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(BBC)   Mountain hiker, a stranger to Switzerland, raises alarm and is found by police after five fellow hikers fell to their deaths. Now do you see what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps?   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 68
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2012-07-04 03:53:54 AM  
DNRTFA but subby got my vote; but I'm not buying him a beer or renting him f*cking shoes.
 
2012-07-04 05:36:24 AM  
img.photobucket.com
 
2012-07-04 05:54:05 AM  

Javacrucian: [img.photobucket.com image 500x347]


Heh!
 
2012-07-04 07:33:46 AM  
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-07-04 07:34:41 AM  
Police said it was not yet clear what caused the accident.

I'm going with gravity.
 
2012-07-04 07:38:54 AM  

Dr.Zom: Police said it was not yet clear what caused the accident.

I'm going with gravity.




Only as an accomplice, it was the ground that did the actual murder.
 
2012-07-04 07:39:59 AM  
Germans all. They were roped together quite efficiently.
 
2012-07-04 07:40:45 AM  

elffster: Dr.Zom: Police said it was not yet clear what caused the accident.

I'm going with gravity.



Only as an accomplice, it was the ground that did the actual murder.


They're like Bonnie and Clyde, those two.
 
2012-07-04 07:41:11 AM  
thedailyhomebrew.com
 
2012-07-04 07:44:20 AM  
According to Swiss papers it was 5 Germans from Berlin, one father (44), his son (17). his son's friend (21) along with the 14 year-old daughter and 20-year old son of the man who watched them all plummet. He had waited 100 m below the summit because he was feeling sick.
 
2012-07-04 07:52:01 AM  

Ebbelwoi: Germans all. They were roped together quite efficiently.


In Germany der climbing trains all land on time?
 
2012-07-04 07:54:36 AM  
I climbed a mountain in WA a couple years ago. I got to the top, looked around, then went back down.

It wasn't a life changing experience. My knee hurt a lot after that.

Mountain climbing just doesn't hold the attraction for me that it seems to hold on others.
 
2012-07-04 07:58:16 AM  

TheVeryDeadIanMartin: According to Swiss papers it was 5 Germans from Berlin, one father (44), his son (17). his son's friend (21) along with the 14 year-old daughter and 20-year old son of the man who watched them all plummet. He had waited 100 m below the summit because he was feeling sick.


Y'ever notice whenever theres any sort of accident any where in the world, it always results in dead germans?

5 german hikers die!
Croc in Australia eats german tourist.
Caribou farts in Canada, 3 german tourists killed.
Car crash in Egypt, 14 germans killed.
Canoe overturns in the Amazon, 87 germans die.
Llama slips of a goatpath in Peru, 423 germans killed.
Ship sinks in the Baltic, all of Hamburg lost
Plane crash in Siberia, the entire state of Bavaria orphaned.
 
2012-07-04 08:02:28 AM  
1.bp.blogspot.com
Stranger in the Alps?

/hot like a radioactive cloud
 
2012-07-04 08:03:07 AM  
So, lagging on the Lagginhorn saved this guy's life?
 
2012-07-04 08:07:36 AM  
www.coastergallery.com
 
2012-07-04 08:09:45 AM  
well played, smitty. very, very well played.

*golf clap*
 
2012-07-04 08:14:23 AM  
Was his name Hemlock?
 
2012-07-04 08:15:29 AM  
Woman Journalist: "Tell me, Mr. Bowman, in your opinion do these men climb to prove their manhood, or is it more a matter of compensating for inferiority feelings?"

Ben Bowman: "Lady, why don't you go get yourself screwed. It would do you a lot of good."

~The Eiger Sanction. And thank heaven for Brenda Venus' breasts in that movie, very glorious.
 
2012-07-04 08:17:41 AM  
i2.listal.com

"John, do what I tell you... Cut the rope above you!"
 
2012-07-04 08:21:58 AM  
"I was walking in the Alps the other day and was inching my way along a very narrow ledge when a beautiful, naked girl came round the corner along the same ledge towards me...... I tell you, I didn't know whether it was better to toss myself off or block her passage............................"
 
b3x
2012-07-04 08:24:12 AM  
Came for Eiger Sanction reference, leaving satisfied
 
2012-07-04 08:25:37 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: I climbed a mountain in WA a couple years ago. I got to the top, looked around, then went back down.

It wasn't a life changing experience. My knee hurt a lot after that.

Mountain climbing just doesn't hold the attraction for me that it seems to hold on others.


www.freeyourheel.de

This... doesn't do it for you?

