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(Gap Year)   Man gripped by Olympic fever tries to swim to America from France. Hilarity ensues   (gapyear.com) divider line 46
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2012-07-30 10:14:46 AM  
He should have brought at least a bottle of water and a ham sandwich.
 
2012-07-30 12:57:36 PM  
this reminds me of that Monty Python Flying Circus skit of the man who tried to jump the English Channel.
 
2012-07-30 12:57:43 PM  
This sounds like something a bipolar would do - my friend's bipolar father once decided he was going to bicycle across the USA, even though he's morbidly obese.

He got 200 miles and needed someone to pick him up.
 
2012-07-30 01:00:23 PM  
you'd need a lot of marmite for that journey. i recommend the squeezy kind

www.britstore.co.uk
 
2012-07-30 01:01:09 PM  
Was it Romney?
 
2012-07-30 01:01:51 PM  

moops: This sounds like something a bipolar would do - my friend's bipolar father once decided he was going to bicycle across the USA, even though he's morbidly obese.

He got 200 miles and needed someone to pick him up.


Wow. I'm actually sort of impressed.


/wouldn't have lasted 200 miles
 
2012-07-30 01:01:53 PM  
Idiot.

Doesn't he know you have to start at the docks at South Hampton and try to get to Holland or France?
 
2012-07-30 01:02:02 PM  
200 miles? That's not bad for a fatty. My fatty friend has a new exercise routine. His wife drops him off at McDonalds and then he walks home.

Seriously.

Fail.
 
2012-07-30 01:04:50 PM  
For one man, it inspired him to try and swim to America from Biarritz, southern France, without any training or equipment. In short, he had gone out of his mind on the Olympics.

Obviously this was all caused by the Olympics and they should therefore be banned forthwith.
 
2012-07-30 01:06:02 PM  

whatisaidwas: 200 miles? That's not bad for a fatty. My fatty friend has a new exercise routine. His wife drops him off at McDonalds and then he walks home.

Seriously.

Fail.


what the hell is it with fat people and McDonald's? why not Jimmy John's? or Quizno's??
 
2012-07-30 01:07:04 PM  
i disappointed by the lack of hilarity that actually did ensue, subby.
 
2012-07-30 01:10:03 PM  
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2012-07-30 01:12:52 PM  

probesport: Idiot.

Doesn't he know you have to start at the docks at South Hampton and try to get to Holland or France?


Christ! You know it ain't easy. You know how hard it can be?
 
2012-07-30 01:12:58 PM  
Idiot! He SHOULD have tried pole-vaulting over the Atlantic.
 
2012-07-30 01:14:21 PM  
And in a move being hailed as a great success by all patriotic Frenchmen, he quickly surrendered.
 
2012-07-30 01:14:56 PM  
"I still think you should fly with me, Yossarian."
 
2012-07-30 01:17:21 PM  
blogoscoped.com
 
2012-07-30 01:17:25 PM  

SlothB77: i disappointed by the lack of hilarity that actually did ensue, subby.


Came here to say this.
 
2012-07-30 01:18:00 PM  

Devolving_Spud: probesport: Idiot.

Doesn't he know you have to start at the docks at South Hampton and try to get to Holland or France?

Christ! You know it ain't easy. You know how hard it can be?


They told him he had to go back, they didn't even give him a chance!
 
2012-07-30 01:19:34 PM  

Third_Uncle_Eno: this reminds me of that Monty Python Flying Circus skit of the man who tried to jump the English Channel.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otTRSTW7j0Y&feature=fvst
 
2012-07-30 01:21:36 PM  
This reminds me of when I caught Disco Fever and wandered around for months looking for Funkytown.
 
2012-07-30 01:22:19 PM  
There has to be something mentally wrong with this guy. One would have to be either mentally retarded or crazy not to understand that it is impossible to swim across the North Atlantic Ocean. Even a highly trained and equipped distance swimmer couldn't do it, since salt water exposure would kill in about a week.

And the FA says that everyone, but everyone has "Olympic fever." Uh, not so much on that. Interest in the games is at an all time low. In London, they are giving the military tickets because there are so many empty seats, even at popular events that it is becoming an embarrassment. One can watch sports 24/7 anymore and Americans prefer team sports. In England, they are finding that only the young people in reasonable proximity to London are excited. Unfortunately many of those cannot afford the exorbitantly priced tickets.
 
2012-07-30 01:25:06 PM  
On a side note, I will find the innarwebs much more pleasant on the day that every damn thing stops being referred to as "epic" this or "epic" that.

Now I know how my parents felt back when we kids were calling everything "awesome".
 
2012-07-30 01:30:16 PM  
what the hell is it with fat people and McDonald's? why not Jimmy John's? or Quizno's??

I find that McDonald's absorbs quicker.
 
2012-07-30 01:34:42 PM  
Didn't the thought of food and water enter his mind?
 
