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2012-10-01 09:11:32 AM  
This just in: Kids sometimes do stupid things with unfortunate results.

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2012-10-01 09:11:42 AM  
That's it, take the Innerwebs away from the kids!
 
2012-10-01 09:13:40 AM  
For Christ sake, just smoke some pot if you want to get "high" that bad. Stupid kids these days...
 
2012-10-01 09:15:54 AM  
"Anytime a teen dies, it's tragic," Wedge said...

Obvious consequences to stupid behaviors are never tragic...
 
2012-10-01 09:17:12 AM  
So I asked myself... What the fark is a 'chubby bunny'?

Thank you google...If anyone asks, you cram marshmellows in your mouth and say 'chubby bunny'.
 
2012-10-01 09:17:31 AM  
There are too many people so I am OK with this.
 
2012-10-01 09:17:40 AM  
If you're raising a pigeon in a box, this would be a tragedy for pigeons.

If you're raising a human child, I would hope you'd raise it with more sense and will than this.
 
2012-10-01 09:19:03 AM  
I hope this will lead to more dangerouser stunts on youtube.
 
2012-10-01 09:19:10 AM  
Jugular arteries?
 
2012-10-01 09:19:24 AM  
"Anytime a teen dies, it's tragic,"

Not when the teen dies 'cos he's a dumbass.
 
2012-10-01 09:23:36 AM  
I played chubby bunny when I was a kid. How the heck do you choke on marshmallows????
 
2012-10-01 09:25:34 AM  

give me doughnuts: Jugular arteries?


Yeah, you know, arteries. Those things that bring blood back to the heart, which are the opposite of veins, which take blood away from the heart.

/I think we need a "journalist's guide to anatomy" to go along with the firearms one.
 
2012-10-01 09:28:49 AM  

holybull99: There are too many people so I am OK with this.


Something something something decrease the surplus population. Humbug!
 
2012-10-01 09:29:08 AM  
Download the new YouTube app. No ABC, fark you. X
 
2012-10-01 09:29:42 AM  

HMS_Blinkin: give me doughnuts: Jugular arteries?

Yeah, you know, arteries. Those things that bring blood back to the heart, which are the opposite of veins, which take blood away from the heart.

/I think we need a "journalist's guide to anatomy" to go along with the firearms one.


*Ahem*--- They're called "Carotid Arteries".
 
2012-10-01 09:33:21 AM  

Craptastic: This just in: Kids sometimes do stupid things with unfortunate results.

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The choking game was going on some 30+ years ago and was in the newspapers (you know, the paper they delivered every morning) and reported on the local news (back when local news was big...like Anchorman). Yes, kids died back then. So really this story is a double-Romero. Not news that kids will do stupid things and not news that kids were doing this 30 years ago.
 
2012-10-01 09:34:50 AM  
survival of the fittest. He was obviously not one of the fittest.
 
2012-10-01 09:35:57 AM  

HMS_Blinkin: Yeah, you know, arteries. Those things that bring blood back to the heart, which are the opposite of veins, which take blood away from the heart.

/I think we need a "journalist's guide to anatomy" to go along with the firearms one.


*Ahem* you may want to read this guide you speak of.
Artery
Vein
 
2012-10-01 09:36:44 AM  
This just in: kids are idiots. But, with the advent of modern technology, the rest of us get to laugh at them while watching them be idiot instead of just hearing stories about it.

/seriously parents, this reflects more upon you than anyone else
 
2012-10-01 09:38:00 AM  

HMS_Blinkin: give me doughnuts: Jugular arteries?

Yeah, you know, arteries. Those things that bring blood back to the heart, which are the opposite of veins, which take blood away from the heart.

/I think we need a "journalist's guide to anatomy" to go along with the firearms one.


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2012-10-01 09:43:39 AM  
If these kids want a real high they need to try Jenkem.
 
