According to a report at Newser.com, you can bet on almost anything at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Sure, you can place a bet on Usain Bolt winning (or losing) the 100 meters and traditional stuff like that, but how about the really strange stuff? And by strange, I mean stuff that the guys in Vegas wouldn’t even think of, much less take a wager on.
Wanna bet whether it rains during the opening ceremony? There’s a London bookie who will take that.
Wanna bet there will be a picture taken sometime during the games of a British athlete eating a McDonald’s Big Mac? Yep, they’ll take that one too.
How about the Olympic Village running out of the 150,000 condoms it has in stock for horny athletes? Are you kidding? I’ll take that bet.
But the strangest bet of all? That a UFO will hover over the Opening Ceremony! You can get 1,000-to-1 odds on that happening, which is much less likely (apparently) than flamboyant London Mayor Boris Johnson accidentally lighting his hair on fire with the Olympic torch. Odds on that are 33-to-1.
Much more fun than betting a plain old roulette wheel I’d think.
British police arrested a 17-year-old man overnight after he tried to grab the Olympic torch on the day that it was due to make a dramatic arrival in London. The incident happened as the torch was in Gravesend, a town on south bank of the River Thames east of London, said a spokeswoman for police in the county of Kent.
Recently, the folks at the UK’s Daily Mail decided to do something to help promote that country’s female Olympic “water” athletes and had a dozen of them show up at a local pool to be photographed underwater . . . naked. But, of course, not the usual “Why did I post that on Facebook?” nudes. These are the kind of nude shots where young ladies either cover up their naughty bits or turn away from the camera in a way to hid the parts that usually get them in trouble. You know, all in good fun to promote various sports including swimmers, divers, water polo players and at least one member of the synchronized swimming team. The final picture (a compilation of all twelve shots melded together) appears at right. Kind of looks like an 80′s heavy metal band cover, doesn’t it? (Check out the Daily Mail for a probably Not Safe For Work larger version and one that identifies each young lady.)
Yes, everyone was pleased with the picture and the attention it drew to Britain’s struggling female Summer Olympic athletes until someone pointed out that one of their major sponsors is a government agency, The National Lottery. Apparently some citizens had a problem with the government promoting/exploiting naked athletes . . . even ones trying to preserve their modesty in an attempt to promote their sports. They called it “exploitative” as if there was any other reason that women’s beach volleyball was so popular on TV. So, of course, this is all a big mess over there . . . which means the photo will get even MORE attention that it would have if they had just kept their mouths closed.
This photograph of Britain’s Olympic water babes without their costumes has sparked criticism for what one MP claimed was the linking of funding for the country’s elite athletes with “exploitative” public relations photoshoots.
The picture features Plymothians 21-year-old Tonia Couch and 23-year-old Brooke Graddon among a dozen swimmers and divers.
But Labour’s Barbara Keeley said it was “inappropriate” for sponsors to put conditions on athletes which attached their funding to such campaigns. In the Commons yesterday, Ms Keeley (Worsley and Eccles S) said: “I understand the National Lottery requires our elite athletes to do these sort of PR photoshoots as a condition of their funding.”