The staredown
July 12, 2006 11:40 AM   Subscribe

Unflinching Triumph. A free movie (see director's manifesto) about something you thought was a kid's game. The National Association of Staredown Professionals is the real deal. Are you an enthusiast?
posted by whimsicalnymph (15 comments total)
Funny.. I used to do that as a kid and I won everytime...Ā«snickerĀ» Had I only known that I could have turned this into an endorsement oportunity, well, I wouldn't have left that path.

I wonder what the record time is? Not that I'm too worried if I don't find out. As a kid, I could freak out other classmates by staring and not blinking for minutes on end. I don't really miss those days.
posted by pezdacanuck at 12:06 PM on July 12, 2006

This is a spoof right, with dummy links?
posted by A189Nut at 12:13 PM on July 12, 2006

Can not blinking cause harm to your eyes? Like what would happen if you didn't blink for 12 hours straight?
posted by parallax7d at 12:17 PM on July 12, 2006

Definitely comes off like a spoof. The people seem a little too perfect.
posted by adamrice at 12:19 PM on July 12, 2006

Those guys were actors.
posted by redteam at 12:34 PM on July 12, 2006

Hrm, the quarterly news goes back to Fall '04 but:

- domain was only registered on Jan 18 2006 according to whois
- no copy of it in the Internet Archive Wayback Machine
- surely something this bizarre would have been mentioned somewhere before, but it hasn't.

I call spoof. Feel free to call Ernie Armstrong at [get the phone number from whois] if you really want to know.
posted by chuma at 12:35 PM on July 12, 2006

From the rules:

NOTE: The administration of testosterone is banned. The presence of a testosterone (T) to epitestosterone (E) ratio greater than six (6) to one (1) in the urine of a competitor constitutes an offense unless there is evidence that this ratio is due to a physiological or pathological condition, e.g. low epitestosterone excretion, androgen production by tumor, enzyme deficiencies.

I think they might be stricter than MLB.
posted by inigo2 at 12:40 PM on July 12, 2006

Isn't this just a live action version of the International Staring Championships featured in the comedy show "Big Train"?
posted by longbaugh at 12:43 PM on July 12, 2006

The best way to win in a stare down contest is to wet your pants. The opponent sees the dark spot grow in their peripheral vision and they can't help but look. Seriously. I read it on the internet.
posted by Pastabagel at 12:50 PM on July 12, 2006

Hilarious. Very fake. But hilarious.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 1:32 PM on July 12, 2006

I don't know. If it is a spoof, it doesn't have any of the goofy acronyms that spell stooopid names or such. I'm willing go either way.

Isn't everyone stricter than MLB?
posted by pezdacanuck at 1:37 PM on July 12, 2006

You notice what's not on the banned list?


Sure, you'd have to manually blink (and tape your eyes shut at night) for three months afterward, but man, you could dominate.
posted by oats at 3:26 PM on July 12, 2006

Spoof? The Truth?

It's still pretty damn funny.
posted by whimsicalnymph at 8:54 PM on July 12, 2006

Just found this add in a Google cache of craigslist chicago:

Referees Wanted -- Fri Jun 30

The NASP (National Association of Staredown Professionals) is looking for referees for our upcoming event in Moline, IL on July 22. Staredown is one of th fastest growing sports in the United States and we're looking for qualified individuals officiate events. For more information on our sport please visit The official rules and regulations you'll be expected to enforce are there for download ( Training and Lunch will be provided the day of the event. If you're interested in becoming an official please email me, Ernie Armstrong, at Ernie Armstrong NASP commissioner
posted by whimsicalnymph at 9:03 PM on July 12, 2006

I tried to watch the trailer, but I had to look away after a few seconds.
posted by Deathalicious at 6:39 AM on July 13, 2006

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