The past 10 seconds of my life:

1) I go here, and read:

He [Barack Obama] goes and picks up a pair of 16 kilo weights and starts curling them with his left and right arms, 30 repetitions on each side. Then, amazingly, he picks up the 32 kilo weights! Very slowly he lifts them, first 10 curls with his right, then 10 with his left.

2) I think to myself: “I bet that …”

2a) “… you can get pretty far in Germany without any understanding of the English system of measure.”

2b) “… Vox Day’s penis just retracted.”


Now, Obama obviously keeps himself in shape, but either his magical negritude [!!!] is much more powerful than I’d previously believed or this German reporter is at best mistaking pounds for kilos. I have lifted weights regularly for 20 years and at 17 inches in circumference, my arms should be significantly stronger than Obama’s appear to be in the famous beach photo. I do use the 32-kilo dumbbells occasionally myself, but only for shoulder press and even then for just four reps. Granted, I do both pull-ups and straight bar before getting to dumbbell curls, but I start with reps of ten at 35-40 kilos on the straight bar using both arms and 14 kilos for the single-arm exercises. I finish with four reps at 50 and 20, respectively. At no point have I ever used more than 22 kilos for one-arm curls and that was when I was hitting the weights very hard while using creatine.

This is just like Babe Ruth calling his own shot, especially if that epochal moment in sporting history occurred during a game of tennis ball T-ball in his living room.  It’s nothing like Obama hitting a 3-pointer, though, which is totally unimpressive.

… On further consideration, I may just be an internet loser whose epitaph will read: “Laughed whenever someone said ‘Althouse‘.  Survived by his 200 cats.”  I will have to console myself with my large and powerful arms, which are exactly 5% larger and more powerful than Mr. Day’s at all times.