/ That's Mount Rainier in the background
// no, it's not me.
 
2012-07-04 08:33:16 AM  
Proof I need more coffee: I read the headline as mountain hooker.
 
2012-07-04 08:33:24 AM  
www.wearysloth.com
 
2012-07-04 08:34:40 AM  
www.cultureblues.com

Did they find the diamonds on him, or are they waiting until Sidney Poitier gets there?
 
2012-07-04 08:35:57 AM  
Is this a repeat from 14 July 1865?

/Is anything too obscure for Fark?
 
2012-07-04 08:36:38 AM  
skinink:
www.wearysloth.com

"That's a girl...!"
"Yeah. A lotta people notice that."
 
2012-07-04 08:41:23 AM  

CrispFlows: AverageAmericanGuy: I climbed a mountain in WA a couple years ago. I got to the top, looked around, then went back down.

It wasn't a life changing experience. My knee hurt a lot after that.

Mountain climbing just doesn't hold the attraction for me that it seems to hold on others.

[www.freeyourheel.de image 640x407]

This... doesn't do it for you?

/ That's Mount Rainier in the background
// no, it's not me.


A ranger died rescuing climbers there who got in trouble a couple of weeks ago.

Makes no sense to me. Mountain climbing should be completely "at your own risk". If a problem arises, tough shiat.

If you want to engage in pointless risky activity to boost your ego, fine. But no one else should have to be put at risk because of it.
 
2012-07-04 08:43:37 AM  

CrispFlows: This... doesn't do it for you?

/ That's Mount Rainier in the background
// no, it's not me.


Someone needs to replace WTC plane guy with that mountain climber, stat!
 
2012-07-04 08:43:40 AM  

CrispFlows: AverageAmericanGuy: I climbed a mountain in WA a couple years ago. I got to the top, looked around, then went back down.

It wasn't a life changing experience. My knee hurt a lot after that.

Mountain climbing just doesn't hold the attraction for me that it seems to hold on others.



This... doesn't do it for you?

/ That's Mount Rainier in the background
// no, it's not me.


I can see that our of my plane window.

I suppose the climbers get some sort of satisfaction from accomplishing the climb, but for me it's just a lot of effort and danger for very little payoff.
 
2012-07-04 08:50:48 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: I can see that our of my plane window.


Taking off from Sea-Tac southbound on a clear summer morning can indeed produce a very beautiful view of Mt Ranier, if you're sitting on the right side of the plane.
 
2012-07-04 08:51:59 AM  
Oops, I meant *left* side.
 
2012-07-04 09:01:54 AM  
www.cultureblues.com

www.empireonline.com

Uncanny...
 
2012-07-04 09:10:09 AM  

elffster: Dr.Zom: Police said it was not yet clear what caused the accident.

I'm going with gravity.



Only as an accomplice, it was the ground that did the actual murder.


Maybe the 1st guy, but I'd say the rope got the other 4
 
2012-07-04 09:12:02 AM  
+1, subby! Well done.
 
2012-07-04 09:12:39 AM  

Father_Jack: TheVeryDeadIanMartin: According to Swiss papers it was 5 Germans from Berlin, one father (44), his son (17). his son's friend (21) along with the 14 year-old daughter and 20-year old son of the man who watched them all plummet. He had waited 100 m below the summit because he was feeling sick.

Y'ever notice whenever theres any sort of accident any where in the world, it always results in dead germans?

5 german hikers die!
Croc in Australia eats german tourist.
Caribou farts in Canada, 3 german tourists killed.
Car crash in Egypt, 14 germans killed.
Canoe overturns in the Amazon, 87 germans die.
Llama slips of a goatpath in Peru, 423 germans killed.
Ship sinks in the Baltic, all of Hamburg lost
Plane crash in Siberia, the entire state of Bavaria orphaned.


i suspect Darwin has a recipe and Death loves German food.
 
2012-07-04 09:19:48 AM  
isn't there a law requiring hikers to get GPS or something? Because about 8 years ago some kids got lost in Utah and the search/recuse team spent 17 million bucks.
 
2012-07-04 09:23:23 AM  
Le téléphérique fou a encore frappé !

Nouveau drame de la montagne.

Qui donc s'aventure sous les câbles risque sa peau.
 
2012-07-04 09:33:38 AM  

CrispFlows: AverageAmericanGuy: I climbed a mountain in WA a couple years ago. I got to the top, looked around, then went back down.

