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(Bismarck Tribune)   This year's "weird Sturgis death" award goes to the biker who was killed by a flying toilet   (bismarcktribune.com) divider line 60
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2005-08-20 08:51:22 PM
Perhaps he was playing HL2?
 
2005-08-20 08:54:44 PM
Oh no, it is happening again. Video games are becoming reality.
 
2005-08-20 09:10:18 PM
what's worse is that now he has to go around collecting souls
 
2005-08-21 06:00:52 AM
Too bad it's not NetHack. Then I could kill you just by bumping you.

soze hits! soze hits! soze hits! -- More --
soze hits! soze hits! -- More --
You die... -- More --

Also, I'd be followed around by a couple of adorable 'f's.
 
2005-08-21 06:40:29 AM
One of the strangest incidents included the guy who was killed near Custer when a portable toilet fell from the truck transporting it, hitting the biker who was following behind

More like a falling toilet, Submitter.
 
2005-08-21 08:37:06 AM
Chariset:

Beat me to it!
 
2005-08-21 08:37:13 AM
Bring new meaning to "He got canned."
 
2005-08-21 08:41:49 AM
What a shiatty way to die....
 
2005-08-21 08:42:54 AM

Another chosen one dies by the hand of the porcelaine god !!!
the lord giveth...the lord taketh away !! ha ha ha
 
2005-08-21 08:45:44 AM

so....it wasnt last nights curry thats makin my arse sting !!!!!
 
2005-08-21 08:52:57 AM


And shepherds we shall be, for thee my Lord for thee, Power hath descended forth from thy hand, that our feet may swiftly carry out thy command, we shall flow a river forth to thee, and teeming with souls shall it ever be.
 
2005-08-21 08:54:30 AM
In Heaven's Waiting Room:

"And how did you die on Earth?"

"Oh shut up!"
 
2005-08-21 08:59:22 AM
Pot kills.
 
2005-08-21 09:05:52 AM
I think this should have had a Sad tag. According to TFA, the biker was riding in the wrong place at the wrong time; he wasn't doing anything to deserve a Darwin award.
 
2005-08-21 09:26:45 AM
2005-08-21 09:05:52 AM zymurgist

I think this should have had a Sad tag. According to TFA, the biker was riding in the wrong place at the wrong time; he wasn't doing anything to deserve a Darwin award.

I respectfully disagree with that. Obviously the guy wasn't maintaining a safe following distance. One should always anticipate the possibility of falling objects when following a truck with a load in the bed.
 
2005-08-21 09:28:21 AM
Three days after the accident, I happened to be in the area and pulled over on the side of the highway to take a picture of Crazyhorse mountain (you could see it far off in the distance).

There was a biker stranded at the spot because he ran out of gas and was waiting on friends to come help him. While we were taking pictures, we found a motorcycle key on the ground. We asked the biker if it was his and he told us to drop that key because it might be cursed. He then told us about the accident and that it happened right where we were standing.

We dropped the key in a nearby mailbox and left.

What a shiatty way to go.
 
2005-08-21 09:31:38 AM
DinsdalePiranha - Pot kills.

If voting were enabled in this thread, you would be the winner.
 
2005-08-21 09:34:27 AM
zymurgist:

2005-08-21 09:05:52 AM zymurgist

I think this should have had a Sad tag. According to TFA, the biker was riding in the wrong place at the wrong time; he wasn't doing anything to deserve a Darwin award.


Agreed. DARWIN AWARDS are reserved for Self-Death by Careless Idiocy incidents. Like juggling live hand grenades. Dying because for some nutty reason there was a bowling ball stored on the top shelf of the clothes closet which then rolled off the shelf, thusly breaking a neck. Eating food which was painfully obviously expired or even doing it on a dare. Or standing in the crowd of someone juggling hand grenades. Or going to pet the "big kitty" tiger in the circus while having pockets stuffed with yummy beef jerky and smelling of ham.

One of the strangest incidents included the guy who was killed near Custer when a portable toilet fell from the truck transporting it, hitting the biker who was following behind.

