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(CNN)   Oh the daring young man, on the flying trapeze. He flies through the air with the greatest of eaAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH   (cnn.com) divider line 119
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2007-05-01 01:08:00 PM  
this is why we tried to convince you not to do it.

/quick and to the point with a touch of humour beats a question mark any day.
 
2007-05-01 01:09:13 PM  
Ahahahahahah.
 
2007-05-01 01:24:06 PM  
Heh. Mexican circuses are awesome.
 
2007-05-01 02:33:49 PM  
Can't...stop...laughing...

+11eleventy
 
2007-05-01 04:53:37 PM  
I am so going to hell for laughing. +1
 
2007-05-01 05:06:46 PM  
+1.

I guess he sneezed.
 
2007-05-01 05:38:46 PM  
Love the "story highlights". Can't spend 30 seconds reading 6 sentences? We've got you covered, try 3 bullet points! Too much? TrapezeManDead!
 
2007-05-01 06:21:03 PM  
Meanwhile, nearby...

"You know, Betty, you've got to take initiative with your life. You can't go through life just expecting 'Mr. Right' to just drop down on... Eeeeeaaaaggghhhh!!!!!"
 
2007-05-01 06:28:19 PM  
Hahahahahahahaha.
 
2007-05-01 06:53:47 PM  
Let me be the first to say.

"Ouch."

But damn, was it a fun ride...till the end, then it was downright hilarious.
 
2007-05-01 06:55:44 PM  
Also kinda reminds me of this (pops)
 
2007-05-01 06:59:58 PM  
Don't worry. The thin layer of sawdust broke his fall.
 
2007-05-01 07:25:48 PM  
I'm guessing he won't be doing an encore.

/1 ticket please
 
2007-05-01 07:27:34 PM  
Give the guy a break. He would of done it if it hadn't been for the floor hitting him like that.
 
2007-05-01 07:27:52 PM  
Smitty wins the prize!

I LOLed
 
2007-05-01 07:29:20 PM  
The fatal plunge of a Mexican circus trapeze artist during a show packed with children is under investigation by the state's workplace safety division, officials said Tuesday.
but was he a illegal
 
2007-05-01 07:29:26 PM  
I really wish that we got more news from inside China...this sort of shiat happens every day there....my favorite story is the motorcycles racing around in the big ball, and then one driver hits another and they drag the corpse out and replace him with another prol. willing to do stupid shiat for $1 a day...
 
2007-05-01 07:33:22 PM  
Would someone PLEASE think of the children!

/Get Helen Lovejoy on the phone!
//And put a tongue under his wallet!
 
2007-05-01 07:35:10 PM  
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health is looking into whether the Circo Hermanos Vazquez provided sufficient safety mechanisms to performer Roberto Valenzuela, who fell headfirst Monday from drapery suspending him 40 feet (12 meters) above ground, said the agency's spokesman Dean Fryer.

www.pbs.org

ROBERTOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

/kinda obscure
 
2007-05-01 07:35:49 PM  
I bet I know what the last thing to pass through his mind was...

Ba Dum Dum
 
2007-05-01 07:36:06 PM  
No problem. There are more were he came from.
 
2007-05-01 07:37:12 PM  
Howard Dean is working the circus?
 
2007-05-01 07:37:35 PM  
It's funny because somebody died. Let me ask you a question you farking retards. What if your child died tomorrow and I made jokes about it, how would you feel? Ok then, continue with the stupid comments.
 
2007-05-01 07:39:05 PM  
I designed the 135th. Ringling Brothers circus a few years ago. You would be amazed how often a performer gets maimed or killed during the run of the tour.

Plus, the fact that the average Circus performer makes minimum wage and has to pay housing, meals and transportation out of that, "running away to join the Circus" looks like a pretty bad idea.
 
2007-05-01 07:39:07 PM  
May Day! May Day!
 
2007-05-01 07:39:07 PM  
He flies through the air
with the greatest of ease
That daring young man
in the blue dungarees.

http://www.carterusm.co.uk/songs/lookmum.html
 
2007-05-01 07:39:40 PM  
Bum, Bum, Bum, Bum.

Another one bites the dust.
 
2007-05-01 07:41:00 PM  
What? No illegal immigrant jokes?
 
2007-05-01 07:42:04 PM  
kraut7

bwahahahahah!

/points
 
2007-05-01 07:42:31 PM  
moops

It ain't obscure, but it's all kinds of awesome.

