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   Undertoad  Wednesday Oct 20 01:47 PM

10/20/2004: Extreme piercing in Thailand



Welcome to Phuket! These gents are ritual vegetarians. See? See what vegetarianism eventually does to you??

Actually the captions don't explain the ceremony much, except to suggest that they are concerned with the moving of evil spirits. These guys believe they are possessed. I find it hard to disagree.

Why do the evil spirits get all the press? Why doesn't anyone think of the good spirits?



It's really the feather lining that makes this outfit.



Thanx to madmonkey for the last image. Pfft, I spent like 50 dollars for an appropriate piece of wood to stow my good knives in.



OnyxCougar  Wednesday Oct 20 03:13 PM

First of all, I wouldn't want to live in Phuket. It's as if no one cares about anything!



Trilby  Wednesday Oct 20 03:20 PM

I truly and sincerely hope each one of these guys is current on their tetanus shots.

Whew! That last one just makes my stomach flip-flop!



Troubleshooter  Wednesday Oct 20 03:38 PM

Stupid just seems to ignore any sort of barrier.

Maybe they could have a cable show called "Extreme Religion" and put it on ESPN with the rest of the extreme stupidy going on there.



Brown Thrasher  Wednesday Oct 20 04:11 PM

It shows that different cultures, have different customs. Thank goodness, what would the world be like if all cultures were the same. I think it would most likely be totally insincere and the world would suffer for that. Look at what happens when one society pushes its political ideas on another.



Trilby  Wednesday Oct 20 04:13 PM

Yeah, but there's still the tetanus issue...



garnet  Wednesday Oct 20 04:25 PM

It looks to me like these dudes have a teensy bit too much time on their hands. And there's not only the tetanus issue, don't forget the unattractive facial deformities that will no doubt result from these practices. Yuck.



dar512  Wednesday Oct 20 04:32 PM

You can talk about cultural diversity all you want, but when I look at something like this I think about a scene in Se7en.

Quote:
When a person is insane, as you clearly are, do you know that you're insane? Maybe you're just sitting around, reading "Guns and Ammo", masturbating in your own feces, do you just stop and go, "Wow! It is amazing how fucking crazy I really am!"? Yeah. Do you guys do that?



Trilby  Wednesday Oct 20 04:40 PM

Insane people do not think they are insane. They think YOU (the sane one, we all suppose) are insane and they will tell you, in minute detail, how insane you are...

...It's always really enlightening to hear this.



MAdMoNKEY  Wednesday Oct 20 04:45 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by OnyxCougar
First of all, I wouldn't want to live in Phuket. It's as if no one cares about anything!
That's hilarious dude.


Troubleshooter  Wednesday Oct 20 04:52 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brown Thrasher
It shows that different cultures, have different customs. Thank goodness, what would the world be like if all cultures were the same. I think it would most likely be totally insincere and the world would suffer for that. Look at what happens when one society pushes its political ideas on another.
That's because you don't understand social engineering.

In that culture, people believe that that is acceptable because they were told it was acceptable.

In time, a world that was more completely on the same page, as long as it was a good page, would be able to achieve so much more because they wouldn't be so busy fighting each other and spending so much of their life just trying to be different instead of trying to be better.


chrisinhouston  Wednesday Oct 20 05:23 PM

Neat, that's a Bianchi bike in the famous Celeste green that they have used for so many years!



Doodle  Wednesday Oct 20 05:47 PM

I just lost my cookies!



flippant  Wednesday Oct 20 05:53 PM

Bah- ba -ba- bo, ching ching!!



Roosta  Wednesday Oct 20 06:48 PM

Things would turn really ugly if that fella with the bike through his cheek tripped on something. I also wonder if they have their dinner before the rituals start? Can you picture how many bits of rice and lentils there would be all over the place?
The real fun starts with the post-ritual balloon blowing-up competition....



capnhowdy  Wednesday Oct 20 07:44 PM

I can't really decide whether he took the pedals off to decrease the weight or to keep anyone from riding it.
If this guy really had huge cahones He'd turn the bike loose. Must be what his friend "pulling up the rear" is for.
"Hold on loosely, but don't let her go"......cheese & rice !!!! Please don't let her go...................



capnhowdy  Wednesday Oct 20 07:54 PM

One other thing: I'm phishing for an answer to this question-
HOW THE HELL DO YOU PRONOUNCE PHUKET ?????????????



warch  Wednesday Oct 20 08:12 PM

No soup for you!



