USB is the Devil's Interface, Brazilian Cult Believes
Famed Sci-Fi author Arthur C. Clarke once said that "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic," but it seems that a cult from Brazil might be taking this a tad too seriously, and adding a bit of religious fervor in the mix.
So, as The Guardian informs us, quoting a Brazilian news outlet, it seems that an Evangelical cult from Brazil that calls itself “Paz do Senhor Amado” ('Peace of the beloved Lord' in English) has actually banned the use of USB technology, the reason for this being quite simple: its graphical symbol resembles a trident, that, in Christian mythology, is the Devil's “weapon of choice” for tormenting the souls that go to hell.
Apparently, the sect's founder, Apostle Welder Saldanha explained that "the symbol of [USB] is a trident, which is used to torture souls that go to hell. Use only a symbol of those shows that all users of that vile technology are actually worshipers of Satan."
And as unusual as it might seem, the cult is quite active in trying to convince followers to get rid of all gadgets and devices featuring the dreaded interface.
It's also interesting to mention that the cult's members are actually allowed and encouraged to use devices equipped with Bluetooth wireless modules for transferring data above all else (although PS2, FireWire and WiFi are also accepted).
The reason? Well, according to Apostle Welder Saldanha, "blue was the colour of the eyes of our saviour Jesus Christ".
It's quite likely hat many people around the world might find this whole situation rather strange, especially in today's ultra-tech world, but since religious freedom means that everyone's free to believe whatever, as long as they don't hurt others, we're pretty sure that the cult's members will manage to do their data transfers just fine using alternate technologies (Intel's LightPeak will probably prove particularly popular with this cult).