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(News.com.au)   Guy takes running start in order to win a "who can spit furthest" contest off of hotel balcony. What could possibly go wrong?   (news.com.au) divider line 84
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2008-05-16 03:06:05 AM
Failing_Junk: Did he win?

heh, not-fail
 
2008-05-16 03:31:55 AM
poxic: Still my favourite: lawyer dies trying to prove that hotel windows (24 floors up) are strong enough to prevent lawyers from falling through them. Snopes reference, only one I could find in a quick search. (poppy)

Sad, but still... heh.

/there ain't no hell. Laugh away. Better than crying.


I've got that one beat. A man attempting to commit suicide jumped over a building but was caught by a safety net. However, on the way down he was shot by a man living in the very same apartment building he had jumped from. The blast was fatal, and the police interrogated the man who had fired the shotgun. Apparently, it was not uncommon for him to use an unloaded shotgun in a threatening manner against his wife during arguments. However, as it turns out, the couples son had loaded the shotgun knowing full well what happens on a routine basis. The wife had apparently denied loaning her son money and wanted the husband to kill her. Sure enough, a few nights later the husband pulled out the shotgun and squeezed the trigger as he was flailing the weapon around. The blast went through the window, and hit the suicidal man in the chest.

Here's the kicker - The suicidal man turned out to be the same son who had loaded his father's shotgun in an attempt to murder his mother. He had been suffering from depression and that night was so distraught that he aimed to kill himself. As a result of the findings by the investigation, the son who had attempted to commit suicide was charged for the murder of himself. Had he not carried out his scheme, he would have harmlessly been caught by the safety net. Once the facts were settled and the confusion was resolved, the charges were dropped.


True case that is fairly popular among my law professors. Some of the descriptive facts may be slightly perverted or incorrect(such as where the shotgun blast hit him), but the main elements of the story are 100% accurate.


/forgive me if my grammar is off tonight
 
2008-05-16 03:35:48 AM
Wait... the only witness to this spitting contest is the only guy who could have thrown the man from the balcony?

This sounds like a case for the Swiss Cheese.S.I!

/I sense a hole in his story
 
2008-05-16 04:37:15 AM
Svensk

Not so sure about that...

(Bonus: It was also in the opening scene of Magnolia)
 
2008-05-16 04:57:01 AM
WilEKyoT: Svensk

Not so sure about that...

(Bonus: It was also in the opening scene of Magnolia)


Well I'll be a monkey's ass. Looks like I was misled, or perhaps the people who tell this tale truly don't know. Just goes to show you don't take everything professors say as irrefutable fact.
 
2008-05-16 05:10:37 AM
Yes, Darwin wins again, but Newton had a role here too.

/ inertia is not always your friend
// hey, I've never used this strange little Fark commenting meme before!
 
2008-05-16 07:17:37 AM
lelio: Does "spit" include exploding organ juice when he hit the pavement?

"Exploding Organ Juice" would be a great name for a band.
 
2008-05-16 07:30:12 AM
But who won the spitting contest?
 
2008-05-16 07:41:19 AM
Same thing happened at Carleton a few years back, at an apartment building right near my house. Though, that one was deserving of the "ironic" tag considering it was a first year engineering student.
 
2008-05-16 07:48:22 AM
img513.imageshack.us
 
2008-05-16 08:02:48 AM
Came for Titanic ref
Go Kate!
 
2008-05-16 08:19:05 AM
www.uploadthis.co.uk

Never forget.
 
2008-05-16 08:21:14 AM
www.mscd.edu
 
2008-05-16 09:16:10 AM
Came for the Darwin pics/references. Wasn't disappointed.


/The fail pics however, were disappointing
//Rule #1: Not every stupid pic makes a good fail pic
///Similar to the "Not every cat pic makes a good lolcat" rule
//Because you have to have standards
 
2008-05-16 09:35:04 AM
Asmor: Wow, 6.4 meters? That's about 21 feet. Granted, falling 21 feet doesn't seem like a whole lot of fun, but it seems like it would be kind of hard to actually die from that kind of fall.

Yeah, but he most likely went head first with the spitting momentum.
 
2008-05-16 09:41:34 AM
If submitting was in my blood I would have gone with:

There But For The Grace of Gob go Aiiiiieeeeeeeeeeeee!
 