This is just an uncommon FREAKY-ASS DEATH. Like walking along the sidewalk and a sinkhole swallows you up. Or riding a motorcycle and a bird flies in your face, spearing it's beak in your neck. Or shovelling the sidewalk and being speared by an icicle. Or bending down on the porch to pick up the newspaper, slipping and having a garden gnome's pointy hat puncture your lower intestine resulting in bleeding to death.

The biker was careless being so close to the truck [maintain safe following distances folks so sudden stops are not your final stop], but I don't think he really brought it upon himself.
 
2005-08-21 09:43:08 AM
Soze, I love that game!!!! Have you played ADOM?
 
2005-08-21 09:43:33 AM
"And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my toilet upon thee."
 
2005-08-21 09:45:40 AM
I remember just getting my motorcycle liscence and riding down a local interstate. I saw a pickup truck in front of me with the spare tire swinging in the breeze.

Right then it occured to me.. if that tire comes loose I'm DEAD. If I have a car in front of me and that tire comes loose I'm DEAD. I pulled over at a rest stop, waited 5 minutes and got back on the road.

Now, when I see a loosely packed load or something not properly secured by the driver of the other vehicle, I do whatever it takes to get in front of it.

These things happen unfortunately. God rest that guys soul.
 
2005-08-21 09:48:08 AM
More like a falling toilet, Submitter.

That is not accurate. If the truck was doing, say 55MPH at the time the toilet left the truck, hence the toilet was flying at 55MPH when it left the truck. It flew for a certain distance subject to the forces of drag, etc., before it made contact with the highway.

At 55MPH the toilet would be flying at ~80.7 feet-per-second.

Un-powered flight is a common expression. We dont say that the space shuttle fell to earth no sick joke PLEASE.
 
2005-08-21 09:50:22 AM
I can't find any place where it was said that this deserved a Darwin award. The headline just says it was a weird death. I'm confused, did I miss something?
 
2005-08-21 09:50:28 AM
Also, Soze...I was just looking over your profile and LJ...you're effin' hilarious. I think I'm in looove.
 
2005-08-21 10:05:43 AM
Unavailable for comment:

(yup, imageshack hath done it again)

/obscure?
//c'mon, you've watched it.
 
2005-08-21 10:18:20 AM
Flatulent Still disagree. The portable terlet in question FELL off the truck. While it was briefly airborne, it was not launched, take off under its own power or gracefully glide to earth.

Remember, the was a fiberglass port-a john, not a porcelin one. Just a tragic accident that was most likely not the fault of the biker, so no Darwin innvocation is legit, either, IMHO.
 
2005-08-21 10:29:00 AM
Didn't RTFA but I was watching something on Discovery Channel last night about shark attacks and some guy they were interviewing said you had a better chance of being killed by a flying toilet seat than getting attacked by a shark.

That's gotta suck--gettin' smacked in the face with a toilet.
 
2005-08-21 10:54:01 AM
h20man
c'mon, you've watched it.

I watched it being filmed. The location manager hit on me. I should have asked him to set me up with whatsername there.
 
2005-08-21 10:59:36 AM
Article is not quite correct. He was killed when he went into the left lane to avoid the port-a-john and was hit by another vehicle.
 
2005-08-21 11:02:59 AM
Many times I have said that when I die, I don't want to see it coming, I don't want it to hurt, and I want it to be funny. I want nervous giggling at my funeral.

No DARWIN, Maybe TRAGIC, maybe just SAD.

And by way of threadjack, the Sturgis rally should be moved to a state that gives a crap about bikers. It should have been moved to Montana after the asshat ex governor was let off with a handslap after killing a biker with his car.
 
2005-08-21 11:03:34 AM
So what exactly goes on the tombstone?
 
2005-08-21 11:22:50 AM
elendilmir
And by way of threadjack, the Sturgis rally should be moved to a state that gives a crap about bikers

Gotta disagree with you. I passed through sturgis 11 years ago while touring with the dead. Had no idea what sturgis was before then. You want to see comedy, have a few thousand hippies crash your biker rally. (actually everyone got along great, lots of heads in the biker community, and it was a great time, just visibily amusing).

