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Oddly Enough -- riding machine & orange wars

2009-02-26 10:27:27 GMT2009-02-26 18:27:27 (Beijing Time)  Reuters

So this is what they call exercise?

Orange Wars.

High-heel tumbles.

"And Finally" The best of Reuters Oddly Enough this week. From our web show studio in New York, I'm Chad Ruble. You know. it's been a couple of months now. Maybe I should be make good on that new years resolution and start exercising. Especially if "exercising" means sitting on this thing. The iJoyRide is a motorized horse saddle, that tones and tightens the muscles in the stomach and thighs. Feel the burn. Seems OK. But I think I might just stick with the Wii. I like my workouts to be thinly veiled video games. Or maybe I'll just go with "Crispy Kremes and couch." My favorite workout.

If you were in Ivrea, Italy this week, chances are you've been hit in the head with an orange. Ordinarily, chucking fruit at your neighbor would be considered... "rude." But on this date in Ivrea, you'd be participating in the annual "Battle of the Oranges." The practice dates back to medieval times, when carts of noblemen ruthlessly pelted townsfolk with kilos upon kilos of the tasty fruit. Those were the days! Now, it's all just fun and games. So go ahead, murder that guy with those oranges! It's tradition!

And Finally on And Finally, last week was Fashion Week here in New York. Ever wonder how those models walk in those heels?

Turns out, they kinda can't. Whenever they strut down the runway, feeling a bit wobbly on those twiggy legs, they just pop off those heels. And continue like it never happened. First one, Then, the other. This fashion show had particularly difficult footwear. By the end, NO ONE could walk in those shoes. "Ready to Wear" my foot! So don't feel so bad if you stumble in those stilettos, ladies. It even happens to the pros. See ya next time.

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