Beaches, Bikinis and guinea pigs; Heidi, Stacey and Mrs. Gretzky. From east to west and west to east, the equator proved to be one long, fun line. But in case you didn't enjoy the trip, we thought we'd give you a taste of where we could have gone, much the way the NFL once scheduled a Super Bowl in Detroit to head off complaints about going to New Orleans again. So while the rest of us sought fun at 0� latitude, Bob Martin packed his cameras and went north-south starting at 0� longitude (which becomes 180� longitude on the other side of the world). Think of it as the "unfun line."
In Greenwich, England (51� 28'N, 0� longitude), Bob asked a street cleaner named Dave Wright what he did for fun. "Getting pissed with me mates down at the boozer," replied Dave, who then went into a Proustian reverie about the time he won �3,000 on a football wager. "We bought a washing machine and drank ourselves stupid," he recalled.
Dave's thoughts about fun echoed those of Ratu Mesutame, a sugarcane farmer from Fiji (18� S, 178� E), who was asked to describe the most fun one can have in that island nation. "Every new year we have a traditional party," Ratu said. "We drink a lot. The tradition is to get very wet and then cover each other with talcum powder." He added that his cousin Evanje was the most fun guy thereabouts—"He chases cows and horses," Ratu explained.
It's fascinating how the idea of a fun guy can differ from place to place. In New Zealand (43� S, 171�E), a rabbit hunter named Sandy Spain told Bob that the most fun guy locally was a fellow known as "passion fingers" because he manages to inspire a certain primal response from "every girl he touches."
"A real funny guy," Sandy averred.
In the bowels of a 15th-century ch�teau in Loches, France (45� 34'N, 2� 19'E), Bob found Michel Prieur cleaning the tomb of a French queen. What's the most fun he ever had? "Having food and drinks with my good friends." What's fun to do around here? "Sit and look at the river. The light is very special." What would Michel tell fun seekers who came to this part of the world?
"You took the wrong road."