Archive for 2010/04/18

With impending climate change doom, nuclear crisis talks, world hunger, volcanic ash over Iceland and the rise of Sarah Palin there are more important questions that need answering, however, I recently saw this video by Lisa Nova and it got me wondering if Hacky Sack was actually a sport. I also have to take a moment to give respect to the YouTube vloggers who tirelessly put up videos, some of them every single day, whether it is skits, opinions or merely letting us into their daily lives for entertainment value. Of course with YouTube you have to accept that many of them will also be shitty wannabes trying to mimick the success of Shay Carl, Lisa Nova, Phillip DeFranco, Ray William Johnson or Michael Buck, etc…but that’s okay because anything goes on YouTube and that’s why we love it.

Hacky Sack! Not only is it fun to say but the co-operative kicking sport has ancient origins from China, Thailand, Native America and nearly every country. Hacky Sack or Footbag, as we know it today, is a modern American sport invented in 1972, by John Stalberger and Mike Marshall of Oregon City, Oregon. Marshall had created a hand-made bean bag, that he was kicking around. Stalberger was recovering from knee surgery and was looking for a fun way to exercise his knees. Together, they called the new game “Hackin’ the Sack.” The two decided to collaborate and market their new game under the trademark of “Hacky Sack®”.

Mike Marshall died of a heart attack in 1975, at the age of twenty-eight. Stalberger continued with the “Hacky Sack” cause and formed the National Hacky Sack Association. He later sold the rights for the Hacky Sack® Footbag to Kransco (operating under the Wham-O label), which also manufactured the Frisbee flying disc.

Following the invention of Hacky Sack (aka Footbag), different varieties of the sport have evolved including “Footbag Net” where players volley a Hacky Sack over a 5-foot-high net and “Freestyle Footbag” where players stand in a circle and do tricks with the Hacky Sack while passing it around the circle.

Do I really think Hacky Sack counts as a sport? No. So all you university students with your backpacks and water bottles and idealistic stoner attitudes who take your Hacky Sack skills seriously it’s time to get a fucking soccer ball and learn a real sport.

P.s., Lisa Nova is also a babe. Boom!

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Answer this question honestly – do you read the small print when you download from the internet?

According to Yahoo news, retailing giant GameStation UK decided to put this to the test and inserted a new clause into their terms and conditions earlier this month that granted them legal rights to the immortal souls of thousands of their online customers.

Here is what they inserted into their legal conditions:
“By placing an order via this Web site on the first day of the fourth month of the year 2010 Anno Domini, you agree to grant Us a non transferable option to claim, for now and for ever more, your immortal soul. Should We wish to exercise this option, you agree to surrender your immortal soul, and any claim you may have on it, within 5 (five) working days of receiving written notification from gamestation.co.uk or one of its duly authorised minions.”

GameStation’s fiendish clause specified that they might serve such notice in “six foot-high letters of fire” too, but also offered customers an option to opt out, rewarding them with a £5 money-off voucher if they did so.

Alas, hardly anyone noticed the clause, let alone the substantial bonus for spotting the gag. More to the point, the fact that it passed more or less unnoticed raises an important issue – too few people actually read the small print when they make online purchases or install new software on their computers.

According to GameStation, around 7,500 customers carelessly signed their souls away on the day.

The Cullman Liquidation Mobile Home ad is the second local commercial of the I Love Local Commercials series by filmmakers Rhett & Link. They describe it as a “painfully honest and epic mobile home commercial.” The project is a series of commercials done by the duo for relatively unknown businesses selected from those nominated at the ilovelocalcommercials.com website. While the video may seem like a parody, the stories told within it are true, as documented in the behind-the-scenes companion video. The businesses featured are real and I think you will agree that Cullman Liquidation are an honest bunch. My favourite part is when he randomly starts chainsawing some shit.
So come on down to Cullman Liquidation and get yourself a home, or don’t, I don’t care.