Of Tough Mudders and Cincinnati Chili: An Old Spice #Smellegendary Expedition

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When the guy on the tiny Delta plane that I was sharing a seat with told me about “Cincinnati chili,” all I could think about was the notorious “Cleveland Steamer.”

I mean, how was I to know any different?

Everything I knew about Cincinnati had been mainlined into my body via two sources: “WKRP in Cincinnati” and my favorite NFL head coach of all-time, former Bengals boss Sam Wyche. And this guy looked nothing like Johnny Fever. Or Wyche.

The man’s hands were strong – too strong. And when the flight attendant stopped in our row and examined a lanyard around his neck, he nodded at her — a slow, pronounced nod that was accompanied by the universal “shhhhh” hand signal of an index finger placed tenderly over his lips while making intense eye contact with the stewardess — it became clear he was some kind of TSA officer.

Needless to say, I crossed my legs and looked the other way. But all this guy wanted to talk about was chili.

“Yeah, so you can have a two-way Cincinnati chili, a three-way, heck, even a four-way.”

Old Spice is known for weirdness, and on the tarmac in Detroit en route to the “Queen City,” the weirdness was already cranked up to one billion percent. Old Spice actually came into existence due to a four-way of sorts.

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Behind the scenes at the 100th Indy 500: Day Four

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The culmination of our trip to the Indy 500 for the IndyCar Mobile app by Verizon was the running of the 100th race in history. Each day got us all the #InsideIndy access we could handle and Day Four did not disappoint.

400,000 of our closest friends attended the track on raceday, which featured a daylong EDM festival headlined by Skrillex on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway infield while the race was going on. Delve into the madness of Day Four below.

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Behind the scenes at the 100th Indy 500: Day Three

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From the minute we exited the bus and entered the Indianapolis Motor Speedway grounds to start Day Three, the crowd was raucous. Carb Day was in full swing and even though it was 8 AM, the beer swilling and hot babe-age lent itself to the feel of an early afternoon college football tailgate.

Carb Day

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Even though the cars haven’t used carburetors since 1963, Carb Day is the final practice session before the race. 150,000-plus people attended this year’s version, an all-time high. Above, six of the hottest babes on site. 

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Behind the scenes at the 100th Indy 500: Day Two

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Castroneves Goes Down

Building off the momentum of Day One, we squared off against three-time Indy 500 champion Helio Castroneves in the Verizon hum remote control car race. He asked for the directions on “how to use this thing” and I pretended not to hear him.

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I got off to a hot start and smoked the entire field, H.C. included. I snapped this pic for posterity.

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Real World: Indianapolis – Behind the scenes at the 100th Indy 500

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Eight strangers picked to live in two Airbnb houses: One, “The Cool House.” And the second, “The Misery House,” loaded with enough crucifixes to make Kathy Bates blush. What happens when people stop being polite and start getting real? The Real World: Indianapolis.

Thanks to #InsideIndy access via Verizon, Bullz-Eye is on location at “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” so YOU don’t have to be. And if you were assigned the second Airbnb house, like our colleagues from Busted Coverage and Coed, a couch in The Cool House would look really good to you, really fast.

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