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(Slate)   Americans are losing their ability to walk, relying too much on cars. Wasn't this exactly what happened in Wall-E?   (slate.com) divider line 508
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2012-04-10 08:12:05 AM
Wall-E got a lot about us right
 
2012-04-10 08:23:58 AM
Foreign Contaminant.
 
2012-04-10 08:49:15 AM
It was the low gravity that caused people to get fat and lose bone mass in Wall-E
 
2012-04-10 08:50:18 AM
Some relatives of mine are going to New York today and they're frantic about being able to get a cab from Times Square to Rockefeller Center. Yes, really.
 
2012-04-10 09:07:43 AM
This picture is so sad:

www.slate.com
"Carlin Robinson, 12, walks from her grandmother's car to the school bus in Manchester, Ky. Her house can be seen in the background."
 
2012-04-10 09:18:46 AM
I don't know if it's a harbinger of Wall-E, but whenever I'm in Europe with other Americans it's always "Max, you can't make us walk like this, we need to take a taxi, the hotel is almost HALF A MILE AWAY, my calves will cramp, wah wah wah."

/then they all wonder why I know my way around these cities
 
2012-04-10 09:20:18 AM

ginandbacon: This picture is so sad:

[www.slate.com image 568x377]
"Carlin Robinson, 12, walks from her grandmother's car to the school bus in Manchester, Ky. Her house can be seen in the background."


I'll bet that kid has never eaten a vegetable that wasn't deep fried or part of some sort of ranch dip.
 
2012-04-10 09:36:02 AM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: Some relatives of mine are going to New York today and they're frantic about being able to get a cab from Times Square to Rockefeller Center. Yes, really.


Really? I'm not that familiar with NYC, having only been there a handful of times, so I looked it up on Google Earth. It's less than half a mile walk. Should take you all of 15 minutes if you take your time. Seems to me that between hailing a cab, and sitting in traffic, it might actually take you longer that way.
 
2012-04-10 09:38:53 AM

Aarontology: ginandbacon: This picture is so sad:

[www.slate.com image 568x377]
"Carlin Robinson, 12, walks from her grandmother's car to the school bus in Manchester, Ky. Her house can be seen in the background."

I'll bet that kid has never eaten a vegetable that wasn't deep fried or part of some sort of ranch dip.


I was just grumbling to myself because I have to take a bus I don't normally take and I'll have to walk and extra 20 minutes each way. I think I'm going to be grateful instead and enjoy my pedestrian experience.
 
2012-04-10 09:44:53 AM

ginandbacon: I was just grumbling to myself because I have to take a bus I don't normally take and I'll have to walk and extra 20 minutes each way. I think I'm going to be grateful instead and enjoy my pedestrian experience.


See, I think there's a difference between adding 40 minutes to your commute and driving to avoid the 100 yard walk.
 
2012-04-10 09:47:00 AM

Aarontology: ginandbacon: I was just grumbling to myself because I have to take a bus I don't normally take and I'll have to walk and extra 20 minutes each way. I think I'm going to be grateful instead and enjoy my pedestrian experience.

See, I think there's a difference between adding 40 minutes to your commute and driving to avoid the 100 yard walk.


LOL yeah. A little.
 
2012-04-10 09:52:56 AM
This must be due to the steady decline of multi-directional hills. You know, those hills that my parents had to walk up on the way to and from school? During a snowstorm? Carrying their younger siblings on their backs? You know?

Seriously though, I loved walking to school. It was like a mini-vacation from life. I got to just think and relax (usually while daydreaming about Todd, that tall senior who was just so hot but didn't know I existed....but that would all change once I joined the yearbook committee because since he was on council I would get to..._insert standard teenage melodramatic memory_)

/too much coffee
 
2012-04-10 09:53:04 AM

unlikely: I don't know if it's a harbinger of Wall-E, but whenever I'm in Europe with other Americans it's always "Max, you can't make us walk like this, we need to take a taxi, the hotel is almost HALF A MILE AWAY, my calves will cramp, wah wah wah."


