When the chips are down, in Wackytown

October 29, 2011

Say, Blog Guy, I keep reading about those group tours you organize to that place you call Wackytown, the goofiest place on earth.

Right, that’s Krasnoyarsk, in Siberia. Think you’d like to join us on a trip? We’ve got a gambling junket coming up. Why waste your time in Las Vegas when you can go to a Wackytown casino?

Gambling, huh? That sounds like fun, but I also like to keep fit when I’m on vacation.

Then this is the place for you! You can go right from the slopes to the casino without even taking off your ski mask, as you can see here!

Plus, they encourage patrons to take breaks for calisthenics, under the close supervision of personal trainers. Look at these folks doing crunches and sit-ups.

Wait just a bleeping minute. Are you INSANE, Blog Guy? Those are cops arresting gamblers in those pictures. That’s a fricking police RAID!

Oh. Well, it’s just like our travel slogan says, “What happens in Krasnoyarsk may not necessarily happen to you…”

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Top: An officer stands in front of a slot-machine at an illegal gaming saloon during a police raid in Russia’s Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, October 28, 2011.

Right: An officer detains a man at an illegal gaming saloon.

Left: Two men are seen on the floor after being detained at an illegal gaming saloon.

REUTERS photos by Ilya Naymushin

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Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

Game over man! How appropriate.

Top photo: “Hey Ivan, I feel like playing some slots tonight, let’s go bust one of the illegal casinos.”

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive

I’ve seen videos of people kneeling in front of leather clad guys in other places on the internet too. I thought this was a family site?

Posted by Bandage | Report as abusive

“Really officer, it’s just the family room. I have a large family. The money? Oh, we’re not gambling. That’s just to pay for the electricity.”

Lat’s have a nice hand for the Blog Guy who was spinning his wheels to give us a winning blog today.

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

That’s not leather Bandage, that’s “tactical nylon”. Right Dave?

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

Bandage, this was “NEVER” a family site, was it BG?
I know you meant to roll out your blog as an educational feature in school curriculum, but I guess I turned those plans to cash.. I mean, ash..

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Gamblers as footstools?
Just look at the third picture:
Only in Wacky Town!

A balaclava
and some tactical nylon –
Jackpot guaranteed!

Oh, and last I heard, their anthem today was changed to the following…with apologies to Tim Burton.

“Blog Guy Bob might write you in the mail
And post for all to see
Make you laugh out loud and clear
This is Wacky Town, everyone cheer!
Won’t ya please make way for a very special guy
Our man Bob is king of the blogosphere
Everyone hail to the Oddly King now…

This is Wacky Town, this is Wacky Town,
Wacky Town, Wacky Town, Wacky Town, Wacky Town”

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive

Tim Burton is the perfect choice to be in charge of the OE Blog musical 😛

Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive