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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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Video: Most violent day yet in Pamplona Running of the Bulls, tourists hospitalised.

In 2007, amazing story, American News, animals, crazy, Crazy news, entertainment, EU, europe, health, Human survival, Life, mens health, Odd News, Running of the bulls, Society, Spain, United States, USA, World News on July 13, 2007 at 12:43 am

 A number of people from around the world have been seriously injured in Day 6 of the annual running of the bulls festival.

Report from San Jose Mercury News:

The pack of six 1,300-pound bulls and six steers—meant to keep the bulls running in a single pack—disintegrated shortly after the animals set off on the dash through the cobblestone streets of Pamplona in the sixth of eight planned runs.

One stray bull turned around and ran the wrong way. Herders with long sticks smacked it in the rump to get the animal pointed in the right direction.

The loose bull charged and tossed several runners—some of them clad in the traditional red-and-white garb of San Fermin—on its way to the bullring.

Several runners were trampled and seven runners were injured by bulls’ horns. One 48-year-old man from Pamplona was gored in the chest and was reported to be in very serious condition. A 23-year-old Mexican was gored in the stomach and was also reported as very serious.

The other runners who were gored were from Poland, Norway, Spain and the United States, with ages ranging from 23 to 50, officials said. They were all reported to be in serious condition.

Crazy Video of day 6:

See related Crazy News blog on local women wanting “running of the cows” and the “running of the nudes” pre-festival protest by PETA.

Spanish women demand equal rights with Bulls.

In 2007, adult, amazing story, animals, Art, civilisation, crazy, Crazy news, death, entertainment, EU, europe, hottie, Humans, Life, naked, nudists, Odd News, Pamela Anderson, People, PETA, Places, politics, religion, royal society, Running of the bulls, Society, Spain, stunt, World News, Worlds most on July 9, 2007 at 10:24 pm

 

As you may know, the Spanish town of Pamplona is in the middle of it’s world famous running of the bulls festival— a nine day celebration that honors the city’s patron saint, San Fermín.

A few days before the annual festival started a semi-naked “running of the nudes” protest took place by PETA, demanding an end to the event. 

And now a group of feminists are demanding, not the end of the bull running events, but a running of the cows to make the festival more gender equal.

The women are demanding that they get thier own version of the festival made world famous by Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel The Sun Also Rises.

A local student web site, www.estudiln.net, is demanding “equality for men and women”, arguing that its only logical that women should have their own bull run, despite the fact that women have been allowed to participate in the death defying race for many years.

 “Cows, as well as bulls, have four legs and a natural instinct to run,” says their manifesto. “An encierro for cows, would put Pamplona at the vanguard of traditional fiestas with equality for men and women.”

Organizers of the festival, which runs from July 7-14, have not responded to the suggestion.

But, do cows have massive horns on their heads which can be used to spear the flesh of an adrenalin pumped human?

Not that I know of.

But perhaps a running of the cows would result in much less death and injury than a running with the bulls, but less fun offcourse.

Bull Running 2007- Yeeha!

Please, smash up our hotel room!

In 2007, crazy, Crazy news, EU, europe, Odd News, rock, Spain, stunt on July 7, 2007 at 2:59 am

A spanish hotel chain recently gave some frustrated individuals the rock star treatment.

The NH Alcala hotel, part of a chain of 335 hotels on three continents, said it decided to forgo hiring professional demolition companies and let selected “highly stressed out” customers start its facelift as a way to generate some headline-making publicity.

“Who hasn’t dreamed, in the middle of a stress attack, of breaking everything around them?” NH hotels said in a statement.

Psychologist Laura Garcia Agustin explained, “After a few blows comes exhaustion and with it the release of pain-relieving endorphins which make us feel much better.”

Those picked for the stress-relieving smash-up will be invited back to admire the hotel’s new interior in September, the chain said.

Witness the carnage!