2012-07-30 01:35:18 PM  
Came here for Monty Python "Jump the English Channel". I guess I'll have to do it myself:

i2.ytimg.com
 
2012-07-30 01:36:16 PM  

Profedius: Didn't the thought of food and water enter his mind?


I'm not sure he's ever looked at a map....
 
2012-07-30 01:42:25 PM  

Joce678: Profedius: Didn't the thought of food and water enter his mind?

I'm not sure he's ever looked at a map....


MAPS?! The French don't need no stinking maps...
 
2012-07-30 01:45:32 PM  
He surrendered to the lifegaurds too quickly.
 
2012-07-30 01:46:05 PM  

Jon iz teh kewl: whatisaidwas: 200 miles? That's not bad for a fatty. My fatty friend has a new exercise routine. His wife drops him off at McDonalds and then he walks home.

Seriously.

Fail.

what the hell is it with fat people and McDonald's? why not Jimmy John's? or Quizno's??


McDonald's puts crack (or something like it) into their food. Every couple of months I get myself a Big Mac meal and just farking devour it. Which reminds me, it's been at least 6 months since I've been to McD's... brb.
 
2012-07-30 01:46:40 PM  
Manic float in a bipolar parade.
 
2012-07-30 01:47:31 PM  

Rapmaster2000: This reminds me of when I caught Disco Fever and wandered around for months looking for Funkytown.


You probably forgot to check Quebec.
 
2012-07-30 01:54:33 PM  

JackieRabbit: Unfortunately many of those cannot afford the exorbitantly priced tickets.


An Article in the Dailymail this morning said that tickets to events when bought in the park are only £5 for an adult ticket. The problem is the empty seats are tickets that were given away to sponsors, and aren't being redeemed.
 
2012-07-30 01:59:35 PM  
Turns out he was just desperate to get the fark out of France.

Can anyone blame him?
 
2012-07-30 02:05:21 PM  

Joce678: Came here for Monty Python "Jump the English Channel". I guess I'll have to do it myself:

[i2.ytimg.com image 320x180]


Dude, the 2nd post.
 
2012-07-30 02:12:09 PM  
moops
This sounds like something a bipolar would do - my friend's bipolar father once decided he was going to bicycle across the USA, even though he's morbidly obese.


Hey, as a fattie who often rides 10-15 miles a day for fun in 1 to 1.5 hours, I've thought about this myself and I'm not even in the US.
I figured if Race Across America is about 3000 miles and people do it in 12 days, it might be ambitious but possible to do it in 12 weeks with 30-35 miles a day, although I was pretty skeptical about doing it with the additional weight of supplies and with those stupid north-to-south mountain ranges you guys have.
But more importantly, I saw Fark's bicycle threads and decided to stay in a country where people know how to drive cars and carry fewer weapons.
 
2012-07-30 02:28:21 PM  

Jeremysbrain: JackieRabbit: Unfortunately many of those cannot afford the exorbitantly priced tickets.

An Article in the Dailymail this morning said that tickets to events when bought in the park are only £5 for an adult ticket. The problem is the empty seats are tickets that were given away to sponsors, and aren't being redeemed.


That article in the Daily Fail is probably just propaganda. I find it hard to believe that they are selling event tickets for a mere £5. I just checked on some prices. They range from £20 to £135, so if they are shorting them at £5, Ticketmaster, who has this concession, is going to be pissed. If they are, that shows they are desperate. In the last to days the chairman of their olympic committee has offered about six BS reasons why the seats are empty. Some of the politicians in the UK are beginning to become upset about this seeming lack of interest.
 
2012-07-30 02:35:42 PM  

SlothB77: i déçu par le manque d'hilarité que fait ne découlent, subbué.


Whatd'ya say, Frenchie?
 
2012-07-30 02:44:19 PM  
Didn't he know the Pacific ocean is no place to swim alone.
 
2012-07-30 04:58:40 PM  
No mention of alcohol?

Surprising.
 
2012-07-30 05:29:11 PM  

Third_Uncle_Eno: this reminds me of that Monty Python Flying Circus skit of the man who tried to jump the English Channel.


Same exact thing i thought of soon as i read that headline.
 
2012-07-30 07:40:52 PM  
Arthur Curry unavailable for comment.
 
2012-07-30 08:02:39 PM  
Joce678



Came here for Monty Python "Jump the English Channel". I guess I'll have to do it myself
:

ahem. look my 2nd post from the top :p

and i'm sure another fellow linked it sometime after that. :)
 
2012-07-30 08:56:55 PM  
He got half way there and got tired, so he swam back.
 
2012-07-30 10:08:35 PM  

Combustion: He got half way there and got tired, so he swam back.


Then he tried again, was just about there, but got tired again so he had to swim back.
 
2012-07-30 10:56:26 PM  
Here's hoping they send him the bill for the fuel cost of the helicopter and the time of the rescue crew (and diver).
 
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