Hoaxes & Humour

The Cult of The SubGenius

Hoax, Humour or Exposéé of Evangelical Practices?

In the published mythology of the Church of SubGenius, the Church was formed in the early 1950s when, during an evening of watching late-night TV, mild-mannered drilling equipment salesman J.R. "Bob" Dobbs was astrally transported to the presence of Alien Space-God "Jehova 1".  This incident, known as 'The Divine Emaculation of J.R. "Bob" Dobbs', led to Dobbs and his followers setting up a church to publicise the vital importance of the mythical quality of "Slack", the philosophy of "BULLDADA", the universal need for "Short Term Personal Saviors" and the dangers of "Pinkness" it all its forms.  To quote from their 1980 pamphlet #1, "Must Have Slack", :-

"The Church of SubGenius is an order of Scoffers and Blasphemers, dedicated to Total Slack, delving into Mockery Science, Sadofuturists, Megaphysics, Scatolography, Schizophreniatrics, Morealism, Sarcastrophy, Cynisacreligion, Apocolyptionomy, ESPectorationalism, Hypno-Pediatrics, Subliminimalism, Satyriology, Dysto-Utopianity, Sardonicology, Fasciestiouism, Ridiculophagy, and Miscellatheistic Theology."

Other publications, not originating from the Church itself, suggest that the whole concept originated as a running joke between a group of Unix hackers in the late 1970s, as an explicit parody of the form of Christian evangelism espoused on late-night U.S. TV.  The Church, of course, regards this as unproductive heresy.

Study the Church's literature and make up your own mind.  And remember - if you feel that their ideas are worth promoting, you can become a fully accredited Minister of The Church of SubGenius for only a few dollars...  Contact The SubGenius Foundation, P.O. Box 140306, Dallas, Texas 75214-0306, U.S. of A for more details (but don't necessarily believe those details).

To quote J.R. "Bob" Dobbs, "The Stupider it looks, the More Important it probably is".

Peet, May 27th 1999