Friday, August 3

Weekly roundup: Friday potluck

Welcome to another installment of the weekly roundup we all know and love: Friday potluck! This week's smorgasbord is brimming with sports and travel news, with a dash of humor to spice things up.

Here's a sport for champions...

Thoughts on streaking...

Sometimes streaking isn't just a disruption at sporting events.
Sometimes streaking is what we do to bust out of a running rut.
Sometimes streaking is a sport in its own right.

And more body image issues...

What would Olympic sports coverage look like if every sport were photographed to focus on butt-shots the way beach volleyball is?
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Boy oh boy...

This week The Economist confirms something I've been writing about for awhile...
Women might not be "slower" than men.
We got a late start.
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(Note: The Economist web application shows men's finish times compared with today's women's record for a variety of sports.)

It's a tough week to be a frequent flier...

Between needles found in airplane food, a crazy passenger tirade, and three planes trying to fill the same space (at the same time) over Reagan National airport, the air travel headlines this week were enough to make me reconsider* my goal to join the million mile club.
Airmail pilot survives crash
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Crazy things happen in the air from time to time, of course. It just seems like this past week was a doosie for bizarre incidents. Maybe Olympic fever has everyone riled up? Or maybe it's the full moon?

So that's what they do with the snow globes...

The Wall St. Journal reports on what happens to all the pairs of nail clippers that get left behind at the TSA checkpoint.

One regularly-confiscated item made my head spin: dumbells.

Which leads me to wonder:
Why would anyone pack hand weights on a flight?
Don't they know about body weight exercises? Haven't heard of those travel weights you fill with water? Why would anyone want to carry extra pounds in their luggage?

Quote(s) of the week:
"“I have found out that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.”
Mark Twain
“It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on earth has ever produced the expression, 'As pretty as an airport'.”
Douglas Adams

Happy Friday, friends!

What's the craziest thing you've ever put in your luggage?

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