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June 03, 2011

Overnight Open Thread

ONT: Weiner-Free since almost yesterday…

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Non-Weinerish things below the fold….

North Korea Caught Violating UN Import Ban…of Tap Shoes:

Reuters article via ABC News (Australia) titled N Korean tap shoe smugglers brought to heel Some excerpty excerptishness:

"A United Nations report has revealed Italy foiled an attempt by North Korea to import tap-dancing shoes, in breach of a ban on the sale of luxury goods."

"In December 2010, a shipment of high-quality tap-dancing shoes was blocked at Orio al Serio Airport (Milan)," said the report by the so-called UN Panel of Experts, which monitors compliance with UN sanctions against North Korea."

I like the snarky "so-called UN Panel of Experts" thing. I wonder if that was in the original Reuters article? I'm not about to waste my time finding out. You want fact-checking here at the ONT? Hah! Not on my watch...

But let's play spot the afterthought:

"Two rounds of UN sanctions imposed on Pyongyang for its 2006 and 2009 nuclear tests ban the sale of luxury items to Kim Jong-il's government. Pyongyang was also hit with an arms embargo and is forbidden from trading in nuclear and missile technology."


In response to these allegations, Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) issued the following statement:

Tips For Surviving the New Economy: Part One in a Series of One:

Couch cushion mining using the "Redneck Rock Tumbler:"

(I've heard soaking the coins in ketchup works pretty good too. But then, I hear a lot of things.)

Limbless Swimmer Set to Cross Five Continents:

AFP article, also via our friends at ABC News (Australia).

"A Frenchman who gained fame for swimming the English Channel with no arms or legs has set himself a new challenge: to cross five continents in waters marked by sharks, poisonous jellyfish, Cthulhu, icy currents and cargo ships."

Which is a head-scratcher at first. Swimming across the continents? Like maybe in one of those Endless Pools towed behind a car or something? But all is made clear:

"Philippe Croizon, 43, who lost both his arms and legs in an electrical accident 17 years ago, has begun preparing to swim hundreds of kilometres in waters connecting five continents from May to August 2012."

Though the Endless Pool option seems like a nice way to travel as well. The purpose of this aquatic action? Glad you asked:

"With this new challenge, we intend to accomplish an act of peace, of solidarity, of sharing with all able-bodied and handicapped men, of all skin colours, cultures and backgrounds combined."

(Note the obvious exclusion of the wymyns)

The purpose of me posting this? So I can tell the old and uber-lame joke:

Q. What do you call a swimmer with no arms or legs?
A. "Bob."

I know...long run for a short slide. Or swim.

Extreme Pandeh on Pandeh Violence:

A fight to the DEATH! (Albeit a very slow, cuddly one)

…But Never a Tallywhacker-Free Zone:

Because "penis" is so "personal."

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