Tuesday, October 20, 2009
One of the few positives of being stuck in a doctors’ waiting room for an hour is that you can actually read those articles in the magazines (rather than just skimming over the reviews of new movies and other lite fare). My latest reading session had me stumbling across an article in Afar Magazine about the tragically-underreported Welsh sport of bog snorkeling. Bog snorkeling? I thought as I read. Those wacky UK folks think of all the good sports!
Naturally curious about this, and other sports of my ancestral UK, I decided to do a little research on this and other Odd (not just) British Sports.
*pardon my all-inclusive use of “British” to include Wales, Ireland, Scotland, England, and Australia. It’s just easier for me that way; if you’ve got a problem with that, I just had brain surgery, so back off!
**All links & videos looked fairly family-friendly at first glance, but, nonetheless, I claim no responsibility for their content.
***Any less-than-correct information I’ve got on here is the result of a very hasty research process; a simple comment stating these corrections would be sufficient, as opposed to other forms of one-upmanship that will instantly delete themselves.
Bog Snorkeling- Swimmers in wetsuits or silly costumes swim w/ flippers and snorkels through a murky peat bog, trying to get the best time for two laps of a 55m trench. Huge in Wales, Ireland, and Australia, among other places where people like to make arses of themselves…
(List continues here at Felipe Beach.)
"Invasion Iowa" is a television mini-series that aired on Spike TV in 2005 in which William Shatner played a hoax on the small town of Riverside, Iowa by claiming to film a science fiction movie there. Unbeknownst to the residents of Riverside, the movie was in fact fake, a satire on the genre.
In front of and behind the cameras, Shatner and his purported entourage performed a living, breathing parody of Hollywood. Producers designed the various plots and gags to elicit reactions from the townspeople. Shatner played the part of the eccentric star. Improvisational actors pretended to be members of his entourage. Residents of Riverside were encouraged to audition for parts in the movie and take jobs on its crew, only to bear witness, firsthand, to an elaborate send-up of tinseltown.
Producers chose Riverside because it is the self-proclaimed future birthplace of Shatner's most enduring character, Captain James T. Kirk. (Wikipedia)
The DVD is available on Amazon:
Copy from the website:
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Some of the stars offered and their blurbs from the website (copied as is, including typos and bad punctuation):
The Howling II, Hercules, Chained Heat, Reform School Girls, Ranked The Worlds Number One Female Action Star By Entertainment Tonight, Celebrated As The Sex Symbol Of The Year By Roger Ebert
Family Ties (Played Erwin Skippy Handleman), Host of Teen Win, Lose, Or Draw, The Rescue, Trick Or Treat, Archie Bunkers Place, One Day At A Time
The Blue Lagoon, Suddenly Susan, Dallas, The Pirate Movie
Gilligan's Island ( Appeared As The Professor ), It Came from Outer Space, This Island Earth, Rawhide, Gunsmoke, Rescue From Gilligan's Island, Santa Barbara
Diff'rent Strokes, A Devil Desguised, Roots, The Return Of The Mod Squad
The X Files (Appeared As The Great Richard Ringo Langly), Sliders, The Commish, Home Improvement
Sleepaway Camp, Corpses Are Forever, Zombiegeddon, Satan's Playground, Curse of the Beast
Welcome Back Kotter (Played Arnold Horshack), Dickie Roberts; Child Star, One Life to Live, Skatetown USA, Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, Hellgate, Ellen, Trapper John, M.D., Murder She Wrote, The Love Boat
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Stargate SG-1, Judging Amy, Multiplicity, Blood Red
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Farscape ( Appeared As Chiana ), Farscape The Peacekeeper Wars, The Monkeys Mask, BeastMaster, Black Jack
Saved By The Bell (Appeared As Mr. Belding), Red Water, The West Wing, The Practice, The Image, An Ordinary Killer, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, The Twilight Zone
Seinfeld ( Appeared As The Famous Soup Nazi In The Greatest Seinfeld Episode Ever), Austin Powers International Man of Mystery, CSI Crime Scene Investigation, General Hospital