I hadn’t realized that there was no women’s ski jump in the Olympics. That seems dumb to me, not because my wife kicks my ass at Wii Ski Jumping, which she does, but because this is 2010. The Time article mentions that they’re doing Ski Cross this year, which is like motorcross on skis, and we all certainly remember the abomination that was Ski Ballet, don’t we?
In 2005, Gian Franco Kasper, FIS president and a member of the IOC, said that he didn’t think women should ski jump because the sport “seems not to be appropriate for ladies from a medical point of view.”
I’m not breaking any new ground by calling the IOC a stupid organization, but they are. They are very stupid.
For what it’s worth, the world’s longest ski jumps.
Today’s submission comes from Michael Crowley at The New Republic:
Should the [balloon boy] family be charged for the huge search and rescue effort?
This has been “Simple Answers to Stupid Questions.” See you next time!
(I’ve had this post in “Drafts” since January when I had the idea to do a week of new words/theories/definitions, but who knows if that will ever happen, and now that Balloon Juice is building a dictionary, I figured I’d post it. Carry on.)
I heard this phrase the other day and traced the first usage back to Balloon Juice. I think it’s perfect. I’d nominate it for phrase of the year, but it was from last year, so, well, we’ll just have to enjoy it without the awards.
Wingnut Voltron, noun: The act when the right wing blogosphere comes together to form a powerful and passionate opposition to important things, such as scarves in a donut commercial. Derived from the childrens’ cartoon Voltron.
Let’s see how this works out for them, shall we?
Chris Piascik, killing it as always.