Wednesday, October 22, 2008

'It seemed a good idea at the time' department

And now for something completely different....

Wild pigs:

Madison, WI (AHN) - The trial of a former Texas man charged with bringing 31 wild pigs into Wisconsin and illegally releasing them in 2000 will resume on Friday.

Robert Johnson, a former Gays Mills elk farmer, allegedly released the pigs near the Kickapoo River in an effort to establish a pig population for hunters. But officials say the animals cause environmental damage by uprooting trees and eating crops and they want to fine him $1,000 per pig.

Wisconsin has declared feral pigs to be an unprotected wild animal with no closed hunting season or harvest limit because of the damage they do.

A twenty pound hamburger: Man eats 20.2lb burger in five hours. (With before and after pictures. He does look a little... odd at the end there.)

Chasing a rolling cheese:
Every year a bunch of fearless men and women hurl themselves down a near-vertical English hill in pursuit of a giant rolling cheese. Although gravity ensures they all make it down the slope, not all competitors do so in one piece.
And then there's Greece:
The one-day pagan fertility festival in this town of 15,000 people near the central Greek city of Larissa marks the beginning of Lent, the fasting period before Easter, and is one of the most famous carnivals in Greece.

Come prepared. Passersby tend to be grabbed and rocked over a pot of boiling "bourani" spinach soup while a ceramic penis is placed between their legs. They must kiss the phallus, then drink tsipouro -- a strong local spirit -- from its tip, and then stir the soup before they're let go.

Phallus-kissers are rewarded with ash-streaks on their face, which presumably absolves them from having to go through the procedure again, unless of course they would like to.


Sorghum Crow said...

Why would anybody want to eat a 20-lb hamburger at a pagan fertility festival while chasing a cheese on the back of a wild pig. Republicans are so weird.

ellroon said...

It must be the full moon....