Friday, August 24

Weekly roundup: Friday potluck

Welcome to another installment of the weekly roundup we all know and love: Friday potluck! This week's themes: amazing feats of human strength and amazing examples of nature's strength (and a few jokes for good measure).

Like an after-school special, but better

Remember every teen movie and how the jocks are always jerks? Thank goodness real life doesn't conform to stereotypes. At Osseo High School in Osseo, MN the football team captain started a campaign to end bullying. (Don't we all wish every high school was this cool?)

Effing jellyfish ruin everything

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Diana Nyad had to end her third attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida after being stung repeatedly by tiny box jellyfish. (We already know jellyfish are my nemesis. I think we should do like the Chinese do and eat more of the stinging little bastards.)

Frozen assets

A 70-year old climber took a nasty spill in the Alps that left him stranded on a ledge of ice. He survived for nearly a week by drinking melted ice and rationing a chocolate bar. Eventually other hikers heard his cries for help and arranged for a rescue.

The power of nature

Trail runners take note: new video from REI shows what a flash flood looks like. If there are flood warnings or you see (or hear) signs of a flood - get yourself to higher ground!

New fashion fad? Face kini!

While I fully support Chinese culture when it comes to jellyfish-eating (see note above), I'm not sure I'm ready to make the leap to "face kini" a full-face covering that protects the wearer from getting a tan. Unlike in the U.S. where a tan means health and wealth, tan skin in China (and in many other cultures) is associated with being a poor, peasant farm worker.
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But whatever you think of the face kini, I think we all can admit that it's a healthier practice than the Florida mom who was arrested for taking her kindergarden-age daughter to the tanning salon.

Routine shakeup

Source: via Laura on Pinterest

Fantastic running "facts"

The Pavement Runner made up a bunch of funny (fake) running facts. Feel free to suggest your own.

Quote of the week:
"Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth."
Henry David Thoreau, Walden, or Life in the Woods

Happy Friday, friends!

1 comment:

  1. Random fact: did you know Thoreau's name is supposed to be pronounced like "thorough" instead of stressing the second syllable? So said a Thoreau scholar at Walden Pond on a local TV program, and I believe him. :) (love the quote, btw)

    Happy Friday!! :)


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