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2012-12-27 12:03:01 PM
Ewwwww ... that is horrible. Since conservatives are far outnumbered by liberals in America at the present, we mut assume Liberals Love To Squash Turtles. Ewewwww
 
2012-12-27 12:04:32 PM
Add me to the 'helped a turtle cross the road' club. Poor little guy couldn't climb back up the curb, so I put him down in the grass by a stream.

/cool turtle story, bro
 
2012-12-27 12:04:40 PM

pxlboy: Indeed. The only time I would run over an animal intentionally is if it would mean me going over a bridge or something like that./stops and moves turtles


I aim for the Water Moccasins, cause fark those guys
 
2012-12-27 12:05:23 PM
I stop and move the turtles when I see them on the roads and i don't care that you're late for work.
 
2012-12-27 12:05:52 PM

Shalashaska: I really hate humanity sometimes.


Some people are just jerks. I had the unfortunate luck to witness a spooked cat run into the road just in time to be hit by a truck blowing past a stopped school bus. I know death is natural and all that, but it was the reactions of some of the kids that bothered me.

I remember hearing that some kids liked to torch black cats on Halloween. As the then-owner of a black cat, that terrified me. The jokes from the other kids about it spoke volumes.

I know this thread is about turtles, but why the unwarranted hostility towards defenseless animals? Why do people try to hit turtles on the road or torture cats?
 
2012-12-27 12:06:56 PM
I like turtles, admire them really. I wouldn't run one over. However, I'd intentionally run over a squirrel in a heartbeat. Those bush-tailed tree rats are a menace.
 
2012-12-27 12:07:40 PM
This is now a cute baby turtle thread:

www.tehcute.com
 
2012-12-27 12:08:34 PM
If it makes you feel any better, I've seen a Semi driver swerve across 2 interstate lanes to miss a turtle. Swerved hard enough to make the trailer tires start hollerin'. I was right behind him so it kinda freaked me out.
 
2012-12-27 12:08:38 PM
You just need to equip all turtles like this.

images3.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2012-12-27 12:10:27 PM
Squirrels...

Now those guys are a challenge!

Turtles seem very easy...no less fun, I'd imagine, but certainly not the thrill you get from running over a fleet-footed rodent!

Get over yourselves, assholes...
It's human nature to kill things...didn't you flood antbeads with water as a kid, use a magnifying glass on whatever stupid insect you found? Pulled the wings off butterflies, ripped the shells off rolly pollys?
Oh...but one of my favorties was to catch a frog and tie a string to one of his legs...
Then stake it into the ground right next to an active antbed.
Disturb the ants...
And let the entertainment begin!
Ants HATE bouncy shackled frogs all panicking over their bed.

Nice memories.
 
2012-12-27 12:10:41 PM
Obviously they are not their pride and joy, et cetera
 
2012-12-27 12:11:35 PM
Have the turtle model trigger a licence plate camera. Look up on web. Have several members of RCALB pay the driver a visit at night to have a chat with them.
 
2012-12-27 12:11:42 PM
I have seen several turtles crossing the road in my area. I routinely pull over to the side and stop, pick them up, and help them along in their journey. Even the alligator snapping turtles who don't appreciate it and try to remove my digits.
 
2012-12-27 12:13:49 PM
When I was in college/ for a while after, I lived out in the country about 15 miles from campus (rural Athens county, OH. Went to OU.) On my drive to school or to work, I would often see turtles crossing the road. I always stopped and moved them to the side of the road. And yes, the side they were walking towards. I wasn't a dick about it (HA HA! You have to start over in your RL game of Frogger!) Most of them were box turtles, but I occasionally saw other species. Anyhow, once I found a huge snapping turtle in the middle of the road, probably about 60 pounds. It was like a giant rock in the middle of the road. (just TRY running that one over, big shot) I wasn't exactly sure at the time how to deal with a snapper, but a truck driver stopped, got out of his truck, walked over, and said that you just grab their tail and drag them- they can't reach back there. He then proceeded to drag the turtle the rest of the way across the road, and over to the pond it was apparently heading for. Anyhow, during my time rescuing turtles, I came upon many people from the area that did the same. My point is that not ALL of us are sadistic assholes.
 
2012-12-27 12:16:32 PM

basemetal: Never understood this, but i have seen people swerve to run them over.


In the Technodrome?
 
2012-12-27 12:17:18 PM

pxlboy: ......run into the road just in time to be hit by a truck blowing past a stopped school bus. I know death is natural and all that, but it was the reactions of some of the kids that bothered me.



Then you would not have wanted to be there for the 2007 deer incident....

Look man, sometimes all you have in the car is a 24oz. framing hammer. It happens.

The lady who hit it could have warned me, the air brakes sound behind me was in fact a school bus.
 
2012-12-27 12:18:54 PM

Greek: I wasn't exactly sure at the time how to deal with a snapper, but a truck driver stopped, got out of his truck, walked over, and said that you just grab their tail and drag them- they can't reach back there. He then proceeded to drag the turtle the rest of the way across the road, and over to the pond it was apparently heading for.


You can grab them by the sides of the shell (well away from the mouth) but you have to hang on tight because they will take a snap at you. That being said, I like the trucker's idea of grabbing them by the tail better.
 
2012-12-27 12:20:59 PM
My vehicle has a high center of gravity so I don't swerve on the road no matter what the animal is. I do help quite a few turtles get across the trails when I'm offroading though. The ATVs and dirtbikes zip around so fast they wouldn't see them in time.
 
