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In Uncategorized on February 16, 2009 at 2:36 am

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Michael Phelps: Super
Human Athlete or Normal
23-Year-Old?

Michael Phelps seems to have earned the title of pothead ever since a picture surfaced of him smoking a bong, allegedly packed full of marijuana. The picture appeared in News of the World, a British tabloid. It was reportedly taken in November at a student party at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

Phelps later admitted it was him in the alleged picture. “I engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment. I’m 23-years-old and despite the successes I’ve had in the pool, I acted in a youthful and inappropriate way, not in a manner people have come to expect from me. For this, I am sorry. I promise my fans and the public it will not happen again,” said Phelps in a statement.

The Olympic gold medalist could face several repercussions due to his drug delinquency. According to the rules of the World Anti-Doping Agency, administrator of Olympic and international drug testing, marijuana is classified as a banned “in-competition” substance even though they do not classify it as “performance enhancing.”

Since the release of the photo, Phelps has been suspended from competition for three months, during which he was also cut off financially, by USA Swimming, the governing body for swimming in the United States. The organization released a statement saying “This is not a situation where any anti-doping rule was violated , but we decided to send a strong message to Michael because he disappointed so many people, particularly the hundreds of thousands of USA swimming member kids who look up to him as a role model and a hero.”

Kellogg has decided not to renew a sponsorship contract with Phelps because “his behavior isn’t consistent with Kellogg’s image.”

However, the International Olympic committee has accepted the swimmer’s apology and he will be allowed to compete in the future Olympic games.

-Teresa Barone

Tube Tied Mother
Bears Baby

Calling her child “God-sent,” 39-year-old Monica Tate gave birth to her son Elijah 19 years after having her tubes tied to prevent any further pregnancies. Tate thought it would be impossible to have another child after her operation at the age of twenty, following the birth of her second child.

After discovering she was pregnant, Tate took multiple pregnancy tests to confirm if it was true. Dr. Martin Felder, who delivered the child, said the chances of her becoming pregnant after having her tubes tied, and especially at her age, were slim to none. According to reports the baby and its mother are both healthy and doing well.

-Tyler Peckham

Jenny’s
Number for
Sale

Jenny’s number is being sold on ebay! 28-year-old DJ Spencer Potter is selling the number 867-5309 on ebay for big bucks. These digits became famous after Tommy Tutone’s 80’s hit, “867-5309/Jenny,” in which a guy finds a number for a girl named Jenny written on a bathroom wall. The number being sold on ebay has a New Jersey area code and is already going for over $5,000, according to CNN.com. By the end of the auction on Monday, February 9, Potter says he hopes to earn at least $40,000. What a price to pay for a lifetime of crank phone calls from 80’s music fans.

-Teresa Barone

Man Watches 72 Hours of TV

Sri Lanka-born, Toronto-based Suresh Joachim set a record Sunday by watching television non-stop for 72 hours in Stockholm, Sweden. This new time breaks his previous record of 69 hours and 48 minutes that he set in 2005. Joachim already has 53 other world records attributed to him.

Personally, Joachim is relatively shy, but it is more than obvious the man takes his record-breaking ability very seriously. Among his other records are drumming continuously for 84 hours, running on a treadmill for 168 hours to cover 659.27 km, bowling for 168 hours, carrying a 4.5 kg brick for 135.5 km, crawling non-stop for 56.62 km, dribbling a basketball for 156.71 km in 24 hours, dancing for 100 hours continuously, and probably best of all, moonwalking for 24 hours.

-Tyler Peckham

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