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THE BETTORS: Shaquille O'Neal and an unnamed entourage member.
THE PROPOSITION: That Shaq was so famous he could drop by the White House unannounced and get in. Shaq, who said he has pals in the Secret Service, vowed not to use his connections, going so far as to surrender his cellphone before cabbing it to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
The stakes: 1,000 push-ups
The result: No dice. "They were nice," O'Neal told The Washington Post. "They said, 'Shaq, we can't do it.' I said, 'I understand.'" He has been knocking out the push-ups 20 to 30 at a time.
THE BETTORS: Andy Roddick (far right) and syndicated radio personality Bobby Bones.
The proposition: After Bones suggested on air that returning a serve isn't as tough as it's made out to be, Roddick, who is pals with the DJ, told Bones he'd give him 10 chances to return one.
The stakes: "My pride," says Bones.
The result: Bones lost, in amusing fashion (see it on YouTube). Wearing goggles and a cup, Bones never came close to touching a ball—except for Roddick's final blast, which nearly beheaded him. Asked what he learned, Bones acknowledged that Roddick is the king and he is the queen. To which Roddick responded: "That's an insult to all queens around the world."