*drums on beer can with can opener instead of golf clap*
 
2007-05-01 07:42:40 PM  
Circo Hermanos Vazquez? It's sad that this dude died. I used to go their shows as a kid back in the 90's.
It was ok, but I've never been a circus-inclined individual.
 
2007-05-01 07:42:40 PM  
Siesta time came early.

Good night, flying man.
 
2007-05-01 07:44:12 PM  
kraut7: I designed the 135th. Ringling Brothers circus a few years ago.

Have you seen Bello's bike?
 
2007-05-01 07:44:37 PM  
www.pmpnetwork.com

The guys kid in a few years?
 
2007-05-01 07:45:03 PM  
i.rollingstone.com

The great mondelo will take to the sky....

watch him go
see him fly..

/too obscure?
 
2007-05-01 07:47:17 PM  
LMAO

+1eleventy1
 
2007-05-01 07:47:29 PM  
Laugh all you want, he was here doing the circus acts that AMERICANS won't do!
 
2007-05-01 07:47:34 PM  
performer Roberto Valenzuela, who fell headfirst Monday from drapery suspending him 40 feet (12 meters) above ground,

ooo...that's gonna leave a bruise.

/maybe not
 
2007-05-01 07:48:45 PM  
He flies through the air with the greatest of eaAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH

www.hollywoodlostandfound.net

Is that some kind of onamontapia for the Wilhelm Scream?
 
2007-05-01 07:51:50 PM  
BizarreRecords [TotalFark] 2007-05-01 01:24:06 PM
Heh. Mexican circuses are awesome.


not as good as mexican donkey shows.
 
2007-05-01 07:53:03 PM  
Someone taunted the bar-greasing monkey?
 
2007-05-01 07:53:38 PM  
That picture of Robin made my loins stir.
 
2007-05-01 07:53:49 PM  
RabidCanary
Give the guy a break...

He already got one... Actually a couple.

/I'm gonna burn for that
//Bring out the Hot Dogs!
 
2007-05-01 07:54:41 PM  
The headline is appropriately inappropriate, but I don't think the dumbass tag was necessary and should be a sad tag instead.

/carry on
 
2007-05-01 07:56:23 PM  
Saw Circo Fantastico a few years ago... suprised something like this didn't happen during that show, it was some scary shiat.

Def. a throwback to the 19th century... sorry to hear it is still happening.

Eddy
 
2007-05-01 07:57:16 PM  
ec1.images-amazon.com

Like my father-in-law says...

"It's not the fall that'll kill ya. It's the sudden stop."
 
2007-05-01 07:57:50 PM  
wow.

what is funny in any of these words: "The fatal plunge of a Mexican circus trapeze artist during a show packed with children "

jesus christ.
 
2007-05-01 08:00:12 PM  
Paratech,

Don't you have anything better to do than make fun of a poor guy that died trying to put food on his families table?

Yeah, me neither.
I think this guy used to be a Mouskateer cause he said he use to work with Annette.
 
2007-05-01 08:02:10 PM  
I'm an old time FARKER and not surprised by anything here, but I have to admit I am a little turned off by the "glee" expressed here over an accidental death.

I'm sure I will get over though.

Cuz I work for Tom Cruise, and ...
 
2007-05-01 08:02:53 PM  
...but I don't think the dumbass tag was necessary and should be a sad tag instead.

I agree. How is the guy a dumbass when the whole thing was a freak accident? A ring from his contraption came loose and he went down head first. Real dumbass move there eh?

The whole "this is fark and we talk shiat on everything" shtick is cool and all but for some reason, every now and then it rubs me the wrong way.
 
2007-05-01 08:03:01 PM  
But if he was dying, he wouldn't *write* it, he would just *say* it.
 
2007-05-01 08:05:18 PM  
Visuvius,

I know what you mean. Sometimes it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Wait.. I just came back from a Village Peoples Concert. Nevermind.
 
2007-05-01 08:05:30 PM  
RabidCanary: Paratech,

Don't you have anything better to do than make fun of a poor guy that died trying to put food on his families table?


I know how hard it is to put food on your family.
 
2007-05-01 08:06:29 PM  
"Our Betty swings both ways."
 
2007-05-01 08:07:38 PM  
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARrrrrrrrrghhhhh!
 
2007-05-01 08:08:01 PM  
I saw something very similar happen in Roanoke several years ago. I was with my 6 year old son..he did not see it. a very attractive trapeze girl was performing on a trapeze right in front of me (all trapeze women are hot), when she fell. 35 five feet onto solid concrete. I saw both of her arms break, and the blood from her head trickle out. I don't think she died though. If it were not for those leotards, i could never watch something like that again.
 
