy organization called the NoZe.
August 9, 2010: Jason Zengerle breaks the news that Rand Paul, as a wild and crazy college student once pranked a girl and made her pledge loyalty to "Aqua Buddha."
October 17, 2010: Unable to get traction against Paul in his Senate race, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway launches an ad reminding voters of the "Aqua Buddha" story.
November 2, 2010: Rand Paul defeats Conway.
October 19, 2011: Todd P'Pool, the Republican running against Conway and losing by around 25 points, reminds voters that Conway once ran an Aqua Buddha ad.
You've got to love how Conway's "lies" are never explained, and how P'Pool's essential goodness is revealed by a shot of him praying at the dinner table.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.