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This sounds like it’s from The Onion, but it’s from the Los Angeles Times:

Everybody’s getting into the ax at ax-throwing clubs

A man and two women stand holding axes.

By MIKE MORRIS
SEP. 13, 2019 7 AM

Think of one of the newest trends in sporting competitions as darts but with a much heavier projectile. Ax throwing, a staple in lumberjack competitions, is just what it sounds like. Here are five places to try to hit the ax-throwing bull’s eye in California and beyond.

You don’t have to travel far to try this cutting-edge sport. LA-AX opened last year in North Hollywood and has plans to expand to other Southern California locations early next year.

Girls throwing axes sounds like trouble waiting to happen. A lot of women aren’t very adept at throwing a ball, much less an axe.

Commenter Dtbb points out this video:

 
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  1. You’re posting too often. Consider slowing down to give your readers time to comment a lot and get some sleep.

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    • Replies: @The Last Real Calvinist
    I meant to hit LOL.

    Sorry!
    , @Kronos
    Don’t worry Steve, we can take it! Who here needs some Benzedrine? I have Allen Ginsberg‘s old sock filled with the stuff.
    , @Digital Samizdat
    No shit! Occasionally it seems as though Steve comes down with diarrhea of the keyboard.
    , @The preferred nomenclature is...
    Agree!
    , @Buzz Mohawk
    Try hot coffee in between shots of bourbon. It's delicious. You'll keep up with Steve and your comments will look good until you wake up, roll over and look at them again. It's like taking a girl home at closing time.

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    , @Ash Williams
    Evidently I don't comment enough, so

    LOL
  2. Oh, in answer to your question:

    It depends:

    Are the heads not on really tight?
    Do these axes say “Hecho in China”?
    Are people standing anywhere from the 4 O’clock to 8 O’clock positions from any of these ladies?

    If the answer to any one or combination of these 3 questions is yes, then, YES.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    I nearly, or could of, whacked myself that way doing real yard work on a big spread once. Was chopping or hacking away and the whole fucking head of the axe came off. Definitely one of those close call life moments you stop and reflect. Man....that would have been lethal and painful.

    Think of all the men who had to face the sword and axe throughout history too. Pretty brave to walk around knowing that was a ready possibility.
  3. None of the hipsters involved in this trend actually likes ax-throwing, nor will they pursue it for an extended period of time. It’s just an affectation. They’ll get bored of it soon, and look around for the next quirky thing they can pretend to enjoy and show off.

    • Replies: @Alexander Turok
    That was my experience with it; one of those things people like talking about more than they like doing. The place I went to appeared fairly safe, they had an employee watching us constantly who told us the entire group would be kicked out if there was any funny business. But it sounds more dangerous than it is, and that's a plus signalling-wise. I expect the place, which is basically just a corner in a bar containing some cages, will be gone in five years.
  4. @Achmed E. Newman
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    Ron Unz, proprietor

    I meant to hit LOL.

    Sorry!

  5. Axe me no questions, I’ll tell you no lies.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    I got that one!

    Here's the Skynyrd for you:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCfWmNJt4D4

    "Don't axe no stupid questions, and I won't tell you goodbye!"

    Then, Billy Joel (near the end of his prime musical years) said "Don't axe me why.":

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQoDqAdoBkY
  6. @Anonymous
    None of the hipsters involved in this trend actually likes ax-throwing, nor will they pursue it for an extended period of time. It's just an affectation. They'll get bored of it soon, and look around for the next quirky thing they can pretend to enjoy and show off.

    That was my experience with it; one of those things people like talking about more than they like doing. The place I went to appeared fairly safe, they had an employee watching us constantly who told us the entire group would be kicked out if there was any funny business. But it sounds more dangerous than it is, and that’s a plus signalling-wise. I expect the place, which is basically just a corner in a bar containing some cages, will be gone in five years.

  7. Almost cut her hair.

    • Replies: @Kronos
    Scalps are overrated.

    Just ban them under the Cultural Appropriation Clause - (Apache subtext) under the Zeroth Amendment. There, problem solved.
  8. It’s useful for Zombie Apocalypse, but you better have good medical insurance.

    From the Internet:

    Ouch Time 1

    Ouch Time 2

    • Replies: @william munny
    A guy I know has a large piece of property in the woods he rents out to a Zombie Apocalypse group every now and then. They charge hipsters to come out and spend the weekend throwing axes and learning how to withstand the hardships they are sure to face in the future.

