July 31, 2006
— Ace It wasn't civil.
Updated: 2:40 p.m. ET July 31, 2006
LONDON - For more than 30 years, crowds have flocked to the small English fishing village of Lyme Regis to watch an annual tradition two teams of fishermen standing on wooden platforms as human bowling pins, hurling a dead giant eel at each other.
But the ritual was abruptly abandoned after an animal rights activist threatened to draw negative publicity to the latest tournament, organizers said Saturday.
The practice, known as conger cuddling, is the annual highlight in the small coastal town about 155 miles southwest of London. The object of the game is to knock the opposing team off the platform by swinging a 25-pound eel at them.
Posted by: John at July 31, 2006 12:03 PM (Bt2Y1)
Posted by: Pupster at July 31, 2006 12:05 PM (9h6vV)
wait a second ONE animal rights activist THREATENED to bring negative publicity to a town that featured teams of people throwing a 25 pound CONGER EEL at each other
and the townsfolk caved?
Never before in the history of human endeavor has one person done so little to highlight the demise of a society.
Posted by: BumperStickerist at July 31, 2006 12:15 PM (PcDvW)
BumperStickerist...is that quote from the first or second edition of "Stuff Churchill Said"?
Posted by: Jack M. at July 31, 2006 12:21 PM (YpIcX)
Posted by: Iblis at July 31, 2006 12:28 PM (9221z)
Posted by: sandy burger at July 31, 2006 12:40 PM (Uuy++)
Posted by: Lipstick at July 31, 2006 12:44 PM (VM7Fg)
Posted by: Dave in Texas at July 31, 2006 01:00 PM (q1bX5)
I want to know how this got started. Could alcohol have been involved?
Sorry about the Jessica Simpson double-post. I was trying to resize the pic, double-posted, nuked one and it wouldn't go away, nuked the second one and the first one went away but the second one stayed and the comments wouldn't work, then I finally got rid of the second one by clicking on any associated comments in the Recent Comments sidebar. Wordpress is simpler, I tell ya.
Wasn't very funny anyway.
Posted by: Michael at July 31, 2006 01:08 PM (xTnLp)
Posted by: Tim at July 31, 2006 01:16 PM (xqtXG)
Anyway, patience grasshoppah.
Oh, and the thing I deleted was so lame it embarrassed even me. I would have won, hands down.
Posted by: Dave in Texas at July 31, 2006 01:29 PM (q1bX5)
(The secret of MP's humor is revealed: England is _really like that_.)
Posted by: Trimegistus at July 31, 2006 01:37 PM (zfSPJ)
No sir, no you would not.
I will unleash a hailstorm of Diet Coke and Mentos videos on this site if you force my hand. And not the good ones, like the last two.
Indeed, I would not have dropped those bombs last night had I known that Ace was going get tanked, pass out, and stay another day in NYC to recuperate. They were intended to be my parting salvo to clinch the contest.
Posted by: Michael at July 31, 2006 01:38 PM (xTnLp)
Posted by: Dave in Texas at July 31, 2006 01:46 PM (q1bX5)
Posted by: Michael at July 31, 2006 01:54 PM (xTnLp)
OK, so this doesn't have anything to do with Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire "winner," Darva Conger?
I'm disappointed at the considered upswing of tone on this blog since Ace has been away.
Ace, if you don't come back soon, we'll be discussing fox hunting and wine selections for dinner at posh Paris restaurants. You don't want that to be your legacy.
Posted by: jhc at July 31, 2006 01:57 PM (+lA9g)
Posted by: Dave in Texas at July 31, 2006 02:02 PM (q1bX5)
Posted by: kbiel at July 31, 2006 03:50 PM (zuZ25)
John Cleese and Michael Palin better watch their backs...
Posted by: cheshirecat at July 31, 2006 05:15 PM (nGnzZ)
Or you can watch Monty Python's "Fish Slapping Dance", which amounts to the same thing.
Posted by: cheshirecat at July 31, 2006 05:17 PM (nGnzZ)
I think not. Slap that noisy bastard with an eel, someone...
Posted by: mojo at August 01, 2006 06:19 AM (KNj5N)
Posted by: silence at May 12, 2010 08:45 PM (wLVwM)
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