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Gym Bag

that you get into and out of
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You know why Houdini had such great muscles? He had to get out of stuff. Handcuffs, bags, boxes, glass cases full of water...

Skip the glass cases, boxes, handcuffs and water. I bet if you struggled out of a large bag hanging from the ceiling a few times, you'd feel pretty good.

I know I would.

k_sra, Jan 10 2004

Houdini muscles are real http://www.house.gov/delahunt/houdini.jpg
(unlike David Blaine's) [k_sra, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

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       I'm in it and I can't get out of it. help!
po, Jan 10 2004

       "Gee officer, it sounded just like the muffled cries of a bag lady."
FarmerJohn, Jan 10 2004

       I'm all for it, as long as it means someone else has to carry me to the gym. And that no-one mistakes me for a punchbag while I'm up there.   

       "So you're off to the gym, huh? What's your poison? Treadmill? Aerobics? Freeweights?"
"Naw. I just like hanging around down there..."
lostdog, Jan 10 2004

       Hopefully these bags would come in various sizes? And maybe if you got the XXXL bag, you could sorta sinch it up as you achieved your goals, so that it continues to be challenging?   

       Velcro or zippers?
dijontoothpaste, Jan 10 2004

       And you know why I have such great muscles? I had to get out of stuff like working out.
dijontoothpaste, Jan 10 2004

       was houdini really ripped?
trinityX, Jan 10 2004

       Yes, of course. (see [link])
k_sra, Jan 11 2004

       k_sra: seminaked men in chains won't effect the congressman's reelection campaign? Or is he working on making the deficit dissapear?
theircompetitor, Jan 12 2004

       Who are you speaking of, [theircomp]?
k_sra, Jan 12 2004

       the houdini link above is on Congressman Delahunt's gov website
theircompetitor, Jan 12 2004


       Who knew?
k_sra, Jan 12 2004

       oh, well, another seat goes RED. Maybe that top page on website button is not such a bad idea :)
theircompetitor, Jan 12 2004

       I tried that as a lark years ago. Hung from the ceiling in a bag, like a punching bag. And was mistaken for a punching bag. Hey, I said, stop it. More punching, followed by curses that would curl your hair worse than a cat, until I was out of breath. Maybe that had done it, because the punching stopped. Then a tiny voice, Charlene’s voice.
“Say uncle,” she said.
pluterday, Jan 12 2004

       Yes. Why not? + (It’s a lot better than that big squishy inflated ball that you’re supposed to roll around on.) However, I understand that much of Houdini’s appeal was his habit of appearing near-naked, thus displaying said musculature. [k], would users of the gym bag be expected to dress similarly, or would sweat pants and a t-shirt be OK? If the former, the health club might attract some extra business by setting up tread mills and stationary bikes (or just chairs) facing the area where the gym bags are hanging.   

       Speaking of getting punched, [pluterday], one of Houdini’s tricks was to allow people to punch him in the stomach. By tensing his (previously-mentioned) muscles he was able to prevent any damage to his abdominal viscera regardless of how hard they punched him. One day a drunk college student decided that he wanted to give it a try, but he didn’t give Houdini any warning, so Houdini’s impressive abs were unfortunately un-tensed upon receiving the blow. He died from a ruptured appendix a few days later (Houdini, that is, not the guy who punched him.) So be careful. The gym bag should have a label on it reading “not a punching bag,” or “do not punch” or something like that.
AO, Jan 12 2004

       Well, I'd imagine thats part of the challenge. Get out of the bag before we release the 10 year-olds with broomsticks. Anyday is a good day for a pinata! [+]
Letsbuildafort, Jan 12 2004

       You know, just thinking about it, I realize that David Blaine is so flabby *because* he doesn't get out of stuff. His whole claim to fame is getting stuck in things and *not* being able to get out. What kind of lame, scrawny-muscled magic is that?
k_sra, Jan 12 2004

       but, the other day someone taught me his floating trick, and my life has not been the same.
theircompetitor, Jan 12 2004

       How about if he stuck himself in a meat packing plant for 2 weeks. See if he could stomach the ordeal.
Letsbuildafort, Jan 12 2004

       [Lbaf], something about Blaine in shrink wrap turns *my* stomach.
k_sra, Jan 12 2004


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