ND pulled out all the stops for those guys. I didn't see cops hassling bikers and handing out tickets left and right, like you would expect from most places. In fact they clearly turned a blind eye to 90% of the stuff that went on, as long as it was not endangering other people. They had staffed welcome stations all over the place in the surrounding area giving out directions and water and snacks to riders.
 
2005-08-21 11:35:24 AM
devilsnight: classic reference, I love the boondock saints! The toilet scene, and the scene with the cat are true classics.
 
rka
2005-08-21 11:49:20 AM
LineNoise: ND pulled out all the stops for those guys

Even though 11 years is a long time, I don't think the state has changed names since then. Sturgis is in South Dakota, not North Dakota. Maybe you should have layed off the mushrooms for a day or two..hippie. ;)
 
2005-08-21 11:51:48 AM
Harry Potty and The Flying Toilet
 
2005-08-21 11:52:32 AM
"I think this should have had a Sad tag. According to TFA, the biker was riding in the wrong place at the wrong time; he wasn't doing anything to deserve a Darwin award."

I agree.
 
2005-08-21 12:01:07 PM
Yep, just a dude in the wrong farkin place at the wrong farkin time. It is sad.
 
2005-08-21 12:12:47 PM
rka

Touche, my friend....
 
2005-08-21 12:30:38 PM
can someone photoshop a picture of the hl2 toilet death icon?
 
2005-08-21 12:45:32 PM
Portapotty impacts motorcycling enthusiast or in other words THE shiat HIT THE FAN
 
2005-08-21 01:00:45 PM
h2oman It's actually one of my favorite shows. It's a pity they cancelled it. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Obligatory:

 
2005-08-21 01:25:30 PM
I never watched "Dead Like Me"... could someone clue in this cluess, cheap, non-totalfarker?

/i'm not worthy.. i'm not worthy
 
2005-08-21 01:51:23 PM
zymurgist
I think this should have had a Sad tag. According to TFA, the biker was riding in the wrong place at the wrong time; he wasn't doing anything to deserve a Darwin award.

You are dead wrong. First, if youre following a truck transporting goods, you better take a good hard look to make sure they are strapped down. Folks on bikes need to be doubly aware of what's going on around them since the consequences are different than for auto drivers.

Probably following too closely and not wearing a helmet or other protective gear as well ala the 'cool' Harley folk. The next rule of riding a bike is leave yourself an out. if there isn't one then PULL THE FARK OVER.

If Mr Crapper wasn't in accordance then good riddance!
 
2005-08-21 02:07:13 PM
Oou oowww.
/ Thats gonna leave a stain..
 
2005-08-21 02:11:38 PM
Q: What is the difference between a Raiders fan on his Harley and a vacuum cleaner???
A: The vacuum cleaner has the dirt bag on the inside.
(Only cycle joke I know...)
 
2005-08-21 02:13:45 PM
Talk about an x-games style high impact swirley...
 
2005-08-21 02:14:48 PM
Gotta agree with the hippy who mixed up North and South Dakota. Police are outstanding during rally to the bikers and other visitors, the whole state, with the exception of your standard whiners loves the Rally.

The deal with the Congressman/former gov was a shame, his ass should have gone up for longer, but the fact that he did go down for even a bit in that event shows some level of responsability in SD, unlike other congressment and governement officals who get away with crap, Teddy Kennedy, Packwood to name two.
 
2005-08-21 02:20:13 PM
Zorkthemadman

DVDs; official site. Best. Show. Ever. Complete with Inigo Montoya.
 
2005-08-21 02:48:18 PM
Zorkthemadman - I never watched "Dead Like Me"... could someone clue in this cluess, cheap, non-totalfarker?

Well, not only in Showtime still re-running the show where you could get caught up, but there's this new thing called Google that might clue you in. That or the IMDB pretty much gives up the answer.
 
2005-08-21 03:03:32 PM
Chariset: what's worse is that now he has to go around collecting souls

That show rocks. :-)
 
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