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2003-07-04 12:21:06 AM  
"Forty-five minutes later, his emotions now under control, Scroggs said he was driving to a routine business appointment when a pickup truck went off Garlington Road and plunged into swiftly flowing waters."

That is sooo confusing...
 
2003-07-04 12:37:20 AM  
Less confusing, keeping the contextual setting of the sentence:
Bobby Scroggs' yellow golf shirt, brown slacks and leather loafers were soaked Wednesday morning as he stood next to a creek and clutched two feet of garden hose in his hand.

He had just finished using the hose to save a man's life.

Forty-five minutes later, his emotions now under control, Scroggs said he was driving to a routine business appointment when a pickup truck went off Garlington Road and plunged into swiftly flowing waters.


The rescuer is being interviewd 45 minutes after the rescue, after he has calmed down.
 
2003-07-04 06:07:56 AM  
Why am I awake?
 
2003-07-04 06:13:54 AM  
As long as no one ends up suing anyone for whatever reason, this'll end up being a good story.

/cynic
 
2003-07-04 06:18:38 AM  
I would sue the makers of the garden hose, for not providing 50% more air.
 
2003-07-04 06:19:33 AM  
What a well garden implemented rescue.

/har har har
 
2003-07-04 06:22:25 AM  
Ooh! I got another one!

MATRE D: Another bucket for monsieur,... [goosh] ...and perhaps a hose. M-hm.

/Python
 
2003-07-04 06:24:29 AM  
"Here, let me put this in your mouth...just trust me..."
God, who hasn't used THAT line before...
 
2003-07-04 06:30:59 AM  
I learned from an Encyclopedia Brown book years ago that breathing through anything more that a two foot tube can kill you. IF you are relying solely on the tube for air, the air has to have time and force to be blown through the tube, then fresh air sucked back in, repeat. The hardy Boys had nothing on young Brown.
 
2003-07-04 06:34:13 AM  
I would doubt the veracity of this story, as, depending upon how deep the victim was, the hose would not be able to be used as a snorkel. This is due to the pressuer differential between the atmosphere and the water surrounding the victim.

As you are aware, when we inhale, we expand our chests by tightening the diaphragm and intercostal muscles. This reduces the pressure in our lungs, and air is forced down by air pressure. If the pressure surrounding our chests is higher than the air pressure, then air cannot be forced down.

This is why the max serviceable length for a snorkel is about 60 - 80 cm, and why you don't get deep sea divers just using a very long snorkel

Still I haven't read the article, so maybe I should...
 
2003-07-04 06:34:20 AM  
Unless you don't exhale through the tube; fresh air would be in the tube at all times in that case.
 
2003-07-04 06:34:58 AM  
Goddamn it, comment timing off. It was supposed to go after the Encyclopedia Brown comment.
 
2003-07-04 06:41:12 AM  
shigeljoe

OK, but apposite and in keeping with my comment.
 
2003-07-04 06:42:42 AM  
"I would doubt the veracity of this story, as, depending upon how deep the victim was, the hose would not be able to be used as a snorkel. This is due to the pressuer differential between the atmosphere and the water surrounding the victim."

Well that's easy to explain. The hose was 2 feet long. Obviously the victim could not have been 2 and a half feet under water.

Let's focus our "I doubt it" energies to more worthy causes, like that whole "moon landing" bs.
 
2003-07-04 06:44:12 AM  
Submerged.
 
2003-07-04 06:45:40 AM  
"Unless you don't exhale through the tube; fresh air would be in the tube at all times in that case."

There's more to it though. Can't take your mouth of the tube. Exhale through nose.
 
2003-07-04 06:49:08 AM  
Capt. Tom Porter and Lt. Bill Sizemore, the firefighters who jumped into the creek, were also covered with diesel fuel, which burns the skin.

Why didn't they just set fire to the deisel, burn it off, and have a weenie roast.

Oh right, the trapped person. They always could have pretending everyone on the scene spoke Spanish and they couldn't understand that the pointing and shouting meant there was another person who needed rescuing
/combining threads
 
2003-07-04 06:50:29 AM  
Evil

Not to be picky or anything, but the distance between your mouth and your lungs are over eight inches from your mouth with your head stretched up. So it is, therefore, possible to have a two foot hose and your lungs to be over 2.5 foot below the water surface. QED.
 
2003-07-04 06:51:29 AM  
There's a lot of analysts in the house today...
 
2003-07-04 06:54:21 AM  
It would be possible with a African snorkel maybe, but not a European snorkel.
 
2003-07-04 06:54:33 AM  
Complete bunch of arse, productiveslacker.

Think about how much air there is in the tube versus how much in your lung. Sure you may inhale a small amount of "stale" air each time, but after that the air would be fresh after that small amount.
 
2003-07-04 06:55:02 AM  
All theories aside, since the victim is still alive...we can assume the technique worked this time.

If I'm ever about to drown and someone wants to revoke the law gravity in an attempt to save my fat ass...it's fine with me!
 
2003-07-04 06:55:53 AM  
How about if two European snorkels had it slung on a piece of vine between them?
 
