“A mock execution is a method of psychological torture, whereby the subject is made to believe that he is being led to his execution. This usually involves blindfolding the subject, making him recount last wishes, or making him dig his own grave, and sometimes it can go as far as forcing the victim to watch a single or multiple real executions taking place under the same circumstances to make the victim believe he or she is next. Discharging a firearm near (but not at) the victim, or firing blanks, might end the mock execution.”—Humans. What will you think of next?
“Landis warmed up the audience with a new print of the Mickey Mouse cartoon “The Band Concert.” Then came “Thriller,” with its sound mix cranked up to top volume. Fourteen minutes later the crowd was on its feet, applauding and crying, “Encore! Encore!” Eddie Murphy shouted, “Show the goddamn thing again!” And they did.”—Account of the Thriller premiere, from this great article. It’s hard to imagine exactly what it would have been like to experience the premiere of this video but probably nothing less than completely astounding, given the state of the music video in 1983.
My name is Chris Vibe, and if you are by any chance coming to the 2010 soccer world cup, which begins on the 11th of June, ends on the 11th of July and will be hosted in the Rainbow nation of South Africa, I would like to invite you to join me for a party of a lifetime.
I am a party organizer and promoter by profession and would like to take this opportunity to let you in on the “One Party” you have never seen the likes of.
After an exhilarating soccer match you will be able to participate in such an exciting party, you will be blown over. Why not bring the rest of your travel companions along, as a group discount will be offered.
The following is included:
You will be flown in on a private plane to a gigantic beach area with palm trees.
Huge BBQ’S on the beach.
All you can eat and drink, including fresh lobster and champagne.
Crushed mother of pearl, hanging in the air, glittering.
A sunset the size of Texas.
A pier floating in the ocean with three night clubs, one with mainstream, one with rock and roll and one with tech-house music (my favorite)
Party complete with celeb mingling.
Extra perk come midnight, I will personally be parading the big five:
Lions, elephants, wilde beest, white rhinos and cheetahs.
I will ride the biggest elephant with three lions in front of me, and perform two of my songs, “U can find love” and “Superstar”, distributed by SONY MUSIC.
Should the animals get out of order, I will personally sort it out for you, so that you can continue to enjoy watching.
There will be no box office/pay at the gate facilities. Anyone who does not have a ticket will not be let on board.
Time slot: 7pm – flying back to your destination at 6:30am the following morning.
Parties will take place on the 28th of June and on the 3rd and 11th of July 2010
All this for the SUPER low price of only USD 1100 PER PERSON.
Payments can be made by cash transfer into an account held by a Scandinavian bank and overseen by an authorized accounting firm.
Grenada went into the match with a superior goal difference, meaning that Barbados needed to win by two goals to progress to the finals. The trouble was caused by two things. Firstly, unlike most group stages in football competitions, the organizers had deemed that all games must have a winner. All games drawn over 90 minutes would go to sudden death extra time. Secondly and most importantly, there was an unusual rule which stated that in the event of a game going to sudden death extra time the goal would count double, meaning that the winner would be awarded a two goal victory.
Barbados was leading 2-0 until the 83rd minute, when Grenada scored, making it 2-1. Approaching the dying moments, the Barbadians realized they had no chance of scoring past Grenada’s mass defense, so they deliberately scored an own goal to tie the game. This would send the game into extra time and give them another half hour to break down the defence. The Grenadians realized what was happening and attempted to score an own goal as well, which would put Barbados back in front by one goal but would eliminate them from the competition.
However, the Barbados players started defending their opposition’s goal to prevent them from doing this, and during the game’s last five minutes, the fans were treated to the incredible sight of Grenada trying to score in either goal. Barbados also defended both ends of the pitch, and held off Grenada for the final five minutes, sending the game into extra time. In extra time, Barbados notched the game-winner, and, according to the rules, was awarded a 4-2 victory, which put them through to the next round.
These wall sized photographic murals seem to serve a psychological function, given their potentially intimidating or banal locations, like dental rooms and laundromats. These landscape murals allow the viewer an alternate mindset to nerve racking procedures or the mundane activities of everyday life.