2012-10-01 09:45:14 AM  

Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: This just in: kids are idiots. But, with the advent of modern technology, the rest of us get to laugh at them while watching them be idiot instead of just hearing stories about it.

/seriously parents, this reflects more upon you than anyone else


Ya, a dead kid is simply hilarious. You guys are farking jaded douchebags. Enjoy your shiatty little judgmental lives where you get pleasure out of the death of children who made a bad decision. Sounds like a happy existence...
 
2012-10-01 09:46:55 AM  
Don't parents realize by now that parenting is a full-time job? Youtube isn't at fault here. Sure, there are videos of people doing doing stupid things, but come on... just because you see them do stupid things doesn't mean you do too.
 
2012-10-01 09:47:27 AM  
Given the levels of crazy I've seen on the most innocuous of science documentaries, I really hope Charles has comments disabled.

/DNRTFA
 
2012-10-01 09:54:30 AM  
Was applied to my little brother many times when we were younger. He never died once! He wasn't much of a seller though.

www.blankmaninc.com
 
2012-10-01 09:54:32 AM  
"Anytime a teen dies, it's tragic," Wedge said, adding that he'd never seen anyone try to asphyxiate himself to get high before Tuesday, but he's learned "it's much more common than people realize."

This was a thing when I was going to elementary school in the early 90's...
 
2012-10-01 09:57:21 AM  

Trawg: Ya, a dead kid is simply hilarious. You guys are farking jaded douchebags. Enjoy your shiatty little judgmental lives where you get pleasure out of the death of children who made a bad decision. Sounds like a happy existence...


We can't keep stupid people from shiatting out kids in the first place, so we should at least get something out of the deal. Don't like it? Then don't have kids.
 
2012-10-01 10:00:43 AM  

give me doughnuts: Jugular arteries?


Indeed.

FTA: However, Dr. Carol Bernstein, a psychiatry professor at New York University's Langone Medical Center, said she doesn't think YouTube alone is to blame for teens engaging in challenges that could seriously injure them because many factors are involved. She said other environmental factors, physiology, and temperament contribute to a child's decision to emulate a video.

Oh wow, an actual dissenting opinion from the Psychological community claiming that stimulus response in human children ISN'T as simple as Monkey-See/Monkey-Do...

I am impressed. Legitimately.
 
2012-10-01 10:07:16 AM  
I prefer to pass out the old fashion way, with alcohol.
 
2012-10-01 10:22:38 AM  
Good Deal one less dumbass in the gene pool.
 
2012-10-01 10:35:35 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: "Anytime a teen dies, it's tragic,"

Not when the teen dies 'cos he's a dumbass.


Acdtually, bringing about one's own downfall is pretty much the definition of tragedy.
 
2012-10-01 10:40:05 AM  
Please, like they wouldn't be able to see choking games on tv, like the Ryder Cup.
 
2012-10-01 10:49:22 AM  
The clear meaning from this story... WE need to ban glass drinking ware.

Also falling onto stuff is bad. Ban gravity too while we are at it.
 
2012-10-01 10:52:11 AM  

Trawg: Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: This just in: kids are idiots. But, with the advent of modern technology, the rest of us get to laugh at them while watching them be idiot instead of just hearing stories about it.

/seriously parents, this reflects more upon you than anyone else

Ya, a dead kid is simply hilarious. You guys are farking jaded douchebags. Enjoy your shiatty little judgmental lives where you get pleasure out of the death of children who made a bad decision. Sounds like a happy existence...


0/10. Please try again.

On a side note, it is called Schadenfreude. Just ask Gary Coleman and Nicky
 
2012-10-01 11:17:26 AM  

Vegan Meat Popsicle: "Anytime a teen dies, it's tragic," Wedge said...

Obvious consequences to stupid behaviors are never tragic...


The obvious consequence was to end up with sliced arteries?
 
2012-10-01 11:26:51 AM  

Millennium: ArcadianRefugee: "Anytime a teen dies, it's tragic,"

Not when the teen dies 'cos he's a dumbass.

