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Most Inept Olympic Swimmer At the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, some swimmers from developing countries were given wild card entries even though they were nowhere close to being world-class swimmers. The most famous of the bunch was 22-year-old Eric Moussambani of Equatorial Guinea. Nicknamed Eric the Eel by the British press, Moussambani had only learned to swim eight months earlier. Because there were no swimming pools in his country, Moussambani practised in a lake. He had never seen an Olympic-sized swimming pool until his memorable 100-metres freestyle heat. Moussambani's two rival competitors in his heat (Niger's Karim Bare and Tajikistan's Farkhod Oripov) were both disqualified for false starts, so Eric the Eel was on his own. Here's the clip of his heat--in which he clocked a glacial 1:52.72. The gold medallist in the men's 100-metres freestyle won the event in just 48.30 seconds.
Tags: Olympics  Equatorial  Guinea  Eric  Moussambani  swimmer 
Added: 16th February 2014
Views: 942
Posted By: Lava1964
Ray Nagin Chocolate City Speech Shortly after Hurricane Katrina flattened New Orleans in 2005, mayor Ray Nagin, as this news clip shows, implored black people to rebuild it into "a chocolate city." In 2014, Nagin, who left office in 2010, was convicted on 20 of 21 counts of bribery and corruption charges pertaining to the city's rebuilding efforts.
Tags: Ray  Nagin  New  Orleans  mayor  chocolate  city 
Added: 14th February 2014
Views: 662
Posted By: Lava1964
Emilys Reasons Why Not - One Episode Sitcom Emily's Reasons Why Not was a very short-lived ABC sitcom starring Heather Graham. The show was based on the novel of the same name. Although seven episodes were made, Emily's Reasons Why Not was cancelled after one episode on Monday, January 9, 2006. The series centered on Emily (Graham), an author of self-help books who is unable to find success in romance. In the premiere episode she ends a bad relationship and adopts a new rule for her romances: if she can list five reasons to break up with a guy...she does. Emily gets help from her friends, among them Josh, whose character is strongly based on overtly gay stereotypes. The show was widely considered a less risqué copycat of Sex and the City. In the first episode, Emily is convinced the man she is dating is gay when he is actually a devout Mormon practising chastity before marriage. The show drew fire from pro-abstinence groups for its inability to portray an abstinent person without relying on stereotypes of homosexuality. Despite heavy promotion by both Sony Pictures Television and ABC, the show was pulled after the first episode due to drawing only 6.2 million viewers. Production was stopped after filming six episodes. ABC was said to have spent millions on promotion, including airtime, billboards and radio ads, and considered Emily to be the 'linchpin' of the network's post-football Monday-night schedule. After viewing it, ABC's entertainment president suggested that they considered the show lackluster and unlikely to improve. The New York Times attributed the show's cancellation in part to the extremely unappealing nature of the main character and her portrayal by Graham.
Tags: Emilys  Reasons  Why  Not  ABC  sitcom  flop 
Added: 6th February 2014
Views: 562
Posted By: Lava1964
Talking to Americans Rick Mercer is a Canadian television personality. One of his most popular shticks is similar to Jay Leno's "Jaywalking" routine. Mercer interviews Americans about obviously bogus current events in Canada to see how they react. They usually have no idea that their ignorance about their neighbors to the north is being highlighted. Here's a brief compilation from the early 2000s.
Tags: Rick  Mercer  Talking  to  Americans  ignorance 
Added: 1st January 2014
Views: 585
Posted By: Lava1964
Balloon Boy Throws Up On Today Show After grueling hours of interviews of the families hoax Falcon loses it on the Today Show. On December 23, 2009, a judge sentenced Richard Heene to 90 days in jail and 100 hours of community service, Richard Heene was also ordered to pay $36,000 in restitution.
Tags: Richard  Heene  Balloon  Boy  Hoax  Today  Show   
Added: 18th December 2013
Views: 1026
Posted By: pfc
Balloon Boy Hoax Lands Live on CNN The balloon boy hoax occurred on October 15, 2009 in Colorado, when Richard and Mayumi Heene allowed a gas balloon filled with helium to float away into the atmosphere, and then claimed that their six-year-old son Falcon was inside it. At approximately 4:14 PM, CNN and other news reported that the boy was found hiding in a cardboard box in rafters above the garage
Tags: balloon  boy  hoax  Richard  and  Mayumi  Heene  Falcon  Heene    Wolf  Blitzer  Larry  King  CNN  publicity  stunt 
Added: 18th December 2013
Views: 744
Posted By: pfc
Banned Snickers Commercial In 2008 this Snickers commercial featuring Mr. T aired briefly in Great Britain before being yanked off the airwaves after complaints by the homosexual community who claimed it encouraged violence against gays. Interestingly, most of the complaints came from the United States--where the commercial never aired.
Tags: Mr  T  Snickers  commercial  banned 
Added: 24th November 2013
Views: 1051
Posted By: Lava1964
MSNBC - Tracking Hurricane John - 2006 From August 30th, 2006 on MSNBC, Viewing a report from Weather Plus Meteorologist Kristen Cornett about a category 4 storm of Hurricane John
Tags: Kristen  Cornett  Meteorologist  NBC  MSNBC  2006  Weather  Plus  Hurricane  John   
Added: 13th November 2013
Views: 820
Posted By: poundsdwayne47
MySpace Tom Tags: MySpace  Tom  social  media  early  internet 
Added: 17th October 2013
Views: 811
Posted By: pfc
Djokovic Imitates McEnroe Following his fourth-round match at the 2009 U.S. Open, Novak Djokovic was asked to do his funny imitation of John McEnroe. McEnroe himself descended from the commentary booth to join in the fun.
Tags: tennis  Novak  Djokovic  imitation  John  McEnroe 
Added: 16th September 2013
Views: 584
Posted By: Lava1964

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