2007-05-01 08:10:27 PM  
"Yall watch this..."
 
2007-05-01 08:11:06 PM  
tedneedles
"what is funny in any of these words: "The fatal plunge of a Mexican circus trapeze artist during a show packed with children "

I'm gonna go with "fatal plunge" "Mexican circus" and "packed with children".

Those are funny in any order.
 
2007-05-01 08:13:25 PM  
"Incident being investigated by California's workplace safety"

Oh fug. That's the end of the circus as we know it kids.
 
2007-05-01 08:17:18 PM  
i4.photobucket.com
 
2007-05-01 08:18:23 PM  
well, sucks for him.

BUT THAT HEADLINE WAS EFFIN GREAT!!
 
2007-05-01 08:24:30 PM  
RabidCanary
I think this guy used to be a Mouskateer...

This has nothing to do with anything, but I read that as "Moussaka-eater."

/hungry
//me likes the eggplant
 
2007-05-01 08:24:32 PM  
i24.ebayimg.com



Wanted for questioning.


/ricardo valenzuela = ritchie valens
//lou diamond phillips could father my babies any day
 
2007-05-01 08:25:40 PM  
SwingingJohnson

No, these things happen. Fliers have fallen before and they will fall again. Ten years ago, just before I joined Ringling they had a tightrope walker fall while performing in Richmond. Broke three ribs and his spine and is now wheelchair bound. The act was suspended (no pun intended) for a month while they rehearsed with a new guy. They performed with a net until we got to California in July '97 then they went without. They were real nice people too...
 
2007-05-01 08:25:55 PM  
He was probably distracted by some kid eatin' a bean burrito. One down...
 
2007-05-01 08:27:57 PM  
oh boy thats a funny headline
+1
 
2007-05-01 08:31:31 PM  
Why is the news from my old neighborhood always bad? :(

Circus Vargas used to perform in town when I was a kid...their aerialists didn't use nets, either.
 
2007-05-01 08:33:39 PM  
subby: First headline to literally bring tears to my eyes in a long time. Thank god I'm not at work.
 
2007-05-01 08:34:41 PM  
kraut7 2007-05-01 07:37:35 PM

It's funny because somebody died. Let me ask you a question you farking retards. What if your child died tomorrow and I made jokes about it, how would you feel? Ok then, continue with the stupid comments.

^^ If you start to experience similar side effects, check with your doctor. Fark may not be right for you.
 
2007-05-01 08:35:08 PM  
Ay Carumpled!
 
2007-05-01 08:35:59 PM  
jimmyego
Said my piece first and funnier.

And I love you.
 
2007-05-01 08:36:00 PM  
Rooks_Sorgen, that was my thought exactly when I read it. I love that song. (whole album actually)
 
2007-05-01 08:36:32 PM  
Kind of reminds me of this

i16.photobucket.com
 
2007-05-01 08:37:14 PM  

I keep picturing some Wile E. Coyotito holding a sign on the way down that says, "¡El Yipe!"


napjerk
You actually hit the nail on the head with that one. The circuses seemingly always hire South Americans and some Europeans for high wire, and other acrobatic acts. I never could figure if it's because Americacns don't have such show biz opprotunities as vocations, or if life in the 3rd world is so bad, that your choices are 1. poverty or 2. dangling in the air for the amusement of other people.

Of course being close to a supply of tasty Churros has got to be a perk of working at the Mexican Circus.


/Comes from show-people
//Hates the Circus
///Father tried unsuccessfully to convice my mom to name me "Phineas Taylor"

 
2007-05-01 08:37:51 PM  
Came here to says what Atoms said.
 
2007-05-01 08:38:39 PM  
450 feet he flew
Like an Air Force Fighter jet.
But, at the apex of his trajectory,
He knew he was gonna miss the net.

Arms a-flailing, he kept on sailing,
A terrified, screaming creature.
And the crowd scattered as Hugo splattered
All over the upper bleachers.

Now, in the aftermath of this tragedy,
Disbelief filled every face.
For there was Hugo, there was Hugo,
There was Hugo all over the place!

/cannon > trapeze
//more splat value
 
2007-05-01 08:41:28 PM  
It's not news. It's FARK. You know, the crowd made up of people who laugh when someone slips off a ladder, gets their hand slammed in a car door, or frickin' croaks in some gruesome manner.

/classy.
//Thank gawd for the intarenets.
 
2007-05-01 08:43:13 PM  
Hah, the advertisement I got with this one was rather apt.