Acdtually, bringing about one's own downfall is pretty much the definition of tragedy.


Don't you be getting all 'book' on me; this ain't a place for learnin'.
 
2012-10-01 11:27:00 AM  

trappedspirit: Vegan Meat Popsicle: "Anytime a teen dies, it's tragic," Wedge said...

Obvious consequences to stupid behaviors are never tragic...

The obvious consequence was to end up with sliced arteries?


Oh I dunno. It stands to reason that- when you're attempting to induce a loss of consciousness from a standing position- that you might want to make sure your potential "landing area" is clear of potential hazards. Drinking Glasses that might break and shiv you someplace, for instance.

Is stupid behavior still stupid when it's well-planned?
 
2012-10-01 11:36:01 AM  
The brain needs oxygen? O-REALY?
 
2012-10-01 11:42:18 AM  
I wonder how the libs in government will try to kneejerk react to this. They'll ban hands and glass cups FOR THE CIHLDREN!
 
2012-10-01 12:18:03 PM  
haha. thought they were re-creating a scene from Final Destination or something...

bet if that happened in the south, you would've heard "hey y'all watch 'iss"
 
2012-10-01 12:18:04 PM  

Bomb Mecca: I wonder how the libs in government will try to kneejerk react to this. They'll ban hands and glass cups FOR THE CIHLDREN!


you know what else children do with their hands?!
sinners!
ban hands now!!
 
2012-10-01 12:33:51 PM  

trappedspirit: The obvious consequence was to end up with sliced arteries?


The obvious consequence was serious injury or death. The exact cause in this case was a lighthearted farce.
 
2012-10-01 12:42:33 PM  

Sunrazor: Trawg: Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: This just in: kids are idiots. But, with the advent of modern technology, the rest of us get to laugh at them while watching them be idiot instead of just hearing stories about it.

/seriously parents, this reflects more upon you than anyone else

Ya, a dead kid is simply hilarious. You guys are farking jaded douchebags. Enjoy your shiatty little judgmental lives where you get pleasure out of the death of children who made a bad decision. Sounds like a happy existence...

0/10. Please try again.

On a side note, it is called Schadenfreude. Just ask Gary Coleman and Nicky


No, O.P was right.

I've been on fark for a long time, first as a lurker, then enjoyed many funny comments on stories. I never minded the snark, but the level of bitter comments has gotten so bad, I've had enough, at least of punishing myself by reading the comments.

I will try not to let the door hit my ass on the way out.
 
2012-10-01 12:49:46 PM  
We did plenty of stupid things when I was a kid and i have no idea how we survived. That said, this is Fark - where the witty headline is the goal and bitter comments are the result. If you don't want to read them, don't read them.
 
2012-10-01 12:49:49 PM  

UncleStumpy: Sunrazor: Trawg: Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: This just in: kids are idiots. But, with the advent of modern technology, the rest of us get to laugh at them while watching them be idiot instead of just hearing stories about it.

/seriously parents, this reflects more upon you than anyone else

Ya, a dead kid is simply hilarious. You guys are farking jaded douchebags. Enjoy your shiatty little judgmental lives where you get pleasure out of the death of children who made a bad decision. Sounds like a happy existence...

0/10. Please try again.

On a side note, it is called Schadenfreude. Just ask Gary Coleman and Nicky

No, O.P was right.

I've been on fark for a long time, first as a lurker, then enjoyed many funny comments on stories. I never minded the snark, but the level of bitter comments has gotten so bad, I've had enough, at least of punishing myself by reading the comments.

I will try not to let the door hit my ass on the way out.


Did it work?


I dunno, I continue to be mystified as to why Humor and Compassion can't coexist when regarding the same subject. 

Personally I'm hoping folks laugh at my funeral... just not for shivving myself in the neck attempting to imitate something I saw on Youtube.
 