    After the first weekend, group's owner asked if he could spray for bugs.
    , @anonymous
    That girl sure has a nice little axe! I think I'll wait until they get rid of their rubber floor before I go there however!
  9. @Achmed E. Newman
    You're posting too often. Consider slowing down to give your readers time to comment a lot and get some sleep.

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    Don’t worry Steve, we can take it! Who here needs some Benzedrine? I have Allen Ginsberg‘s old sock filled with the stuff.

  10. @Dtbb
    Almost cut her hair.
    https://youtu.be/i-dnGSfmA9Y

    Scalps are overrated.

    Just ban them under the Cultural Appropriation Clause – (Apache subtext) under the Zeroth Amendment. There, problem solved.

  11. Somehow I don’t think you’d get that kind of bounce-back if the targets and back wall were really solidly secured. I get the feeling that they are like big tympany heads screwed around the edges to a 2 by 4 frame.

    • Replies: @PiltdownMan

    Somehow I don’t think you’d get that kind of bounce-back if the targets and back wall were really solidly secured.
     
    Or if they were tilted slightly. That would keep any rebound from coming directly back at the ax-thrower.
  12. Just a reminder to iSteve readers to please refer to these people as Bell Beaker girls; not Battle Axe girls. The latter is politically incorrect as it makes axe-throwing sound cool to heterosexual white schoolboys.

    • Disagree: Redneck farmer
    • LOL: El Dato
    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
    Sorry, meant to hit LOL. Also, do you suspect they took photos of the best looking girls at the place?
    , @SFG
    That's more of a hand axe, I think.

    Definitely not +1.
    , @Mr. Anon
    Give 'em thirty years, and I expect a lot of those girls will have earned the title "Battleaxe".
    , @S. M. Coulton
    "Battle Axe" refers to the Corded Ware culture. Not Bell Beaker.
  13. That’s not an ax-throwing club.

    This is an ax-throwing club:

    • LOL: PiltdownMan
    • Replies: @El Dato
    The next morning they all had headaches.

    (Also, this is how white women got genetically selected for)

    , @PiltdownMan
    Kirk Douglas is still with us, aged 102.
    , @Stebbing Heuer
    Someone tell BAP.
  14. Meh, I’d say the hipster bars with the big indoor bocci courts are cooler-looking, calmer, more sociable, and more fun. And it’s something people would rather actually DO.

    I doubt any of these a$$holes actually likes throwing an axe, or understands anything at all about what is inside and behind such an action. They’re being programmed to want to do it because Reasons. Ask any of them a very basic technical question about power tools. Hilarity ensues.

  15. It ain’t the ♣’s, it’s the ♠’s.

    • LOL: bomag
  16. @Achmed E. Newman
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    Ron Unz, proprietor

    No shit! Occasionally it seems as though Steve comes down with diarrhea of the keyboard.

    • Replies: @Bard of Bumperstickers
    It's just his biPulitzer disorder's manic phase.
  17. Exactly what we need: More chances for Darwinian natural selection.

  18. The video is why you use double-headed axes for throwing, kids.

  19. @Ano
    Just a reminder to iSteve readers to please refer to these people as Bell Beaker girls; not Battle Axe girls. The latter is politically incorrect as it makes axe-throwing sound cool to heterosexual white schoolboys.

    Sorry, meant to hit LOL. Also, do you suspect they took photos of the best looking girls at the place?

    • Replies: @Ano
    Yes, my antennae started quivering at the absence of flaunted visible tatts or face piercings.
    Rent-a-models from the local High School drama club?
    , @L Woods
    Probably, but not necessarily to an unrepresentative degree. Women are attracted to frivolous trends like this (and the promoters thereof). PUAs have it wrong -- the best way to score is to be a mercurial, vapid trend follower unburdened by any sense of self-respect.
  20. Militia types and assorted hicks have been ax throwing for years …….I hope that doesn’t destroy the mystique.

    • Replies: @Anonymousse
    Well poor whites (among others) have been living in trailer homes for years and that hasn’t impeded the ultra trendy “tiny house” movement. All it takes is better marketing.

    https://youtu.be/-CWHnOfkwMI

    You know they once fed lobster to prisoners? Who else would would be willing to eat boiled ocean scavenger beetles...

    https://gizmodo.com/lobsters-were-once-only-fed-to-poor-people-and-prisoner-1612356919
  21. @Ano
    Just a reminder to iSteve readers to please refer to these people as Bell Beaker girls; not Battle Axe girls. The latter is politically incorrect as it makes axe-throwing sound cool to heterosexual white schoolboys.

    That’s more of a hand axe, I think.

