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Unreal culls the juicy bits from a $450 blogging workshop, learns that it's OK (even good) to talk about colorectal cancer and finds a very timely local blog. Plus: Anheuser-Busch is no longer accepting quarters!

There's nothing nice to say about colorectal cancer. Those who have it experience bowel obstruction, bloody stools, vomiting and anemia, not to mention diarrhea and constipation. But colorectal cancer patients are another matter entirely. That's the message behind the 2006 "Colondar," a calendar featuring photos of scantily clad cancer survivors that's available for $15 at www.colondar.com. It's brought to you by the Colon Club, an upstate New York nonprofit that's also behind the Colossal Colon, a 40-foot intestinal replica that tours the nation to promote awareness of colorectal cancer.

Unreal chatted up club founder and president Molly "Colon Queen" McMaster, who was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 23 in 1999 and modeled in the 2005 edition.

Unreal: Now that you've made "Colondar" calendars to promote awareness, any thoughts about producing "Colonder" colanders?

Molly "Colon Queen" McMaster: No, actually -- although it's funny, because a lot of people call these calendars "colanders." We're striving to do crazy things trying to glamorize the disease so that people will start to talk about it, and therefore we can get them screened. We do everything we can to make people pronounce the word "colon."

The models are really hot. Do you think that's due to post-enema glows?

I don't know. It could be. We joke about that quite a bit. Have you ever heard of Eneman? Fleet is a drug company that makes enemas, and in order to make enemas more likable they have Eneman: a man in a suit, a six-foot-tall enema with a big giant orange thing sticking out of his head. They're trying to soften their image also.

Who's the sexiest person ever to suffer from bowel obstruction?

That's a tough question. Let me think.... You know who I believe had colon cancer, but I'm not positive: from NYPD Blue -- Dennis Franz. Darryl Strawberry had colon cancer; he's a sexpot who's pretty cute. Eric Davis, who also played baseball, I've met him. He's a babe.

Any thoughts about doing fully nude shoots, or some hardcore colon action?

Probably not. These people are pretty normal. A lot of us have pretty good senses of humor about it. But it would cost an awful lot to get me naked.



LOCAL BLOG O' THE WEEK

"Jihad of Umar"

umarlee.blogspot.com

Author: Umar Lee

About the blogger: "In many ways I am very American; I am a sports nut, I work in boxing, and I face many of the problems that non-Muslims Americans face. I do have my American heroes and my American villains. However, Islam supercedes any American identity I have. My neighbor in America is my neighbor but the man in Kashmir I have never met is my brother."

Recent Highlight (October 16, 2005):These people, these Muslim bloggers, who think it is so great to surround yourselves with as many non-Muslims as they can and to think and act like them have there reasons and I have mine. When I became Muslim at age seventeen I was just out of jail, I was a convicted felon, a high school drop out, had just had my skull literally bashed in, was soon to be a father, unemployed and was on a fast-track to nowhere.

My initial attraction to Islam was in the message of racial and social justice. The America I grew-up in, and the poverty and racism that surrounded me, was unjust. Whatever idealized version of America these Muslim bloggers who all probably live in fancy neighborhoods and have had the best educations have is one thing; but I lived through some bitter realties of America that your college professor didn't teach you and they aint talking about at the Whole Foods Market or the coffee shop. A lot of these immigrant Muslims, and even the second-generation, just don't get a lot about American culture. All they see is the idealized version they are taught in college and think that is real. This is the ignorance that led to Muslims endorsing Bush in 2000; hey the Republican Party said they are all-inclusive and since we haven't read otherwise it must be true!

Know of an Unreal-worthy local blog? Send the URL to unreal@riverfronttimes.com.



Anheuser-Busch to discourage acceptance of quarters as currency for beer

By Gregory Cancelada
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch Cos. today announced it would urge retailers to stop accepting quarters as valid currency for its products, which include traditional lager, light beer and ginseng-infused swill.

The surprise announcement comes on the heels of A-B's decision to discontinue its "Bud Pong" drinking game in the wake of a New York Times story that revealed college students preferred to play the boozy ping-pong offshoot with plastic cups of beer instead of A-B's recommendation of water.

"Quarters are too closely identified with the drinking game of the same name," said Anheuser-Busch spokeswoman Francine Katz. "So to accept quarters in exchange for bottles of Budweiser would be an ad hoc endorsement of binge drinking, which Anheuser-Busch naturally seeks to discourage."

Allegedly popularized during an epic bender on the set of Smokey and the Bandit involving Jackie Gleason, Burt Reynolds and Macon McCalman, the premise of the game "Quarters" is as follows: Multiple drinkers alternately attempt to bounce a quarter into an empty cup at the center of a table. If a contestant successfully bounces the quarter into the cup, everyone else at the table must take a swig of beer. If that contestant successfully sinks three attempts in a row, he or she may make a rule, such as "no saying the word 'periwinkle.'" From then on out, if someone says "periwinkle," that person must take a swig of beer.

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