2012-10-01 02:03:30 PM  
When I was about 8, there was a 20-year-old college transplant that lived next store to me. She told me that she used to play this game when she was a child, and that it was very dangerous. She also told me it was a much better idea to just smoke weed. Saved my life.
 
2012-10-01 02:20:26 PM  

SkunkWerks: UncleStumpy: Sunrazor: Trawg: Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: This just in: kids are idiots. But, with the advent of modern technology, the rest of us get to laugh at them while watching them be idiot instead of just hearing stories about it.

/seriously parents, this reflects more upon you than anyone else

Ya, a dead kid is simply hilarious. You guys are farking jaded douchebags. Enjoy your shiatty little judgmental lives where you get pleasure out of the death of children who made a bad decision. Sounds like a happy existence...

0/10. Please try again.

On a side note, it is called Schadenfreude. Just ask Gary Coleman and Nicky

No, O.P was right.

I've been on fark for a long time, first as a lurker, then enjoyed many funny comments on stories. I never minded the snark, but the level of bitter comments has gotten so bad, I've had enough, at least of punishing myself by reading the comments.

I will try not to let the door hit my ass on the way out.

Did it work?


I dunno, I continue to be mystified as to why Humor and Compassion can't coexist when regarding the same subject. 

Personally I'm hoping folks laugh at my funeral... just not for shivving myself in the neck attempting to imitate something I saw on Youtube.


Compassion and humor are bosom buddies at times and being a parent, I can only imagine how horrible this is for the parents involved, but at the same time, as the Doomed Mistress has already said, this is an indictment of those same parents...to a point.

Kids will do dumb, stupid, outright moronic things because they themselves have not done so whether it is for the high or just say that they have done it. But when it comes to this area, an area where life and death mingle so freely, parents have got to look at Junior and let him know that these sort of shenanigans are frowned upon and you risk your life and limb when engaging in them, for the lulz or otherwise. If said precautions are not taken, then do not wonder why Junior lost his life emulating the morons on Youtube.

Thoughtful and compassionate comments are always welcome (to me at least), but to sit there staring at your monitor frothing at the mouth and calling us jaded, judgemental douchebags for daring to find a sort of macabre humor in this situation. is as about as compassionate as a Zidane headbutt to the chest. Besides, it takes the jaded and judgemental douchebags to know them.
 
2012-10-01 02:33:51 PM  
Sunrazor

SkunkWerks

ah.
here are the farkers i know and love.
in a farky-love way. (read: you magnificant sons of biatches)
 
2012-10-01 03:20:06 PM  

Maul555: "This was a thing when I was going to elementary school in the early 90's...


It was a (stupid) thing in the early 70's when I was in Jr High, and I suspect it was a (stupid) thing long before that.
 
2012-10-01 03:20:16 PM  
If your kids want to get high, buy pot for them -- don't let them strangle each other.
 
2012-10-01 03:39:35 PM  

JuggleGeek: Maul555: "This was a thing when I was going to elementary school in the early 90's...

It was a (stupid) thing in the early 70's when I was in Jr High, and I suspect it was a (stupid) thing long before that.


my friend showed me how to do it. he didn't fall through glass and stab himself though.
still it was stupid.
 
2012-10-01 03:42:21 PM  

umad: If these kids want a real high they need to try Jenkem.


damnit where is the awesome button
 
2012-10-01 05:17:01 PM  

Maul555: This was a thing when I was going to elementary school in the early 80's 90's...


*snort*

FTFM
 
2012-10-02 02:45:07 AM  
This is what happens when parents wrap their kids in bubble wrap. Kids need to explore and do daft things. When they have only the internet and indoors to play with, what do you expect them to do for kicks?!
 
2012-10-02 06:51:41 AM  

Sunrazor: Compassion and humor are bosom buddies at times and being a parent, I can only imagine how horrible this is for the parents involved, but at the same time, as the Doomed Mistress has already said, this is an indictment of those same parents...to a point.

