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(Daily Express)   Mother of the year stops in safari park to let giraffe put its head through car window (with bonus pic of her daughter petting it)   (express.co.uk) divider line 167
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2012-05-07 03:40:03 PM  

StaleCoffee: Yes, but Hunters still can't tame them for pets.


It would just shrink to the size of a gazelle anyway.
 
2012-05-07 03:42:56 PM  
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oh yeah baby that's right
 
2012-05-07 04:16:29 PM  

HailRobonia: Yes. Large herbivores are harmless creatures. There is no way a giraffe could ever freak out and hurt someone. Nope. And there is certainly nothing in a car that could be detrimental to a giraffe. If it decides to eat your kid's toy and choke, well that's just the circle of life. It's also in our best interest for the animals to associate humans in cars with food.


You sound like somebody's mother.
 
2012-05-07 04:21:20 PM  

Pitabred: JackieRabbit: shivashakti: Wait..why are we mocking the mother? It's a goddamned giraffe, not a lion.
This is a cute photo.

Because giraffes can be dangerous. I've seen them get quite nasty; I say one toss a zoo keeper over a 20 ft fence like he was a sack of potatoes. They can easily kill a human. They are incredibly powerful. This one could easily have overturned that car crushing the little girl hanging out the window.

Yes, giraffes can kick quite hard, and put a hell of a dent in the car and anything else it contacts. A relatively small (175lb) human could be thrown quite far. But there's no way a giraffe could have "easily" overturned that 3500lb+ minivan. Or even at all. A bison or rhino, yeah, maybe, with a LOT of work. Do you have any idea how big and heavy vehicles are? Or how impulse is different than force?

Seriously... it's like people have no understanding of the laws of physics. Of course, that kind of explains why people drive like farking lunatics, given that they don't know the difference between a giraffe's energy and mass and their vehicle's energy and mass...


This is an intelligent discussion. No need to get all sciency and everything.
 
2012-05-07 04:29:04 PM  

BuckTurgidson: skinnycatullus: WHAT A BRASS NECK! MOMENT CHEEKY GIRAFFE SNAFFLES SNACK

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I'm right there with ya, Buck.
 
2012-05-07 04:42:05 PM  

Keizer_Ghidorah: They're the second-most dangerous herbivore in Africa behind the hippopotamus.


Behind the hippopotamus? No wonder they are so irritable. Have you ever been behind a hippo? They fling their shiat everywhere.
 
2012-05-07 04:44:06 PM  

StaleCoffee: xant: Subby, take a xanax. At the local zoo you pay $2 for the privilege of feeding a leaf to a giraffe, and most people let their 2- and 3- year-olds do it.

/best $2 I ever spent on my grandson

Zoo admission was free?

I hate going to the zoo. Kids always want to go see the reptiles, then there's the croc area, and, know how some people get afraid of standing too close to a cliff edge because of some horrified fascination they might jump off? I'm always terrified I will grab some asshole and throw him into the croc pit. Or gators. Whatever those eating machines with the giant, toothed maws are they have in there, can't remember the difference except one is from Florida and the other is from some country near Germany.

I should maybe mention this to my doctor next visit.


Zoo admission is free in St. Louis. So is the Art Museum and the outdoor theater.
 
2012-05-07 05:23:19 PM  

Pitabred: johnperkins: Pitabred: henryhill: Some Bass Playing Guy: Ok, sure there's a possibility of the kid getting hurt. Maybe if the kid's fingers get nipped by the giraffe's teeth, but it's unlikely and there's zero possibility of something more serious happening. Mom gave the kid a lifetime memory. Mom is awesome.

Do you really believe that?

Ok, so there's a non-zero chance of something more serious happening. It's still more dangerous just driving daily on the road with other drivers than what that mother is doing.

Citation? Or statistical ass-pull?

I can't find any statistics on the number of people killed (or even attacked) by giraffes in Britain, so I'm inferring that the number is either zero or very close to that. I'd think a giraffe attack would show up in news articles somewhere. There were 204,000 people injured in road accidents in just the last year in Britain.

So... there's that.


It still doesn't mean anything because it doesn't tell us anything about the odds of the bad thing happening.