"If you died today, who would fund your family's future?"

If only it'd specifically been an ad for life insurance for circus performers.

i115.photobucket.com

/Fark's image size limit sucks
 
2007-05-01 08:49:41 PM  
EMPulse_of_KC: f you start to experience similar side effects, check with your doctor.Fark may not be right for you.

Let me know when somebody in your family dies. I'll be sure to crack some funny ass jokes about it.
 
2007-05-01 08:50:09 PM  
Oznog: I see what you did there.
 
2007-05-01 08:51:09 PM  
Scott Bakula will save you!
 
2007-05-01 08:51:12 PM  
TAH-DAH!!!!!

(can't believe no one said this yet...)
 
2007-05-01 08:52:04 PM  
If a guy gets hit by a car, it isn't really funny. If a guy does something that has an inherent risk to it ie: Skydiving, Shark Wrestling or No Net High Wire Acts, then the amount of laughter I am allowed is directly proportional to the risk taken.
 
2007-05-01 08:55:44 PM  
The Acrobabts

I'll swing
By my ankles,
She'll cling
To your knees
As you hang
By your nose
From a high-up
Trapeze.
But just one thing, please,
As we float through the breeze-
Don't sneeze.


/obvious
//absoluteparanoia wins at life
///If that's obscure your childhood must have sucked
 
2007-05-01 08:55:59 PM  
The phrase "Mexican circus" is just hilarious. (Seriously and no I can't explain why. It just is.)

Anyways, guys this is Fark. Welcome and enjoy your stay. It's appropriate to see humor inappropriately here, if you know what I mean.

Part of me is a little bit sad for the guy but hey, it's kinda funny as well.
 
hnb
2007-05-01 08:56:47 PM  
Heh. I got an ad for an insurance company in the sidebar.
"If you died today, who would pay for your funeral?"
Sometimes those context-sensitive ads are a hoot.
 
2007-05-01 09:16:54 PM  
www.vicarious-living.com
 
2007-05-01 09:23:06 PM  
kraut7 you wouldn't happen to have a family member who's a police officer would you.

/LILLY???
 
2007-05-01 09:25:18 PM  
It's raining men?
 
2007-05-01 09:28:44 PM  
Oh I'm going to hell for nonstop laughing, but when I read the headline, all I could imagine is that Howard Dean scream while thinking about some poor trapeze guy hurtling towards his death. Some enterprising bastard needs to do something with that visual.
 
2007-05-01 09:31:51 PM  
TickleMyElmo: why are you crying? What he was doing is very dangerous...no NET? When you turn on your faucet, do you expect something other than water?

Sad, but no surpise considering the activity.
 
2007-05-01 09:35:20 PM  
kraut7:

why, do you have a trapeze artist family? Of course it's not funny to the family, but if you play with fire you get burnt. And.....it's funny.
 
2007-05-01 09:35:28 PM  
That's hot, pics?
 
2007-05-01 09:49:12 PM  
www.petrifiedtruth.com


eaAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!

 
2007-05-01 09:54:37 PM  
Richard_The_Clown: SwingingJohnson

No, these things happen. Fliers have fallen before and they will fall again. Ten years ago, just before I joined Ringling they had a tightrope walker fall while performing in Richmond. Broke three ribs and his spine and is now wheelchair bound. The act was suspended (no pun intended) for a month while they rehearsed with a new guy. They performed with a net until we got to California in July '97 then they went without. They were real nice people too


Hey Bro! I lived and worked with Ringling based in Sarasota for 8 months in 1994.
 
2007-05-01 09:57:56 PM  
Where's the gorram video?
 
2007-05-01 10:04:30 PM  
this falls under the category of all those other stupid things people do- like sports that aren't really sports.
Half the time they have to be rescued from cliffs or some other stupid...

what was I saying?
 
2007-05-01 10:05:37 PM  
"You fell from the tall-tower, you Creep"...
 
2007-05-01 10:21:59 PM  
SwingingJohnson:

Hey Bro! I lived and worked with Ringling based in Sarasota for 8 months in 1994.

Wow, between you, me and TossMySalad that makes at least three ex-Ringling Bros on this thread right now... weird.

/I toured with the 127th Edition
//Red Unit, Baby!!
 
2007-05-01 10:27:08 PM  
Oh me oh my what a shame.
Nothing left,
Just a stain.

Rooks_Sorgen beat me to it. :(
 
2007-05-01 10:27:50 PM  
kraut7 2007-05-01 08:49:41 PM

Let me know when somebody in your family dies. I'll be sure to crack some funny ass jokes about it.

