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I understand why you shouldn’t use words such as “retarded” when you mean “stupid” – wait, that’s not right, um, when you  mean, asinine. But Upworthy has an infographic that’s being shared on social networking with blot screen capture Ableistsuggested replacement words for common ableist expressions, and the suggestions are nonsensical. It made me crazy, so I pitched my editor at TheBlot in New York with my rant and here it is:

Dear Upchuckworthy: I am not removing the word crazy from my vocabulary, and your list of alternative words that is circulating Facebook is asinine…(read more at TheBlot magazine).

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Wake Up and Smell the Shit: Hilarious Travel Disasters, Monstrous Toilets, and a Demon Dildo

Wake Up and Smell the Shit: Hilarious Travel Disasters, Monstrous Toilets, and a Demon Dildo, published by Travelers’ Tales (USA) and edited by Kirsten Koza, arrives this autumn in bookstores and of course will be available at all the online booksellers as well. There is a pre-order discount on Amazon if you order now.

Stand back! The 31 tales in this raunchy round-the-world romp might get you dirty.

We’ve all had unspeakable experiences while traveling that we’re ashamed to admit, but these often become our best stories in the retelling. The writers in this collection cast inhibition aside and reveal their weirdest and worst moments and how they made the best of them. And memorable moments in exotic destinations come in all shapes and sizes: insects as big as Pam Anderson’s left tit, regrettable sex, stink-eyed officials, horrible healers, Lady Gaga’s shoes and Madonna’s special meal, trigger-happy militants, and peeping Tom rock stars.

Adventure vicariously as:

  • Spud Hilton (not Monty Python) finds the Holy Grail by accident in Spain.
  • Meghan Ward squats, and then the toilet grunts back, in Goa.
  • Kasha Rigby proved how tough she is on National Geographic’s Ultimate Survival Alaska, but is she a match for a 90-year-old bone breaker in Guatemala?
  • Namibians stereotype Chinese men as Bruce Lee—Gerald Yeung wonders if attacking baboons will do the same.
  • Keph Senett (hoping not to follow in the footsteps of Pussy Riot) braves bombs, police and a Soviet-era sofa bed to play soccer at the LGBT games in Putin’s Russia.
  • Jabba-the-Turd versus Shannon Bradford in an epic showdown in Argentina.

And many more…

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Introduction
Don’t Push the Button!
KIRSTEN KOZA (Editor)

Kap’n Cy
GARY BUSLIK
Amsterdam

You Go in the Morning, I Go at Night
EMMA THIEME
Caribbean Sea

(read more…)

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TheBlot never go full hitler

TheBlot 14 Dictators screen captureMy latest article in TheBlot magazine (“14 Dictators and the Dickshit Things They Said”) was a blast to research. Did you know that one of the assassination attempts on Castro involved exploding mollusks or that Putin is a member of the Hells Angels?

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It was Mark Twain who said “I can live for two months on a good compliment.” Let’s start counting the days because this is an ultimate compliment.

You can read my three-part Syrian series at TheBlot Magazine  (Wall St. New York).

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