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(BBC)   Former drug lord's mansion and estate turned into a theme park. You must be this tall to see the mass graves of his enemies   (news.bbc.co.uk) divider line 50
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2008-06-02 12:20:00 PM
Viva los Pepes!

/not really
/but kinda
 
2008-06-02 12:37:04 PM
www.starstore.com
 
2008-06-02 12:44:53 PM
www.uberlounge.com
 
2008-06-02 01:15:24 PM
Cool... The world could use another theme park.
 
2008-06-02 01:52:18 PM
"the enemy of my enemy is my friend."
It's sad, but that's the way the world works, not just in South America.
Escobar was an enemy of the government, and anyone against the Colombian government would likely look up toward Escobar as a Robin Hood type figure.
He did as much to help his friends and the people who supported him as he did to hurt those who opposed.

A similar thing could be said for any successful gangsters. Capone. Gotti. The Chinese Triad. Huey Long. Castro. Mussolini. Bin Laden. Lenin.
 
2008-06-02 04:09:59 PM
It isn't unprecedented: http://www.alcaponehideout.com/
 
2008-06-02 04:10:02 PM
I wanna go to the bong water waterfall.

/And to the Doritos stand
 
2008-06-02 04:10:50 PM
Bukharin: A similar thing could be said for any successful gangsters. Capone. Gotti. The Chinese Triad. Huey Long. Castro. Mussolini. Bin Laden. Lenin.

Hitler.

/i know you wanted to
 
2008-06-02 04:11:15 PM
Cool! I can't wait to go there so I can buy some Escobar Ears or an oversized novelty coke spoon. Yay!
 
2008-06-02 04:11:26 PM
And of the estate's founder, whom she called "kind of a hero", she observed: "If one judges him by the estate, you have to say that he was a really intelligent guy."

The giant dinosaurs scattered around the property would tell you that.
 
2008-06-02 04:12:00 PM
Come for the history and the long lines. Really fat, long lines.
 
2008-06-02 04:13:55 PM
tbn0.google.com

Escorted to prison ride?
 
2008-06-02 04:14:40 PM
nothing like teaching kids to snort their adderall.
 
2008-06-02 04:18:49 PM
Anyone want to nominate a presidential library for a theme park in the USA?
 
2008-06-02 04:21:35 PM
Say hello to my tilt-a-whirl!
 
2008-06-02 04:22:03 PM
phlegmmo --
Are you saying that the estate grounds demonstrate... intelligent design? :p
 
2008-06-02 04:23:06 PM
Mark Bowden's "Chasing Pablo" pretty much knocks out any notion other than Escobar was a psychopath.
 
2008-06-02 04:23:46 PM
CygnusDarius: I wanna go to the bong water waterfall.

That would smell horrible.
 
2008-06-02 04:23:48 PM
Plata o plomo?
 
2008-06-02 04:26:52 PM

FTA:
private zoo that would have made Michael Jackson jealous


Hm. Probably not the only person who thought of some rather unorthodox exhibits...

 
2008-06-02 04:31:06 PM
The snow cones are expensive, but but they're worth it.
 
2008-06-02 04:38:08 PM
Goldstein: Say hello to my tilt-a-whirl!

LOL
 
2008-06-02 04:39:59 PM
Former drug lord's mansion and estate turned into a theme park. You must be this tall high to see the mass graves of his enemies
 
2008-06-02 04:41:09 PM
"He turned it into a fantasy land with concrete dinosaurs, a bullfighting ring and a private zoo that would have made Michael Jackson jealous, with giraffes, elephants, kangaroos and hippopotamuses."


What, no rhymenoceroses?
 
Pav
2008-06-02 04:41:33 PM
What is with the rich persons obsession to trap animals?
 
2008-06-02 04:43:25 PM
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/Q&D
 
2008-06-02 04:45:02 PM
I wonder when they will turn this into a theme park...

i185.photobucket.com

Or is this the correct house?

i185.photobucket.com
 
2008-06-02 04:45:59 PM
When I was in high school they arrested some drug lord in my parent's neighborhood. His family had a beautiful home that was snatched up by the DEA. That house lasted 1 day on the market and sold for quite a bit more than the asking price (don't know why it was auctioned). People seem to have a fascination with these type of properties.
 
2008-06-02 04:51:54 PM
kmt11: When I was in high school they arrested some drug lord in my parent's neighborhood. His family had a beautiful home that was snatched up by the DEA. That house lasted 1 day on the market and sold for quite a bit more than the asking price (don't know why it was auctioned). People seem to have a fascination with these type of properties.

They hope they'll find some secret room with mounds of blow and cash. Most I've found in my house was a dead rat and some old playboys. Couldn't even use the damn things cause all the pages were stuck together.
 
2008-06-02 04:51:58 PM
kmt11: People seem to have a fascination with these type of properties.

They're often filled with money in between the walls and buried in trash bags in the yard.
 
2008-06-02 04:54:10 PM
mccallcl: They're often filled with money in between the walls and buried in trash bags in the yard.

Yes but sometimes other things are buried in the trash bags in the yard, so it's not always fun and games.
 
2008-06-02 04:56:36 PM
"Must be taller than this coca plant to ride this ride"
 
2008-06-02 04:56:59 PM
mccallcl: They're often filled with money in between the walls and buried in trash bags in the yard.

