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Saturday, 1 August 2009


Squids are mainly an American phenomenon, and mainly from the warm, dry bits of the US and A, as Borat said. There aren't many squids in the UK.

A squid is a young male, who owns a powerful sports motorcycle and rides it as follows:
  • Far too fast on public roads [1]
  • Likes to perform stunts like wheelies and stoppies in traffic
  • Wears as little as possible, like t-shirt, shorts and sandals with no helmet.
The last one is the reason there aren't many in the UK - a British squid would have to wear thermal underwear, wellies and those handlebar mitt things, and that is so not the image that squids want to project.

Squid is supposed to stand for Stupidly Quick, Underdressed, Imminently Dead.

This is what happens when you are a squid and don't perform basic maintenance on your bike:

Just thought you'd like to know.

This dude, on the other hand, is just some normal guy enjoying a bit of off-road fun and saving wear on the front tyre:

And NOT a squid.

[1] I ought to clarify that. When I say far too fast on a public road, I mean 60 through town traffic, or 105 between lines of cars on the freeway. In my slightly anarchic opinion, there is no such thing as 'too fast' - there is only 'too fast for the conditions'. 20 past a primary school at 3.30 pm may be too fast. 150 on an empty motorway may be just 'making progress'.

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