What is the collective noun for a group of atheist buses in London?

 by Martin Belam, 9 January 2009

I've spent much of today trundling around London by bus, with varying degrees of success. Along the way I passed through Euston station which was chock full of number 18 buses all sporting the British Humanist Association's "There's probably no god. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life" advert.

Atheist bus at work in Islington

It caused me to wonder aloud on Twitter what the collective noun for a group of atheist buses might be.

I got a few good suggestions back.

I'm not sure that anyone will top Newscounter's suggestion though:

"a congregation of atheist buses"
Tweet from Newscounter

Enjoy it while it lasts however. The notoriously publicity shy Stephen Green has already started making a song and dance to the ASA about the adverts, saying that they are 'misleading'.

Incidentally, I notice that according to Google, the number #1 result if you search for the words of the advert is an article from the Daily Mail. Perhaps we can Googlebomb the official Atheist Bus website up to first place?


You are too kind. It's almost as though atheism is shedding its anglican timidity and becoming all evangelical.

And why can't they put a copy of The God Delusion in the bottom drawer in your hotel room instead of the bible?

If they did that William they would end up with some terrible furniture "Shared IP address error"

I saw three number 73s go by nose to tail, all with the ad on the side. I've now finished lamely chuckling about holy trinities, and how you wait ages for an atheist bus and then three come at once

So how about 'a flock'?

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