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…Royal Shrovetide Football is my new favorite sport?

Each year, the English town of Ashbourne gathers during Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday for a sport with one simple rule: Don’t kill anyone.

To divide up the teams, the townspeople simply group up based on where they were born. Those born north of the town river are the Up’Ards, and those born south of the river are the Down’Ards.

The field of play is three miles long, with a town mills on either end, and to score, a team must bang the custom painted ball against the wall three times.

So just how intense is Royal Shrovetide Football?

Well, to get ready for the game, all stores and shops board up their windows, and all cars are parked outside of city limits. In short: These guys mean business.

According to the rules, once the ball is in play, it’s basically a free-for-all towards one of the goal lines. Unnecessary roughness is “heavily frowned upon”, but besides that, it’s every man for himself.

A three mile long game of football with no pads, no rules, and town pride on the line?

Sign me up!

[Wikipedia – Royal Shrovetide Football]

[Via: The Fan Manual]

…It’s Website Wednesday: See Mike Draw?

See Mike Draw - Second Chance

Mike Jacobsen has a terrifically twisted sense of humor, which is why I think See Mike Draw just might be my new favorite web comic.

Each week he releases one or two new comics, and they’re always a little on the dark side of life, yet so funny that it’s hard not to laugh out loud.

[See Mike Draw]

…Office Shapshots lets you see inside your favorite company?

Office Shapshots

If you’ve ever wondered what the offices of your favorite companies look like, then check out the Office Shapshots blog.

Walkthroughs include both web/tech companies, and larger companies that everyone is familiar with, so you can see if Tech Bubble 2.0 is alive and well, or if the perks from Bubble 1.0 have come and gone.

[Office Snapshots]

…Food brands aren’t always as they appear?

Organic FoodsThey might try to hide behind healthy and family farm sounding names, but many/most of the organic foods that you buy are actually produced by some of the nation’s largest food processors.

To see if your favorites are part of a larger conglomerate, check out GOOD’s Buying Organic chart:

[GOOD – Buying Organic]

…It’s Website Wednesday: Threadcakes?

Threadcakes

Threadcakes is a site filled with the results of the Loves Threadless Cake Contest.

The premise of the concept was pretty simple: Bake a cake and decorate it to match your favorite Threadless shirt design.

With over 900 cake pics received, the results speak for themselves, and dough masters showed what was possible with a little bit of patience and a lot of inspiration.

[Threadcakes]