    Definitely not +1.

    • Replies: @MBlanc46
    Indeed. They’re throwing hatchets, not axes.
  22. @El Dato
    It's useful for Zombie Apocalypse, but you better have good medical insurance.

    From the Internet:

    Ouch Time 1

    https://i.imgur.com/kN8xxvd.mp4

    Ouch Time 2

    https://i.imgur.com/lxrFhFM.mp4

    A guy I know has a large piece of property in the woods he rents out to a Zombie Apocalypse group every now and then. They charge hipsters to come out and spend the weekend throwing axes and learning how to withstand the hardships they are sure to face in the future.

    After the first weekend, group’s owner asked if he could spray for bugs.

  23. @Digital Samizdat
    No shit! Occasionally it seems as though Steve comes down with diarrhea of the keyboard.

    It’s just his biPulitzer disorder’s manic phase.

  24. @tyrone
    Militia types and assorted hicks have been ax throwing for years …….I hope that doesn't destroy the mystique.

    Well poor whites (among others) have been living in trailer homes for years and that hasn’t impeded the ultra trendy “tiny house” movement. All it takes is better marketing.

    You know they once fed lobster to prisoners? Who else would would be willing to eat boiled ocean scavenger beetles…

    https://gizmodo.com/lobsters-were-once-only-fed-to-poor-people-and-prisoner-1612356919

    • Replies: @Oddsbodkins
    I read somewhere prisoners were fed matter consisting of whole lobsters ground into meal and boiled. Objectively nasty.
  25. To ax the question is to answer it.

  26. I remember a simpler time when people merely threw dwarves.

  27. @Redneck farmer
    Sorry, meant to hit LOL. Also, do you suspect they took photos of the best looking girls at the place?

    Yes, my antennae started quivering at the absence of flaunted visible tatts or face piercings.
    Rent-a-models from the local High School drama club?

  28. Ax throwing worked for Gary Hart — but then he got caught in some Monkey Business.

  29. @Simon Tugmutton
    That's not an ax-throwing club.

    This is an ax-throwing club:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-MmIt2ogqc

    The next morning they all had headaches.

    (Also, this is how white women got genetically selected for)

  30. For those of a certain age, this video is practically de rigueur, albeit an obvious response.

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
    Yes, I came here to post this. Steve must be slipping to not include it.
  31. @Anon
    Somehow I don’t think you’d get that kind of bounce-back if the targets and back wall were really solidly secured. I get the feeling that they are like big tympany heads screwed around the edges to a 2 by 4 frame.

    Somehow I don’t think you’d get that kind of bounce-back if the targets and back wall were really solidly secured.

    Or if they were tilted slightly. That would keep any rebound from coming directly back at the ax-thrower.

  32. @Simon Tugmutton
    That's not an ax-throwing club.

    This is an ax-throwing club:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-MmIt2ogqc

    Kirk Douglas is still with us, aged 102.

  33. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @Achmed E. Newman
    Oh, in answer to your question:

    It depends:

    Are the heads not on really tight?
    Do these axes say "Hecho in China"?
    Are people standing anywhere from the 4 O'clock to 8 O'clock positions from any of these ladies?

    If the answer to any one or combination of these 3 questions is yes, then, YES.

    I nearly, or could of, whacked myself that way doing real yard work on a big spread once. Was chopping or hacking away and the whole fucking head of the axe came off. Definitely one of those close call life moments you stop and reflect. Man….that would have been lethal and painful.

    Think of all the men who had to face the sword and axe throughout history too. Pretty brave to walk around knowing that was a ready possibility.

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
  34. I don’t understand why anyone would oppose common sense ax control.

  35. These ax throwing bars started sprouting up in the Midwest within the last year. The first time I saw a local TV news segment on one my very first thought was “Good GOD this is a lawsuit waiting to be filed!!!” And then I heard they serve alcohol. Yeah, alcohol and sharp axes, no, I don’t see an issue there. They also hawk that you can do corporate events. Let’s see, alcohol, sharp axes, and a coworker you hate. Good Times ahoy!

    Speaking of coworkers and corporate events last year my firm held a quarterly meeting at an indoor go kart track. These are not your typical “Mom & Pop Fun Land Go Karts” with a 2HP Briggs & Stratton. Oh no, these are the types of racing carts kids race when they’re learning to become professional race car drivers and move up to IndyCar, NASCAR, or F1. Little suckers can probably hit 40, 50 mph top end. They make you wear a full face helmet and strap in with a five point harness like professional racers use.

