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April 30, 2008

News: David Blaine Breaks Breath-Holding Record

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David Blaine Breaks Record

I have always been a huge David Blaine fan, and have always persisted that he is a million times better than Criss Angel in every way.

Not too long ago, Blaine tried to break the world record for holding one’s breath under water and failed. To be fair, he sat submerged in a tank for several days before the stunt, and he missed the mark by about two minutes. Of course, after spending days under water, there were some unforeseen effects on his system and he went unconscious.

This time, he did things a little differently, and was able to pull off the stunt. David Blaine is now the official record holder for holding breath under water with a time of 17 minutes and 4 seconds. Check out the full article for some interesting details (like how he oxygenated his system prior to attempting the feat). Can’t wait to see if his new resurgence into the popular culture will lead to another magic special.

April 14, 2008

News: 35 Cent Gas

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gas Drivers Flood Station for 35 Cent Gas

A North Carolina Shell station accidentally set their pump price for .35 instead of 3.35 on Thursday. Managers were mad because no one told them about the error and people took advantage of it for hours. They eventually figured something was wrong when they were getting way more traffic then usual.

This story was kind of funny, but sort of depressing at the same time. I wondered why shit like this never happens where I live. Can you imagine filling up your tank for, like, five bucks? It makes me feel old, in a way, because I remember when five bucks could actually get you a decent amount of gas (bizarre pump errors aside). If you were broke and needed to get somewhere, five bucks might have gotten you two gallons or more.  I remember those days and I’m only 21. I can only imagine how my parents feel, or their parents even.

You can’t help but feel a little giddy from this story, though. Fuck the oil companies; I’m glad Shell lost a shit ton of money that day. I don’t claim to know much about the oil industry and the politics of crude oil prices, but I do know that it’s insanely expensive and that is naturally going to build animosity. I would feel the same way if this happened to a movie theater and their popcorn prices. It’s popped corn kernels, for Christ’s sake.

I can’t believe the guy really expected the customers to say something, though. What delusional little world is he living in? If someone did decide to bring the price to the attention of the employees, they would have risked being crucified by an angry mob of SUV drivers. Anyways, click the link to read the whole article and be mad that you weren’t there to take advantage.

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