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(Sun Journal (Maine))   Two weeks after a kayaker nearly drowns going over a dam, two college students try to duplicate feat, only in an inflatable kiddie pool. Bonus: Mom says "He does stupid stuff all the time"   (sunjournal.com) divider line 52
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2008-04-21 08:17:26 AM  
This sounds like a "Hold my beer" moment.
 
2008-04-21 08:24:26 AM  
"Nobody wanted to tell us to stop beforehand. It was right when we were about to go over that they started saying we should get out," he said.

Probably because the onlookers were shocked into stunned silence that two people, supposedly intelligent enough to get into college*, were stupid enough to try to go over a waterfall in a kiddie pool.

/*yes I know, these days the bar is set pretty low....
//should have left them there
 
2008-04-21 09:08:55 AM  
Alexander Supertramp not available for comments
/obscure?
// i know its not.... this is fark afterall
/// slashies!
 
2008-04-21 09:10:19 AM  
Recoil Therapy: "Nobody wanted to tell us to stop beforehand. It was right when we were about to go over that they started saying we should get out," he said.

Probably because the onlookers were shocked into stunned silence that two people, supposedly intelligent enough to get into college*, were stupid enough to try to go over a waterfall in a kiddie pool.

/*yes I know, these days the bar is set pretty low....
//should have left them there


The people were probably hoping Dumb and Dumber would remove themselves from the gene pool quietly
 
2008-04-21 09:10:37 AM  
ellistrations.com
 
2008-04-21 09:11:47 AM  
Oay, 'fess up: which Farkers were they?
 
2008-04-21 09:12:47 AM  
I know a couple of people I wish this would happen to, except the ending being them dying.
 
2008-04-21 09:14:06 AM  
article:"Nobody wanted to tell us to stop beforehand. It was right when we were about to go over that they started saying we should get out," he said.


because as everyone knows, a college student can only be diverted by someone else speaking up.
 
2008-04-21 09:17:01 AM  
What is the big deal? Kiddie pools are only a couple of feet deep.
 
2008-04-21 09:19:41 AM  
ICH KEEEEEN!
 
2008-04-21 09:21:29 AM  
morning_foil: Oay, 'fess up: which Farkers were they?

Well, Czar and Whoopty haven't been around...

/Yes, I know why, don't bother telling me
 
2008-04-21 09:25:17 AM  
Recoil Therapy: "Nobody wanted to tell us to stop beforehand. It was right when we were about to go over that they started saying we should get out," he said.

Probably because the onlookers were shocked into stunned silence that two people, supposedly intelligent enough to get into college*, were stupid enough to try to go over a waterfall in a kiddie pool.

/*yes I know, these days the bar is set pretty low....
//should have left them there


The bar was lower 20 years ago.
 
2008-04-21 09:25:36 AM  
Oh Damm

/someone had to do it.
 
2008-04-21 09:29:57 AM  
fedexrico: Alexander Supertramp not available for comments
/obscure?
// i know its not.... this is fark afterall
/// slashies!


i see what you did there.
 
2008-04-21 09:30:19 AM  
I miss college.
 
2008-04-21 09:33:55 AM  
You have to suck a whole lot for your mom not to support you.
 
2008-04-21 09:34:10 AM  
Who the hell puts a dam in a kiddie pool?

/Didn't RTFA
 
2008-04-21 09:34:19 AM  
"Hey, y'all, watch this!"
 
2008-04-21 09:36:35 AM  
FTFA: They also had to rescue a woman who jumped in to try to save him.

That's farkin' adorable.
 
2008-04-21 09:39:27 AM  
Barakku: morning_foil: Oay, 'fess up: which Farkers were they?

Well, Czar and Whoopty haven't been around...

/Yes, I know why, don't bother telling me


Doesn't Frank Herbert tell us why?

(I can.)
 
2008-04-21 09:40:58 AM  
If these were college kids attempting this, where the hell is the youtube footage of it!
 
2008-04-21 09:46:00 AM  
FTA : None of the students had heard of Mark Boucher, 33, of Ashburnham, Mass., the kayaker who is still listed in critical condition at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center after being trapped under the falls on April 6. Boucher had not gone over the falls, but was pulled in when his kayak capsized below them.

Boucher?

images.smarter.com

Related?
 
2008-04-21 09:47:10 AM  
Amateurs. Real bro's would have constructed a raft out of kegs for such a endeavor.
 
2008-04-21 09:47:22 AM  
I've always wondered, how do you treat someone for exhaustion? "Here son, take a nap, we won't interrupt you..."??
 
2008-04-21 09:47:51 AM  
Maybe I'm missing something, but how could anyone not understand that water below dams and waterfalls can be incredibly dangerous?
 
2008-04-21 09:47:57 AM  
'Ashuelot'?

I probably pronounced that wrong, but I LOL'd thinking it was apparently appropriately named.
 
2008-04-21 09:49:49 AM  
Every year several idiots die after (well, during) an encounter with a low-head dam. The recirculating hydraulic at the base is deceptively small, and said idiots think it will be fun to paddle on through it. All it takes is a few minutes on "spin" in one of these things to kill you... if the drowning part doesn't take you out, being repeatedly clobbered by the other things caught in the hydraulic, like uprooted trees and other not-soft stuff, will do the job.

