PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Thousands of bicyclists in various stages of undress have pedaled their way around the city to promote fuel conservation and positive body image.
The Philly Naked Bike Ride on Saturday featured people sporting masks, underwear, body paint, glitter or nothing at all. A lot of riders wore just their shoes.
Debbie Kaighn, who was riding in the popular annual event for the third time, wore shoes, socks and body paint. On her front were streaks and splashes of yellow and green paint, and on her back was the message “Live free, ride nude.”
“I’m a naturist, and I believe in body freedom,” she said. “And I’m also a cyclist.”
The 12-mile ride through the City of Brotherly Love is among many related to the World Naked Bike Ride movement. Riders on the twisting course wheeled through University City, around the Rittenhouse Square park, down to City Hall and through Chinatown. Giddy crowds cheered them on while shooting photos and videos on their cellphones.
Ed Blanton traveled from Arlington, Va., to ride nude in the Philly event for the fourth time “because I’m a bicyclist and it’s fun.”
He wore just a sign on his back: “The earth is the Lord’s.”
“I like to get this message out,” he said before hopping gingerly onto his bike and riding off.
Other riders supported assorted causes, including breast cancer research. One had painted on his back, “Burn fat, not oil.”
This is the seventh year of the Philly Naked Bike Ride, which draws about 3,000 participants. Organizers say they hope the event encourages people to bike more and to embrace nudity as a normal and enjoyable part of life.
SALES OF UNEARTHED ATARI GAMES TOTAL MORE THAN $100,000
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — A cache of Atari game cartridges dug up in a New Mexico landfill last year has generated more than $100,000 in sales in the last several months.
An estimated 850 games that sold on eBay has brought in close to $108,000.
Joe Lewandowski, a consultant for the film companies that documented the dig to retrieve the games, announced the figure at an Alamogordo City Commission meeting earlier this week.
Of the revenue, Alamogordo will receive about $65,000. The Tularosa Basin Historical Society will get $16,000.
About $26,000 will go toward expenses such as shipping fees.
The April 2014 dig ended speculation surrounding an urban legend that Atari had discarded hundreds of games, including “E.T. The Extraterrestrial,” more than 30 years ago.
PAWN SHOP SELLS JACK KEVORKIAN’S ASSISTED SUICIDE VAN
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — A pawn shop owner has sold an old Volkswagen van that was used by assistant suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian.
Les Gold said he sold the van Friday to TV paranormal investigator Zak Bagans for more than $30,000.
Kevorkian sparked the national right-to-die debate in the 1990s with a homemade suicide machine that ended the lives of about 130 people. He helped people die in their homes, motels and in the back of the 1968 van.
Kevorkian died in 2011 at age 83. He spent eight years in prison for second-degree murder after “60 Minutes” aired a video of him giving a lethal injection to a man in 1998.
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