Friday, August 15, 2008

The Week in Pictures: Olympic Edition

Random Friday Thoughts

On the one hand, my softball team's loss in the semifinals of the playoffs last week was disappointing. On the other, I'm thrilled to get my Sundays back just in time to enjoy the end of summer. As an added bonus, my liver will get a chance to recover from the regular beatings it took during our weekly post-game drinking binges.

I'm supposed to be headed to Yankee Stadium tonight where we have killer seats on the third base side. The weather isn't cooperating, though, so I may miss my lone opportunity to say goodbye to the stadium before they tear it down when they open the new one across the street next year.

Anyway, let's move on to the WiP:

The new reality show "Celebrity Astronauts" claimed its first victim when Kermit the Frog was voted off of the spaceship.

Santa Claus wrapped up his annual summer vacation by taking Mrs. Claus on a shopping spree at Harrods in London.

Researchers have discovered that honey bees are excellent interior designers despite their odd preference for deep pile shag carpets in their hives.

The Police wrapped up their final tour this week and it now appears that lead singer Sting has agreed to join The Village People.

Stay tuned for our expanded Olympic coverage, coming up right after this message from Gatorade:

In an effort to keep barbers fully employed, Chinese officials have begun requiring people to have their hair cut every month - a measure enforced by requiring people to have the date of their last haircut shaved onto their heads.

In a story reminiscent of Hiroo Onoda, the former Japanese army intelligence officer who fought in World War II, and did not surrender until 1974, Olympic organizers in Beijing found an extra from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon who was practicing for his big scene and was unaware that filming had wrapped eight years earlier.

China claimed the first gold medal of the Olympics in the obscure sport of Jestering.

Diving traffic controllers are trying to determine the factors that lead to a near mid-air collision at the Water Cube.

Brazil's Larissa Franca is suing her beach volleyball partner Ana Paul Conelly for harassment after the latter reportedly took liberties during their celebratory hugs.

In an embarrassing moment for the United States, beach volleyball member Misty May Treanor was singing Akon's "Smack That" while stretching before a match when President Bush walked by and misinterpreted her words as a request.

As a result of that blunder, other athletes including Russia's Natalia Uryadov took precautionary measures until the President left the venue.

Gymnastics competitors found themselves struggling to remain upright during their floor routines after pranksters covered the mat in baby oil.

This year's games also include several interludes created with the express purpose of helping to cheer up Grant after his recent illness.

And finally, a dog that qualified for the games was unable to compete after officials discovered that he is a German Shorthaired Pointer, and not a Boxer as they'd originally thought.

HA HA HA HA HA...I really can't resist stupid jokes.

Okay, gotta run...I just found the perfect top for my SSC to wear when I go to visit her in a few weeks and I need to get one for her before they sell out.