Interestingly, when the DEA raided the house, they were dressed as trash men. Also, the house was held for around a year, I am pretty sure the gov't searched it pretty well.
 
2008-06-02 04:57:57 PM
Ride Space Mountain!
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2008-06-02 04:58:09 PM
. . . Camila, a visitor from Bogota, reflected on the drug lord's demise.

"He had so much money," she said. "And for what? They killed him like a dog on a rooftop."


It's like, jeez, how could you kill a guy like that if he was so rich? I mean, shoot him out the window into a pool, fine; but on the roof?! Scandalous!
 
2008-06-02 05:13:51 PM
The (Disney)World is Yours!
 
2008-06-02 05:14:08 PM
scottydoesntknow: Couldn't even use the damn things cause all the pages were stuck together.

Honestly Ballmer, you've got no class.
 
2008-06-02 05:15:01 PM
scottydoesntknow: They hope they'll find some secret room with mounds of blow and cash. Most I've found in my house was a dead rat and some old playboys. Couldn't even use the damn things cause all the pages were stuck together.

Don't they save their secret stash in Swedish banks?.
 
2008-06-02 05:15:32 PM
scottydoesntknow: kmt11: When I was in high school they arrested some drug lord in my parent's neighborhood. His family had a beautiful home that was snatched up by the DEA. That house lasted 1 day on the market and sold for quite a bit more than the asking price (don't know why it was auctioned). People seem to have a fascination with these type of properties.

They hope they'll find some secret room with mounds of blow and cash. Most I've found in my house was a dead rat and some old playboys. Couldn't even use the damn things cause all the pages were stuck together.


Those are some kinda rats!
 
2008-06-02 05:20:24 PM
I'm a torso!

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2008-06-02 05:24:00 PM
"The beasts have flourished, and now number 25, making it the world's largest wild hippo population outside of Africa. "

That's the coolest part about the article.

/Hippos.
//How cool is that.
///Think they'll over run South America and take the place over like the killer bees?
//Slash.
 
2008-06-02 05:29:15 PM
MBooda: Ride Space Mountain!

Oldest ride in the park but it still has the longest lines.

Whoooooo!
 
2008-06-02 05:30:26 PM
sels: "The beasts have flourished, and now number 25, making it the world's largest wild hippo population outside of Africa. "

That's the coolest part about the article.

/Hippos.
//How cool is that.
///Think they'll over run South America and take the place over like the killer bees?
//Slash.


If I were Pablo, I would've put those babies in a moat around my house. You can get around a dog, but nobody farks with a hippo.
 
2008-06-02 05:39:36 PM
CygnusDarius: scottydoesntknow: They hope they'll find some secret room with mounds of blow and cash. Most I've found in my house was a dead rat and some old playboys. Couldn't even use the damn things cause all the pages were stuck together.

Don't they save their secret stash in Swedish banks?.


FAIL. Swiss banks. They keep their money in SWISS banks. They keep their chefs in Swedish banks.
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2008-06-02 05:44:46 PM
Lt. Cheese Weasel: CygnusDarius: scottydoesntknow: They hope they'll find some secret room with mounds of blow and cash. Most I've found in my house was a dead rat and some old playboys. Couldn't even use the damn things cause all the pages were stuck together.

Don't they save their secret stash in Swedish banks?.

FAIL. Swiss banks. They keep their money in SWISS banks. They keep their chefs in Swedish banks.


Swedish Chef says ...
 
2008-06-02 06:01:33 PM
Dunno,

I have been to his house, and his grave. I have also seen then neighborhoods he built for the poor.

He wasn't a good guy, but akin to our robber barons of years gone by. He however, was patriotic, and used some of his ill gotten gains to help his country.

My grandmother was one of the first supreme female supreme court magistrates there, and she retired when the drug trials started happening. Saw the writing(killing on the wall.)

I am a US born Citizent, of Colombian heritage, who got the chance to live there for several years. And you get a very different idea of Colombia than the media potrayal here.

Pablos nephew was one of my students, and was the most mature 12 year old I have ever met, brilliant, dedicated to his studies, and knew exactly where his family came from.

Medellin has been safe for years, and I truly reccomend you go see it. Great climate, food, and beautiful women. And Manizales cannot be beat. Bogota is meh, cold, dirty, rude people. The coffee growing regions are the most enjoyable.

The good thing now is they have a government that is very proactive about the guerilla situation and is taking steps.

My cousin John Marulanda, former colonel, and now the country's international terrorist advisor, is really taking sorrounding countries to task for harboring fugitives from FARK.
 
2008-06-02 06:22:43 PM
I've got some ideas for some drug-themed rides:

The Heroin Space-Needle
20,000 Leagues Under the Influence
Cocaine Mountain
 
2008-06-02 07:11:11 PM
Shouldn't it be:

You must be this high to ride
 
2008-06-02 07:36:30 PM
"The government settled several hundred peasant farmers on the estate, who continue to raise crops there on a remote section."

Heh...what type of crops exactly on this remote section?

But on a more non-comedic note there wouldnt be drug lords if there werent people all over willing to buy it.
 
2008-06-02 10:17:28 PM
theflatline: taking sorrounding countries to task for harboring fugitives from FARK.

Hold on, let's not get too hasty--I'm only here for the articles.
 
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