My dad was my teacher, my mentor and my best friend. He died 11 years ago this week and not a day goes by when I don't think about him. On top of that, I've lost three beloved family pets in the past year. Make all the jokes you want. I have a thick skin.

/loves my dad
//can only imagine what he'd be saying if he was alive right now
///"MMMFF!!! HELP LEMME OUT OF THIS BOX!!!"
////either that or "BRAAAAIIIINNNNSSS!"
 
2007-05-01 11:13:42 PM  
Lies. Everyone knows that any mexican who can run, swim, jump or fly is already working at Taco Bell in America.
 
2007-05-01 11:20:42 PM  
Wow, I drove by that circus yesterday; it's only about 10 min. from my house. Scary lookin'.

/The circus, not the house
 
2007-05-01 11:44:46 PM  
Ack! Sad and scary at the same time. (not sure about funny tho...the caption was funny but the story was not) I wonder how many of those children will be afraid of heights now... I hope his kids weren't watching.
 
2007-05-02 12:12:23 AM  
Odd. I don't think this story -- about a guy dying a horrible death while trying to entertain people -- merits the "dumbass" tag, and I didn't think the submitter's headline was particularly clever or funny.

Guess I'm the odd one out here.
 
2007-05-02 12:31:13 AM  
Subby's headline was kinda funny. Ill give him that. But the article in question was what made me laugh.

When anyone describes a headfirst plunge into concrete, i just lose it and start laughing. Must be all those years watching America's Funniest Home Videos, and Maximum Exposure, and Realtv.
 
2007-05-02 12:43:28 AM  
This thread brings back sweet memories of a skydiver named Pancake, a basketball hoop, and a man with fatality experience.
 
2007-05-02 12:55:57 AM  
Last time I was there, California was basically an overtaxed padded room.

How could they let anything remotely dangerous happen there?
 
2007-05-02 01:12:56 AM  
Was Two-Face involved?

www.schnittberichte.com
 
2007-05-02 02:53:25 AM  
Hey kraut7, pull your panties out of your ass crack and lighten up a bit. This is what Farkers do. Are you that much of n00b or are you just trying to start shiat?
 
2007-05-02 04:36:46 AM  
TossMySalad: Plus, the fact that the average Circus performer makes minimum wage and has to pay housing, meals and transportation out of that, "running away to join the Circus" looks like a pretty bad idea.

Please explain "designed the circus".

Your average circus worker doesn't make much, true. The guys doing trapeze and such make a lot more. Most people in the circus aren't there because they ran away to join the circus - most grew up in the circus. It must be worth something to them, or there would not be so many circus families.

I'm not buying your "deaths happen all the time" thing at all. Some, yes, but not all the time. The nature of a circus, some things are high risk, and anything which looks dangerous will be built up to look more dangerous. Trapeze without a net will always be dangerous. That's part of what makes it interesting. But if deaths happened all the time, we would see more nets, or hear of more deaths.
 
2007-05-02 05:51:08 AM  
Spike Jones can't stop murdering!

/no, not that Spike Jones
//the original one
 
2007-05-02 06:03:06 AM  
Sir Bedevere: Whooooouuuuaaa!
Sir Lancelot: No no no, it's "Aaaaauuuugggghhhh" from the back of the throat.
Sir Bedevere: No I mean, "Whoooouuuuaaa!" as in surprise and alarm.
Sir Lancelot: Oh, you mean like, "AAAHH!"
Sir Bedevere: Yes, that's it. "AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!"
 
2007-05-02 08:15:08 AM  
Why was he swinging on the drapes?
 
2007-05-02 09:02:05 AM  
"She was an acrobat's daughter,
she swung by her teeth from a noose,
'till one fateful day, her bridgework gave way
and she flew through the air like a goose."

On the one hand, a tragedy. On the other, a Tim Burton film in the making.
 
2007-05-02 10:50:33 AM  
Rooks_Sorgen

Ladies and gents your attention please
The service will be held at three


/listening to it now
 
2007-05-02 11:07:39 AM  
The Aristocrats!
 
2007-05-02 12:17:59 PM  
OK, everyone without a green card raise both hands.
 
2007-05-02 01:15:30 PM  
According to many farkers here, every time an American soldier is blown up by an IED it's absolutely hilarious because being a soldier is an inherently risky occupation. Those dumbass soldiers!

/maybe it's only funny if they're soldiers of Mexican descent?
 
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