Kids will do dumb, stupid, outright moronic things because they themselves have not done so whether it is for the high or just say that they have done it. But when it comes to this area, an area where life and death mingle so freely, parents have got to look at Junior and let him know that these sort of shenanigans are frowned upon and you risk your life and limb when engaging in them, for the lulz or otherwise. If said precautions are not taken, then do not wonder why Junior lost his life emulating the morons on Youtube.

Thoughtful and compassionate comments are always welcome (to me at least), but to sit there staring at your monitor frothing at the mouth and calling us jaded, judgemental douchebags for daring to find a sort of macabre humor in this situation. is as about as compassionate as a Zidane headbutt to the chest. Besides, it takes the jaded and judgemental douchebags to know them.



I have nothing against compassion. I can comprehend the notion of loss from a human perspective. But honestly the "any time a teenager dies, it's a tragedy" statement kinda goes without saying, but it also shouldn't preclude critique of why that tragedy occurred. Critiques that can- yes- include humor as a storytelling device.

Not too long ago we had four kids die in a "tragic" car accident of this stripe around my area. The surrounding town held a funeral that's about as close to a state funeral (with all the pomp and circumstance) as you can get in this rural area.

Must've been close to two or three-hundred people in attendance. Can't imagine that absolutely every one of them was related to the deceased in even an indirectly meaningful fashion, but come they did. Blocked up the entire route of travel for hours- which is no small matter since it's one of the few main routes of travel for many miles. It came very close to rivaling the last time (and one of the only times) we had a service member come home in a coffin from the middle east. Add a few more Television station vans with satellite dishes and you'd have about had it.

I didn't watch the related news broadcasts (after all, I was 'on the scene' and living it quite enough anyway) but I rather imagine phrases like "community banding together to honor the loss" and "compassion of their friends and loved ones (because I'm sure these four kids had 300-some-odd people who they were genuinely friendly with)" were used liberally.

And the fashion on display at this "banding together in honor" event was something to be seen. Fourteen-year-old girls in skimpy little skirts (black skirts, of course) were abound. To me, it was less like this was about genuinely sympathizing with the loss of four human lives lives and more like (at least) 250 people or so with a morbid fascination for death- no small event in a town where lack of a jaywalking arrest to put on the front page of the paper represents a slow news day. These people just seemed to want to be a part of the whole "event" more than I could imagine they actually knew the four, or gave a wet slap.

And that's where the lack of critique (and indeed the active discouragement of anything said that might impugn the character of the "victims") starts to become kinda insulting to the intellect.

These four kids died in what was both a very familiar, and an eminently preventable way. The car "accident" occurred because- like so many other dumb kids who are months shy of a learner's permit, packed into their mom's compact as if it were a Shriners car at the circus and out for a joy-ride on very narrow, very windy country roads- they failed to respect their lack of experience with stunt-driving. Specifically: they had none.

Like so many dumb kids before them, they ended up turning the vehicle they were in into something that more closely resembled origami than a car. Understandably, not a one of them survived.


If 250 spare people (people who on any other day ending in a Y, wouldn't give a crap) gather to observe the death of four kids as if it were a monster truck rally on Sunday (Sunday! Sunday!), I would hope it would be to observe- at least in part- just how senseless, stupid, and avoidable that whole scenario is. But I know that isn't why they were there. I know because this same stupid story keeps playing out every few years around here. The road names are different, as of course are the names of the "tragic victims", but the story is essentially the same. No one learns. To them, it's as preventable (and as mysterious) as a natural disaster... and about as fun to slow down as you roll by and gawk at as any other car accident on the roadside.

And all I think is, gee, wouldn't it be nice if we could comment freely on what numbskulls these people were and actually have people listen- rather than wasting time accusing you of a lack of compassion? Compassion is something I comprehend juuuust fine. What I don't comprehend is the notion that dead people are unimpeachable in any way (including making fun of them) simply because they're dead.
 
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