August 2, 2012

Two taekwondo competitors     Photo: Tim Hipps, FMWRC Public Affairs

Kiwi Runs Brothel to Fund Olympic Bid

Angers mom and Olympic Committee

A New Zealand taekwondo competitor turned to prostitution after racking up $120,000 in travel, equipment, and training costs to compete in the Beijing Olympics. "I came home after the Olympics, and I had no job and nothing to do," Logan Campbell said. "I needed to make some money if I wanted to go to the next one in London, so bam!" Prostitution is legal in New Zealand, but both his mother and the New Zealand Olympic Committee took issue with his new source of income. While he was able to placate his mother by introducing her to several of his employees, the Olympic Committee threatened to sue unless he delinked his bid for Olympic glory from the brothel business. Campbell soon sold the 14-room establishment after a tremendous wave of funding poured into taekwondo. "As soon as I was in the media and stuff—we had never had funding, ever, EVER in the history of taekwondo, and all of a sudden it was, like, bam! There was this funding so it was sweet," Campbell said.

Via Forbes

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A helmeted cyclist     Photo: fluemoon/Flickr

Cyclist Killed By Olympic Bus

Bradley Wiggins calls for compulsory helmets

Daniel Harris, 28, was struck and killed by a London 2012 shuttle bus just hours after Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins won gold in the Olympic time trials. Harris, a commuter from Waterloo Road, Ilford, was declared dead at the scene, a notoriously dangerous intersection outside of Olympic Park. A man who claimed he was cycling behind Harris when he was hit wrote in an Internet post, "The lights changed just as he was in the bus' blind spot and as he was attempting to go straight the bus turned left. He didn't really have anywhere to go." Wiggins, who was asked about the accident at a press conference at Olympic Park shortly thereafter, said the government should make helmets mandatory, explaining that he had repeatedly gone down on London's "dangerous" streets. Ashok Sinha, vice chair of the London Cycling Campaign, responded in the Guardian that a failure to provide cyclists with adequate routes and bike lanes during the Olympics should be considered the real culprit.

Via U.K. Press Association

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dinosaur     Photo: InfoMofo/Flickr

Aussie Billionaire to Clone Dinosaurs?

This is sure to end well

Apparently Clive Palmer has never actually watched any of the Jurassic Park movies. Palmer, an eccentric Australian billionaire, is rumored to be in discussions with the researchers who cloned Dolly the sheep to see if the same can be done with, yes, dinosaurs. The dinosaurs would, reportedly, be featured in a dinosaur-park area to be added to Palmer’s existent, modestly-named Palmer Resort in Coolum, Australia. Other rumored additions to the resort, which already has nine pools and a high-end golf course: a casino, a London-Eye-style ferris wheel, and a sky rail. Palmer is expected to hold a press conference on Friday in Brisbane.

Via Sunshine Coast Daily

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Rafter Charged With DUI

Man had been floating and drinking all day

A Juneau man faces an unusual DUI after he was found to be intoxicated while floating through Fairbanks on an inflatable raft. William Modene, 32 was picked up on the Chena River at around 6:40 p.m. on Sunday, where wildlife troopers said he blew a 0.313, a blood alcohol level four times the legal limit. “Modene had been floating on the river for the day and consuming alcoholic beverages the entire time,” troopers recorded in the police blotter. Under Alaskan law, driving under the influence includes the operation or navigation of any sort of vehicle or vessel. Modene was arrested without incident and released Monday on $2,500 bail.

Via Associated Press

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