Example:

Let's say there's 1 million people, each getting into a separate car, and each driving the same total distance, ending up with a total of 204,000 deaths. Let's also say there's 1 person who pets a giraffe, resulting in the person's death. The giraffe is far more deadly in this example.

I know these aren't the real numbers (probably more than 1 million motorists and more than 1 giraffe-petter). The point is that quoting a big number (204,000 deaths!) doesn't actually tell us anything about the safety of driving, apart from there being a non-zero chance of death. Without info about the populations being considered the number of deaths is almost meaningless.
 
2012-05-07 05:37:21 PM  

johnperkins: It still doesn't mean anything because it doesn't tell us anything about the odds of the bad thing happening.


As already noted above, this is a controlled park where people are allowed to feed and pet the animals. It's right there in their rules. This behavior is expected.

One would think if their giraffes had a habit of doing people harm -- hell, if it happened even once -- the rules wouldn't indicate that people are allowed to feed them from their car.
 
2012-05-07 05:48:02 PM  

shoegaze99: johnperkins: It still doesn't mean anything because it doesn't tell us anything about the odds of the bad thing happening.

As already noted above, this is a controlled park where people are allowed to feed and pet the animals. It's right there in their rules. This behavior is expected.

One would think if their giraffes had a habit of doing people harm -- hell, if it happened even once -- the rules wouldn't indicate that people are allowed to feed them from their car.


I realize that. What got me started on that thread was Pitabred saying it was more dangerous to drive on the road than pet a giraffe. It bugs me when someone makes a statistical statement (the probability of A is greater than the probability of B) when they have no supporting data.

A) Petting a giraffe should be safer than driving.
B) I hear more often of people dying from driving than from petting a giraffe.
C) More people die from car wrecks than from petting a giraffe.
D) People expect a greater risk when driving than they do when petting a giraffe.

None of these 4 statements is equivalent to "driving in a car is more dangerous than petting a giraffe." It's not the circumstances of this park, that giraffe, or the other car that I'm on about. It's the statistical statement.
 
2012-05-07 06:37:07 PM  

Sybarite: No, no, I said pass the carafe.

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If for some reason I ever find myself in Africa, I want to stay in Giraffe Manor. I mean, really, how EFFING cool would that be?!

But really. Why is everyone freaking out about this? Do they not have zoos in the UK that you can hand feed the giraffes at? I've been full-on face licked by one of them before, at yet here I am, still alive.
 
2012-05-07 07:00:21 PM  
Driving through Algonquin Park in Ontario a few summers ago, I noticed a bunch of cars parked at the curb of the highway, with people milling about outside.
That's usually a sign that there's a moose feeding at the forest edge, and people get out to take pictures.
But this time it was a bear. A big one. In front of it was a young couple posing their 5 year old daughter in while the beast chewed on tender-shoots.
The bear was probably thinking "After my veggies, here comes my main course."
But before I got to them, the parents had finished taking their Disney-moment pics and the kid was embarking the car.
Ohio plates.
 
2012-05-07 07:56:13 PM  

Urinal Cake Mix: yet here I am, still alive.


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2012-05-07 08:06:56 PM  

shoegaze99: Urinal Cake Mix: yet here I am, still alive.


Goddamnit, Haley Joel Osment always ruins everything.

... I suppose this means my husband is into banging dead chicks. Well, this is awkward.
 
2012-05-07 10:31:50 PM  
one time at Animal Kingdom I was tasted by a giraffe. At first I was pretty happy he didn't eat me but later I was sad because, apparently, I don't taste good.
 
2012-05-07 11:35:18 PM  

Urinal Cake Mix: ... I suppose this means my husband is into banging dead chicks. Well, this is awkward.


In all fairness to him, who isn't?
 
2012-05-08 05:03:02 AM  

Worldwalker: StaleCoffee: Yes, but Hunters still can't tame them for pets.

It would just shrink to the size of a gazelle anyway.


Size matters not. Judge it by its size, do you?

images.wikia.com

Shrinks to between bear and Devilsaur size, but can rip apart mobs with the best of them. I was so happy when he became tamable.
 
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