Oddly Enough Blog

News, but not the serious kind

Hiya, I’m the new Goofmeister!

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Blog Guy, I love your Goofy Face Museum and Doughnut Shop, and visit it whenever I’m in DC. But I heard on the radio that there is a new chairman. Are you being eased out?

No, nothing like that. The museum board isn’t about to dump me after we just had our most successful week ever, with nearly 40 tourists gaping at the pictures with their sticky jelly doughnut-stained faces.

What you refer to is we just appointed a new honorary chairman, just to meet and greet and show VIPs around and stuff.

Ah! The radio didn’t say what his qualifications are.

It’s the kind of thing that doesn’t travel well to the radio. But trust me, he’s got qualifications out the wazoo.

More Twit than Twitter?

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This is for the reader who wrote, “Bob, I love it when you make fun of British stuff, like Funny Hat Day and the Royal Ascot. Why don’t you do more of that?”

Thanks for the kind words, reader, but I’m afraid I just can’t do nearly as good a job as they do themselves.

Okay honey, bring your big Schwinn in here!

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This brothel in Berlin has come up with a new marketing ploy in these tough economic times. It is offering a discount to patrons who arrive on bicycles.

I’m sorry, but this is funny. My first thought is, what a terribly risky thing to do, with the Tour de France currently going on.

Goring, goring, gone…

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Blog Guy, I heard it was another rough day for the revelers at the running of the bulls.

You bet. Despite the fact that a bunch of runners had already been injured at the Animal Cruelty Festival in Pamplona, one of them fatally, they were off and running again yesterday, with other serious injuries.

Toss another wrestler on the barbie, mate!

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Blog Guy, I know you’re a sports enthusiast. Do you actually participate in any popular sports?

You bet! I just got back from the annual Kirkpinar oil wrestling tournament, in Turkey.

Wadda Colada! Poke me another coconut, bartender!

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Blog Guy, I’ve got 54 seconds to waste. Hit me with something bizarre.

Did you already try the Tarzan yell video?

That’s over a minute. I’ve only got 54 seconds.

Everybody’s always in a hurry nowadays! Okay, watch this video of a Malaysian kung fu master as he pierces four coconuts with his finger in just over 30 seconds.

But why would anybody want to do that?

Are you kidding? Can you imagine how fast he can make piña coladas? You watch this amazing 54-second clip and you’ll say, “I’d gladly pay five bucks for a piña colada at that dude’s tropical beach bar!

Royal pain in the Ascot?

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Listen up magazine staff, this is a disaster! We’re right on deadline for our “Day at the Races” photo spread, but the captions are missing.

All we know for sure is that some of these photos were taken at the Royal Ascot race in the UK yesterday, and the others were taken at various Preakness Stakes, in Baltimore. But which ones are which?

It’s nothing years of therapy won’t cure…

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Blog Guy, you used to do a good job of covering stupid sports around the world, but you haven’t done any lately. Do I have to switch to another stupid sports blog?

No, please don’t. Look, this just in from Spain, the sport of Baby Jumping is growing rapidly in popularity.

Knees? What kind of joint is this?

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Blog Guy, you’ve helped other readers in the past with unusual photo collections. You remember, one person collected shots of rich people eating ice cream, and another wanted dancing U.S. presidents.

Anyhow, I collect photos of golfers’ knees. Can you help me out?

I’ll try. Here’s one of Tiger Woods’ left knee. Enjoy.

Oh, sorry, my photos have to show BOTH knees, or they’re no good to me.

Ah. Okay, here’s both of them. Enjoy.

Thanks. Also, got any of chess players’ elbows?

No, that would be stupid. Go away now.

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Golfer Tiger Woods sitting courtside during Game 4 of the NBA Finals basketball game between the Orlando Magic and the Los Angeles Lakers in Orlando, Florida, June 11, 2009. Woods returned to the PGA-tour in February after an eight-month lay-off for knee surgery. REUTERS/Hans Deryk

Two, four, six, eight, Eddie’s shots are really great!

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Blog Guy, you write a lot about photojournalism. Is that a good career?

The very best, except for blogging.

High praise indeed! What’s the single best thing about the job?

That’s easy. The cheerleaders! All news photographers have pro cheerleaders who stand behind them at events and do supportive cheers while the shooters snap away. Here, look at this photo from a Lakers game.

I don’t believe that for an instant.

It’s true! Just watch the next presidential news conference or NATO Summit or hurricane or whatever, and watch for the pompoms and skimpy outfits.