Thursday, February 03, 2005

What You People Are Sending Me

Man Pees His Way out of Avalanche (David Jones):
Just to clarify--David Jones sent me the link. He is not the peeing man.

Here's an excerpt:
A Slovak man trapped in his car under an avalanche freed himself by drinking 60 bottles of beer and urinating on the snow to melt it.

When found by police, he asked "What time does the match start?"

Okay, I added that last paragraph. The rest is verbatim, though.

No Ho, No Go
A 25-year-old waitress who turned down a job providing "sexual services'' at a brothel in Berlin faces possible cuts to her unemployment benefit under laws introduced this year...

Under Germany's welfare reforms, any woman under 55 who has been out of work for more than a year can be forced to take an available job – including in the sex industry – or lose her unemployment benefit...

The government had considered making brothels an exception on moral grounds, but decided that it would be too difficult to distinguish them from bars.

Yes, it would have been very difficult to distinguish between serving drinks for money and having sex for money. Damn near impossible to sort through, actually.

[Update: I saw on the page that this is an urban legend:]

Fit Gamer
This whole idea of exercising while playing games is a curve I was apparently well behind, because I've seen a huge number of articles about it in the last month. Now "Staff" sends along this link: It's a compilation of gaming exercise equipment. The Golf Launchpad is there, which I've heard excellent things about, and so is the MOG On-Line Fitness Bike.

Like I said, I had no idea how much momentum this idea was gaining. I still think it would be easier just to get a recumbent stationary bike and play on a regular console, though. And I'd like to.

Malcolm Cox sends along a link ( to a crazy man who apparently makes a living flying with a jet "Rocketbelt." And now he has a spiffy imaginary superhero outfit to wear while he's flying.

Worst. Blind date. Ever.

Now that I go further into the website, in spite of all the entirely logical reasons not to, it appears that there are multiple Rocketmen. And here's a blurb from their website:
The Rocketman is an icon of American culture. Unlike many icons of today, The Rocketman image is one of integrity and honor. The Rocketman's goal is to show the light of true value to others.

Since more people walked on the moon than piloted a Rocketbelt, it is very rare to meet or have an autograph from a true "Rocketman."

I have no idea what the "light of true value" could be, unless that means the true value of scratching a gi-normous check to the Rocketman.

I also guarantee that more men have walked on the moon than have written this blog.

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