    The track is a road course style with an elevated section featuring an uphill and downhill ramp. For even MORE fun the downhill has a corkscrew a la Laguna Seca racetrack.

    So take about 50 IT people who play GTA or various racing games on their computer or game console and set ’em loose in go karts. What could POSSIBLY go wrong?

    Well we’re not going back since someone walloped a retaining wall head on and broke some ribs. However Steve would have liked our most recent outing: We went to a Top Golf style multi-level driving range. MUCH safer!

  36. @PiltdownMan
    For those of a certain age, this video is practically de rigueur, albeit an obvious response.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0L5QC9ZJkM8

    Yes, I came here to post this. Steve must be slipping to not include it.

  37. @anon
    Axe me no questions, I'll tell you no lies.

    I got that one!

    Here’s the Skynyrd for you:

    “Don’t axe no stupid questions, and I won’t tell you goodbye!”

    Then, Billy Joel (near the end of his prime musical years) said “Don’t axe me why.”:

  38. Anonymous[206] • Disclaimer says:

    To non-American readers: is ax(sp?)-throwing an implicitly white field of interest out there? I’m excluding Filipino martial arts because that’s not a huge factor in our domestic cultural trends. Here the practice is primarily associated with warrior savages (a “Bone Tomahawk”-fueled fad, maybe without the cannibalism).

    Steve’s kvetching about female participants suggests this could be the perfect photo-op (or, the mind-bendingly catastrophic-on-many-levels one) for the Warren campaign.

  39. @Ano
    Just a reminder to iSteve readers to please refer to these people as Bell Beaker girls; not Battle Axe girls. The latter is politically incorrect as it makes axe-throwing sound cool to heterosexual white schoolboys.

    Give ’em thirty years, and I expect a lot of those girls will have earned the title “Battleaxe”.

  40. @Redneck farmer
    Sorry, meant to hit LOL. Also, do you suspect they took photos of the best looking girls at the place?

    Probably, but not necessarily to an unrepresentative degree. Women are attracted to frivolous trends like this (and the promoters thereof). PUAs have it wrong — the best way to score is to be a mercurial, vapid trend follower unburdened by any sense of self-respect.

  41. The 5 best mattocks in 2019

    https://www.gearhungry.com/best-mattock/

    It is a fashion accessory in some communities. : )

  42. @El Dato
    It's useful for Zombie Apocalypse, but you better have good medical insurance.

    From the Internet:

    Ouch Time 1

    https://i.imgur.com/kN8xxvd.mp4

    Ouch Time 2

    https://i.imgur.com/lxrFhFM.mp4

    That girl sure has a nice little axe! I think I’ll wait until they get rid of their rubber floor before I go there however!

  43. Axe throwing not yet on the radar of SJW’s as another manifestation of white supremacy, but I’ve been out of town and away from my computer for a week, so I could be wrong about that.

  44. Here’s the spot that opened in Brooklyn. I was looking for the story about a spot in Queens that was turned down by the local Community Board who frowned on axe-throwing in an establishment serving booze.

    https://nypost.com/2018/01/12/now-brooklynites-are-throwing-axes-for-fun/

  45. @Simon Tugmutton
    That's not an ax-throwing club.

    This is an ax-throwing club:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-MmIt2ogqc

    Someone tell BAP.

  46. Liberal legalist utopianism in a nutshell. How many of these axe-throwers would, after we close every club, have access to a backyard or park?

  47. Don’t judge me, but I live within walking distance of at least two axe throwing bars. Imagine writing those words. Is this not yet a thing in California? I would assume that axe throwing bars would be popular elsewhere and only hit New York later in the trend cycle.

    I hate these places and think they are dangerous. Just so you know, axe throwing bars are extremely popular with families with children. I cringe thinking about the eventual tragedies that will result.

    For the record, I am not opposed to axe throwing if that is your thing, but I am also against gun range bars. Gun range bars thankfully don’t actually exist because the concept is fucking stupid.

    This is what happens with a generation that lives on Twitter and does not grok the nature of risk and violence.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    In New Mexico, they had drive through liquor stores. One I remember was right outside the reservation.
    , @Achmed E. Newman
    It's all news to me. I was just getting used to those part-out-door bars that have the bean bag games and such for the kids (and adults).

    I did know of a place in Kentucky that was a bar and grill and gun store. They just didn't have a range.
  48. What is it with all the VVS? These people need a slap. See here:

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Disagree. The OP video was well recorded. Full-body shots of individual people should be recorded vertically.
  49. @Clifford Brown
    Don't judge me, but I live within walking distance of at least two axe throwing bars. Imagine writing those words. Is this not yet a thing in California? I would assume that axe throwing bars would be popular elsewhere and only hit New York later in the trend cycle.

