.... and why do some theists say it proves the universe was designed? 

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You're kidding! (Scratch that, I forgot, you're British.) I'm impressed - that was good! I'm more of a prose writer, having written only a couple of pieces of poetry in my life. Once, in a drunken stupor (my favorite kind) I contemplated the similarities between the words, "tortoise" and "porpoise," and came up with,

The Purple Porpoise

If a tortoise
Is a turtle,
Is a porpoise,
A purple?
If not,
Why not?

OK, so here's the thing - once I learn the meaning of a word not in my birth language, it ceases to be "babble" to me, and becomes a real word. I learned (from a TV show) as early as the '60's (which I recall as 'through a glass darkly'), that "Strega," in Italian, means, "witch" - therefore, I add such modifiers as, "La Stega," or "Lady la Strega," simply because you seem like a nice lady, and when I call you simply, "Strega," I feel I should be screaming the word, pointing accusingly, and carrying a torch, and I just don't feel that your apparent temperament deserves that treatment.

Strega is also a rather delicious Italian liquor. If you like oranges, that is. 

She said, in an earlier comment on another thread, that that's where she got the name, while spending time in Italy.

Is it a bit like Cointreau, a triple-sec? Sounds like it would be good in coffee. I've also used a blender and vanilla icecream to make liqueur milkshakes - sure, they're fattening, but after a few, you don't care.

I think Galliano is probably the most famous brand name strega-type liquor available in the U.S. 

If you like Harvey Wallbangers, strega (typically Galliano) is one of the main ingredients.

Thanks Unseen, I hadn't compared the two, and you are right, they do have similarities.  But Strega is kind of deeper somehow.  In my mind, anyway :)

I think in a way we're both right. There is a Liquore Strega as a brand name, but strega is also a style of liqueur, and Galliano is classified as a liquer in the strega style. Liquore Strega and Galliano are similar but different, as you observed, but both are strega style liqueurs. 

Minor observation, does discussing causation some how map to liqueur consumption?

Why yes it is, Molly, yes it is :)

Arch! You just don't want to be known as cavorting with witches, you old charmer :)

I've been accused of doing far worse, but so far, no convictions --

(See, you replace the "t's" in "tortoise" with "p's," and you get, "porpoise" and "purple" - just in case you hadn't figured it out. I usually present this with green "t's" and purple "p's," but it's such a hassle to manipulate the HTML to make that happen, so I didn't do it) - and that's the truth:P tongue

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