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How Do You Say Tomato?

In europe, News, Spain, Tomatina Festival, Tomato Festival, Uncategorized, World on August 31, 2007 at 7:50 am

 Oh yes, it’s that time….

Time for….

The Crazy News:

Crazy Video of the Week

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And interestingly enough, it’s also that time of the year again, when the world’s evening news-casts conclude with the chaotic scenes from Spain’s Tomatina festival. It’s usually puppies with love hearts in their fur, or crazy Aussie outback ‘bushies’ stuck up trees in croc infested swamps. But we just love watching scenes of half naked humans hurling firm and fresh tomatos across old cobbled European streets at each other, making the crazy world we live in not seem so crazy after all.

Or does it?

Regardless, heres some interesting facts….40,000 people gathered in the town of Bunol this week to hurl 115,000 kilograms of tomatoes at each other, all in the name of fun.

The festival dates back to 1945, when two people at a carnival in Bunol, just outside Valencia, reportedly began hurling tomatoes at each other in a heated argument, as you do.

The festival, which has officially been part of Spain’s national heritage since 2002, takes place on the final Wednesday in August, just thought I would let you know so you know when to book your tickets for next year.

Five massive truckloads of tomatoes were driven into the town’s main square at 11am, an hour earlier than usual in fact, to let the fun begin. Usually participants thoughtfully squeeze the fruit beforehand to soften it up. Like hell they do….

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Hundreds Go Nude for Global Warming, Surfers Lap Up the Melting with Glacier Surfing.

In Art, europe, Glacier Surfing, Global Warming, News, Spencer Tunick, Surfing, Uncategorized, USA, video, World on August 20, 2007 at 5:29 pm

 Scroll down for Glacier Surfing, dude!

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Back in June it was all going off in Amsterdam, and this weekend it was a naked rendezvous with a glacier in Switzerland for famous photographer Spencer Tunick.

Otherwise known as ‘The Naked Photographer’. (He’s not really known as that, but I’m coining the term regardless, such is the power of The Crazy News)

About 600 volunteer nudes braved the Aletsch glacier in the Valais region in southern Switzerland in a photo shoot aimed at drawing attention to the effects of global warming on the world’s glaciers.

Tunick said his photographs were both works of art and political statements.

“I will try to treat the body on two levels. On an abstract level, as if they were flowers or stones.

“I want my images to go more than skin-deep. I want the viewers to feel the vulnerability of their existence and how it relates closely to the sensitivity of the world’s glaciers,” New York native Tunick told media.

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Glacier Surfing!

But not everyone is unhappy with the melting of the world’s glaciers.

Totally gnarly thrill seekers are taking advantage of the massive waves created by chunks of glacier falling into the ocean.

Surfers Garrett McNamara and Kealii Mamala posted this epic video on youtube after waiting for several hours at the Child’s Glacier, in south-central Alaska, for a slice of the glacier to give way, with totally awesome consequences.

They even have their own web site GlacierSurfing.com, and they say the phenomenon was first discovered by a photographer in 1995 when filming for IMAX movie

Surfs Up!

Global Warming is totally awesome, man!

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Man Tricks family into Thinking He Won the Lottery.

In Angela Kelly, europe, Fergus Frater, Gambling, Lottery, News, People, Uncategorized, World on August 17, 2007 at 7:02 pm

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A 46-year-old man told his family and the local media that he had won the £35.4 million jackpot in the Euro-Millions,  despite the fact that he never won a dime.

Fergus Frater was so convincing he promised his son and daughter a large share in the winnings, prompting the son to quit his job, blow a huge slice of his savings on drinks and expensive meals and planned with his girlfriend a new life in Australia.

“One minute I was a multi-millionaire, the next I was back to having nothing. I was going to buy a Bentley and emigrate with my family to start a new life.

“I could kill him. But he’s gone to ground and I’ve no idea where he is,” the man’s enraged son, 25-year-old Jordan told British media.

After spending much of last weekend celebrating with freinds, who even bought him drinks, Frater disappeared from his one-bedroom flat and hasn’t been seen since.

Frater even posed for pictures with a Euro Millions ticket for a local newspaper.

But obviously nobody thought to have a look at the ticket, because it was only realized that the “win” wasn’t a win after all when the real winner of the draw came foward, a 40-year-old postal worker from Scotland, Angela Kelly.

The winning ticket was Britain’s biggest-ever lottery win.

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Crazy Quotes: Drunk or Blind?…How About Both, Get Paid to Lose Weight, And a Head Not Dead.

In Crazy News Quotes, Estonia, europe, Germanty, Italy, Odd News, Rattle Snake, Uncategorized on August 14, 2007 at 11:39 pm

Yes, that’s right, it’s yet another edition of….

The Crazy News: Quick Quotes.

Estonia

“He was drunk. There were three people in the car with him giving him instructions.”

Tartu police talk about the 20-year-old blind man that was caught, not once, but twice for drink driving in southern Estonia.

Italy

“Lots of people are saying, ‘I really need to lose some weight but it’s really tough.’ So I thought, why don’t we go on a group diet?”

The major of the town of Varallo in northwestern Italy talks about his idea for a weight loss campaign which would see men receiving 50 euros ($70) for losing 4 kg (9 pounds) in a month, and women getting the same amount for shedding 3 kg (7 pounds).

USA

“When I reached down to pick up the head, it raised around and did a backflip almost, and bit my finger.”

A Washington man tells how a rattlesnake he thought he killed with his son on their farm, bit him on the finger after it’s head was decapitated. He was taken to hospital when he realised that venom had entered his system.

Germany

“He was German, but he gave the dog the order to attack in French.”

Police spokesmen briefs reporters on a drunk, wheelchair bound man who set his dog to attack shoppers who had apparently verbally abused him, injuring 6.