Friday, 2 October 2009

Michael Schumacher Is The Stig?

Okay, I know I'm a few months late on this great discovery. I've been busy and I just saw the episode.

Anyway, so here's what an article had to point out regarding the episode:

Some say that it was a publicity stunt, and that the BBC almost broke its own guidelines by allowing a guest to plug a brand of rum. All we know is: Top Gear has claimed that Michael Schumacher is The Stig.

The corporation pretended that it would finally end speculation about the identity of the mysterious test driver who puts cars through their paces for the programme by claiming that the real Stig would be unmasked.

But in the event it was a stunt to allow Michael Schumacher, the former Formula One champion, to give publicity for Bacardi, which pays him to raise its profile.

The segment, broadcast at 8.30pm on BBC Two, showed the driver breaking the lap record for vehicles on the Top Gear track while driving a Ferrari FXX. Schumacher broke the previous record, set by a Gumpert Apollo, by almost seven seconds as he crossed the finishing line in 1 minute and 10.7 seconds.
Here's the point to pay attention to though:
Footage at the end of the programme showed Schumacher driving ineptly around the track, causing Clarkson to comment: “You know what? I don’t think that Michael Schumacher is The Stig.”

That to me seems like they were trying to say, "it's really not". I have my own reasons for feeling he wasn't the stig. I know I'm not the first person to say that. But from the moment he stood there at the back of the studio I felt something weird about him. It was as though he looked very different. From his standing pose to his physique to his style of walking. Even when Jeremy sat him down and asked him whether he's ready to reveal his identity, he didn't seem the same. Anyone else sense that? I guess it could have been because an article claims that Top Gear uses different people to play The Stig.
A source on the show added: 'Look at the pictures of the Stigs from show to show. If you look at the height of Stig in different pictures, that tells its own story.

'In some he looks a lot taller than others. People have become obsessed with finding who the Stig is but they have not considered that it is possible that it is more than one person. The simple fact of the matter is that there are currently a number of Stigs who drive on the test track. Since the Stig first drove on the show, it has never been practical to have one single driver taking care of all the Stig's many commitments.'

Well, that's just great. So who knows. Maybe Michael Schumacher WAS the real STIG! :P Okay, I spoke too soon, here's a wiki article on the matter:

On 21 June 2009, Schumacher appeared on BBC2's motoring programme Top Gear as The Stig. The BBC has since admitted that Michael Schumacher is not the regular Stig and was there on that occasion because Ferrari would not allow anyone else to drive the Ferrari FXX which was featured in the show.


Ikram Kurdi said...

As salaamu alaikum,

Beautiful blog mashAllah.

Nasreen said...

Jazakallah khair. :D

Ikram Kurdi said...

Thanks for your comments on quranclub. I appreciate your taking time to comment.

About weight gain and genetics, there is an example from cancer research that makes genetics seem like an inferior factors. There are genetic factors, but they need to be 'expressed' for their effects to be shown.

Some people have dispositions to get a certain type of cancer, but they will only get it if the calories from their daily dairy and meat intake is above 20% of their daily total calories (i.e. eating too much animal products gives one cancer, and almost every American eats too much). Eating too much could also cause the expression of obesity genes.

Nasreen said...

As salaam walaikum Ikram and Jazakallah khair for your comments.

I've left a response on your blog regarding this but for the sake of any future readers, here's an article by the CDC on how genetics play a role in obesity:

I would also like to request for the source of your study. I believe that is more related to the role of food in the development of cancer in those who are genetically predisposed to develop it.

Jazakallah khair. :)

Ikram Kurdi said...

As Salaamu Alaikum sister, :)

Millions of people have probably debated about this issue. I don't think it will take us anywhere. We should invest time in more productive things.

Nasreen said...

Walaikum as salaam bro,

Actually, I never met anyone before who doubted the role of genetics in obesity so I was a little surprised by your point of view.

Khair, it was still nice to learn about your view point.