BEWARE IF YOU BID FOR THE SUMMER OLYMPICS (AND WE VISIT YOUR CITY)
I know this story sounds crazy, but it is true... In 2005, my wife and I visited Paris. The city was full of signs reading "Paris 2012", as the French capital was bidding for hosting the Olympic Games. As we all know, the bid failed, and the given games were held in London, 7 years after our visit to Paris.
Four years later, in 2009, on our way to Idaho we had to transfer at Chicago's O'Hare airport. Everywhere you saw signs reading: "Chicago 2016". Well, despite even president Obama's support, the games will be held not in Chicago but in Rio de Janeiro.
Now this year, 2013, we visited Istanbul - for proof, see this photo. At buses and trams, I saw signs reading "Istanbul 2020". And as the IOC decided just recently, the 2020 games will be at Tokyo.
And now, any city bidding for 2024 may feel free to contact us. Because if you guys pay our trips to the other candidate cities, your bid might be guaranteed to win...