Took six months before I adjusted to all the walking.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2012-04-10 09:54:31 AM

Roook: It was the low gravity that caused people to get fat and lose bone mass in Wall-E



encrypted-tbn2.google.com

I need more gravity! And two deep fried chickens.
 
2012-04-10 10:13:57 AM
Even more disturbing: Seeing people at 24 hour fitness jockeying for the CLOSEST POSSIBLE parking spot, just so they can go inside and run for 30 minutes on a treadmill.
 
2012-04-10 10:33:53 AM
One of the things I am happiest about in moving away from the USA is the fact that I don't need to own a car. Too much tasty beer around here, so if I had to drive then a. I'd be stranded after a few drinks or b. not get rid of the calories since I have to walk/cycle an hour a day at least now just to get to work.

Btw not quite walking but here's a good video I found recently on urban planning addressing how the Dutch got their cycle paths (new window). Basically the Netherlands used to be like the USA in the 70s in that everyone drove everywhere but after several mass protests the government started allocating money for cycle paths and making streets safer for cyclists/pedestrians- food for thought for those who think it's impossible to do in America.
 
2012-04-10 10:40:50 AM
foodfacts.info
www.humorhound.com
tosh.comedycentral.com

i bet those have a built in toilet too
 
2012-04-10 10:48:46 AM

bongmiester: i bet those have a built in toilet too


Not by design.

Now THAT's a mudflap you wouldn't want to see.
 
2012-04-10 10:54:36 AM

markie_farkie: Even more disturbing: Seeing people at 24 hour fitness jockeying for the CLOSEST POSSIBLE parking spot, just so they can go inside and run for 30 minutes on a treadmill.


So much this. I can't stand that. You are going inside to run in place for an hour, but you stop and wait for the closest parking spot so you don't have to walk as far to the door? How the fark does that even begin to make sense?
 
2012-04-10 10:57:48 AM
I'm posting this from behind a school bus that's stopping at every house in a development so the driver can honk the horn and wait for the kid to be given a golf-cart ride from front door to bus door so I'm getting a rage stroke out of this.
 
2012-04-10 11:00:02 AM

Crusader: markie_farkie: Even more disturbing: Seeing people at 24 hour fitness jockeying for the CLOSEST POSSIBLE parking spot, just so they can go inside and run for 30 minutes on a treadmill.

So much this. I can't stand that. You are going inside to run in place for an hour, but you stop and wait for the closest parking spot so you don't have to walk as far to the door? How the fark does that even begin to make sense?


One of my friends told me that she drove to her nearby fitness center instead of walking because she can't program the machine properly for her needs. Stupid nature for being so inconsiderate on that front!
 
2012-04-10 11:23:57 AM

ginandbacon: This picture is so sad:

[www.slate.com image 568x377]
"Carlin Robinson, 12, walks from her grandmother's car to the school bus in Manchester, Ky. Her house can be seen in the background."


If it was cold enough to shrink your dink to a stack of dimes, sure, maybe...but from that pic, it clearly ain't that cold so..I don't know what to think.
 
2012-04-10 11:24:00 AM
Yes, yes...Soon America, soon.

29.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-04-10 11:24:28 AM
ts1.mm.bing.net
 
2012-04-10 11:24:39 AM
I think the future will be a mix of Wall-E and Idiocracy..

/Brawndo's got electrolytes.. Its what plants crave.
 
2012-04-10 11:26:23 AM
"If everybody has one of these auto-mo-whatzits, does anyone walk or run anymore?"

"Of course they do....but for recreation; for fun."

"Run for fun!!! What the hell kinda fun is that!?!?"
 
2012-04-10 11:26:58 AM

ginandbacon: This picture is so sad:

[www.slate.com image 568x377]
"Carlin Robinson, 12, walks from her grandmother's car to the school bus in Manchester, Ky. Her house can be seen in the background."


