Monthly Archives: January 2008

Puts a bite in more than just Barq’s


Denture ice trays.

Awesome.

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Talk about carrying a heavy burden

The NYT had an article on the economics of repuganance — total yawnfest, I didn’t even read the second page — but it opened with an anecdote about wife-carrying.
Apparently, it’s a sport (although admittedly started as a joke in Finland) and major competitions are held annually in Finland, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
Other things I learned from wikipedia:
  • Several types of carry may be practised: piggyback, fireman’s carry (over the shoulder), or Estonian-style (the wife hangs upside-down with her legs around the husband’s shoulders, holding onto his waist).
  • The prize in Finland is the wife’s height in beer — which I think makes me a much more desirable bride…
  • The wife to be carried may be your own, the neighbour’s or you may have found her farther afield; she must, however, be over 17 years of age.

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Filed under No Hands, Sports, Stepford Wives, Worst Jobs in the World

Random Article Round-Up

Time for a dump of well-written commentary from the week:

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Take it off (AFTER take off)

A German travel agency is taking bookings for a nudist flight.

The 55 passengers will have to remain clothed until they board, and dress before
disembarking, said Hess. The crew will remain clothed throughout the flight for
safety reasons.

(Thanks, Kristen!)

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I love you, Montel

Montel Williams has canceled his show after 17 years. Which means the “I Love You” pug won’t appear on television ever again.

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"If called upon you had to be ready to die in your L.A. Gear high-tops."

I haven’t been following the Onion much, so kudos to Vicki for sending this my way.

Back in my day, being an American Gladiator meant something (by Turbo):

People may have called us mercenaries or brutes or aspiring actors looking for our big break on a popular syndicated program, but we were never in it for the money. All we cared about was the roar of the crowd as we shot tennis ball after tennis ball at a terrified opponent.

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On McCain’s victory

3:25 PM Update: After chatting with Jed on gchat, I’ve made some changes to my statements below.

Several people IMed or emailed last night to ask me how I felt about the fact that McCain is my party’s inevitable nominee.

The sum-up is: I’m okay with it. He has a strong possibility of beating Hillary and a shot at beating Obama. And this upcoming election has basically been giftwrapped for the Democrats after Bush’s 7 years of… poor speaking, poor spending, and poor leadership so a Republican with a shot at victory isn’t all bad.

That said, I wish that we could have put up a conservative who could unite the right and could have shown this country what great conservative leadership could do for our government, our economy, and our nation. I felt like we had that possibility with Romney and Thompson and, if he weren’t such an easily-disliked man, Giuliani.

So, I’m fine with McCain. And I’ll vote for him. But I think IMAO explained my sentiments pretty well:

Now, obviously, our viewpoints fall more in line with McCain than either Hillary or Obama, but who do you think hates conservatives more out of those three? I think Hillary and Obama just see us conservatives as obstacles to overcome, while I get this feeling that McCain viscerally hates us and wants to screw us any chance he gets. He loves how the media adores him (at times) and labels him “the Maverick” and doesn’t like how we constantly point out what a crock that is (what is a moderate but someone without a very coherent political philosophy?). When he gets more power, he’s going to make us pay.
So, the advantages of McCain is we’ll have a Republican president and a strong stance on Iraq. Disadvantage: We’re going to be repeatedly sodomized.

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