The Intoxicating Lure of Fame
I am endlessly fascinated by the lengths to which some people will go to in order to experience their fifteen minutes of fame.
I talked about this on today's morning show for a just a bit. I guess I need help to understand the motivation which would move a soul to engage in an obviously dangerous activity, for the seemingly sole purpose of setting a (dubious) "world record." I just don't get it. I'm not motivated in that way, and thank God, none of my friends or family are.
But a quick inspection of the television listings finds cable television channels ripe with shows where people set themselves ablaze, hang from flagpoles, wrestle 15 alligators, jump motorcycles over a pit of acid and the like. The Guinness World Record show immediately comes to mind. (By the way, you guys make a great beer. But, I digress.)
Exhibit A is presented for your consideration.
Stupid World Records:
1. Most Live Rattlesnakes Held in Mouth: Jackie Bibby holds this record as of 2009, having held 11 full-grown snakes by their rattling tails for 10 seconds.
2. Largest Airplane Eaten: Michel Lotito spent two years eating a Cessna 150 in the 1990s.
3. Most Lighted Fireworks Strapped to the Body: On July 6, 2010, Todd DeFazio taped bottle rockets and roman candles, 15 total, around his clothed legs, chest, and bare head, and then had them all lighted at once.
4. Fastest Weight Gained: Donna Simpson, of New Jersey, weighed 602 pounds in 2010 when she set up a website where people could pay money to watch her eat junk food. She determined to break the record for world’s heaviest woman within 2 years, and proceeded to eat 20,000 calories a day while moving as little as possible. She was aiming for a weight of 1,000 lbs.
It is a mystery that shall, no doubt remain unsolved during the duration of my walk on this earthly plane.
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