Jesus, that kid looks like a 25 year old with three kids.

And Carlin? Really? Is that like "Shaneequa" for rednecks?
 
2012-04-10 11:27:03 AM
I only use my car once or twice per week. I walk everywhere else. Kinda nice with gas prices skyrocketing.

Granted I pay more in rent to live close to work - but the 15~20 minutes it takes me to get home is more then worth it than sitting for hours in traffic per day.
 
2012-04-10 11:27:26 AM

vpb: Roook: It was the low gravity that caused people to get fat and lose bone mass in Wall-E


[encrypted-tbn2.google.com image 234x216]

I need more gravity! And two deep fried chickens.


Dear sweet mother of all that is human, the volume of that belly button has got to be over a gallon! My brain is now melting.
 
2012-04-10 11:27:30 AM

markie_farkie: Even more disturbing: Seeing people at 24 hour fitness jockeying for the CLOSEST POSSIBLE parking spot, just so they can go inside and run for 30 minutes on a treadmill.


At my gym there's a chick who drives one of those six-tire dually pickup trucks and she spends 5 minutes backing in and out of a spot, when 30 yards away there is an acre of available parking.
 
2012-04-10 11:27:32 AM
OOOOO look at the baby!! Such a cute little baby!!! A gooo gooo gooo! Aaa goo goo goooooo!!!
ts3.mm.bing.net
 
2012-04-10 11:28:14 AM
I would love it if it were actually possible to walk somewhere from my house. We live in an older neighborhood that does have sidewalks, but we're surrounded by freeways and unsafe walking areas. When I lived more centrally, I walked or rode my bike three miles to work every day, and when I lived in Europe, I didn't own a car and walked everywhere.

If the US cities would actually have more pedestrian-friendly areas, people would walk more.
 
2012-04-10 11:28:26 AM
So what? Are toys going to start coming to life too?rewardslink.info
 
2012-04-10 11:28:56 AM
People almost lost their minds when Bloomberg closed a few roads for pedestrian-only traffic, and that's in a city full of walkers.

Last time I went to Ohio I realized I could go for the entire day without ever leaving my car. No matter what errand there was to run, the place had a drive up window. Gas was full service. Can't wait until some enterprising chap mounts toilets to a wall for some drive up shiatting.

Get off your asses, humans are built to walk and run.
 
2012-04-10 11:30:00 AM

dittybopper: Mr. Coffee Nerves: Some relatives of mine are going to New York today and they're frantic about being able to get a cab from Times Square to Rockefeller Center. Yes, really.

Really? I'm not that familiar with NYC, having only been there a handful of times, so I looked it up on Google Earth. It's less than half a mile walk. Should take you all of 15 minutes if you take your time. Seems to me that between hailing a cab, and sitting in traffic, it might actually take you longer that way.


Speaking as someone who walks from Hell's Kitchen and works half a block from Rockefeller Center, I can tell you that it's probably a 10 minute walk, tops from Times Square. I'm three blocks further west and it takes me 15, although I'm not a fatty from Des Moines who drives everywhere and eats deep fried mayonnaise sandwiches so I might walk a little faster.
 
2012-04-10 11:30:21 AM
Andromeda: One of the things I am happiest about in moving away from the USA is the fact that I don't need to own a car. Too much tasty beer around here, so if I had to drive then a. I'd be stranded after a few drinks or b. not get rid of the calories since I have to walk/cycle an hour a day at least now just to get to work.

Btw not quite walking but here's a good video I found recently on urban planning addressing how the Dutch got their cycle paths (new window). Basically the Netherlands used to be like the USA in the 70s in that everyone drove everywhere but after several mass protests the government started allocating money for cycle paths and making streets safer for cyclists/pedestrians- food for thought for those who think it's impossible to do in America.


