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2008-12-10 02:41:10 PM  
I'm afraid I'll never be able to go back to the auction again...
 
2008-12-10 03:14:37 PM  
Farewell and adieu to you fair Spanish ladies
 
2008-12-10 03:56:02 PM  
2 summers ago i went to the Universal theme park in Orlando (total, and i mean TOTAL waste of money imho). The Jaws ride was amusing because one of the scene areas showed gas at something around a $1.25 a gallon -at the time, gas was around $3.50 a gallon. That was the only amusing moment at the theme park.

I heard the coaster park was awesome though.
 
2008-12-10 06:13:01 PM  

Dr.Knockboots: The Jaws ride was amusing


2 summers ago?

When I was a kid they had a Jaws ride at Universal Studios in California - this was in the early 80s.

/bonus - they also had a Battlestar Galactica ride - the original of course and it rawked. I was 8 or 9 or 10 maybe.
 
2008-12-10 07:01:01 PM  

vernonFL: Dr.Knockboots: The Jaws ride was amusing

2 summers ago?

When I was a kid they had a Jaws ride at Universal Studios in California - this was in the early 80s.

/bonus - they also had a Battlestar Galactica ride - the original of course and it rawked. I was 8 or 9 or 10 maybe.


I saw that too. Somehow the whirring of the motor in the shark's head as he bobbed up out of the water took the scare out of it.

I grew up in San Diego and learned to swim in the Pacific Ocean. After the movie came out there were freezer trucks parked all over town that had a shark in it you could look at for like $5. Never looked at one but I never went out past my knees in the ocean again.
 
2008-12-10 07:11:30 PM  
Japanese submarine slammed two torpedoes into our side, Chief. We was comin' back from the island of Tinian to Leyte... just delivered the bomb. The Hiroshima bomb. Eleven hundred men went into the water. Vessel went down in 12 minutes. Didn't see the first shark for about a half an hour. Tiger. 13-footer. You know how you know that when you're in the water, Chief? You tell by looking from the dorsal to the tail. What we didn't know, was our bomb mission had been so secret, no distress signal had been sent. They didn't even list us overdue for a week. Very first light, Chief, sharks come cruisin', so we formed ourselves into tight groups. You know, it was kinda like old squares in the battle like you see in the calendar named "The Battle of Waterloo" and the idea was: shark comes to the nearest man, that man he starts poundin' and hollerin' and screamin' and sometimes the shark go away... but sometimes he wouldn't go away. Sometimes that shark he looks right into ya. Right into your eyes. And, you know, the thing about a shark... he's got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll's eyes. When he comes at ya, doesn't seem to be living... until he bites ya, and those black eyes roll over white and then... ah then you hear that terrible high-pitched screamin'. The ocean turns red, and despite all the poundin' and the hollerin', they all come in and they... rip you to pieces. You know by the end of that first dawn, lost a hundred men. I don't know how many sharks, maybe a thousand. I know how many men, they averaged six an hour. On Thursday morning, Chief, I bumped into a friend of mine, Herbie Robinson from Cleveland. Baseball player. Boatswain's mate. I thought he was asleep. I reached over to wake him up. Bobbed up, down in the water just like a kinda top. Upended. Well, he'd been bitten in half below the waist. Noon, the fifth day, Mr. Hooper, a Lockheed Ventura saw us. He swung in low and he saw us... he was a young pilot, a lot younger than Mr. Hooper. Anyway, he saw us and he come in low and three hours later a big fat PBY comes down and starts to pick us up. You know that was the time I was most frightened... waitin' for my turn. I'll never put on a lifejacket again. So, eleven hundred men went in the water; 316 men come out and the sharks took the rest, June the 29th, 1945. Anyway, we delivered the bomb.

/obligatory
 
2008-12-10 07:58:16 PM  
I doubt it inspired "Jaws", but nice try sellers. (set record one decade after movie came out)
 
2008-12-10 08:31:43 PM  
Nice one, smitty.
 
2008-12-10 08:34:18 PM  
Smile, you son of a biatch!
 
2008-12-11 09:37:59 AM  

The Dreaded Rear Admiral: Japanese submarine slammed two torpedoes into our side, Chief. We was comin' back from the island of Tinian to Leyte... just delivered the bomb. The Hiroshima bomb. Eleven hundred men went into the water. Vessel went down in 12 minutes. Didn't see the first shark for about a half an hour. Tiger. 13-footer. You know how you know that when you're in the water, Chief? You tell by looking from the dorsal to the tail. What we didn't know, was our bomb mission had been so secret, no distress signal had been sent. They didn't even list us overdue for a week. Very first light, Chief, sharks come cruisin', so we formed ourselves into tight groups. You know, it was kinda like old squares in the battle like you see in the calendar named "The Battle of Waterloo" and the idea was: shark comes to the nearest man, that man he starts poundin' and hollerin' and screamin' and sometimes the shark go away... but sometimes he wouldn't go away. Sometimes that shark he looks right into ya. Right into your eyes. And, you know, the thing about a shark... he's got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll's eyes. When he comes at ya, doesn't seem to be living... until he bites ya, and those black eyes roll over white and then... ah then you hear that terrible high-pitched screamin'. The ocean turns red, and despite all the poundin' and the hollerin', they all come in and they... rip you to pieces. You know by the end of that first dawn, lost a hundred men. I don't know how many sharks, maybe a thousand. I know how many men, they averaged six an hour. On Thursday morning, Chief, I bumped into a friend of mine, Herbie Robinson from Cleveland. Baseball player. Boatswain's mate. I thought he was asleep. I reached over to wake him up. Bobbed up, down in the water just like a kinda top. Upended. Well, he'd been bitten in half below the waist. Noon, the fifth day, Mr. Hooper, a Lockheed Ventura saw us. He swung in low and he saw us... he was a young pilot, a lot younger than Mr. Hooper. Anyway, he saw us and he come in low and three hours later a big fat PBY comes down and starts to pick us up. You know that was the time I was most frightened... waitin' for my turn. I'll never put on a lifejacket again. So, eleven hundred men went in the water; 316 men come out and the sharks took the rest, June the 29th, 1945. Anyway, we delivered the bomb.

/obligatory


I came here to say this. You beat me to it.

/Jaws was a great movie, not because of the fake shark named Bruce, but scenes like this one.
 
2008-12-11 12:21:54 PM  
flyin1: I doubt it inspired "Jaws", but nice try sellers. (set record one decade after movie came out)


Supposedly the captain, Mundus, was the inspiration for Quint. Mundus was a hell of a shark fisherman, and the archetypical old salt. Painted his toenails red and green (boaters will know the significance) ground his own chum, and laid out the plans for the Cricket II on a cocktail napkin.

/RIP chummy man...
 
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