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Is this the ROTARY club?

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Quick quiz: If you have to parachute, the best thing to avoid having below you would be…

a) a giant vat of fresh horse manure

b) two million rotten eggs

c) the word’s biggest trampoline

d) a bunch of choppers sharing your airspace

Yeah, I agree, my answer would have to be the helicopter one.

The actual photo caption here says these guys are jumping FROM choppers, but it sure looks to me like a high-stakes game of chicken that could go south pretty fast.

“Oh, go a head and jump, you big babies! Those choppers will be out of the way by the time you get down there, I’m pretty sure…”

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Sri Lankan paratroopers jump from military helicopters after basic parachute training at an air base in Katunayake, February 10, 2009. REUTERS/ Stringer

Lord of the flies?

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Quick quiz: You’re superstar Brad Pitt. Let’s say you are going to have an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction in the vicinity of your trouser fly. When would you want it to happen?

a) Right when you’re breaking up with Gwenyth Paltrow

b) Right when you’re breaking up with Jennifer Aniston

c) Right when you’re breaking up with Angelina Jolie

d) While you are posing for 620,000 press photographers to promote an Oscar-nominated movie.

Dude! What do they pay you to wear that?

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Quick quiz: The guy shown here is…

a) The star of a cheap “Tootsie” remake

b) The star of an off-Broadway “Tribute to Corporal Klinger”

c) A dude who lost a really high-stakes election bet

d) An actual model wearing a “creation” from a genuine designer at Milan Fashion Week.

Yeah, this one fooled me, too. Turns out this is really from a men’s collection in Milan, so get ready to go shopping, guys.

Herb! Watch out for his… Oh, never mind!

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Quick quiz: Looking through the Weekend Entertainment section of your local newspaper, which of these festivals could be fun?

a) The Apple Picking Festival

b) The Cherry Blossom Festival

c) The Cute Puppy and Kitten Adoption Festival

d) The Fire-Snorting Wild Bull-Taming Festival

Yeah, I’d have to say all of them could be neat except for that last one.

Just for starters, it doesn’t look like the bulls fully understand that their purpose here is to be tamed.

Welcome to New South Whales, mate!

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Quick quiz: The famous “Flying Doctor” service in New South Wales, Australia, which carries folks to medical help from remote areas, is getting larger airplanes because…

1. Their coverage area has grown

2. Bird flu is expected to take a huge toll

3. They need to fly to farther hospitals

4. People are getting too large to fit in the ones they’re using now

Yep, it’s that last thing. The planes now in use can only carry people weighing up to 308 pounds, but they’re getting new ones so they can handle jumbo patients up to 573 pounds. I am not making this up.

What was that blast? Oh, Amy’s getting married!

Quick quiz: Which wedding tradition never really caught on very well in the U.S.?

a) throwing the bouquet

b) making everybody do the Chicken Dance

c) taking 420,000 pictures you’ll never look at

d) having the bride pour oil over live coals

That’s right, the oil and coal tradition just hasn’t been embraced here, despite its enduring popularity in places like Kazakhstan and, well, Kazakhstan.

Ma, where’s that mortar ya made?

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Quick quiz: which of these are really great homemade?

a) tart, tangy double-crust apple crisp
b) flaky buttermilk biscuits with honey
c) a steaming pot of spicy chili
d) mortars

I hope you identified mortars as the one thing you should probably get from a reputable mortar store, not a basement metal workshop.

Ed, pull up a chair and let’s chat!

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Quick quiz: This guy in the photo…

a) Misses the point of Casual Fridays

b) Obviously bet on a McCain landslide in the office election pool

c) Looks kind of funny not wearing any shoes

d) Is the star of that updated network sitcom, “I Dream of Gene”

e) May be counting a little too heavily on the kindness of strangers

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A model presents a creation by Kazakhstan’s Kenje house design during Kazakhstan fashion week in Almaty November 11, 2008. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

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The reign in Spain stays mainly on the plane!

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Quick quiz: The guy at the left in the picture below is the only one not jumping out of the plane because…

king-jumpers-head-180.jpga) He has a note from his parents

b) Wolverines stole his parachute

c) He told the others he just had to go to the bathroom first

d) He is the King of Spain

Okay, the right answer is d). As they observed in that famous movie line, “It’s good to be the king.”

You? Look creepy? Never!

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lagerfeld-crop-200.jpga) Karl, I saw you in Cat Ballou, but you were calling yourself Lee Marvin back then…