Even if you needed a car, I'm sure your trust fund could take the hit.
 
2012-04-10 11:30:24 AM
natural selection
 
2012-04-10 11:30:55 AM
http://bradrants.com/blog/uploaded/BradRants/Images/Misc/FatLadyCheeto s.jpg

/no I don't know their Fark handles
//I have a few guesses though
 
2012-04-10 11:31:48 AM
miss diminutive: This must be due to the steady decline of multi-directional hills. You know, those hills that my parents had to walk up on the way to and from school? During a snowstorm? Carrying their younger siblings on their backs? You know?

Seriously though, I loved walking to school. It was like a mini-vacation from life. I got to just think and relax (usually while daydreaming about Todd, that tall senior who was just so hot but didn't know I existed....but that would all change once I joined the yearbook committee because since he was on council I would get to..._insert standard teenage melodramatic memory_)

/too much coffee


Heh. I'll bet unattractive guys were invisible to you.
 
2012-04-10 11:31:56 AM
bradrants.com
/no I don't know their Fark handles
//I have a few guesses though
///Take 2
 
2012-04-10 11:32:08 AM
Kids today wouldn't be so fat if we'd just encourage them to smoke...
ts1.mm.bing.net
 
2012-04-10 11:32:59 AM

GoodOmens: I only use my car once or twice per week. I walk everywhere else. Kinda nice with gas prices skyrocketing.

Granted I pay more in rent to live close to work - but the 15~20 minutes it takes me to get home is more then worth it than sitting for hours in traffic per day.


I work from home when I'm not on the road (which is only once or twice a year), so if I didn't make myself take the dog on a walk, I would literally never leave the house. It really bothers me. My wife and I are thinking of buying a condo somewhere downtown or midtown, just to give us more places to walk to, but the prices are stupid high.
 
2012-04-10 11:33:12 AM
My wife and I hiked a little over 3 miles this last weekend, so I'm getting a kick...

Link (new window) Silver Creek Falls, Oregon.
 
2012-04-10 11:34:16 AM
Not one mention of the Segway, the pinnacle of technology addressing the burden of walking?

www.smh.com.au
 
2012-04-10 11:34:17 AM
The best part of my day is getting off work and walking with my dog for a couple of hours. The city spends a lot of money maintaining the parks and sidewalks....shame more people don't use them.


Quick CSB: While walking one day, I saw a woman (not overly obese or anything) get in her car, drive maybe 50' down her driveway to her mailbox, get her mail, then drive back up to her house and go inside.
 
2012-04-10 11:35:13 AM
The closest bar is a mile away, the grocery store is 1.5 miles away and I commute 40 miles for work; and it's either hot here or raining, where am I going to walk to?
 
2012-04-10 11:35:23 AM
I feel like half of our problem is that we hardly ever make it possible to walk anywhere. All the farking time we have stores that are 10 yards apart but they're designed with the expectation that every single visitor will come by car. The only way to walk between them is by hopping a low cinderblock wall, cutting through a shrub garden and then dashing across the parking lot.

/And you get funny looks when you do this
//English friend with me thought it was as weird as I do
 
2012-04-10 11:35:57 AM
I already walked almost 1.5 miles today just moseying through the Loop to my office.

But I'm better than most of you.
 
2012-04-10 11:36:31 AM
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA Victory is mine!

I got rid of my car a few years ago after shattering my right leg. But once I recovered my mobility and muscles, I never looked back. I <3 riding my bike everywhere, even in the rain to work (like today). And my commute is only 20 something miles each way.
If I can do it, the rest of you lazy farkers can too.

\Ride a bike, ride a bike, ride a motherfarking bike.
\\not a go-cart, not a school-bus, but a bike fat-ass, a farking bike fatass.
 
2012-04-10 11:36:39 AM
I can't wait to get a rascal - i'll be such a rascal on my rascal!

/rascal!
/rascal!
 
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