A new blog

I’ve started a new blog as well. It’s a general blog for all of my work rather than a specific one for just this project. This blog will continue to exist and be posted to when I work on this project.

The new blog:



Its been quite a while since my last post. I’ve taken a bit of break from this project but it did find its way to the Corcoran Gallery of Art and in July a portion of it will be part of the Conner Contemporary Art Academy 2008 Show. I’ll be getting back to this project in the coming months.

In the mean time check out my shiny new website: Kristoffer Tripplaar: Photojournalist


I tried to think about another witty tirade for this event. But, in the end I was at an almost total loss for words. But I can tell you; I think I got a preview of the apocalypse. It’s going to be bright… and loud.

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Thirty-nine teams gathered together at a ski resort in Maine for a single purpose: to carry their wives. The event organizers claim the “art” of wife carrying dates back to ancient times when Vikings would raid villages and carry off the women. While probably true, it’s kind of hard to believe the legitimacy of this explanation as I stand next to a pyramid of Bud Light stacked next to the finish line. It should also be mentioned that the competition is not limited to married couples. Provided the carrier and carried posses the sum of the body parts described in the birds and the bees talk, your team is qualified.

Over log obstacles and though a mud pit they will go on the two hundred and seventy-eight yard course. The two teams with fastest times from the first round will go the final. In the final they will carry head to head. The winners of that race will become the “8th Annual North American Wife Carrying Champions.”

This year the teams of Keith Cardoza/ Julia Stoner and Ri Fahnestock/ Sarah Silverberg raced in the final round. It was the closest finish in the history of the competition. A mere three-hundredths of a second separated the two. In the end it was the Cardoza/ Stoner team that took the title… and the beer.
North American Wife Carrying Championships

Pop Quiz…A city that is divided by a river of the same name was the imperial capital of Vietnam for more than a century. Name this city, which is still an important cultural center.

Don’t worry; I have no idea what it is either. But 14 year-old Caitlin Snaring of Redmond, Wash., answered it correctly to win the 2007 National Geographic Bee. She correctly responded “Hue” and became only the second female winner in the competitions eighteen-year history. She also walked away with a cool $25,000 towards her college education. An even more surprising fact is that Snaring did not miss a single question through her entire journey of atlas-based trivia.

Much like the Scripps National Spelling Bee the final round of the competition was televised live on National Television. It was even hosted by the great tester of nearly useless knowledge, Mr. Alex Trebek. If trends like this continue I’m sure were are not too far from an episode of “24” where Jack Bauer saves the country by correctly answering which continent Mount Erebus is located on. At least he’ll torture a few terrorists along the way.

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What do you get when you combine a room full of hyper-intelligent children, the biggest dictionary you have ever seen and a bell purported to be haunted by the ghost of E.W. Scripps?

Yeah, you guessed it, the best damn frat kegger this side of the Mississippi!

Okay, it’s really the Scripps National Spelling Bee and I made the ghost thing up. Children from around the world compete in the annual quiz show-esque spectacle but it has become a truly Americanized event. The final round airs in primetime on a national television network. The coverage seems more like a superbowl then an event created to foster good spelling skills in children. They even do locker room like interviews with those who have been eliminated. Just replace the three hundred pound line backer saying him and the guys gave it a hundred and ten percent with a twelve year old kid crying for his mommy because he missed that damned silent “v”.

After working his way to the final round Evan O’Dorney of Danville, Calif., claimed his victory after correctly spelling “serrefine”. It’s a ” small spring forceps used for approximating the edges of a wound, or for temporarily closing an artery during surgery” for those of you who don’t stay up late at night with your dictionary. While being interviewed after the competition O’Dorney was asked what he thought about the Spelling Bee, O’Dorney Said: “Are you saying I’m supposed to like it more? Yeah, I do a little bit.” And then went on to explain how much he is looking forward to math camp.

At least he will be able to comfort himself with the $35,000 cash, the $5,000 scholarship and a $2,500 savings bond he won. You can comfort yourself with the endless re-runs that will air on ESPN 2 for a long time to come.

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At approximately 1:01pm on July 4th Joey Chestnut, a college student from California ate his way to superstardom. Chestnut managed to down sixty-six hot dogs in twelve minutes, a new world record. By doing so he secured the most sacred eating competition title firmly back in American hands: The Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest. By proving himself as a gluttnous powerhouse he defeated the six time returning champion, Japan’s Takeru Kobayashi.

In the twelve minutes of eating Joey Chestnut consumed about one dog every eleven seconds. His estimated caloric intake was in the range of twelve thousand five hundred. About six and half days worth of calories on a two thousand calorie diet.

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