Only rarely would any sane man pay over $200 for a pair of shoes that were not imported from Italy and made from ancient leather. But what would you say if I told you that some people do this every week and blow an entire paycheck on gym shoes alone? You would say those people are obsessed with playing basketball, but then I’d tell you that they were just buying Air Jordans and you’d come to your senses and go out and buy the next new pair valued over $300.
For nearly 25 years now, Michael Jordan has had his name imprinted on these shoes. Beginning in 1984 in Jordan’s first year out of college, Nike knew they had struck quite the deal when they signed MJ to endorse their new pair of basketball sneakers. Little did they know that they had just signed a deal with the greatest player in basketball history and that their shoes would be breaking the bank for decades to come.
It is 2010 now and the 25th anniversary pair of Air Jordan’s are due to come out within the next week. But first, let us see where it all began.
Air Jordan 1
First released in March of 1985. When Jordan brought these out for the first time they were banned by the NBA. Apparently the red and black were not a part of the color scheme of NBA regulation sneakers, but little did the management know that they would soon be worshiping the player wearing them as somebody finally made the NBA something worth watching and talking about.
Air Jordan 2
Not exactly the most eye-popping of the Jordan brand, but he averaged 37 points per game and won his first dunk contest in these bad boys. Buying these shoes will not allow you to jump higher than usual, but you’ll certainly feel a spring in your step (it might come from being 2 bills lighter, but none the less.)
To be fair, I think even if I was a professional rapper, I would be a bit stunned by Tom Green busting out a sick flow out of nowhere. I highly doubt he’s that good, and probably prepared and practiced for a while beforehand, but even so, the man does have skills. If the first two verses don’t impress you then his third verse will for sure blow you away, which is just nasty. The best is Xzibit’s reaction the whole video, just completely astonished and probably embarrassed that he is getting schooled.
Kudos to US based artist Craig Gleason for morphing the Lady Gaga viz Ms Germanotta’s face with revered George Washington and that too on US Dollar bills. Don’t worry, they are not going to be punished for this creative artwork as this is a series of hand-painted dollars. These morphed dollars can be purchased through real dollars from Etsy shop here or Craig Gleanson’s blog. If you a fan of Lady Gaga, you would definitely purchase the artistic dollars featuring Lady Gaga with the real dollars.
For about 99% of people the job you have is based on just making enough money to live. A lot of people don’t like there job which is a shame, but you have to work to live life, somewhat of a chore if you will. In very rare circumstances though there is a chance to land a once in a life time job that truly ranks as the world’s greatest job, and no, working in telemarketing selling Foreman Grills doesn’t make the cut. Below are the top 5 greatest jobs which one lucky son of bitch landed, making us pretty jealous. On the other hand writing for zootpatrol was number 6, but who makes a top 6 list, that’s just ridiculous.
5. Wine Taster and Blogger
Imagine moving to the heart of Sonoma County, where every day you’ll come home to more than 450 wineries along the beautiful northern coast of California. Picture living rent free, learning the intricacies of making the perfect wine, and capturing and sharing the entire experience for your network of Twitter followers. Now imagine getting paid $10,000 a month to do it. Listening? Hardy Wallace of Atlanta, the first person to submit his application, was the winner for the position at Murphy-Goode Winery— a $10,000 p/mo for six months, rent-free job updating Twitter and Facebook with his winery lifestream. The interview process was simple: submit a YouTube video explaining why you would be good for the job and wait to see what happened.
4. Resort Waterslide Tester
Surely the envy of any desk-bound office worker, Tommy Lynch has travelled over 27,000 miles this year, for his job testing holiday resort waterslides. Mr Lynch, 29, works for holiday giant First Choice, checking the height, speed, water quantity and landing of the flumes, as well as all safety aspects. In 2008 Mr Lynch tested waterslides at holiday villages in Lanzarote, Majorca, Egypt, Turkey, the Costa Del Sol, Cyprus, Algarve, Dominican Republic and Mexico. This year he will quality control First Choice’s new splash resorts in Greece, Turkey, Florida, Jamaica and Ibiza.
Here’s a seriously funny parody of 28 Days Later, but instead of a world filled with mindless zombies…it’s a world filled with ruthless drunks trying to infect others with alcoholism. Quality like this reminds me that there’s still hope in Hollywood. This short was directed by Nicholaus Goossen for Nick Swardson’s Comedy Central DVD “Seriously, Who Farted?”.
Turning to a summertime staple, 21st Amendment Brewery‘s ” Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer” makes a deliciously surprising option for warmer months. With a pleasant not-too-sweet taste, the golden beverage is light and refreshing with a subtle watermelon nose. The brew gets its hint of fruity flavor from a traditional secondary fermentation using fresh watermelon.
Formerly a draft-only product, the San Francisco, CA-based 21st Amendment recently started packaging the brew in cans so we can start our BBQ fantasies now. Pick up a six-pack from Marty’s here for $8.
While the weather is looking like its going to be nasty and cold this week in the Northeast, why not get pissed off at living in the freezing cold, and take a look at the most beautiful tropical islands in the world. For many, these luxury paradise retreats are beyond holiday budgets but it’s always nice to dream!
Located seven miles away from Silverton Mountain, Red Bull constructed a perfect halfpipe by dropping explosives from a helicopter to trigger landslides before having the world’s best pipe-shaper come in to finish up the job. You read that right – they threw bombs from helis. Finally, they added a 7,000 block foam pit at the bottom of the half pipe for Shaun to practice his insane/amazing gravity-defying tricks into. All this so that White could develop his latest moves in complete secrecy, hidden away from the prying eyes of his competitors. Yeah, we’re blown away, too.
Check out RedBull’s site here dedicated to the secret project to watch Shaun’s new moves and learn about how Project X all came together.
The tradition of dog fighting thrives in Afghanistan’s capital. Having been banned under the Taliban, it is currently undergoing resurgence in popularity for the thousands of men looking for some form of entertainment and escapism from the constant war. If you thought Michael Vick was ruthless in his dog fighting tactics you can only imagine the brutality that goes on in the world of dog fighting in Afghanistan. While some of these images aren’t for the faint of heart, the reality of it is that it is popular entertainment to people who have no TV’s to watch ESPN on. I might have to fly out there with my dog aka the machine aka Mo-Sheen, aka Afgan dog killer and make a few bucks. The pictures come from the great photographer Palani Mohan, which you can check out more of his photography here.
The latest four new works put up in London by Banksy have caused a small controversy in the graffiti community. The well thought out piece, involving a man wallpapering up a wall of graffiti, just so happens to have been painted over 25 year old piece by London graffiti writer Robbo. With all the hype from these works you can imagine the surprise Robbo got when he saw his work being played with. Being not very happy about this, Robbo took to the work to defend his name. But instead of just doing a messy throw-up over Banksy’s piece, Robbo put some thought into his response to the anonymous artist.