You won’t talk? Maybe Mandy can change your mind!

May 12, 2009

Blog Guy, there is a lot of discussion about torture these days, you know?

And you want to add your thoughtful opinion to the debate?

No, I want to get me some torture stuff! Where can I do that?

Ah. Implements of torture are widely available. Many CD shops sell Barry Manilow music over-the-counter. And some disreputable groceries will even sell you brussels sprouts.

What if I want something even worse?

A collection of more than 250 antique torture devices is to be sold soon in New York City. To get around possible ethical issues, the seller promises an UNDISCLOSED percentage of the profits will go to charities fighting torture.

Undisclosed? No, if I’m going to consider buying this, I need to know how much will go to┬ácharity.

Well let’s see, how could this work? You want certain information from a guy, so how could you force him to tell you? Come on, slick, pay attention! It’s not rocket science!

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Top left: Singer Barry Manilow in 2006 file photo. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

Top right: Shame masks, part of a privately owned collection of torture devices, are displayed at Guernsey’s auction house in New York, May 11, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

Right: Brussels sprouts. USDA photo.

Right: A torture chair from the collection, May 11, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

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LOL. I’d rather be in that torture chair than listen to Barry Manilow. Better yet, here’s an idea: Feed him those brussel sprouts you’ve got pictured and see how long he lasts.Ali Coffey, w/ client referrals blog

Posted by A Coffey | Report as abusive

Just don’t make me listen to Mandy while sitting in the chair. I’ll tell you whatever you want to know.

Posted by Bandage | Report as abusive

The Barry Manilow thing is all in the ear of the listener and, in my opinion, totally unfair.I’ve been a fan since I was 8 years old in 1975 and he has never behaved in any manner, publicly, to make me embarrassed or ashamed of being a fan.In his 35 years as a solo recording artist he’s sold more 75 million albums worldwide. He is, according to Billboard, the undisputed #1 Adult Contemporary Artist of all-time. He’s had 27 consecutive Top 40 hits (32 according to Radio & Records)… a record that remains unsurpassed since the mid ’80’s. He’s one of very few artists who have had five of his albums charting on Billboard simultaneously. He’s earned Grammys, AMAs Emmys, CLIOs a Tony Award,and has been nominated for an Oscar. Equating his music to torture is unfair. You DON’T have to like his music, but after all of his achievements, he has earned and deserves a little respect.Thank you for allowing me comment.

Posted by Michelle | Report as abusive

@ MichelleWow, very impressive indeed! Thanks for the education. With all of that success you’d think a little teasing wouldn’t really be an issue.

Posted by Bandage | Report as abusive

I endorse everything Michelle has said and it is not really abouta little teasing. Unfortunately this goes on all the time and so why don’t you pick on another singer ~ it is always Barry that is picked on. If you take time to actually listen to his music or even better go to see one of his shows in Vegas I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Barry has the largest fan club (paid up members) and extremely loyal fans.Thank you,Brenda from the UK

Posted by brenda | Report as abusive

Sure Brenda, that’s a fair point, and…Wait a minute. Did you suggest I go to Vegas? Sure, let me just fire up my gyrocopter, and as soon as the bullfight is over, I’ll grab some brussels sprouts and take off. See you there!

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive

Robert, It might be more polite to simply say that he is to America what Celine Dion is to CanadaYesch!

Posted by Detroit Johnnie | Report as abusive

Huh! The “Torture Chair” looks more like a mild-discomfort chair!

Posted by naz | Report as abusive

Naz, you’re a moron. The spikes are RETRACTED right now, because ain’t nobody sitting in it!

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive

Easy, Michelle and Brenda, easy. No one is trying to take anything from our beloved Barry. This idea probably grew out of a news item about a judge who ordered Barry’s music to be played in a high-vandalism neighborhood to discourage loiterers. Although, when it comes to “Mandy” specifically, I have to agree with Robert. Please don’t put it on still another CD or DVD! I already have seven copies of it!

Posted by Bonnie | Report as abusive