Quote of the Day - Sacred cows make very poor gladiators.
It's a How to Get Sued week in New York, and I'm on radio, several TV shows and at a media luncheon promoting my book. As a consequence, this week on MIPTC you'll see some new posts typical of the stories in the book.
But first, if you get AM radio anywhere in the country, you've likely heard of WOR Radio, and one of its late-night jocks, Joey Reynolds. I'll be on Joey's show late Monday night (technically Tuesday) at 1:00 a.m. Eastern time. WOR has been broadcasting in New York since 1922, and you may recognize some of the station's other personalities Bill O'Reilly and Dennis Miller. If you live outside the station's coverage area or don't have an HD Radio, you can tune in on the WOR radio's internet podcasts page, and we'll try to get the interview up on the How to Get Sued press page. As the week progresses, I'll provide updates for the TV shows.
So with that announcement, on to the How to Get Sued post.
Pirates of the Colosseum, complete with gladiator fights, lions and chariot races. You think I'm kidding? Rome's Deputy Mayor Mauro Cutrufo said, "the model is Euro-Disney in Paris," as he announced plans to build a vast ancient Rome theme park just outside the city. And as we all know, Euro-Disney is modeled on Disneyland in California.
It took me awhile, but I got there.
Of course, not everyone is happy. "I say no to Americanization," said Claudio Mancini, a member of the Lazio council, who obviously opposes the plan. I guess that's why the Deputy Mayor said the model was Euro-Disney, not Disneyland.
Besides, the Romans used the Colosseum for 500 years, starting back in 80 AD, and predated modern-day Disneyland by nearly 1,900 years. I think it's the other way around, actually. Walt took the idea from the Romans. At 50,000 spectators per event, the attendance at the Colosseum surely outstrips the attendance at Disneyland.
I'm all for it. Who wouldn't want to watch gladiators fight? It would be a whole new kind of reality show.
Oh, that's right. We already have American Gladiators. Since the "Colosseum" name is already taken, they could call it "Roman Gladiators." After all, the Italians had the name first.