Monday, July 28, 2008

In the news today...

Two items of news have made me laugh out loud today. Firstly, Gordon Ramsay had a near death experience, which I am sure was terrifying, and I am glad he survived. That is not the funny bit. At the bottom of the news report I read was, " and he got bitten by a Puffin." I'm sorry, I just can't stop laughing at that.

Secondly the Chinese have announced that they have set up a special lab to sex test athletes of suspect gender. We can all think of past competitors of dubious genetic origins and I can see where this has come from. But they have announced that they will test athletes of a suspect gender firstly on appearance. Now if it was me pretending to be a woman to win an olympic medal I'd have the electrolysis, and the implants, and the hormones, and the makeup and the hair and the clothes.... and I'd look a lot more like a woman than I do on a bad morning now.

Following this to its logical conclusion means that the athletes of suspect gender are probably going to be "unfeminine" women....Just how insulted would you be, "Um excuse me um, madam? um could we like you know, well do a genetic test to be sure you are a female?"

11 comments:

Journeyer said...

I think the olympics are going to give us a few funnies. My husband read on the weekend they're thinking about declaring Viagra a performance enhancing drug - well, duh!

Seriously though, apparently it allows more oxygen to be supplied to the muscles, etc, etc. Oh riiight, they meant in competition.

Eve said...

As you you said.... duh!...oh ok the oxygen enhancing qualities. oh. ok.

Homer was saying today that the smog over Beijing should give the fireworks at the opening ceremony quite a ghostly effect. ( You know the top secret fireworks they showed on the news the other night.)

Mim said...

Nah, Adam reckons that there won't be any smog during the Olympics, one advantage of being a totalitarian state is that you can decree that all polluting industry shut up shop and all non-official cars stay off the roads for the duration. Apparently that's what they did when they were bidding for the games, there was blue sky and everything! (Adam was traveling to China fairly regularly at the time.)

Is it wrong for me to cheer for the puffin?

Mim said...

Heh, looks like Adam might be right

slh35661 said...

I think you and I are cut from the same cloth humor-wise...I burst into laughter when I read that he was bitten by a Puffin. It is such a random line at the end of the story about how he cheated death.

Eve said...

Ah the joys of a totalitarian state...of course you can cheer for the Puffin, he was probably going to eat it.

I am informed it tastes fishy by an icelandic friend.

Eve said...

I am so glad other people found that random fact at the end of the story as funny as I did.

DJ Kirkby said...

Gordon felt his lungs filling with water after 45 seconds? Surely not, I thought he was a seasoned athlete...(seasoned, OMG I think I may have unintentionally made a joke for the first time ever)You were a winner on last week's Wordless Wednesday btw, thanks for stopping by.

Eve said...

Thank-you...I was pleased that you liked my caption, and was going to crow to the world about my win, but hane no idea at all on how to move the widget.

I'll just have to post a link to it!

Mud in the City said...

Loved the puffin addendum. It just made the story!

And I am glad I haven't had to run the 'are you a woman?' gauntlet having looked in the mirror with jetlag this morning. I've worn a skirt to work today in case anyone was having the same gender confusion over my identity....

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H-I-Larious as all the kids are saying. I am confused about the adsense thing and yours seems to be working. I know I have to do something to it but I don't know what...