Oh, the humanity!

July 21, 2009

Quick quiz: The most horrific road hazard faced by Tour de France riders is…

a) snipers in the trees

b) oncoming 18-wheelers

c) rabid leg-eating wolverines

d) blatant accordion music

Yes, all other hazards pale by comparison to the shameless accordion players, who can step out of the tall grass with no warning whatsoever.

Upon hearing the first few bars of “Lady of Spain,” even the toughest riders clap their hands to their ears and spin out of control.

(Warning: Contains graphic photos of accordion playing)

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Above: An accordion-player cheers the pack of riders during the Tour de France cycling race, July 18, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Right: Pack of riders makes its way past a man playing accordion in a 2000 file photo. REUTERS/Stefano Reliandini

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Gee! Kind of like watching a snail crawl on a razors edge, isn’t it?

According to Colonel Kurtz, while sticking to the ‘inhumanity’ thang, from the ‘Apocalypse Now’ movie.

Posted by tim | Report as abusive

Are the polka dancers and tuba players still hiding in the grass?

Posted by gwmc | Report as abusive

…and a partridge in a pear tree…

Posted by tim | Report as abusive

Like I said on a post back in May;

It could be worse, it could have been …. BAGPIPES!

Posted by some guy | Report as abusive

… or it could have been loud Barry Manilow music!

But, wait, I think we had already agreed that is banned by the Geneva Convention on Human rights, right?

Posted by M | Report as abusive