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May 23, 2009

Overnight open thread – You can Haz Summer, Sort of (genghis)

Item #1: CNN would like to bring you an important public health message: Don’t relieve yourself in the pool.

“In a survey of 1,000 U.S. adults conducted in April and May, 17 percent admitted relieving themselves in a swimming pool. Even the Olympics' most decorated swimmer, Michael Phelps, confessed to urinating in the water to TV host Jimmy Kimmel.”

I think we can cut Phelps a little slack though since, for him at least, it’s not a matter of relief but rather just an auxilary means of propulsion. Also, whatever happened to the chemical additive public pools were using for a while ? It interacted chemically with your, uh, “contribution” to the pool water by surrounding you with a purple cloud (and shaming your disgusting ass out of the pool).

Item #2: More of a watersports spectator than participant (double-entendre intended)? Maybe you just want to take a quick dive in. Or even better, since there’s a 125-foot cherry-picker crane sitting right there, why not go after the world record highest high-dive?

Sometimes things just don’t work out though and you lose form in mid-dive. All is not lost though…at least you set the new worlds record for highest belly flop. And bonus! Your belly glows a bright shade of red for several nights afterward, cutting down on lighting costs. We’re all in this together ya’ know. Next up! Worlds highest cannonball. (Thanks to Phil the News Junkie).

Item #3: So your summer’s not getting off to the best start due to your previous swimming and diving mishaps. Maybe it’s time to see a movie instead? At least in this regard, technology is here to save the day with a new site called RunPee.com. According to the ABC (Australia) newsblurb about the site:

”An enterprising freelance software developer in the US has come up with an ingenious solution to that wee problem of when to dash to the loo when you're at the movies. RunPee.com, created by Dan Florio (aka polyGeek) tells you the best time to go.”

“RunPee.com "reviews" are posted by users. A recent example, Star Trek: "RunPee approximately 50 minutes into the movie when ... Capt Pike leaves the bridge on his way to Nero's ship and says, 'Chekov, you have the con'."

Will wonders never cease? The actual site is here though it looks like they’re in beta-ish mode, trying to work out some bugs.

Anyway, happy Memorial Day weekend to everyone and remember to remember what the weekend’s all about. (As Dave has covered very nicely with the Frank Buckles post below). More will get posted along those lines over the weekend, but in the meantime feel free to nominate your all-time favorite summer songs in the thread along with links to them. Time to put Pixy's new server to the test. I’ll kick it off with one below the fold. (more to come)

Chicken a la genghis.

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