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   Undertoad  Tuesday Sep 2 01:48 PM

9/2/2003: Nut pusher



Meet Mark McGowan. He's an artist, and he has about $25,000 in student loan debt (actually 15,000 UKP).

So he has decided to push this nut along the ground, using only his nose, for seven miles. Through some of the busiest city streets in the world. It's the distance between his college and 10 Downing Street. Mr. McGowan hopes that making it all the way to the Prime Minister's residence will encourage Mr. Blair to excuse the debt.

From the full story, Mr McGowan, 37, of Peckham, south London, previously rolled himself across London for four-and-a-half miles singing We Wish You a Merry Christmas to highlight the work of office cleaners.

And he once walked for 11 miles around south and central London with a 27lb turkey strapped to his head in a bid to persuade fat people to eat less and thereby cut obesity rates.


That's respectable, and good points all, but one wonders what sort of university-level training was needed to create and pull off such stunts.



russotto  Tuesday Sep 2 01:58 PM

If all it took to excuse student loan debt was to push a nut with your nose for 7 miles, I know lots of people who would be out there pushing right now.

(for the record, the only thing which will excuse student loan debt in the US is the death of the penniless debtor. Which makes student loan debt a rather nasty albatross if you didn't acquire it in a high paying field. Perhaps the UK is better, but judging from this, I'd guess not)



chrisinhouston  Tuesday Sep 2 04:58 PM

He won't get far with out an endoresment!



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Sep 2 05:17 PM

This guy has a propensity for drawing attention to himself while doing nothing for worthy causes.



Happy Monkey  Tuesday Sep 2 05:33 PM

What I don't get...

Why was the word "pusher" even included in the headline?



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Sep 2 05:37 PM

He's "pushing" the nut for 7 miles with him nose.



plthijinx  Tuesday Sep 2 08:49 PM

this guy must be nuts!! (sorry i just couldn't resist! )



LUVBUGZ  Wednesday Sep 3 01:41 AM

If this dork-ass would focus his efforts in finding a fucking job to pay off his debt rather than making a specticle of himself he might not have to resort to such idiotic public displays for sympathy.

I had to work to pay off my student loans, what makes this fool think he's any different than the rest of us?



novice  Wednesday Sep 3 02:25 AM

I agree with chrisinhoustons (hilarious) concept. If he chose a smarter attention seeking vehicle he may stand a chance of wiping his debts through endorsements.
I, for one, wouldn't want to crawl the distance let alone push a nut.



Griff  Wednesday Sep 3 07:08 AM

Quote:
Originally posted by LUVBUGZ
I had to work to pay off my student loans, what makes this fool think he's any different than the rest of us?
You need to learn from Ogg.


CharlieG  Wednesday Sep 3 09:12 AM

Quote:
Originally posted by Griff


You need to learn from Ogg.
Am I the only one who misses Ogg on /. ???


Happy Monkey  Wednesday Sep 3 10:37 AM

I know that

Quote:
Originally posted by xoxoxoBruce
He's "pushing" the nut for 7 miles with him nose.
It still makes more sense if you remove the word "pusher" from the headline. Or maybe replace it with "pushes nut".


xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Sep 3 01:20 PM

The headline's purpose is not to explain the article but to suck you in. It did.



Undertoad  Sunday Sep 14 09:07 AM

http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_818607.html

The guy finished. He pushed the nut all the way to the government. And now he's tired and has nothing but complaints for the condition of his knees and the dirty streets, and the government has rejected his nutty payment.



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Sep 14 04:52 PM

So he's got nut-ing to show for his effort except a ton of publicity.
And of course the honor of being the IotD.



MaggieL  Sunday Sep 14 11:33 PM

The government lent this guy $25K, and this is what he learned to do for the money? Not only should he pay it back, they should get additional interest., since he clearly didn't use the money for education.



LUVBUGZ  Monday Sep 15 02:18 PM

Quote:
This is not the first time Mr McGowan, who is due to begin a second degree, in History of Art, at Goldsmiths in October, has undertaken such a venture.
According to the article in Ananova this dumb-ass is now preparing to earn a second degree. He shouldn't be allowed to do so given his intent to get out of paying for the first one. He should be ordered to pay the first one in full before running up any more educational debts he doesn't intend on paying. Of course, this won't happen so I guess we'll have to wait to see how an Art History major tries to get out of paying. Maybe he'll try pissing on the Mona Lisa on Tony Blair's doorstep.


BryanD  Tuesday Sep 16 11:08 AM

hmm... art historian.. maybe he HAS found a way to pay off his debt.. this way?



LUVBUGZ  Tuesday Sep 16 03:03 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by BryanD
hmm... art historian.. maybe he HAS found a way to pay off his debt.. this way?
Good one BD, I hadn't made the connection, but you may be on to something


Undertoad  Sunday Oct 5 11:25 AM

He's at it again:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/3165442.stm

Mark McGowan, from Peckham, south east London, has said he will sit in a bath of baked beans, with two chips up his nose and sausages wrapped around his head for 12 days to celebrate English culture and food.



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Oct 5 06:15 PM

If he had any balls he'd do it outdoors.



wolf  Sunday Oct 5 10:54 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by Undertoad

Mark McGowan, from Peckham, south east London, has said he will sit in a bath of baked beans, with two chips up his nose and sausages wrapped around his head for 12 days to celebrate English culture and food.
He's gonna prune up something fierce, that's for sure.

Is he actually Irish? I mean that would explain a lot, being as the Irish are quite mad.


Griff  Monday Oct 6 07:27 AM

Quote:
Originally posted by wolf

Is he actually Irish? I mean that would explain a lot, being as the Irish are quite mad.
Well... they are if they like English food. Seriously though, the working class Irish who grow up in England/Scotland have a lot of social stresses... it can't be healthy. It may even lead to absurd levels of self-promotion.


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