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Let’s do the Time Warp Again…

July 23, 2009

Welcome back to our occasional feature called What Year is this Again? in which we offer up stories that may lack humor, but which cause us to question whether we have gone back in time.

Today, a couple of items make me fear yesterday’s solar eclipse may have warped us back a few centuries.

First, from a state in eastern India, comes news that farmers there have asked their unmarried daughters to plow parched fields NAKED, in a bid to embarrass the weather gods to bring some badly needed monsoon rain.

Don’t go back and read that sentence again, you got it right the first time.

But that’s not all. Turning our attention to Northern Ireland, it seems they held the first-ever Irish Wolf Whistling Championships yesterday.

A hotel offered online contacts for those who might like to participate by “parading down the street to be whistled at…” In fairness, that also included men dressed as women, which I guess is progress.

Please, somebody help me out with the current year? I thought it started with a “2.”

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Above: Women run for shelter during heavy rains in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh July 23, 2009. REUTERS /Ajay Verma

Left: Competitors stand on scaffolding as they take part in the Irish Wolf Whistling championships in Irvinestown, July 22, 2009. REUTERS/ Cathal McNaughton

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Ok, as regards the first story: so that scam -I mean ritual still works does it? That’s nice. Based on the picture you’ve got, I’m guessing the media was excluded from the event. Anyway, I’m guessing that when it does rain, they’re finally able to put on a t-shirt then?

As regards the second story: -Ah who cares about the 2nd story…

 

This reminds me of the Native American maiden who did a nude rain dance and made the Creeks rise.

Posted by David | Report as abusive
 

First: Apparently naked plowing works. Good to know.

Second: Why does one need a had hat to wolf whistle?

Posted by Bill | Report as abusive
 

Bill, the rationale (I’m told) is that construction workers are known for wolf whistling, hence the hats and scaffolding. It seems no expense was spared in playing to stereotypes for this event.

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive
 

Hey, Rob, I’ve got an idea for your blog: What year are we in when we’re teased with promise of naked girls working in a field and shown pictures of fully clad women huddling under a tarp in a rainstorm?
Oooh, you tick me off!

Posted by Jimmy | Report as abusive
 

….put your hands on your hips…pull your knees in tiiight…

Oh skip the pelvic thrust.

Let’s do the time warp again!

Posted by gwmc | Report as abusive
 

Jimmy, it appears your employer is delivering the PG rated version of this blog to your work station. I’m sorry about that.

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive
 

i think it’s just a “2″

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