Cane  Wednesday Oct 20 08:36 PM

It's About Time!

Finally we see what piercing is really all about. I'm tired of these stateside pansies who think piercing is all about a little bit of metal through the eyebrow or the tongue. Back when I was a boy, we were ashamed to show up at school with anything less than a railroad spike through our tongues.

"If I had six divisions of these men, our worries here would be over."



flippant  Wednesday Oct 20 09:21 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by capnhowdy
One other thing: I'm phishing for an answer to this question-
HOW THE HELL DO YOU PRONOUNCE PHUKET ?????????????


Going to answer in case it's not a rhetorical question/or joke.

Ph in thai sounds more like a B than an F. Sounds just like Bucket *not F......
Ba-ba -ba- Bo,Ching Ching. (phoenetics) That's really really crazy! (more fun to say in thai because it sounds as crazy as it's supposed to mean) onomatopoeia.


xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Oct 20 10:23 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by warch
No soup for you!



Why aren't they bleeding?


lookout123  Thursday Oct 21 12:09 AM

the last one makes me think of ed norton at the end of fight club.



wolf  Thursday Oct 21 12:49 AM

The bike thing would have been a lot cooler if he had streamers in the spokes, and maybe a baseball card ...

I saw a show on National Geographic channel called "Taboo". There's some Hindu festival where folks ritually pierce themselves, usually with these little trident thingies that are representative of the god who is being honored, as well as with multiple fishhooks in the back, from which fruit offerings are hung. If you don't do the fruit offering to the gods thing (melons, not kumquat sized fruits, incidentally) you can have a family member hang onto cords attached to your hooks and tug on you from time to time as you parade through the town.

According to the practitioners, when you are possessed by the spirits, you don't feel the pain, nor do you bleed.

One of the people focused on in the show was one of the ritual piercers, and his brother, who "lost his faith" about halfway through the several mile walk up the big hill to the temple.

He was hoping that the spirits wouldn't leave him this year.



polar  Thursday Oct 21 02:07 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad
See what vegetarianism eventually does to you?? Actually the captions don't explain the ceremony much
Someone told them they weren't getting enough iron.


Syrinx  Thursday Oct 21 02:40 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Doodle
I just lost my cookies!
And so IotD can now shut down, having fulfilled its intended ultimate goal...


Cyber Wolf  Thursday Oct 21 07:49 AM

I wouldn't be suprised in the least to find out those two guys with the bike and knife piercings use something like safety pins to keep those gaping holes closed so they can eat without the food getting out before they're done with it.



jojomonkeygirl  Thursday Oct 21 08:53 AM

All I can say is....WTF?



Brown Thrasher  Thursday Oct 21 03:44 PM

No, I"m not a social engineer. However I have studied sociology extensively. Does that mean when a picture of a man in a wheelchair with an oxygen tank strapped to his wheelchair in a V.A. hospital is sitting there smoking a cigarette it is acceptable because our culture taught us it was o.k to smoke.

Or maybe a waitress at your local bar wearing a gas mask to prevent inhaling second hand smoke. I'm sure some in that country smoke and I see many piercings here I just hope we don't reach that extreme. "Live and let Live"



Brown Thrasher  Thursday Oct 21 04:25 PM

I could give you a definition of insanity. However a wise man once wrote.... "Insanity is being old enough to know better but still too young to care." Some think that humility is cumbersome. However, practicing it brings wisdom.



CzinZumerzet  Thursday Oct 21 06:18 PM

Phuket is pronounced FFOOKET. I swear this is true, my brother in law honeymooned there about 5 years ago. And you can guess what tourists call it, and dirty minded postal workers who deliver the holiday postcards, and equally dirty minded small boys running around the house shouting 'FOOKET!! FOOKET!! with imense delight. Behind my town there is a hill named Bleadon, and we used to love saying, as kids, we're going up Bleedin 'ill. Sad parents ... don't try...!



wolf  Friday Oct 22 11:13 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brown Thrasher
No, I"m not a social engineer. However I have studied sociology extensively. Does that mean when a picture of a man in a wheelchair with an oxygen tank strapped to his wheelchair in a V.A. hospital is sitting there smoking a cigarette it is acceptable because our culture taught us it was o.k to smoke.
As poignant an image as that is, most people fail to understand what the hospital is doing for their patient.

