But I digress: It's a strange world

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By John Pawlak

And getting stranger every day. Sometimes I find myself shaking my head in such disbelief that I risk injuring myself.

For example, I recently read about one of the latest drug crazes in the “club circuit.” Men who go to these clubs like to tear their shirts off and show their rippling muscles to the women. Oh, you don’t have rippling muscles? No problem! Simply rub phenylephrine HCL over your entire torso and your skin will tighten up, enhancing what muscles you do have.

Don’t know where to get phenylephrine HCL? Get it where all the other guys are getting it - at the drug store. It comes in a tube marked “Preparation H.”

Not into Prep-H rubdowns? How about playing chess? Matching one’s intellect against another’s is always a thrill. But hey, let’s make it more exciting. Let’s punch out the other guy between moves. Yeah, that sounds like fun.

Welcome to the questionable sport of chessboxing, a hybrid event in which opponents alternate between playing chess and boxing. A match consists of 11 rounds: six rounds of chess and five rounds of boxing. I really wish I was making this up, but sadly there are some very aggressive chess players out there.

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