And what became of the monk, the monk, the monk?

April 16, 2009

Quick quiz: The man in this photo…

a) is a professional aspirin tester, giving himself a routine headache at the start of his workday.

b) is a Kindle reader who just HATES the new John Grisham book!

c) is disappointed to realize he could’ve had a V8.

d) is killing flies by a method that isn’t doctor-recommended.

This item is for all you college seniors writing in to ask me about careers in the exciting field of iron sheet disposal. I can tell you from tough personal experience that it’s not as glamorous as it looks.

For one thing, you lose about twenty IQ points a year doing this, which means you can only work for… for… what was I saying?

A shaolin monk breaks an iron sheet with his head during a performance at a temple in Quanzhou, Fujian province, China, April 9, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

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how can the unemployment rate be so high with all of these GREAT opportunities popping up out of nowhere?! Your concern for our unemployed youth is commendable.

Posted by minnow | Report as abusive

Mr Bob,

I was a Marine for 6 years. They even made me a DI!

Not liking being a DI, I opted for the espedient course of reenlisting into the Navy.

Of course, they made me a Corpsman. My first posting after going through several courses of being a medic for the Marines, I ended up being sent, for my first of many permanent duty stations, to Parris Island, SC, right across the road from where I was a DI, 1st Bn B Company.

While being stationed at PI, I came up with this really nifty method of getting rid of sand fleas.

As is pictured by you, above.

So, maybe it isn’t doctor approved, but the Marines I served with after being sent there, called me Doc.

So, go easy on the approbration, Mr Bob!

Us Corpsmen can be a bit touchy! Why, I have even heard that we DO have feelings!

Believe it or not!

Posted by tim | Report as abusive

I wonder if the rising smoke comes from the iron sheet or his head. If the first, it’s very hot and the really challenging issue here is not getting your fingers burnt; if the second, then I think a roasted brain will not give rise to too much of an IQ anyway. Perhaps, in this case, this guy could get a job running one of the struggling US automakers.,,

Posted by M | Report as abusive

“Aaarggh! Why didn’t you tell me it was iron?”

Posted by naz | Report as abusive

@M: Nope. Still too challenging. But perhaps there’s hope for the guy as a politician? Sounds like a perfect match, to me: Hard-headed, not too bright… I wonder how the guy stacks up in the lying, cheating and stealing department…

Posted by Dave | Report as abusive

Silly reporter! How can you make your bed with a sheet made of iron?

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive