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Carole
10-30-2005, 04:15 AM
After watching the end of the news tonight, I realized there are a lot of goofy activities associated with East Tennessee. Tonight's example was the greased pig chasing contest. I mean, people were out there squealing "soooWEEE PIGPIGPIG!!!!" and chasing those fat little piggies all over the barnyard.They looked like they were having a ball.

What the goofiest way people amuse themselves where you live?

scfirenice
10-30-2005, 04:21 AM
nominating very robust women to be farm queens.....

Unique
10-30-2005, 04:30 AM
Mule Days.

Carole
10-30-2005, 04:31 AM
Ok, Unique...you gotta elaborate on Mule Days.


SC....O.M.G. I can really relate to that!

scfirenice
10-30-2005, 04:31 AM
Ah yes, we have the mule pulls too......

brokenfingers
10-30-2005, 04:33 AM
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Carole
10-30-2005, 04:34 AM
SC, you are looking remarkably ILL lately. Do you need sleep?

Gehanna
10-30-2005, 06:26 AM
Unfortunately, I live a city known for meth production. Talk about an embarrassing local activity. :(

I wish more people around here would start chasing pigs instead of having to be chased by pigs (police) due to meth.

*sigh*

Gehanna

Carole
10-30-2005, 06:36 AM
Unfortunately, I live a city known for meth production. Talk about an embarrassing local activity. :(

I wish more people around here would start chasing pigs instead of having to be chased by pigs (police) due to meth.

*sigh*

Gehanna
eeewww.....I think I used to live there. There was always some trailer that exploded or something on the news. Not pretty.

Gehanna
10-30-2005, 06:39 AM
Hahaha!!

Even though I'm laughing, that is the sad truth.

Carole
10-30-2005, 06:43 AM
heh..I used to wonder if maybe they were just using stock footage to represent all the meth labs...apparenlty not!

Gehanna
10-30-2005, 06:46 AM
I get shocked when I look at someone's drug screen and it isn't positive for amphetamines.

Carole
10-30-2005, 06:55 AM
ouch. That really is bad.

You know, it really does puzzle me. I have a hard enough time taking medicine...like from a doctor or over the counter stuff. Realizing the oh so sanitary conditions of these meth labs, what on EARTH would possess someone to try it the first time? I'd be scared to death that if nothing else I'd die from ptomaine poisoning because of the open can of beanie weenies on the toilet seat beside their bathtub/chemestry set!! This isn't exactly Pfizer we're dealing with here.

Gehanna
10-30-2005, 07:08 AM
open can of beanie weenies on the toilet seat beside their bathtub/chemestry set!!

Hahaha!!

Tiaga
10-30-2005, 08:01 AM
They just showed Pumpkin Bowling at some bowling alley.

Carole
10-30-2005, 05:40 PM
eeewww...can you imagine having to clean that up? I just saw on the news where the Knoxville Zoo gave pumpkins to a lot of the animals. The elephants were just picking them up and gobbling them whole. The bears were rolling them around like balls.

Shwebb
10-30-2005, 05:52 PM
We don't have anything like that 'round my place. The folks here are too busy trying to convince themselves we have "culture" that no one hosts public goof-offs.

Nothing worse than a hillbilly puttin' on airs! :)

(But we do have the meth menace here--husband has been on quite a few meth lab raids, and we have a friend who works on the local drug task force. The task force goes out on raids about once a week, sometimes more. Making that stuff is dangerous!)

Vanessa
10-30-2005, 06:42 PM
This may not seem like a biggie, but I was in Northern Iowa, a couple years back, and they were having "tractor pulling" contest. I had never heard of such a thing. The little towns of folks would gather in a pasture, and bring refreshments, and pull tractors for leisure. Never went, but it sure was a fun event for them.

Shwebb
10-30-2005, 07:04 PM
Oh, yeah . . .

We do have tractor pulls, Vanessa. What they do is have a sled that different classes of tractors pull, and the farther they pull, the greater the resistance from the sled. It's very noisy and smoky.

We have a township fair every August, and when I ran volunteer squad duty, I always had to go. Against my will. At least I didn't have to pay admission.

I'm okay w/ people doing that stuff and it was a bit entertaining, but the extreme noise--and the exhaust I was forced to inhale--was sucked what little bit of enjoyment there was for me.

My husband and I did go to a "Swiss festival" in Sugar Creek, Ohio, and they had a boulder-tossing contest. For some reason, that struck me as funny, watching these men pick up a small boulder to see how far they could throw it. I think maybe most of them got about 3 feet, if that. (Guess it was REALLY heavy.)

Unique
10-30-2005, 09:10 PM
Hey, now -

I like tractor pulls. They're kind of neat. Especially when the owners let you perch on one of their really cool antique tractors.

<I know, I know.....get a life, right?>

Mike Coombes
10-30-2005, 09:33 PM
What the goofiest way people amuse themselves where you live?

We watch crazy americans on TV chasing greased pigs and pulling sleds with tractors. Goofy, but so much less harmful and entertaining than invading foreign countries! Maybe if you could persuade Bush to chase the pig... or better still, grease Bush and chase him.

Seriously though, we have a cheese chasing contest.

Yes really.

Round cheeses are rolled down this really long, steep hill and people run downhill to catch them. Limbs get broken regularly.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/food/Story/0,2763,1495814,00.html

And shin kicking - in some areas this is a big favourite at country fairs. Two burly guys clasp eachother by the shoulders and take turns kicking eachother in the shin til one falls over.
http://www.truebrits.tv/skab/rules.html

Yes, really.

