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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Ten Things I Learned on Vacation

I'm finally back from my two-week vacation to London and Amsterdam. The Reason conference was great. Here's some things I learned while on vacation:

1) When you outrun and cut in front of a lightrail train while stoned you feel like you can do anything. Even eat 10 euros worth of Febo.

2) I've said it before, and I'll say it again, British women have huge breasts. I thought it was just my imagination, but an article last month in the Daily Mail reported that "British women's breasts are getting bigger with sales of large bra sizes tripling over the last three years." According to lingerie firm La Senza the average bra size in the UK is 36C, whereas 10 years ago most women had a smaller, 34B chest.

3) Dutch women have great asses. The obesity "epidemic" is clearly skipping over this country, where people stuff themselves full of junk food, but ride their bikes everywhere. The Dutch expression for getting caught with your pants down is "met de billen bloot", which means "with bared buttocks".

4) Tourettesguy.com is a funny website. I like when the guy with tourettes can't stop yelling out Bob Saget's name.

5) I'm totally adding the 1975 movie "Grey Gardens" to my netflix list.

6) Mart Laar, the former prime minister of Estonia, deserves all the libertarian awards he is receiving for making his country the most economically free in the world.

7) It is great to hear Paul Feine's "South Park Libertarian" live. Especially while on mushrooms.

8) Matt Stone and Trey Parker are just fucking great, mmmkay. (Look for an interview with them in an upcoming issue of Reason.)

9) Andrew Sullivan is a really good speaker. I would read (but probably not buy) his forthcoming book.

10) Recent security measures forced upon American airlines by Homeland Security are dumb. And tyrannical. If Britain and the rest of the world can allow passengers to take bottles of water on eight-hour international flights, so can the U.S. government. It is also an outrage that the U.S. government makes international visitors submit two fingerprints and a digital photograph of themselves.

ps. I eventually heard several people use the word "brilliant" in the UK (including one of the flight attendants on my plane from London to Amsterdam).