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Sports

Death on the Slopes

Even Homer Simpson on skiis was not this monumentally moronic.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jul 02, 2009 - Comments (1)
Category: Death, Sports, Stupidity

Coleco Electric Football Game

Was there ever a stupider toy?

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jun 30, 2009 - Comments (13)
Category: Sports, Toys, 1970s

Tennis Grunts

Here's an article about the controversy of grunting in pro tennis. Read it, then check out the samples in the clips below, and decide what you think!






Posted By: Paul - Mon Jun 22, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Eccentrics, Sports, Superstition, Screams, Grunts and Other Exclamations

Chess Boxing

Yep, it's an official sport, at least according to The World Chess Boxing Organisation.

Posted By: mdb777 - Thu Jun 18, 2009 - Comments (7)
Category: Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Games, Sports

Some More Food Related Weirdness

Returning to a topic close to my heart (well, the cholesterol is at any rate), I'd like to start this food of the weird round-up with an intriguing piece of recent research that chocolate milk may, in fact, be a better "sports drink" than many sports drinks. In trials conducted by scientists from James Madison University on thirteen college football players, low-fat chocolate milk outperformed commercial high-carbohydrate recovery drinks, with tests showing lower levels of kinases associated with muscle strain. Though equally effective as a training aid, chocolate milk is unlikely to replace sideline "energy" drinks like Gatorade anytime soon. Which is a pity, if nothing else, a switch to chocolate milk would enliven the coach's traditional "post-game shower" (Net Doctor).

Of course, the athletic benefits of chocolate could only be improved by adding a protein supplement, right? Well not if, as alleged by one Tampa Bay business, that extra protein came in the form of an infestation of moths. Wholesaler "Mar-Len Confections" and retailer "Chocolates by Michelle" are currently suing one another over the fate of a shipment of $4500 worth of chocolate supplied by the former. According to Michelle Palisi, owner of the eponymous business, the chocolate was contaminated with live moths, meaning she not only had to throw out the shipment and replace it, but also had to hire an exterminator to eradicate the moths and clean the building. Wes Niedecken, owner of Mar-Len, disputes this, blaming poor pest control on the part of Palisi. The moths themselves are not unusual, and candy - especially chocolate - is a particular favourite of caterpillars. Fortunately for the consumer, the FDA has strict rules in place... no more than 60 insect parts per 100 grams of chocolate (St. Petersburg Times).

Also coming up for a food related day in court is NC teen John Szwalla, who tried to hold up a convenience store... with a banana. The 17 year-old, now facing charges of attempted armed robbery, initially told staff at the Winston-Salem store that he had a gun, though the truth quickly became apparent when owner Bobby Rae Mabe and a customer managed to jump Szwalla and pin him to a chair. The would-be robber then tried to dispose of the evidence by, you guessed it, eating the banana. He was unable to dispose of the peel however and police later took it away as evidence. Recalling his harrowing experience Mabe said, "If he had had a gun he would've shot me, but he had a banana" (Sky News).

But while the humble banana might not be the weapon of choice, it can still make you money. At least, that's what banks in Davao in the Philippines think. Fresh from the success of sub-prime mortgages, banks are apparently eyeing banana plantations as the next big growth sector. One local bank plans to double its $27 million investment in bananas by the end of the year, citing growing demand. Said bank president Alex Buenaventura, "Banana has become the fabled duck that lays golden eggs" (Business Mirror).

While it's easy to mock, perhaps Mr. Buenaventura enthusiasm mightn't be quite the joke it first appears. Banana imports to Japan have leapt over 25% in just a few months on the back of a new diet craze, the "Morning Banana" diet. Initially aired on a social networking site, this new fad has already spawned four bestselling books and a raft of TV endorsements, with public and celebrities alike lining up to show off their new - banana-induced - bodies. As for the diet, it is simplicity itself, just eat bananas for breakfast, and nothing else, then enjoy whatever you want for lunch and dinner (Inventor Spot).



More in extended >>

Posted By: Dumbfounded - Wed Jun 03, 2009 - Comments (8)
Category: Exercise and Fitness, Fads, Science, Sports, Stupid Criminals, Nutrition

Nunchucks: The New Multitool

Baseball, golf, badmitton, even a bottle opener. The nunchuck can do it all.

Posted By: fyshstyxx - Thu May 28, 2009 - Comments (1)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Exercise and Fitness, Human Marvels, Sports, Martial Arts, Video

Slowest Marathon Ever

Now, I can be easily distracted, but I'm nothing compared to this guy. It seems that he stopped for some OJ at a garden party during his run, and just had a hard time starting again. He did eventually finish, 54 years later. Futility Closet

Posted By: Lovemonkey - Mon May 11, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Exercise and Fitness, Sports, 1910s, 1960s

Extreme Croquet

Croquet as she should be played. I and my sibs independently invented this style of playing nearly forty years ago.

If you're in New England, why not visit the Connecticut society for this sport?

Posted By: Paul - Wed Apr 22, 2009 - Comments (18)
Category: Injuries, Sports

Highest Bungee Jump

What!?! The guy doesn't bounce up back to the helicopter?!? Ripoff!!!!

Posted By: Paul - Sat Apr 04, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Sports, Stupidity, World Records

Premium Flying Disc

I've created a new category for Overpriced Merchandise, since it's been a recurring theme at WU for a while.

What we have here is not just a frisbee, it's a "premium leather flying disc" that has felt lining for "finger comfort." Plus, it comes in an "array of hues." It's yours for only $305.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Mar 29, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Overpriced Merchandise, Sports

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