Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Huludao City, China Sets Bikini Record

Huludao City, China recently set a record for the most bikini wearers and will appear in the Guinness Book of World Records.

A total of 3,090 Bikini models showed up at Longwan beach, Huludao city, on Wednesday morning. As the largest Bikini show, the event has created a new Guinness world record. All the models are local residents in Huludao, including professional models, anchors, students, officers, volunteers from communities and Bikini fans, who all wore local-made Bikinis.

Recently, Ocean City, MD attempted to best them, but failed abysmally: only 325 bikini-wearers showed up for the occasion.

Here are some of the 3,090 participants in this feat:



Monday, August 27, 2012


6 News Anchor/Reporter

MARYVILLE (WATE) - Here's a question that always seems to get East Tennesseans talking and seems to mystify folks who "aren't from around here."
How do you say the name of the Blount County seat?  It's spelled Maryville, but is it pronounced Mary-ville, Mare-a-vul, Murval, or something in between?
If you watched ESPN2's coverage of the rivalry football game between Maryville High School and Alcoa High School, you heard a lot of Mary-ville.
Residents weren't happy to hear their city's name pronounced that way. "Maybe he should have done his research and figured out how it should have been said," Rachel Wilson said.During the entire game, the ESPN announcer kept saying it with the emphasis on Mary.Locals say sure it's got Mary in it, but you sure don't say it that way.
"That's just the way we say it in Mare-a-vul.  Not Mary-ville as most folks say it who've come here from other places," said David Pesterfield, a life-long resident.
Maryville Mayor Tom Taylor agrees. "It's pronounced Maryville.  You leave out the Y," he said.
But Maryville residents say there's another very similar, acceptable version.  "There is Murval.  That came out of Maryville College," Pesterfield said.
That variation has gotten a lot of support lately, with shops selling shirts and hats with "Murval" printed on them in an effort to help visitors learn to say the name.

To many residents, there's no greater sin than throwing a Mary in there. "You're likely to say Mary-ville and everybody laughs. It's a source of great entertainment," Mayor Taylor said.

6 News talked to Maryville College English professor Dr. Sam Overstreet about how these versions came to be.

"There's a long standing rule in most languages of the world that over time, that in most unstressed syllables, most vowel sounds will tend toward the sound 'uh.'  In Maryville, the stress is on the first syllable, then the other two vowel sounds, mare-uh-vul, tend toward uh.  So that's why we say Mare-a-vul," Overstreet explained.

No matter how you decide to say it, the city was named after Mary Grainger Blount.  Blount County got its name from her husband, Gov. William Blount.

From WATE.Com

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Trail Boss's Dilemma and How It Was Solved

During the 4th of July parade in a small western town a group of cowboys was bringing its herd of cows to the cattle lot on the other side of the hamlet. Unfortunately, to get there they had to cross Main Street, where the high school band was just starting its performance.

The Parade Marshal ran up to stop them from crossing the street. “You can’t drive those cows through our orchestra!” he cried.

The oldest cowboy leaned back and said, “Whalll… what would it be worth to you to let us go through?”

The Marshal thought for a moment. “It would have to be pretty good, something extra special.”

The cowpoke reached into his saddlebag and handed the Marshal a small packet. “Lissen. In here is a bunch of marijuana suppositories. Getcha high as a kite an’ no one will know. Is it a deal?” The Marshal nodded, ordered the band to stop and let the cows across the thoroughfare.

Proving that a herd in the band is worth boo in the tush.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Karezza, Or Sex Granola-Style

Karezza is, basically engaging in sex without finishing; that is, no orgasm.  It was originally proposed as a primitive form of birth control, but has also been cast as a way for couples having lost marital closeness getting back together.  Basically, it's a prolonged sex session, but with the guy pulling out without comeing.

Among the things to do in karezza, according to some instructions, is:

1)  Smiling, with eye contact
2)  Gazing into each others eyes for several moments
3)  Synchronised breathing
4)  Cradling, or gently rocking, your partner’s head and torso
5)  Holding, or spooning, each other in stillness for at least twenty minutes to a half-hour
6)  Holding, or spooning, each other in stillness for at least twenty minutes to a half-hour
7)  Wordless sounds of contentment and pleasure
8)  Stroking, hugging and massaging with intent to comfort, rather than gain something
9)  Lying with your ear over your partner’s heart and listening to his or her heartbeat for several moments
10)  Touching and sucking of nipples/breasts
11)  Gently placing your palm over your lover’s genitals with intent to comfort
12)  Making time together at bedtime a priority, even if one partner has to get up and work on something afterward

I'm not sure that this is a good idea.  It sounds like a strange form of kinkiness that probably crept out of California!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Body of an American -- Traditional Irish Song

Some of the Irish songs don't translate well over on our side of the pond.  They're too mawkishly sentimental, dreary, and lyrics to drink your Jamieson's to.

Here's one that isn't; a song by the Pogues entitled "Body of an American," played with traditional Irish instruments.  Though it's done by a punk band, they followed the old rules!

Erin Go Bragh!

This song was used in The Wire at McNulty's Irish wake.  It was an inspired moment in this fine program:

Friday, August 10, 2012

Calvin and Hobbes

It's true.  Apparently Bill Watterson's beloved characters Calvin and Hobbes were named after Swiss theologian John Calvin and English empirical and political philosopher Thomas Hobbes.  Neither one would have had any use for each other, in my opinion.

This was one of the great strips of all time.  It brightened my childhood.  However, I was too young to get the subtleties at the time, but I liked it.  It's worth a revisiting nowadays.

Watterson never drew, or licensed, the crude drawings of a Calvin-like bad boy peeing on some disfavored symbol, often one of a type of car.  Those, in my opinion, are so tacky!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Women's Christian Temperance Union

They're still around; and meeting this week in Omaha, Nebraska.  Close the bars early, guys!  And here's a tip from the W.C.T.U. girls:

Don't say that you weren't warned.  And some images of temperance to astound you:

Can the Wobblies and the Fenian Brotherhood also be around? 

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Let Us Now Praise Famous Body Parts

A clip from the movie, "The Sweetest Thing," honoring a famous appendage?  I don't mind if I do.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Grizzly Quarterback Charged with Rape

Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson was charged with unlawful sexual intercourse today.  He was promptly suspended. 

Maybe that's how things like this ought to be handled.  It's sad for the victim that it happened, and I hope she gets her chance.