More From the Fairy Festival

11 Jun 2007

So, I'd been hanging out listening to these two pirates, "Droolin' Jack" Porter and Captain John Stout, sing Irish ballads. Here's their pic:


A couple of talented pirates, those two. Maybe it's because I'm half Irish, but I could listen to Irish ballads and drinking songs all day (or until I pass out from the Guinness, whichever comes first). (No Guinness at this faire, though; it's Pennsylvania, home to painfully outdated liquor laws that prevent anyone from having too much fun in public.)

When they finished, I bought their CD and learned that Droolin' Jack was going to do a little magic and "feats of strength"-type performance, so we stuck around. When I heard he planned to break a cinder block over his own head with a sledge hammer, I figured I'd better switch the ol' digital camera to video mode. So, I zoomed in ...

All I can say is ... He tried. I mean, he really gave it the ol' college try, you know? I didn't count, precisely, but I'm fairly sure he hits himself in the head about 80 times in all, using a motherfucking sledge hammer. After 50 or so whacks, he takes a short breather, then goes back to work -- all for the entertainment of a few dozen people. After 75 or so, he really starts to tire and almost hits himself in the face with the heavy hammer. Finally, he concedes defeat.

I don't know if you'll enjoy watching this 2 minute and 47 second video as much as I do. At first, he's kind of just joking around -- asking for Tylenol and what not. But, after 80 whacks, I'm fairly certain the dude's head must've hurt pretty badly. We all have good and bad days in life, I guess. Sometimes we emerge victorious; other times we just bash our own head in repeatedly with a sledge hammer.

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On June 11, 2007, Evil Genius wrote:

The goggles- they do nothing!

On June 12, 2007, anandamide wrote:

Rumor has it this is how our current president paid his way through college. And look how far he got !!!!

On June 12, 2007, Grant Miller wrote:


On June 12, 2007, Winter wrote:

I love the goggles.

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