GADLING TAKE 5: September 8-14

Supposedly this is the world’s funniest joke: Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn’t seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed. The other guy takes out his phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps: “My friend is dead! What can I do?” The operator says: “Calm down, I can help. First, let’s make sure he’s dead.” There is a silence, then a gunshot is heard. Back on the phone, the guy says: “OK, now what?”

It’s funny, sure, but the funniest in the world? Is that something you can even define? It’s like saying, “Green is the world’s best color.” Anyway, another week here at Gadling (one of our biggest ever!) has come and gone. Here are five stories you’ll want to make sure you don’t miss:

  • Our man in Japan, Matthew Firestone, sings his ode to the potent “rice wine” sake. I never cared much for the stuff, but maybe I was doing it wrong.
  • Catherine (who lives in Alaska) has heard plenty of idiotic questions from tourists in her time up North. She shares a few of her favorites including, “What time do they turn the Northern Lights on?
  • Iva is currently exploring Crete, the largest of the Greek islands. In the short time there she’s discovered three rules every driver must follow, and they’re not pretty.
  • Leif is still plodding through Romania. Arriving in Sibiu, he was finally able to address some personal issues. Quite a funny read.
  • Last but not least, Neil discovers that just a few days ago was Conception Day in Russia, where families are urged to make babies in hopes of popping one out on June 12th — Russia’s national holiday. Valuable prizes will be awarded, of course.

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