    I hate these places and think they are dangerous. Just so you know, axe throwing bars are extremely popular with families with children. I cringe thinking about the eventual tragedies that will result.

    For the record, I am not opposed to axe throwing if that is your thing, but I am also against gun range bars. Gun range bars thankfully don't actually exist because the concept is fucking stupid.

    This is what happens with a generation that lives on Twitter and does not grok the nature of risk and violence.

    In New Mexico, they had drive through liquor stores. One I remember was right outside the reservation.

    • Replies: @Simon Tugmutton
    In Britain we have the pub car-park, which is arguably even worse!
  50. How you don’t see this as the very obvious urban bourgeoisie status signaling it is stuns me.

  51. Amazon fantasies and their discontents…

  52. @Achmed E. Newman
    You're posting too often. Consider slowing down to give your readers time to comment a lot and get some sleep.

    Press BACK in your browser to go back to last post.

    Ron Unz, proprietor

    Agree!

  53. @Clifford Brown
    Don't judge me, but I live within walking distance of at least two axe throwing bars. Imagine writing those words. Is this not yet a thing in California? I would assume that axe throwing bars would be popular elsewhere and only hit New York later in the trend cycle.

    I hate these places and think they are dangerous. Just so you know, axe throwing bars are extremely popular with families with children. I cringe thinking about the eventual tragedies that will result.

    For the record, I am not opposed to axe throwing if that is your thing, but I am also against gun range bars. Gun range bars thankfully don't actually exist because the concept is fucking stupid.

    This is what happens with a generation that lives on Twitter and does not grok the nature of risk and violence.

    It’s all news to me. I was just getting used to those part-out-door bars that have the bean bag games and such for the kids (and adults).

    I did know of a place in Kentucky that was a bar and grill and gun store. They just didn’t have a range.

  54. @Ano
    Just a reminder to iSteve readers to please refer to these people as Bell Beaker girls; not Battle Axe girls. The latter is politically incorrect as it makes axe-throwing sound cool to heterosexual white schoolboys.

    “Battle Axe” refers to the Corded Ware culture. Not Bell Beaker.

  55. I think axe tossing is a terrible idea, but then, I have an ax to grin…

  56. Are Ax-Throwing Clubs a Good Idea?

    Who; whom?

  57. @SFG
    That's more of a hand axe, I think.

    Definitely not +1.

    Indeed. They’re throwing hatchets, not axes.

  58. @Achmed E. Newman
    You're posting too often. Consider slowing down to give your readers time to comment a lot and get some sleep.

    Press BACK in your browser to go back to last post.

    Ron Unz, proprietor

    Try hot coffee in between shots of bourbon. It’s delicious. You’ll keep up with Steve and your comments will look good until you wake up, roll over and look at them again. It’s like taking a girl home at closing time.

  59. She needs to work on her aim. But those biceps and delts tho.

  60. @Anonymous
    In New Mexico, they had drive through liquor stores. One I remember was right outside the reservation.

    In Britain we have the pub car-park, which is arguably even worse!

  61. I’ve tried ax-throwing. Fun, out-side, parlour game. Difficult to make a ‘kill’ as the target was moved closer or further.

    Verdict: Harmless entertainment.

  62. @Achmed E. Newman
    You're posting too often. Consider slowing down to give your readers time to comment a lot and get some sleep.

    Press BACK in your browser to go back to last post.

    Ron Unz, proprietor

    Evidently I don’t comment enough, so

    LOL

  63. @Anonymousse
    Well poor whites (among others) have been living in trailer homes for years and that hasn’t impeded the ultra trendy “tiny house” movement. All it takes is better marketing.

    https://youtu.be/-CWHnOfkwMI

    You know they once fed lobster to prisoners? Who else would would be willing to eat boiled ocean scavenger beetles...

    https://gizmodo.com/lobsters-were-once-only-fed-to-poor-people-and-prisoner-1612356919

    I read somewhere prisoners were fed matter consisting of whole lobsters ground into meal and boiled. Objectively nasty.

  64. Note to insurance companies: Do not insure facilities using targets that return sharp objects to the thrower by spring-action.

  65. @Anonymous
    What is it with all the VVS? These people need a slap. See here:

    https://vimeo.com/313458699

    Disagree. The OP video was well recorded. Full-body shots of individual people should be recorded vertically.

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