Why Dine In Hell: The Reason behind the Madness

For people who missed last year's challenge, understand how it all started this by reading this preliminairy post.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

King Leonidas Halloween Costume: Michel Dines In Hell.

I'd watch this one instead; it's longer, but illustrates the situation better.

"The old ones say we Spartans are descended from Hercules himself. Bold Leonidas gives testament to our bloodline, his roar is long and loud.

"Remember us", as simple an order as a king can give, "remember why we died".

For he did not wish tribute or song, nor monuments, nor poems of war and valor. His wish was simple: "Remember us", he said to me. That was his hope, should any free soul come across that place, in all the countless centuries yet to be, may all our voices, whisper to you, from the ageless stones.
Go tell the Spartans passerby that here by Spartan law, we lie."

And so my king died, and my brothers died, barely a year ago. Long I pondered my king's cryptic talk of victory, but time has proven him wise, for from free Greek to free Greek, the word has spread that bold Leonidas and his 300, so far from home, laid down their lives, not just for Sparta, but for all Greece and the promise this country holds. Now, here on this rugged patch of earth called Plataea, Xerxes' hordes face obliteration! Just there the barbarians huddle. Sheer terror gripping tight their hearts with icy fingers, knowing full well what merciless horrors they suffered at the swords and spears of 300, yet they stare now, across the plain, at ten thousand Spartans, commanding thirty thousand free Greeks.
The enemy outnumber us a paltry three to one. Good odds for any Greek. This day we rescue the world from mysticism and tyranny and usher in a future brighter than anything we can imagine. Give thanks men, to Leonidas and the brave 300.*

To victory!"

Those were the words that struck me. That pushed me to press play again and again. I've seen this movie 57 times so far and am playing it as I'm writing this post. This "dumb action movie" – as some qualify it – changed my life. I advise you to watch it again and pay attention to the script. It has nothing to do with amazing cinematography or semi naked men in Speedos (yes, I admit it). It's about the principles they hold. About never yielding in the face of adversity. In dying standing than living on one's knees. 

*When I quote Delios, about Greek versus Persian, I do not hint at anything regarding my political views. Although, this movie might be read by some as a direct parallelism to current political situations, I see it, as Leonidas says, as "few against many". About two clans facing each other. About Respect and Honor. And that is all.

Now here are the pictures of the costume. Happy Halloween indeed.
can you imagine I looked like this 65 days ago?!! THE SHAME!! :D

the one with wounds makeup.
Barber's ought to cut the beard right (or I'll kick him in the pit of death as this is no longer Beirut... but SPARTA!)

I'd probably solve it this way... (by the way, I'm gonna Photoshop this into the Thermopylae background... just give me a couple of days! :P

with the makeup!




  1. thanks jad for mentioning that... i wish u emailed me about it ... lool :) not sparta indeed! all fixed!

  2. haha :) congrats again man.
    goodluck with all.

  3. Looks great! Congrats!

  4. Dude, i'm freaking impressed!
    Wow... Mate you've totally inspired me to get off my lazy fat ass and start working out.

    It's been 2 weeks now that i'm back at the gym, and can tell u that i've lost 3.5Kg, with some muscle definition starting to show up.

    Still have a long way to go, my aim is another 7 or 8Kg.

    Mate, you better stay in shape, it's very very easy to loose focus!

  5. you are crazy! great job!! dont stop blogging!!

  6. this is one great project man! props to you!!! truly inspiring to get fit!

  7. You look awesome!!! I LOVE 300 and Gerard Butler, and you just did it! great job! you look hot!

  8. hey guys! thanks so much for the comments! i really appreciate it!
    it s weird. all of it is done but i still have so many fights in me. i dont wanna stop blogging. i m feeling of picking up a new challenge now! any ideas? :)

  9. Woohoo.

    I'm still gonna go through the entire thing all over again, but I thought that I might as well tell you that you look awesome, and awe-inspiring, and that I am very proud of you.

    (though I don't get this with guys shaving their torsos but not their legs. Come on people)

    Goodness, you are insane.

  10. It was very good clothes, must have been a hit at the party. Sensational results, congratulations on your efforts and please continue with the blog.

    You could make a brief discussion with more detail how a person can stay with your body, I mean, you could tell what foods you eat each day, which took supplements, the timetable of movement exercises. Would greatly appreciate it if you created this topic.

    Hugs from Brazil
    Again, congratulations man.
    Ler foneticamente

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  12. You became a Spartan in body. Congrats. The brain remains... As ancient Greeks said:
    "a healthy mind in a healthy body"

  13. Nikos, i m working on it! that s actually the next step. this blog started out as a funny challenge, now it s altering my life. i m gonna work on it. I already started reading "the sacred path of the warrior". the body alone isnt gonna cut it.

  14. NO! You are taking the wrong way!! This book you are reading is theoretical mambo-jumbo. (love everyone,love-save the world etc).
    You trained the body to be SUPERIOR to others. Now train your mind. You must acquire the LOGIC of the Ancient Greeks. Begin with this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apology_%28Plato%29
    then with this:
    You will be hooked with these books.

    Study these 3 philosophers:

  15. Michel! this is insane! I just came across it completely by mistake!

    Not sure what to make of it to be honest, but it sure got alot of attention!

    I wonder whats next - theres not much left to do after becoming a spartan is there? (maybe u should start an army) :D

  16. Wow this is the most inspiring-spartan blog,its great found someone so freaky-geek in love with 300 as me!
    Hey man,i was impressioned with your body-building, but the costume...i think you need a better work in it, something you can keep with your over-rocking helmet.

  17. You know anywhere or any website where i can buy that costume bro ive been looking for it and none are like this one.