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Windless Kite Flying Championship

Windless kite flying.

It sounds like an oxymoron, but don’t tell that to Spencer Watson, a competitor at the Open Individual Indoor Unlimited, which has been going on for 12 years now.

Yup; that’s right. Spencer isn’t alone in his passion for windless kite flying. There are enough people that do this as a sport/hobby that there’s actually a championship to figure out who can do it the best:

Sometimes I wonder if there’s anything that doesn’t have some sort of championship attached to it.

[Via: Kottke]

…David Macaluso painted Lewis Hamilton in motor oil?

Lewis Hamilton Oil Painting

If you’re going to do an oil painting of Lewis Hamilton, then there’s probably no better material to use than the oil out of Lewis’ very own championship winning McLaren F1 car.

According to the (obviously compensated) artist David Macaluso:

Painting with the Mobil 1 used motor oil offered a wide range of tones and was obviously a very refined product from its texture. It was extremely smooth and very particle-rich, with all the engine dirt in perpetual suspension, making for a great painting medium.

[David Macaluso]

[Via: Jalopnik]

…It’s Movie Monday: Red Bull Drifting Championship?

Red Bull Drifting Championship

Wrecked Magazine put together a little montage of the action that took place during the recently completed Red Bull Drifting Championship in Long Beach, CA, and it’s a beautiful look at the current stars of this ‘slideways’ sport and the magic that happens when four wheels and a lot of horsepower tiptoe on the edge of disaster:

…Kobayashi is injured?

Takeru “Tsunami” KobayashiTakeru “Tsunami” Kobayashi is apparently suffering from jaw arthritis due to his rigorous training, and might not be able to compete for the next Nathan’s hot dog eating championship. According to Kobayashi, his jaw can only open to make a gap the size of a fingertip, as it “refused to fight any more”. I wish him the best, and hope that we can see him in record setting form again in time for the contest.

[Via: Yahoo! News]

…Super Bowl clothing is great for charities?

Super Bowl Hat

Here’s one of those “Huh, I always wondered what they did with those things” type stories. After the Super Bowl, when they’re handing out all of the championship hats and shirts to the newly crowned team, have you ever wondered what they did with the loosing team’s useless victory clothing? No, strangely enough, the answer is not eBay. Actually, it’s somewhat more heartwarming, because it turns out the excess clothing is given to the needy inhabitants of Sierra Leone. Soon, somewhere on the opposite side of the world will be running around with a shirt that reads “Chicago Bears, 2007 Super Bowl Champions”. Now you know.

[NY Times]

[Via: Digg]