It wasn't a life changing experience. My knee hurt a lot after that.

Mountain climbing just doesn't hold the attraction for me that it seems to hold on others.

[www.freeyourheel.de image 640x407]

This... doesn't do it for you?

/ That's Mount Rainier in the background
// no, it's not me.


You can get the same view from an Airplane, with a lot more comfort and less risk
 
2012-07-04 09:36:01 AM  

frontrowgirl: well played, smitty. very, very well played.

*golf clap*


THIS.

I don't often have this experience, but I did actually LOL.

/damn you to Hell subby.
//see you when I get there
///aisle seat, smoking please

 
2012-07-04 09:37:23 AM  
I'll let you in on a little secret, just us Farkers and much of the French-speaking world: F'Murr.

One of the world's greatest comic strip writers and artists in the world, especially his strip about a crazy flock of sheep in the Swiss alps, their intellectual sheep dog, and a bunch of other demented crazies that have to be seen because they can't reasonably be described.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F'Murr

Like every other comic book ever published, you can download all the early volumes of his Génie des Alpages series but they are very hard to find even in French language bookstores in Canada, so there's still a couple I have to order some day. I believe I've got Nos. 12 and 13.

He's done a number of other interesting books but it's the sheep that really are amazing. They make Shaun the Sheep and his buddies look like morans. One thinks she's Einstein, another is Freud, the sheep dog is constantly referencing things like Lacan or Sartre, and there's always something crazy going on in the background, with two or three simultaneous plots afoot or on the hoof, so to speak. Imagine a whole flock of sheep, each with her own insane personality--it's Astérix with sheep.

You need a solid liberal arts college degree just to begin to get the intellectual and cultural references, but there's plenty of slapstick and sight gags, not to mention a few site gags.

As the French say, c'est loufoque! And it's brilliant. But sadly not translated into English, although one of my old profs did translate Finnegans Wake into French, so how hard can it be?

Google Images
 
2012-07-04 09:48:10 AM  
I forgot to mention that one of the hobbies of this flock of sheep is misleading tourists to their doom. And the téléphérique fou (Mad Cable Car) attacks tourists as well. Everybody kills tourists for sport in the strip.

The joke is that the Swiss hate tourists, foreigners and above all, other Swiss, especially the people from the next village or valley. They've become one of the most hospitable and liberal peoples in the world by virtue of possessing the survival instinct, selfishness, and stand-offishness of cats. Truly a triumph of enlightened self-interest. The reality principle run amuck, so to speak. The world could learn a few things about "coexistence or no existence" from them.

As for German tourists, they are intrepid and fearless hikers, one-uppers and explorers. The world eats them alive for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This teaches us to stick to the beaten path, as long as there are footprints coming out again, like the fox in the fable of the Fox and the Old Lion. You don't get sports injuries unless you are very, very good or very, very bad. Know your limits.

As Shakespeare put it, "'Tis better playing with a lion's whelp. Than with an old one dying." (Antony and Cleopatra)
 
2012-07-04 09:51:11 AM  
So does this count as a darwin? or a darwin and a half since the survivor lost his kids also?

/yeah probably going to hell I know.
//aisle seat please
 
2012-07-04 09:52:10 AM  
Mountain climbing is about as fulfilling as searching for a recently-showered person in a Walmart in Tennessee by way of sniffing everyone you encounter.

I just don't understand the appeal of climbing a mountain. I think it's something A-types do because they're spastic and need to be doing something pointless and brag-worthy (or so they believe) or else they'll have a nervous breakdown.

I'd no sooner climb a mountain than I would kick down a crackhouse door in Detroit and shout, "Hey you small-dicked ni♠♠ers, I'm totally unarmed and I see what you're doing and I'm gonna go get the police right now!" (Of course, the challenge here is that I'd never find a cop anywhere near a crackhouse in Detroit, unless he were working there, or a client.)

I'd no sooner climb a mountain than I would eat two of every menu item at McDonald's in a single trip, and then top it off with an ipecac-laced milkshake and 100 jumping jacks.

I'm not a daredevil, and doing things that tempt death do not make me feel "more alive." I've actually been dead (pneumonia killed me; I got better) and it was no picnic. I feel quite alive as it is, and I have no desire to risk losing the wonderful life and love I have to do something foolish and vainglorious. If I want to see the awesome view, I can be airlifted to the mountaintop, or take the elevator to the top of the Empire State Building.

