September 1st, 2002
|11:58 pm - Unlucky snail, lucky worm|
The nights are drawing in - it's getting dark around 8pm these days. We have a shed in our back garden, which is really in a very poor state of repair, and part of day was spent going through it looking to see what could be salvaged for a jumble sale held by someone who lives around a couple of corners.
Last year I bought a small trampoline, a little under a yard across, and used it for short bouncing sessions. (As we all know, bouncing is inherently good.) While bouncing is more fun than most other forms of exercise, I'm guessing it's fairly high intensity - it always fatigued my leg muscles pretty quickly. Eventually I could get up to two three-minute sessions a day at a little over 100 bounces/minute. Anyway, as the trampoline has come to light again, I get on it for an exploratory bounce and everything looks OK.
Fifteen seconds later, I feel something crunchy and wet underfoot. A quick look down and it turns out that there had been a stealth snail hiding underneath the protective cloth cover at the edge of the trampoline. My bounces had bounced the snail right out... and underfoot. Unlucky snail. (Need to wash the trampoline - also the socks.)
We also found a worm that had crawled right out of somewhere, no idea where and that was sat on our back yard, fat and jolly. (Alive, too.) Dad picked it up and dumped it in our composter, full of organic goodies. Looking at this worm FAQ, this was probably about the best thing we could possibly have done, both for the worm and for the compost. Lucky worm. Lucky, lucky, lucky worm.
As ever, therein lies a tale...
When the first season of Banzai started, the makers created this official site
but didn't promote it at all. Now on that site was a forum
, where you were to suggest gambling opportunities, with "special t-shirt for good ideas". In the "maybe too much sexy" forum, I proposed the Beautiful Bouncer Binoculars Bet
along very similar lines. I'm sure lots of other people have thought of very similar ideas independently too as it's a very easy thing to suggest.
Now one of the other bets I suggested was Boxer Man, Boxer Dog
, a race between (indeed) a human boxer and a boxer dog to retrieve a thrown stick. Something fairly similar to that (rapper not a boxer, only one throw - into a swimming pool) actually materialised on one of the later shows of series two.
Independent reinvention of a not-too-original idea, I'm sure, but it's still an interesting coincidence!
Banzai, more often than not, do have one bet in each show which leaves you feeling a bit dirty for having watched it. Hey hoo... :-)
The Famous Man Dingle Dangle Dilemma was the logical development of a bet in series one. Then they tested the old folk hypothesis "large feet implies large penis" by inviting you to bet which gentleman was well-hung by showing you pictures of their feet. And, yes, of the various penises.
I agree that the style of the FMDDD was done principally for shock value. You've got to love the mad camerawork, even if you're not so keen on what the camerawork focuses upon. You can tell that they were very pleased with the outrageousness of the stunt because later that year, the clip featured on some "100 most notable TV moments of the year" show, genitals and all. (They also had an interview with Normski about it. Apparently his parents were not impressed.)
Come to think of it, it's probably about time for a third series of Banzai - or, if one doesn't start vaguely soon, to wonder whether there is going to be a third series.
Ah, the Naughty Schoolgirl game was clever. Nothing like exposing a bit of British cultural hypocrisy through game show satire. (You might care to cross-reference this whith the "what you can and can't see in Britain" article a few days ago, too.)
I don't think anyone had heard of Canadians being described as "moose fuckers" before. Well done, Mr. Dean. Your originality has brought a brand new pejorative to the world. Man shall never forget the local bestiality preferences of the Thirteen Provinces * again.
|Date:||September 2nd, 2002 03:31 am (UTC)|| |
Bouncy pouncy fun fun
As Rowan Atkinson once sang: "I like bouncing, boing boing boing! I bounce until I get a pain in my groin!" I still find this absolutely hilarious.
For the record: (1) Dancing Star is equally knackering to the calf muscles. I've been limping for 4 days since trying 5 6 7 8 in Hard mode. (2) I had a similar snail incident some years ago, though I was on a pogo stick.
~ worrals (http://www.alice.dryden.co.uk)
Re: Bouncy pouncy fun fun
I am convinced that someone will do a line dancing version of DDR at some point. There are too many boot-scootin' babies waiting to be driven crazy for the gap in the market to remain.