Stupid. No, air stupid.

I was watching 20 to 1 tonight (give me a break - my other choices were America's Next Top Model or Hot Property... or the news which I'd already seen).  Anyway, tonight it was 20 truly stupid acts. Some of them were too disgusting to mention (they involved maggots; that's all I'm saying) but one of them really made me laugh. It was the Air Guitar Championships.  I don't know where I've been but I had no idea this event existed. 

The most hilarious thing about it was how seriously these people took it.  Well, some of them.  If you follow the link there is a Conan O'Brien interview with the guy who came second in the world championships.  I may be reading it wrong but it seemed like his answers were very tongue-in-cheek (like when he said he didn't like 'air flute' because it looks silly).
What I'd really like to see is some true commitment to air guitar.  At the championships these guys stand there and then start playing. I would be more impressed if they walked on stage with their air guitar-case, opened it, took out the air guitar, plugged it in to the air amplifier, maybe spent some time tuning it and THEN started playing.  And maybe the favourite could be unexpectedly knocked out of the competition in a shocking incident where one of his air guitar air-strings breaks during a crucial riff.

If you're thinking, "Yeah, but that's America... lots of weird things happen in a country that big and rich", then let me point you to the Air Guitar Australia website.  On the front page there are links not only to the Australian Air Guitar Championships but also (wait for it) the Lip Synch Championships, the Thumb Wrestling Championships AND the Rock Paper Scissors Championships.

Wow, Geek Central.  Truly, I am giddy.


Givinya De Elba said...

Air guitar has always had me shaking my head. They look so dumb. But I'd like to see all that plugging-in and tuning-up too.

I've heard of that air guitarist called Bjorn Turoque (byorn to rock), seems a corny stage name is essential.

I see on Wikipedia that until 2000, Finland swept the pool with winners of the international event. FINLAND?!? I don't know why that interested me.

Bjorn said...

You want more commitment? Put your money where your mouth is and sign up. 2009 tour coming up in May.

Femina said...

Thanks, but I have no sense of rhythm and even air guitar wouldn't hide that!

Givinya De Elba said...

Thanks for your comment on The Post I Finally Wrote. You're right, and there's a good counsellor who works from one of our local baptist churches. I'm waiting for her holidays to finish.

Hippomanic Jen said...

I like your idea, too. It might be harder than you'd think to get it in tune!

The Blonde Duck said...

Saw you on SITS and wanted to say hi!

B said...

Air guitar competition hey? Now that would be thrilling to watch, sort of like a spelling bee that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

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