2008-05-16 09:45:44 AM
I saw this happen to a girl in college...went for the long shot off the balcony and ended up face planting the concrete below, not a pretty site...R.i.P
 
2008-05-16 10:04:22 AM
OurManFlint1: I submitted this with a better headline. I'm sorry but the mods hocked a lugi here:

Swiss man dies in spitting contest , or was he phlegmish?


"better headline"?

Iñigo Montoya would like a word with you.
 
2008-05-16 10:17:06 AM
Well, I like to spit because
I like to spit because
I like to spit because
It's gravity defying
Gravity defying
Gravity defying

If we had a spit contest
To see who spits the farthest
Well my spit would win because
It's gravity defying
Gravity defying
Gravity defying

Well I don't know who you are
But I hear you spit far
Let's have a contest
And see if you defy me
See if you defy me
See if you defy me

I like his spit because
I like his spit because
I like his spit because
It's gravity defying
Gravity defying
Gravity defying

Oh yeah
 
2008-05-16 10:17:17 AM
Goopotato: TFA: He died in hospital.

That's some fine reporting there, Lou.


For whatever reason, most English speakers in the world don't require an article there. That sentence is perfectly fine everywhere outside the U.S.
 
2008-05-16 10:20:48 AM
Svensk: but the main elements of the story are 100% accurate.

Pics or it didn't happen.
 
2008-05-16 10:23:17 AM
Savior Self: This happened about three years ago in Ottawa. People were having some great posts and then a farker pointed out that it was his friend that had died. The thread ended there.

My friend fell 20 feet to his death off a balcony, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies?
 
2008-05-16 10:32:28 AM
I REALLY hope this is a repeat. I'm a pretty optimistic guy, but i just refuse to believe there can be two people this retarded, otherwise my faith in our species would be gone.
 
2008-05-16 10:33:31 AM
icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com
 
2008-05-16 10:50:04 AM
Svensk:

I guess I could see being fooled about something when told by a proffessor but when you told the story above I did not believe it for a second. I was going to call BS but someone beat me to it.
 
2008-05-16 11:20:02 AM
The man had suggested the contest when he and two friends returned from a disco to their hotel in Cadempino in Switzerland's Italian-speaking Ticino canton in the early hours.

I've lost count of the degrees of fail here
 
2008-05-16 11:28:18 AM
This already when down.

Man dies in 11-storey fall

Tragic ending to birthday party

By ANDREW SEYMOUR, Ottawa Sun

A CARLETON University engineering student participating in a spitting
contest with friends plunged 11 floors off a downtown high-rise to his death
late Saturday night. Ameer "AJ" Jinah was celebrating his 20th birthday in
his 11th-floor apartment at 199 Kent St. with about a dozen friends when the
accident happened at about 11 p.m.

Police said it appears Jinah took a running start to try to spit further
than his two friends when he unintentionally vaulted himself over the
balcony railing.

"It was purely accidental," said Ottawa police Sgt. Joe Simpson. "Momentum
carried him beyond."

Police said alcohol was being consumed at the party.
 
2008-05-16 11:50:05 AM
i261.photobucket.com

.. and ...

Police said alcohol was being consumed at the party.
i261.photobucket.com
 
2008-05-16 01:01:20 PM
OurManFlint1: I submitted this with a better headline. I'm sorry but the mods hocked a lugi here:


Swiss man dies in spitting contest , or was he phlegmish?


Nice. Would have been much better if he was Belgian though.
 
2008-05-16 03:03:45 PM
returned from a disco.
 
2008-05-16 03:05:45 PM
chewielouie

Simply yes.
 
2008-05-16 04:31:25 PM
Miss Misery: A year ago last sunday my best friend threw a beer bottle out of the window of our apartment, which lended two feet away from a cop two floors ago. They walked in us while he had a bowl in his hand, which was then concealed in the palm of my hand. They didn't notice. He got arrested for the bottle though.
/i tried to get them to let it go cause it was my birthday
//didn't work
///was not a good birthday


Is it really too much to ask that people read what they posted?
 
2008-05-16 10:19:58 PM
Not an urban legend--happened to a guy I personally knew at Furman U back in 2000, also for a spitting contest. Google it.
 
2008-05-17 12:21:33 AM
Barakku: rackrent: Goopotato: TFA: He died in hospital.

That's some fine reporting there, Lou.

Never been to Europe, have you?

Don't you mean he's never been Europe?



Brilliant! Had to read it twice, but the shot landed flush.

/claps
//unknowingly drops an article while clapping
///notices promptly and scoops it unobtrusively back into his sack-0-language
 
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