TRAVEL ODDS & ENDS
Weird, strange and simply bizarre travel tidbits
Duane Wells | June 30, 2008
Russians pay tribute to the enema�
Just when you thought you had heard it all�
It seems that there's a city in Russia that takes its enemas very seriously. So much so, in fact, that the town is practically overrun by dozens of spas where enemas with water from mineral springs are routinely administered to treat digestive and other complaints.
So what better way to honor the tradition than to build a monument?
Well that's exactly what has happened in the city of Zheleznovodsk, which is situated in the Caucasus Mountains of southern Russia. One prominent local spa has erected a massive monument to� yep, you guessed it� the enema.
An 800-pound bronze, $42,000 syringe bulb held by three angels now sits outside the Mashuk Akya-Term Spa along with a banner that says: "Let's beat constipation and sloppiness with enemas."
Subtle, don't you think?
According to the Associated Press, sculptor Svetlana Avakina said she designed the nearly five-foot high monument with "irony and humor" and modeled the angels on those in works by Italian Renaissance painter Alessandro Botticelli.
"This device is eternal, it will never change," she told The Associated Press. "We could promote this brand, turn it into a franchise with souvenirs and awards for medical doctors."
How very ambitious.
Thank goodness the city's lifeblood isn't scatological research. I can only imagine what they might have erected if that were the case.
Over the moon for moonpie�
Attention all you moonpie lovers out there!
The 14th annual RC Cola and Moonpie festival is on its way to Bell Buckle, Tennessee, and boy are you in for a treat!
Instead of the standard issued giant 100 pound, 75,000 calorie chocolate MoonPie they serve annually, the MoonPie bakers are going to get a little crazy this year and make a massive banana marshmallow and graham cracker treat for festival goers. Hoorah?
One question though: Who even knew moonpies still existed or that there was a festival devoted to eating them and washing them down with syrupy sweet cola? Yum!
No wonder America's fat!
The Wild Kingdom of Chicago
It's beginning to look a lot like Open Season in Chicago these days�
Next time you find yourself in the Windy City and spot something out of the ordinary, don't think it's because you shouldn't have had that last glass of Pinot Grigio, because it might well be a real life member of wild kingdom that you spy.
For an urban city there sure do seem to be a lot of wild animals traipsing around Chicago lately.
You might remember that last year a coyote popped into a Quizno's sandwich shop in downtown Chicago and settled into a cooler for a little R&R.; Then there was the five-foot, 150 lb cougar that took a stroll through the Roscoe Village neighborhood on Chicago's North Side back in April of this year.
Now comes news that authorities found a five-foot alligator in the Chicago River last week! WTF?
Oh and did I mention that experts are now advising Chicago residents to beware of red-winged blackbirds which have been blamed for recent dive bomb attacks on unsuspecting cyclists and pedestrians. Seems the territorial birds like to peck on their prey and steal bits of their hair.
What's next? An elephant on the loose along Michigan Avenue?
Don't laugh. At this rate it could happen.
All I can say is travelers beware!
Boys in Space�
Remember when things used to be simple?
A seven-year-old Ecuadorian boy has become the youngest passenger ever aboard a zero-gravity flight. Little Jules Nader, along with his 10-year-old brother Gerard, recently experienced four minutes of weightlessness aboard an air force plane.
My�my�my �how things have changed.
When I was 7, I thought flying a kite was cool.
Funny thing is� it doesn't seem so long ago.
Maine gets a Shell gas museum�
As much as I personally wish gasoline were a thing of the past, I'm not certain that I'm ready to see museums erected to memorialize it.
However that is exactly what one couple in Maine has done.
Jim Lamb and his wife have set up a re-creation of a vintage Shell station next to their mobile home parts business, Parts & Pieces, to house Lamb's Antique Gas Station Museum, a tribute to all things related to Shell gasoline.
Take that all you folks out there who claim American ingenuity is dead!
Al Gore must be so proud!
On that patriotic note� Until next time� Cheers! – Gay Link Content
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