about out of sightA site of original and unoriginal content meant to entertain and inform. Out of Sight is edited by JJ O'Donoghue and William Hilderbrandt.
more about out of sightIf this site had to be summed up in one word and a preceding parenthetical phrase, then it would be (hopefully) entertaining. Think of it as an archive of some of the most interesting articles, videos, photography, and miscellany that JJ and William find online.
one more thing on out of sightOut of sight is Will and JJ's attempt to get noticed and invited on daytime TV or any Fox TV show. Before out of sight, there was rich and creamy, a hugely popular blog for spammers who wanted to sell us penis enhancing products. They were wasting their time.
who is this stud william?William lives in Paris. At the start of 2009 he left London and all his friends and his bad job to come to France, where he hardly speaks the language, to be with his girlfriend. Officially he is very happy to finally be living with her but occasionally he does get nostalgic for London.
who is this wise guy jj?Quite early on in life JJ discovered that he was a fabricator. In 2006 his mum and dad invited him to leave their home in Cork, Ireland and head for London, where he now resides, to shake up the city. He cycles hard, drinks hard and blogs harder. You get the picture.
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Golf has made it past the first hurdle on its way to becoming an official Olympic sport. It will be deiced in October whether it will make it on the roster of the 2016 games, which could be held in Tokyo, one of the current favourites to host the summer games.
Japan is a golf mad country, well middle-aged Japanese men are nuts about the game. I think most people who would spend hours in pursuit of a tiny hole are nuts. Other than that initial whack golf is all about control and decoroum and added to this Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez denounced golf as “a bourgeois sport.”
Now Chavez is another fully fledged card-carrying nut so he’s well placed to know, even if has never attired himself in plus fours. There was a period during the late nineties that Ireland was on the verge of being turned into one giant golfcourse, with holiday homes and apartments lining the fair ways. The nadir came with hosting the Ryder Cup in 2006 and then the bubble burst. We should stick with the Eurovision.
Anyway, I will end on this illumintaing study by Sports Illustrated of PGA golfers from 2006: of 76 P.G.A. tour players: 88% supported the invasion of Iraq; and 0% had seen “Brokeback Mountain.”
Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, does not have traffic lights. Instead it has pretty female traffic directors to manage the few cars on the streets. Reuters
More than 45 million Americans now belong to a health club, up from 23 million in 1993. Around $19bn (£11bn) a year is spent on gym memberships. Time
The UK builds the smallest houses in Europe. The average room in a newly built dwelling in France is 26.9 square metres, compared with 15.8 square metres in the UK. The average floor space of a newly built home in the US is three times the size of its UK equivalent. BBC News.
A short article about a Norwiegan actress became the three millionth article penned on the English version of the free online encylpodeia Wikipedia. Time
An oil field off Australia’s north-western coast sold to PetroChina for $41bn (£25bn) is the largest trade deal ever conducted in Australian history. BBC News
Time has a lengthy but interesting article on the merits of exercise and diet in the battle to shed weight. According to conventional wisdom exercise is the key to weigth loss - hence the huge boom in gym membership. But, according to Time “the past few years of obesity research show that the role of exercise in weight loss has been wildly overstated.”
The basic problem is that while it’s true that exercise burns calories and that you must burn calories to lose weight, exercise has another effect: it can stimulate hunger. That causes us to eat more, which in turn can negate the weight-loss benefits we just accrued. Exercise, in other words, isn’t necessarily helping us lose weight. It may even be making it harder.