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Ship of Fools

Ship of Fools is a 1965 film which tells the overlapping stories of several passengers aboard an ocean liner[?] during the 1930s. It stars Vivien Leigh, Simone Signoret, Josť Ferrer, Lee Marvin, Oskar Werner, Michael Dunn[?], Elizabeth Ashley[?] and George Segal[?].

The movie was adapted by Abby Mann[?] from the novel by Katherine Anne Porter[?]. It was directed by Stanley Kramer[?].

It won Academy Awards for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White and Best Cinematography, Black-and-White. It was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Oskar Werner), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Michael Dunn), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Simone Signoret), Best Costume Design, Black-and-White, Best Picture and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium.

Ship of Fools (http://www.ship-of-fools.com) is also the name of a UK-based Christian website, which was first launched in 1977, on April Fool's Day, no less. Subtitling itself "The magazine of Christian unrest", the site contains a mix of humour and discussion. Some notable features are:

  • Mystery Worship - Reports on churches made by users of the site. The intention is that churches can find out how they appear to outsiders.
  • Gadgets for God, Fruitcake Zone, Signs and Blunders - Humour sections, showing examples in the Christian world of, respectively, kitsch products, strange websites, and weird signs and unfortunate slips of the tongue.
  • Columnists - Various people writing about various topics, with an emphasis on the bizarre, though usually with a genuine point and not just for comedy value.
  • Boards - Where registered members can discuss things. The boards are divided by topic, also leaving several for more general discussion. Unusually, the code of conduct can vary by board, so, for example, users are held to a much higher standard on the Heaven board than the Hell one. The boards have been praised for the amount and variety of discussion they generate.

Activities sometimes leave the site to take place in the real world. There are frequent "crew meets" throughout the world and a Ned Flanders Night at the Christian festival Greenbelt

The site is completely free (there used to be a charge for registration, but no longer) and generally shies away from advertising, so is funded by donations.

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