Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Terry Funk and global warming

Terry Funk was holding court in the middle of the newsroom around noon Wednesday with a virtual Who's That of the newsroom -- sports editor Lance Lahnert, assistant sports editor David Henry, business editor Jim McBride and myself.

"What do you guys think of global warming?" he asked.

Before we could expertly expound on the subject, Funk, headed to the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame in Houston in early April, had his own idea on solving the possible problem, an idea that he thinks might lead to a Nobel Peace Prize for himself.

"First, everyone all over the world needs to set their watches at the same time," he said. "Everybody. If it's 4 o'clock here, it needs to be 4 o'clock in Japan, 4 o'clock in Dubai, 4 o'clock in Iceland, 4 o'clock everywhere in the world.

"Then at 4 o'clock in the afternoon on a certain day, everyone goes out to their vehichle, rolls down the windows, and turns the air conditioning on for four or five minutes. That ought to do it, don't you think?"

And then he had this warning: "Now don't be going and steal my idea."

Oh, no, in the interest of fairness and to the originator of high ideals, this one is Funk's and Funk's alone. While he needs to work on his Hall of Fame speech, I would imagine he won't need to at the Nobel ceremonies.

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