Beer Suds Celebration on a Champagne Budget

These guys want to party like they're Derek Jeter, and they're willing to pay for it.

A Japanese hotel is now offering the ultimate experience for those men who just want to get together and spray each other down with a golden shower of beer.

For only $168 a night, the Maruni Hotel Isenosato's Beer Spray Party Plan gives the average salaryman the chance to live it up like they've just won the World Series, the Mainichi Daily News reports.

"We get people to have a banquet and after they've finished move them into a party room where they can pour beer over each other," said a hotel spokesman.

"The parties are normally held in honor of someone and if that's the case, we keep it a secret from the guest of honor, who's led into the room blindfolded," he said. "We take the blindfold off and let everybody start spraying booze around."

Beer, naturally, is extra. Plan on around three bottles per person, the spokesman said, at about $7 a pop.

Troops to Taste 'Jerky Worth Fighting For'

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — U.S. troops in Iraq may soon be getting a deer-ly beloved taste of home.

A Veterans of Foreign Wars post here is sending venison jerky donated by hunters.

Mark Wagemann, commander of VFW Post No. 762, said he got the idea for "Jerky Worth Fighting For" from a magazine article.

The article told of a couple who made venison jerky and shipped it to their son who was serving in Iraq.

"I thought we could do the same thing for troops from North Dakota and Minnesota who are in Iraq," Wagemann said.

With hunters able to draw more than one deer tag, Wagemann figured many hunters would be willing to donate one or more of their deer to the project.

"I thought we could do this on a larger scale," Wagemann says. "Nobody eats four deer a year, so I figured there would be plenty available."

More than 1,000 pounds of jerky and venison sticks have been shipped to more than 40 soldiers from North Dakota and Minnesota, and new addresses arrive every week.

"I was hoping we'd get 30 deer donated when we started this project," Wagemann says. "It's been successful beyond my wildest dreams."

There's Good Naked and There's Bad Naked

HETEREN, Netherlands (AP) — A dozen middle-age and elderly men were game enough for a Dutch gym's invitation to work out nude. But they were vastly outnumbered by the dozens of journalists watching them lift, row and cycle in the buff.

Fitworld owner Patrick de Man allowed the media in for the first session of "Naked Sunday" after receiving inquiries from as far away as Russia and Australia.

The response from nudists was more lukewarm.

A smattering of men trickled in and out throughout the day at the gym in the small town of Heteren, 60 miles east of Amsterdam. They found the exercise room packed with photographers, TV crews and reporters who jostled for interviews and pictures while the nudists hit the machines and free weights.

"We already had naked swimming ... but a gym, that's unique," said one white-haired bespectacled man, who gave only his first name, Henk.

"It's spectacular!" he said, as he pedaled away.

A few local politicians and a nudist tourism company also watched. There was no group aerobics or naked instructors. Staffers wore aprons with a nude body painted on.

De Man thought there might be interest in nude exercising after two of his regular customers asked why he had separate dressing rooms for men and women. He said he expected a bigger turnout next Sunday, especially after all the publicity.

Although the Dutch Federation of Naturists endorsed the idea, most of its 70,000 members said in a poll they would rather hike or garden than go the gym in the nude.

No women showed up for "Naked Sunday," even though eight were among the 100 people who had signed up for the event.

"It's always the same — the first ones to shy away are the women. You see that at nudist camps too," said Henk.

The Netherlands is known for its relaxed sexual attitude. Women often go topless on beaches, nudity is common on television. Prostitution is legal in designated areas.

But some people in the town of 5,100 were upset by "Naked Sunday," and some gym members worried about sanitation.

"Unbelievable that you guys came up with this idea," wrote one visitor to the club's Web site who said he would be switching gyms. "Okay that there are people who want to exercise bare naked, but do it at home and not in a public place."

Councilman Frits Witjes, who cut a ribbon for the event, said the town government supported the idea because it promoted fitness and nudists have a right to freedom of expression.

"Some people are happier about it than others," Witjes said.

Nude exercisers were required to put towels down on weight machines, use disposable seat covers while riding bikes and disinfect the equipment.

"There are things that you like to do, and for a nudist, it just feels better to do them with your clothes off," said Ron van der Putten, who drove for more than an hour for the event. "You feel more free."

And Then There's Ice-Cube-Cold Naked

LAKE DELTON, Wis. (AP) — Good-quality snow makes some people want to make a snowman or go sledding. For one 33-year-old man, the fine powder seemed like a reasonable excuse to run naked through it.

The man was cited for disorderly conduct Sunday after a neighbor at the Woodland Park Apartment complex reported him cavorting nude. He was "running back and forth jumping up and down wearing no clothes," the police report quoted the witness as saying.

The neighbor was with her two children and a friend's child, all of whom saw the bare display. "It was disgusting," the oldest child reportedly told police.

Police located the man in the apartment complex. Through an interpreter, the snow lover said he was excited about the weather and wanted to run naked in it.

He told authorities he didn't realize the woman and children were watching. The man was charged with disorderly conduct.

China Makes Stink Over Smelly Cabs

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing taxi drivers should stop eating and sleeping in their cabs as the smells they make could tarnish the city's image during the 2008 Olympic Games, a political adviser was quoted Sunday as saying by state media.

About one-third of the taxis in Beijing were smelly, Shi Xiangpeng, a Hong Kong representative at the annual session of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, was quoted by Xinhua News Agency as saying.

"Sometimes I could smell an unbearable stink once I got into the cab, but was afraid of being too rude to get off immediately. So I had to roll down the windows, regardless of how cold it was outside," Shi said.

He told Xinhua the odors were a result of the bad habits of drivers from the suburbs of Beijing who, because they live far from the downtown area, sometimes sleep and eat meals in their cars.

Many drivers also smoke in their cars, he said.

Shi said the matter was not trivial because it would reflect on China's image during the Summer Olympics next year in Beijing.

Xinhua said Beijing has 2.9 million registered motor vehicles, including 67,000 taxis.

Compiled by's Sara Bonisteel.

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