And midget tossing. Self explanatory.
http://www.geocities.com/jonnodonnis/MidgetTossing.html

Remember, yanks, no matter how wierd you get, we Brits can go better.

WVWriterGirl
11-02-2005, 07:24 AM
Ok, I've been remiss in putting this one up because I was out of town when I heard about it, and we've had a bit of a crisis at home (our well pump has stopped working, so no water here) so I've been away from the computer for a little while.

Our local NBC news affiliate reported on a pumpkin bowling thing at one of the bowling alleys in Huntington, WV. The kicker? The caption at the bottom of the screen teasing the story "coming up" said "Bowling with Goards"

I nearly fell off the hotel room bed. My husband and I giggled about it all night long.

Carole
11-02-2005, 07:44 AM
The caption at the bottom of the screen teasing the story "coming up" said "Bowling with Goards"

I nearly fell off the hotel room bed. My husband and I giggled about it all night long.
Hey...you might not be old enough to remember him, but when I was growing up there was a reporter on one of the local stations...Bob Brunner. Well, imagine my surprise when I moved to Knoxville and he was on one of the local stations here! His bit was called the "Tennessee Traveler". I hear he is back in WV now.

WVWriterGirl
11-02-2005, 06:39 PM
I remember Bob Brunner. I haven't seen him on TV 'round here, but I only watch NBC news (yeah, yeah, I know...). ANyway...remember the great Kenny Bass scandal? We still harbor ill-will for that dude...

Jaycinth
11-02-2005, 08:56 PM
We got a drag race.
I mean. We got a DRAG race.
Every year the 'queens' get all dressed up...I mean... Gorgeous dresses, boas, maribou, designer heels (You must wear heels to participate in the race) stockings, fantastic hairstyles (The salons try to outdo each other), perfect makeup...and they run a race around the Dupont Circle area. ( N.W. Washington D.C, my dear friends!) It is absolutely the best!!!

Carole
11-02-2005, 09:39 PM
I remember Bob Brunner. I haven't seen him on TV 'round here, but I only watch NBC news (yeah, yeah, I know...). ANyway...remember the great Kenny Bass scandal? We still harbor ill-will for that dude...
WHAT Kenny Bass Scandal?? I don't live there anymore, rememebr??? Tell Tell!!

Carole
11-02-2005, 09:42 PM
We got a drag race.
I mean. We got a DRAG race.
Every year the 'queens' get all dressed up...I mean... Gorgeous dresses, boas, maribou, designer heels (You must wear heels to participate in the race) stockings, fantastic hairstyles (The salons try to outdo each other), perfect makeup...and they run a race around the Dupont Circle area. ( N.W. Washington D.C, my dear friends!) It is absolutely the best!!!
OMG, I wanna GO! there was this little drg bar where i used to live. That was THE best place to go on a Saturday night, hands DOWN! Those little queenies (I'm not bashing...that's what they call themselves and how they expected us to refer to them.) really know how to party and are always happy to have a crowd for their sashaying on stage in their newest wig & gown. It was a HOOT!

Jaycinth
11-02-2005, 10:17 PM
Yes!!!YES they DO!!!! The 'girls' are so much fun, and they know what looks good, what men like, they aren't afraid to share hints..( Unlike some women who immediately think you are after THEIR guy...)

Drag Race...Washington D.C. Every year around now...( I think it was a week ago...just before St. Pumpkin's Day.) And you can take the subway there, then go to Adam's Morgan and cruise the restaurants...then hop the subway out to the 'burbs again.

Carole
11-02-2005, 10:20 PM
Oh, yes. They will be brutally honest if you look bad. I have had my hair yanked by a few *gals* and promptly chastized, "Have your ROOTS done, girl! If you don't, I'll take that man form you!" ~laughing~ good times...hooooooo

Jaycinth
11-02-2005, 10:27 PM
Fun people, brutally honest. Great fashion sense, accepting of others....Now that you remind me....Hmmmmm maybe I'd better better off kicking out my husband and moving in a drag queen.

Carole
11-02-2005, 10:44 PM
Ha! Not if you ever want to have closet space or time in front of the bathroom mirror! It would be worse than living with your sister back in high school!

alleycat
11-02-2005, 11:04 PM
My local Kroger's once sponsored a "single night"...with such fun activities as "toss the hamburger meat" and "hide the pickle" (don't go there!). We made such a mess that I don't think they repeated the event.

And, while it might not qualify as an activity, one of the local councilmen once presented a serious resolution to have the city build a UFO landing pad ("Hi y'all. Welcome to Nashville!") in case a Grey Line tour group of little green men (or women!) decided to drop by and visit the home of the stars and have some barbeque. I was only surprised that the resolution didn't pass....

Maryn
11-03-2005, 12:58 AM
The city nearest my town has Frozen Turkey Bowling every Thanksgiving. Apparently it started in frustration when someone didn't realize a frozen bird takes days to thaw (in the era before microwaves, anyway). The guy took his family out for Thanksgiving dinner, and later in the day took that damned frozen turkey and bowled it down the equally frozen alley. It travelled an impressive distance, so he fetched his buddy and they made sport of it. Who could bowl it the farthest?

Now there's a gathering with a few hundred people watching a dozen or more competitors sling the Butterball...

Ah, home-town pride, there's nothing like it!

Maryn, glad to hail from elsewhere

robeiae
11-03-2005, 01:36 AM
They looked like they were having a ball.
No, that doesn't happen until after they catch one.

Around here, people like to go to Starbucks and order a plain coffee...

Rob :)