2003-07-04 06:58:07 AM  
SatchmoR plus you can breathe stale air for a long time. You don't remove much CO2 with each breath, and you don't use a lot of O2. It's just that the levels begin equalizing quickly if you don't move the air a bit.

Take a plastic bag, inflate it a little, get a big lungful of air. Blow into the bag and keep breathing in and out until you begin to get lightheaded. It will take minutes before you notice much of an effect, and this guy was only using the snorkal for about 4 minutes according to the article.
 
2003-07-04 06:58:48 AM  
What, held under the dorsal side of the snorkel?
 
2003-07-04 07:02:30 AM  
Decided to try it myself, just to ensure I wasn't talking out of my ass. Around 1 minute I noticed I started breathing a little faster, around 2 minutes I was breathing quickly but wasn't really feeling lightheaded.

And that was with completely stale air. Even if you were breathing in and out into a tube with the other end open there would be gas exchange going on.
 
2003-07-04 07:03:05 AM  
I just found a really cheap buzz.

Thanks fark!
 
2003-07-04 07:04:06 AM  
YankinDaneland just don't use a rubber band to hold the plastic bag in place.

/adding chlorine to the gene pool.
 
2003-07-04 07:04:20 AM  
GIS for "two foot hose"

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2003-07-04 07:05:08 AM  
Sidi

You get dizier faster with EvoStick in the bag, but that's a different story.

YankinDaneland
What, uh, I don't know that. *BOING* Aaaaaargh!!!
 
2003-07-04 07:06:39 AM  
Don't you be disin' my two foot ho's! Ya bloodclot white man!
 
2003-07-04 07:08:17 AM  
Actually, that would be a great bar bet.

Say "I bet you $20 I can survive for five minutes on one lungful of air, without passing out. Once you get the bet, pull out the plastic bag and do it.
 
2003-07-04 07:10:56 AM  
SatchmoR

take my two cents worth and buy you a three foot piece of hose. enjoy.
 
2003-07-04 07:12:21 AM  
I think I know how I'm paying for my drinks next week...
 
2003-07-04 07:14:01 AM  
But could they suck a golf ball through it?
 
2003-07-04 07:17:19 AM  
productiveslacker

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2003-07-04 07:26:59 AM  
productiveslacker: I learned from an Encyclopedia Brown book years ago that breathing through anything more that a two foot tube can kill you. IF you are relying solely on the tube for air, the air has to have time and force to be blown through the tube, then fresh air sucked back in, repeat. The hardy Boys had nothing on young Brown.

That's assuming that you expel the air back through the tube. Blow it back into the water and you don't have that problem.

But yes, Brown ruled, but the Hardy Boys were more entertaining I thought.

/fan of both
 
2003-07-04 07:28:53 AM  
Didn't any of you guys watch Mr. Wizard?
 
2003-07-04 07:30:45 AM  
Er... a bit late.
Didn't read the thread before posting.

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2003-07-04 07:32:19 AM  
Groover: Didn't any of you guys watch Mr. Wizard?

HELL YES!
That guy was awesome. =D

Man, between Brown, the Hardy Boys, Mr. Wizard, and Woofiemama's Hulk + Macho Man pshop in the pshop thread that went live this morning, I've got almost my entire childhood entertainment covered here on fark. =P
 
2003-07-04 08:20:26 AM  
Leave it to Farkers to cast doubts upon a story like this. I'm so proud!! Har...
 
2003-07-04 08:21:45 AM  
fark it. How long does it take for .22 caliber to hit the center of the brain, if it does not go off course and raddle around in the skull? My own independence day. Enjoy.
 
2003-07-04 08:31:44 AM  
I reckons that was sum of the worstist reporting eva. What crappy sentences structureisationing. I wouldntst hires him.
 
2003-07-04 09:04:00 AM  
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What is that?
MAYNARD:
He must have died while typing it.
LAUNCELOT:
Oh, come on!
MAYNARD:
Well, that's what it says.
ARTHUR:
Look, if he was dying, he wouldn't bother to type 'uuurgh'. He'd just say it!
 
2003-07-04 09:09:20 AM  
MAYNARD:
Well, that's what it says.
ARTHUR:
Look, if he was dying, he wouldn't bother to carve 'aarrggh'. He'd just say it!
MAYNARD:
Well, that's what's carved in the rock!
GALAHAD:
Perhaps he was dictating.
ARTHUR:
Oh, shut up. Well, does it say anything else?
MAYNARD:
No. Just 'aaarrrrggh'.
LAUNCELOT:
Aaaauugggh.
ARTHUR:
Aarrrggh.
BEDEVERE:
Do you suppose he meant the Camaaaaaargue?
GALAHAD:
Where's that?
BEDEVERE:
France, I think.
 
2003-07-04 09:26:25 AM  
Suffice it to say, it worked. And that was some pretty quick thinking. And I wonder what the homeowner thought when they came out and found a couple of feet of hose missing? "Damn kids"....
 
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2003-07-04 09:45:52 AM  
I need to stop drinking...
 
2003-07-04 10:20:40 AM  
No one is falling for this hoax. We're not stoopit.
 
2003-07-04 10:45:03 AM  
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