Shawn Mahaney

Last Updated: 11/21/2009

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Gender: Male
Status: Single
Age: 38
Sign: Cancer

State: South Carolina
Country: US
Signup Date: 5/22/2005

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Monday, July 13, 2009 

Current mood:radioactive
Category: Life
I'm sure it's just a stereotype.  I'm sure that there are many lovely Arab women.  And I'm sure that Arab men treasure their beautiful wives.

But then again, stereotypes don't just materialize from nowhere...

"Saudi tribe holds camel beauty pageant"

"Contestants in this Saudi-style beauty pageant have all the features you might expect anywhere else in the world, but with one crucial difference -- the competitors are camels.

This week, the Qahtani tribe of western Saudi Arabia has been welcoming entrants to its Mazayen al-Ibl competition, a parade of the "most beautiful camels" in the desolate desert region of Guwei'iyya, 120 km (75 miles) west of Riyadh.
While tremendous oil wealth has brought rapid modernization to the desert state of Saudi Arabia, the camel remains celebrated as a symbol of the traditional nomadic lifestyle of Bedouin Arabs."

We've got just one question for ya, Mohammad - one hump or two?

A little north of there in Russia, they've got another spin on the pageant idea.  And I mean 'spin' as in one of the properties of subatomic particles...

"Female employees from Russia's nuclear energy industry are competing for the Miss Atom 2009 title"
"Imagine, if you will, a bikini clad beauty queen strutting out of lake, with giant cooling towers belonging to a nuclear power facility dominating the background. Odd perhaps? Not, apparently, in Russia. There, women working in the country's nuclear industry compete for the annual title of Miss Atom.

The beauty pageant, now in its sixth year, is generously financed and well established. There are no anti-nuclear protestors who show up to sling rotten tomatoes at the contestants. Instead, it seems that this bold strategy of fusing atomic energy and Russian bombshells is just another part of life -- or at least a marvelous ploy.

"We want to show the general public that the nuclear industry is an industry like any other," Ilya Platonov, who heads up Nuclear.Ru which runs the event, told ABC News. "Ordinary people work in it, including young, attractive women.""

Official site:

I think they're on the right track.  The photo album certain has my Geiger counter clicking, and there are _no_ signs of decay.

Currently listening:
The Firm
By The Firm
Release date: 1990-10-25