But hey, if it it makes you feel like Captain Kirk and you want to make love to that mountain, to hug that mountain, you go right ahead. I'm sure the exhilaration is totally worth losing your entire family to something as stupid as falling off a goddamn mountain.

/And ultimately, the mountain doesn't care one way or the other.
//The mountain is an insensitive bastard that way.
 
2012-07-04 09:53:23 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: CrispFlows: AverageAmericanGuy: I climbed a mountain in WA a couple years ago. I got to the top, looked around, then went back down.

It wasn't a life changing experience. My knee hurt a lot after that.

Mountain climbing just doesn't hold the attraction for me that it seems to hold on others.


This... doesn't do it for you?

/ That's Mount Rainier in the background
// no, it's not me.

I can see that our of my plane window.

I suppose the climbers get some sort of satisfaction from accomplishing the climb, but for me it's just a lot of effort and danger for very little payoff.


That's why I'm a nihilist.
 
2012-07-04 09:53:45 AM  

Elephantman: CrispFlows: AverageAmericanGuy: I climbed a mountain in WA a couple years ago. I got to the top, looked around, then went back down.

It wasn't a life changing experience. My knee hurt a lot after that.

Mountain climbing just doesn't hold the attraction for me that it seems to hold on others.

[www.freeyourheel.de image 640x407]

This... doesn't do it for you?

/ That's Mount Rainier in the background
// no, it's not me.

You can get the same view from an Airplane, with a lot more comfort and less risk


And booze and peanuts. Don't forget the peanuts.

Oh, wait-- They stopped serving peanuts because it's too risky! ARRRRGGGGHHHHHH!!!!
 
2012-07-04 09:58:38 AM  
A couple of professors at one of my alma maters were mountain climbers. She was the first woman up several mountains in the Dolomites. She fell off a mountain (100 ft.) and was laid up for months. I have a photo of her climbing the doorway of the Administration Building at the university the way mountaineers go up (or down) a crevasse. The University was not pleased. They felt that it set a bad example for the students. Not that the students needed any models.

The greatest feats of climbing at the university, however, were by a guy nicknamed Mung, presumably after the character in Blazing Saddles. He climbed the sheer face of one of the more modern residences during a tiff with his girlfriend. The biggest footholds was lathes as thin as the walls of boarding house room. He also put an armchair on the pinnacle of the Chapel. The town didn't have a fire-engine ladder long enough to get it down, so he had to climb up and bring it down again.

Imagine King Kong climbing a gutter with an armchair under his arm, it'll give you an idea of the thing.

Ah, universities. The craziness is directly proportional to the number of preppies and engineers, and inversely proportional to the number of Christians, scholars and gentlemen.
 
2012-07-04 10:13:57 AM  

ZeroCorpse: Mountain climbing is about as fulfilling as searching for a recently-showered person in a Walmart in Tennessee by way of sniffing everyone you encounter.

I just don't understand the appeal of climbing a mountain. I think it's something A-types do because they're spastic and need to be doing something pointless and brag-worthy (or so they believe) or else they'll have a nervous breakdown.

I'd no sooner climb a mountain than I would kick down a crackhouse door in Detroit and shout, "Hey you small-dicked ni♠♠ers, I'm totally unarmed and I see what you're doing and I'm gonna go get the police right now!" (Of course, the challenge here is that I'd never find a cop anywhere near a crackhouse in Detroit, unless he were working there, or a client.)

I'd no sooner climb a mountain than I would eat two of every menu item at McDonald's in a single trip, and then top it off with an ipecac-laced milkshake and 100 jumping jacks.

I'm not a daredevil, and doing things that tempt death do not make me feel "more alive." I've actually been dead (pneumonia killed me; I got better) and it was no picnic. I feel quite alive as it is, and I have no desire to risk losing the wonderful life and love I have to do something foolish and vainglorious. If I want to see the awesome view, I can be airlifted to the mountaintop, or take the elevator to the top of the Empire State Building.

But hey, if it it makes you feel like Captain Kirk and you want to make love to that mountain, to hug that mountain, you go right ahead. I'm sure the exhilaration is totally worth losing your entire family to something as stupid as falling off a goddamn mountain.

/And ultimately, the mountain doesn't care one way or the other.
//The mountain is an insensitive bastard that way.


"Those who hear not the music think the dancers mad"

I realize that it's a mangled quote from Nietzsche, but it pretty well sums up other people's attitude about pastimes like climbing.

Fortunately, it's not a required activity.
 
2012-07-04 10:20:58 AM  
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