Thursday, June 11, 2009

Random lunchtime linkage

Posted By on Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 5:29 PM

• Jalopnik covers the story of last week's New Orleans LeMons auto races (slogan: "Laissez Les Crapheaps Roulez"), in which the most busted old hoopties engaged in blood sport. Local blogger and gearhead NOLA-dishu explains the event thusly: "It's an endurance race (actually about 16 hours or so spread over 2 days) where the goal is survival. The trick? You car must cost less than $500 (minus safety equipment). Dangerous? Yes."

One of LeMons' highlights is "The People's Curse" award, in which the honored car was to be crushed to death for the delight of LeMons fans. Unfortunately, it seems that the winners split town before the demolition could occur. Jalopnik has the whole story.

• Our friends at The Independent in Lafayette made a funny catch from this morning's Nola.com. The unwary could be forgiven for thinking Edwin Edwards had been sprung from jail....

Mos Def is floating the idea of a hip-hop "Battle of New Orleans," with various categories of musical combat -- all to be aired on pay-per-view, with half the proceeds going toward Katrina relief. And he threw down with Jay-Z and Lil Wayne:

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