They were lucky they survived before Dawin took effect.

/retired raft guide
//get off my river
 
2008-04-21 09:50:56 AM  
The headline made me wonder how they can recreate a kayak accident in a kiddie pool. I didn't think a kayak would even fit in a kiddie pool. I see now.
 
2008-04-21 09:53:32 AM  
Meh... we used to go down class 4's in kiddie kayaks with 12 packs between our legs. Of course we did this in the SUMMER not in friggin spring.

Typical college kids having a good time
 
2008-04-21 10:06:57 AM  
Came in here to say what Norman said. These guys are like super-tubers.
 
2008-04-21 10:08:32 AM  
420+college?

sounds like a perfect recipe...
 
2008-04-21 10:23:20 AM  
img.photobucket.com
 
2008-04-21 10:24:54 AM  
can i has failboat?
 
2008-04-21 10:27:12 AM  
Why am I posting here?
 
2008-04-21 10:41:47 AM  
And Darwin steps up to the plate. Here's the pitch...

Aw, swing and a miss for the father of evolution.
 
2008-04-21 10:57:48 AM  
How did they fit the kayak and the dam in a kiddie pool, and what was so dangerous about it?
 
2008-04-21 11:30:00 AM  
Low-head dams are unbelievably dangerous due to the current 'reversal' at their base, which holds any object and recirculates endlessly into the foot of the falls.
Yeah, this guy was stupid, but most low-head dams don't look very dangerous, and they're all death traps. It should be illegal for engineers to build them. It's simple to create lines that don't make for fierce reversals.
 
2008-04-21 11:30:02 AM  
Anyone read the article? The kayak didn't go over the falls. The dude just tipped at the base and got pulled in. See above comment from the former river guide farker on what happens.

What the fark is with the lifeguard guy ditching his friend in the water and swimming to shore?
 
2008-04-21 11:32:23 AM  
I'm stunned... nowhere in that article does it mention that "alcohol may have been involved". It's probably just assumed.
 
2008-04-21 11:33:48 AM  
atlas spanked: It should be illegal for engineers to build them.

I disagree. It's a great way to weed some of the stupid out of the gene pool.
 
2008-04-21 12:27:06 PM  
unremarkable asterisk
I'm stunned... nowhere in that article does it mention that "alcohol may have been involved". It's probably just assumed.

Dude, I was changing my oil that day. I was not involved.

/keed--bet they was hammered on PBR
 
2008-04-21 12:38:07 PM  
atlas spanked: Low-head dams are unbelievably dangerous due to the current 'reversal' at their base, which holds any object and recirculates endlessly into the foot of the falls.
Yeah, this guy was stupid, but most low-head dams don't look very dangerous, and they're all death traps. It should be illegal for engineers to build them. It's simple to create lines that don't make for fierce reversals.


Wow, I had no idea, but a google for "low head dam" turns up tons of "low head dams are deathtraps" pages, including this informative, albeit long-winded, video:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6846124409391034920
 
2008-04-21 12:39:56 PM  
Has anybody made a joke about fitting a dam and a kayak into a kiddie pool?

No?

Okay then: how exactly do you fit a dam and a kayak into a kiddie pool??!??!!
 
2008-04-21 12:55:36 PM  
I'm no expert, and I live in Texas, but isn't a kayak like six feet long? This kid must be an engineering college genius type to have fit one in a kiddie pool.
 
2008-04-21 01:27:23 PM  
"We really thought it would be fine, even when we were going over," said Loonan of Sandwich, Mass. A certified lifeguard, Loonan managed to swim to shore shortly after the pool capsized.

Rescue personnel from the Keene Fire Department were able to pull Perry to safety after he bobbed in and out of the water several times, finally surfacing just feet from their boat.


...What justanotherfarkinfarker said.

/late
 
2008-04-21 01:41:52 PM  
Too many trips around the roundabout.
 
2008-04-21 01:44:58 PM  
My oldest son's best friend died in exactly this way after Hurricane Fran. They didn't know how dangerous it was.

//RIP Jackson
 
2008-04-21 01:47:17 PM  
merreborn: atlas spanked: Low-head dams are unbelievably dangerous due to the current 'reversal' at their base, which holds any object and recirculates endlessly into the foot of the falls.
Yeah, this guy was stupid, but most low-head dams don't look very dangerous, and they're all death traps. It should be illegal for engineers to build them. It's simple to create lines that don't make for fierce reversals.

Wow, I had no idea, but a google for "low head dam" turns up tons of "low head dams are deathtraps" pages, including this informative, albeit long-winded, video:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6846124409391034920


Nice music choice! I'm sure Franz Liszt would be proud that his music was played for the dangers of low head dams
 
2008-04-21 02:41:09 PM  
honrudean: I'm no expert, and I live in Texas, but isn't a kayak like six feet long? This kid must be an engineering college genius type to have fit one in a kiddie pool.

Whitewater yaks are shorter. The kayaker was probably running the wave generated by the hydraulic, and got too close. Happens all the time here in Central Texas.
 
2008-04-21 04:50:18 PM  
I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who read the headline and pictured two guys in a kayak, in the kiddie pool.
 
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