Tuesday, December 30, 2008

If Strange Hairstyles Were Worth Points In The Premiership . . .

. . .then Manchester City would be breezing towards the title. Let's look at but three of the players over at Eastlands.

1) Blumer Elano (a bit unfair to include him, as he hasn't seen too much playing time of late and is undoubtedly being shipped out in January) and his white feller cornrows.

2) Jo, Brazilian striker or Buckwheat impersonator? First with his hair very poorly cornrowed, and then au naturel. 3) Stephen Ireland, the former Irish international and owner of some very peripatetic hair. The first picture is from 06, the second from 07, and the last from 08. It seems that in 2006 his hair began the long migration from the back of his skull to his jaw line, arriving there in 2008. Also note the presence of pre-cornrow Elano and faux-hawked Robinho in the last picture. For the strange saga of Stephen Ireland - who is having an outstanding year for City and has been a real pleasure to watch play - start reading here.



Sunday, December 21, 2008

Serie A Quote Of The Week

"I must admit I have a dressing room curiosity over Beckham . . . I want to see if he is equipped as he is in the Armani underwear adverts."

Marco Boriello, AC Milan striker and apparent package gazer, speaking on David Beckham's loan move to the Italian giants. This is probably more a case of poor phrasing than actual excitement over seeing Beckham's package. After all, Boriello does know this girl, Belen Rodriguez:

Believe it or not, this is not Boriello's first member-related news story. He once famously claimed he failed a drug test because the day before the test his girlfriend, pictured above, had rubbed cortisone lotion on his twig and berries before sex.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

The German Christmas Pickle

Ever see one of these things in a store or on a Christmas tree and think, wtf? Placing a pickle ornament on the tree is said to be an old German tradition but nobody can quite explain why. As it turns out, nobody in Germany has ever heard of it either.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Correction

Samichlaus is 14 - 15% alcohol by volume, which makes it come in at a whopping near 30 proof. They used to have it at the Waterfront Ale House here in the city.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Santa Claus Beer

It's called Samichlaus, and it's the strongest beer in the world. Brewed only one day a year - December 6th, St. Nicholas' Eve - in a single brewery and then left to stew in cold storage for 10 months, Samichlaus is 15 proof. If by some miracle you can find it at your local bar, buy it. If not, you can order it here - http://www.internetwines.com/rws28827.html.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Mirko Vucinic Jumps Out Of His Pants

After scoring the last gasp winner for Roma against Cagliari over the weekend. Why he did this, nobody knows.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Rudolph, Exposed

In England, at the Body Worlds exhibit.

The Actual Cost Of The 12 Days Of Christmas

Each year PNC Bank calculates the actual cost of The 12 Days Of Christmas. For instance, what would 10 lords a leaping cost in 2008 dollars, and then what would all the items cost combined. This year it's a bit over $21,000. Click here for the link.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Georgie The Belfast Boy

Can't embed this one for some reason but here's a clip of George Best for you.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeFIWJYg5BE

Weird European Christmas Traditions And More

Hi everybody! It's me. I've been gone for a long time because I realized that with scant exception, nobody really gives a poop (more on that later) about what bloggers have to say. Of course, that's not universally true. My buddy Swandad is a great exception. He runs a fine blog that a ton of people like and enjoy, me included. But he is surely one in a thousand. For the rest of us, nobody cares about our thoughts on life or food or anything (especially religion and politics). If somebody did, we'd be paid to share those thoughts. Those views on Sarah Palin or Joe Biden, those thoughts on the meaning of life, those announcements of what you believe, tales of what you ate for breakfast, well, I hate to break it to you but nobody cares. I'm the guy telling you that you have a giant boogie hanging from your nose.

So, this blog is now OPINION FREE! It'll just be a link to other things or a display of pictures and videos and such. I find a lot of this as I trawl the web so this is where I'll put the stuff instead of emailing people the links, items, whatever. I report, you decide. Those of you who feel obliged to do so may continue to spew your personal electronic diarrhea all over the internet.

OK. Now, let's get to some good links. Today's theme - awful European Christmas traditions. All courtesy of Der Spiegel Online:
Austria's Terrifying Christmas Demon

Black Pete: Holland's Heart-Warming Tradition Of Christmas Slavery

El Caganer - Catalonia's Very Poopy Christmas