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Thursday, September 10, 2009

THE MOST STUPID THING I HAVE EVER HEARD

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/W/WI_ODD_CRICKET_SPITTING_WIOL-?SITE=WI

At the CFZ we have been known to while away the odd afternoon doing something completely stupid and mindless, but even we have never descended quite to these depths of banality:

"Brian Johnsrud spat a thawed cricket 22 feet, 8 inches at the Central Wisconsin State Fair on Saturday. Minutes later, his son Jared shot his cricket 10 feet, 5 inches to win the 9-to-11 age division.

Brian Johnsrud says the key is to pick the biggest cricket and put it upside down on your tongue. He also says you have to take the deep breath before putting the cricket in your mouth, so you don't swallow the critter. Seven-year-old Daniel Word won the competition among 5- to 8-year-olds. After spitting his cricket 9 feet, 11 inches, he said it wasn't easy.

The event drew enough interest that organizers [sic] say they'll make it an annual affair."

1 comment:

Oll Lewis said...

It's only the stupidest thing you've heard until tomorrow morning when you read the fact I've found in the 'Mammoth Grimore of Pointless Facts and Necromancy for Boys' in the restricted section of the CFZ library that I'm using as the Friday fact this week on YNT...