Sunday, July 08, 2007


I just don't get it. "Running with the bulls" is a tradition, that has been going on for a long time, but it seems about as silly as competitive eating or large-scale food-fights, and it seems to generate just as much interest in the news as other similarly-silly activities do.

What in hell is so fascinating about this stuff? I don't think it qualifies as "news", and I tire of hearing about it when there are much more serious things going on in the world. Call me a curmudgeon, but I think "running with the bulls", competitive eating (i.e. the recent hot-dog eating contest and all the attention it got), gigantic food fights (where is it, Italy, where they throw tomatoes or oranges at each other?), watching people beat each other up ("pride fighting", kickboxing, boxing, cage fighting, etc.), or sitting in front of a TV watching other people play cards (i.e. televised Poker tournaments!)... come about as close as possible to defining the term "dumbshit".

I would even go so far as to include the phenomena of millions of people watching cars going around and around on racetracks wasting energy for hours at a time. Especially when the cars and drivers are covered (just about every available square inch) in advertisements... sigh...

O.K., O.K. everyone to their own. One man's trash is another man's treasure, etc.... but please, someone explain the attraction for those things I mentioned above. I just don't get it.


Blogger Lew Scannon said...

I agree, especially with the NASCAR statement (although all examples are representative of the WTF mode of the brain). I mean, what with global warming and peak oil, is it really prudent to drive to a race track to see cars driving? How about a walk to the highway overpass to see the same thing? And if you need to see sponsor's advertising, you can always pick up litter along the way.

2:55 PM  
Blogger Undeniable Liberal said...

Couldn't tell ya, dude. I get kicked out of the house after enduring more than on minute of news or commercials....I just don't understand.

4:38 PM  
Blogger Mandelbrot's Chaos said...

I'm sorry, but I enjoy watching food fights, martial arts contests, and competitive eating, though I'd rather be good enough to be a participant in the last two. I don't think it qualifies as "news" per se, but I find it entertaining to watch. The Running of the Bulls and NASCAR, however, are bullshit.

5:07 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

I have no idea what the point is. You can get injured or killed if you're careless or unlucky. There are safer saner ways to get the adrenaline pumping.

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5:57 PM  
Blogger LET'S TALK said...

To each his or her own. I can't get any of this either snave, so call me an old curmudgeon also.

8:41 PM  
Blogger Lizzy said...

I don't get it either.

Most people don't know the fate of the bulls, but here it is:

In the packed stadium at the end of the route, the bulls are exhausted, weakened from injuries that they’ve sustained along the way. But it’s not back to the pasture for these tormented animals—later in the day, matadors will make sure that each and every bull dies right there in the dust by severing their spines while they are still wide awake and conscious.

Nice, huh.

8:59 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

"The WTF mode"... Lew, you explained it all right there!

MC, an actual martial arts contest might be fun to see. I think there is a definite art to be appreciated in some self-defense arts. Good point! I still can't get into competitive eating, though.

Tom and LT, there ARE better ways to get the adrenaline pumping, and it's good to know there are others who "get it" as little as I do when it comes to this sort of stuff.

UL, it IS pretty difficult to endure, which is why I have to ask myself from time to time, "Why do I spend so much time in front of the television?" Heh...

Lizzy, that's pretty sad... but somehow to be expected.

12:21 PM  
Blogger Mandelbrot's Chaos said...

I agree, Lizzy. Animals should be butchered humanely. Mmmmmm, steak.

1:16 PM  
Blogger Pursey Tuttweiler said...

My friends and I have made a mockumentary of Running of the Bulls. I am waiting for my copy. We thought it was loads of fun, but it was only a plastic bull we pulled on a string. Nevertheless, we got to act idiotic, and that can be loads of fun if there is no real danger. I mean, we don't do Jackass or stuff like that, although running in high heels does have its perils.

3:00 PM  
Blogger J. Marquis said...

I would agree there are few things more pointless than car racing, especially these days.

MC- is NASCAR really that popular in the South or has it been blown out of proportion?

5:44 PM  
Blogger Mandelbrot's Chaos said...

I can't remember the last time I saw a truck that didn't have some NASCAR-related logo on it, and there are more than a few cars with that crap on it as well. However, I also saw a bumper sticker on a car that had NASCAR as an acronym for Non-Athletic "Sport" Centered Around Rednecks. It's not as major a religion as football, but the adherents are even more diseased than football fans, and by that, I mean the European meaning of "football".

6:10 PM  
Blogger Mandelbrot's Chaos said...

I think it has been blown out of proportion, but honestly, not by much, or at least, not nearly enough for me to take offense to it, and I even take offense with the movie "Gone With the Wind".

6:11 PM  
Blogger 1138 said...

I love auto racing, although I prefer Formula 1 Grand Prix to NASCAR, but dirt track local races can be just as fun, because you know the guys behind the wheel and the thinking and work that goes into the metal and rubber that the sweat over both on and off the track.
It's actually art. (with beer)

6:40 PM  
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10:10 PM  
Blogger Howard Davis said...

I root for the bulls every time. The more of those dipshits that get gored by the bulls the better!

10:17 AM  

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