When you have a 75 year old guy, who has smoked for 60 years, dying of pretty darn much ANYTHING, you do things for the patient that are going to keep him relaxed and relatively calm and happy rather than only things that you think would be good for him.

People at the cancer center don't give their terminal patients shit over failing to quit smoking.


Cyber Wolf  Friday Oct 22 11:31 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by wolf
As poignant an image as that is, most people fail to understand what the hospital is doing for their patient.

When you have a 75 year old guy, who has smoked for 60 years, dying of pretty darn much ANYTHING, you do things for the patient that are going to keep him relaxed and relatively calm and happy rather than only things that you think would be good for him.

People at the cancer center don't give their terminal patients shit over failing to quit smoking.
That's all well and good, but I think the core problem here is he's smoking with an oxygen tank strapped to him. Burning embers...highly concentrated oxygen. Hmmmmm.....


wolf  Friday Oct 22 11:36 AM

They shut them off during smoke time. It wouldn't do to have old people both gasping for breath and bursting into open flame at the same time.

One of my EMT friends used to do tricks with an O2 tank. The best was taking a hit off the tank and then blowing through the cigarette.

You should be careful around the stuff, but it's not like it's hydrogen or anything.



Cyber Wolf  Friday Oct 22 11:40 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by wolf
They shut them off during smoke time. It wouldn't do to have old people both gasping for breath and bursting into open flame at the same time.

One of my EMT friends used to do tricks with an O2 tank. The best was taking a hit off the tank and then blowing through the cigarette.

You should be careful around the stuff, but it's not like it's hydrogen or anything.
Hm...they must do at the VA. I'm just thinking of a friend's emphasmatic grandmother who was on an oxygen regimen, nearly bed-ridden and still smoked 3 packs a day with impunity.


Trilby  Friday Oct 22 01:43 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by wolf
They shut them off during smoke time. It wouldn't do to have old people both gasping for breath and bursting into open flame at the same time.
Would make for some bad press. Wolf's right, though. Nearly all of the patients on the psych ward smoke and they get several breaks during the day to do just that. It would stress them out too much to have them stop smoking for the duration of a hospital stay--same thing for the resp/cardiac patients. We do try to encourage the "Patch" but not many takers. It's one hell of an addiction. I can always tell who smokes just by looking at their skin. All wrinkly and yellow/grey.


wolf  Friday Oct 22 01:59 PM

That's hepatitis. And/or really poor hygiene.

Rule of thumb: The crazier the patient, the more likely it is they smoke.

There are a bunch of studies on this, although I honestly forget if the conclusion is that the smoking itself is calming for them, or it in someway enhances the antipsychotic meds.

Oh, and not that it means anything, really, many of the staff smoke too. Probably higher numbers than the general popultion.



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Oct 22 10:02 PM

My mother's neighbor was 87 with terminal cancer. His wife made him go outside in the MA winter to smoke.



bjlhct  Tuesday Oct 26 09:45 PM

I'm an American who is ethnically and religiously tolerant - the first thing I noticed was how skinny everybody there is.



busterb  Tuesday Oct 26 10:30 PM

A few years back, an emt from CA. spent a few weeks here. She said all oxygen cylinders in CA. were marked flammable. I beg to differ, as to being flammable. I have worked w/oxygen, as a welder since 1959. Oxygen will NOT burn. So I had to take here out to shop & show her. Oxygen accelerates( like to have never found that word) combustion!



jaguar  Wednesday Oct 27 08:25 AM

methanphetamine, it's rife as hell it thailand, people on that shit do things like this.



Bitman  Friday Oct 29 01:39 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Troubleshooter
In time, a world that was more completely on the same page, as long as it was a good page, would be able to achieve so much more because they wouldn't be so busy fighting each other and spending so much of their life just trying to be different instead of trying to be better.
Only for a few years, though. Then the world would fill with people, and they'd be back to fighting over land.


Trilby  Friday Oct 29 05:07 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by jaguar
methanphetamine, it's rife as hell it thailand, people on that shit do things like this.
Would also explain the skinniness of the population.


Troubleshooter  Saturday Oct 30 01:20 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bitman
Only for a few years, though. Then the world would fill with people, and they'd be back to fighting over land.
I doubt it. Research shows that as cultures become more industrialized their population growth decreases. There is more than enough land for a long time because with increased industrialization comes decreased population growth and increase yield per acre. There would be a balance at some point.


solstist  Monday Nov 1 02:20 AM

it would be kind of funny if he let the bicycle go!
"look mum no hands"



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