2012-12-27 12:24:23 PM
Couple springs ago I was going down I35 by Owatonna MN and there were 3 snappers in the road, smashed. Someone has Arkansased the lot of them. 2 of them were 30-40 pounds and the other was 10 or so. A 30 pound turtle is not a good thing to hit. Plus they had to go on the shoulder to do so. I hope the asshole busted his steering linkage. I would have killed them too, but I would have eaten them. I sure as hell would not have hit them with my car though.

Also out in MT a couple years back, there were huge kingsnakes flattened all over the place. Stupid farkers can't tell the difference between a king that eats rattlers and the rattlers.

Not CSB
 
2012-12-27 12:25:01 PM

netcentric: pxlboy: ......run into the road just in time to be hit by a truck blowing past a stopped school bus. I know death is natural and all that, but it was the reactions of some of the kids that bothered me.


Then you would not have wanted to be there for the 2007 deer incident....

Look man, sometimes all you have in the car is a 24oz. framing hammer. It happens.

The lady who hit it could have warned me, the air brakes sound behind me was in fact a school bus.


That's not what I mean. My former BIL hit a deer and the responding officer had to put it down with his service pistol. I get that, but not the kids who were all, "Hurr durr a cat got hit that's high-larious!"
 
2012-12-27 12:26:44 PM
I saw a turtle...

/probably been done; DRTT
 
2012-12-27 12:27:45 PM

pxlboy: netcentric: pxlboy: ......run into the road just in time to be hit by a truck blowing past a stopped school bus. I know death is natural and all that, but it was the reactions of some of the kids that bothered me.


Then you would not have wanted to be there for the 2007 deer incident....

Look man, sometimes all you have in the car is a 24oz. framing hammer. It happens.

The lady who hit it could have warned me, the air brakes sound behind me was in fact a school bus.

That's not what I mean. My former BIL hit a deer and the responding officer had to put it down with his service pistol. I get that, but not the kids who were all, "Hurr durr a cat got hit that's high-larious!"


Oh....well that's different

/Sometimes, at night, I still see those little faces in the windows
 
2012-12-27 12:29:38 PM
I was driving home from the gulf coast through back roads and it was pouring rain. The roads were flooding and every couple of miles there were be one or two turtles trying to cross the road. I would stop and carry them across the road. Other drivers were setting their scope on them. Didn't know that it was illegal in Texas to stop and help a turtle across the road. So my brother told me. But he has a scope on his truck. Sad.
 
2012-12-27 12:31:18 PM

doglover: Gunther: doglover: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Maybe not everyone, but certainly a lot of them it would seem

No, I mean everyone knows humans are sadistic.

Going by the article, one in fifty humans is sadistic, or at least; sadistic enough to try to kill a harmless animal for no reason and no possible benefit to themselves. Which admittedly is pretty goddamn sadistic.

Going by experience it's more like 50/50 humans are sadistic at some point.

I cried, CRIED when I accidentally a ladybug into a spiderweb and it got killed.

Then I turn around not a week latter and watch a Japanese suzumebachi ( lit sparrow wasp, 6" long) eat the babies out of a normal sized wasp nest and think it's hilarious.

I don't kill turtles myself, but the contrariness is that I'd smile if one of the turtle killers was in turn run over by a car and died.

We're all just chimp at heart, us humans.


CSB- I worked in security for a small liberal arts college. In addition to the dangerous activity of unlocking doors and walking through buildings, we also remove wild animals from the community and take them back to "the wild" (usually the lake about 10 min. away). So one day we find a gosling on the patio of one of the residential buildings. There is a crowd of students around the thing, just watching it and keeping it from waddling into the sewer grate. When we arrived there were something like 30 or 40 kids in the patio area some watching most just hanging around to see what would happen. At this point some girl walks by and says, "I don't get it, it's just a bird, someone should just kill it and be done with it." I don't know what appalled me more what she said or how good I felt when someone in the crowd (they remain at large) nailed the biatch in the head with an un-opened coke can. biatch went down like a sack of potatoes. Looked like it hurt.....
 
2012-12-27 12:32:27 PM

Avery614: doglover: Gunther: doglover: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Maybe not everyone, but certainly a lot of them it would seem

No, I mean everyone knows humans are sadistic.

Going by the article, one in fifty humans is sadistic, or at least; sadistic enough to try to kill a harmless animal for no reason and no possible benefit to themselves. Which admittedly is pretty goddamn sadistic.

Going by experience it's more like 50/50 humans are sadistic at some point.

I cried, CRIED when I accidentally a ladybug into a spiderweb and it got killed.

Then I turn around not a week latter and watch a Japanese suzumebachi ( lit sparrow wasp, 6" long) eat the babies out of a normal sized wasp nest and think it's hilarious.

I don't kill turtles myself, but the contrariness is that I'd smile if one of the turtle killers was in turn run over by a car and died.

We're all just chimp at heart, us humans.

CSB- I worked in security for a small liberal arts college. In addition to the dangerous activity of unlocking doors and walking through buildings, we also remove wild animals from the community and take them back to "the wild" (usually the lake about 10 min. away). So one day we find a gosling on the patio of one of the residential buildings. There is a crowd of students around the thing, just watching it and keeping it from waddling into the sewer grate. When we arrived there were something like 30 or 40 kids in the patio area some watching most just hanging around to see what would happen. At this point some girl walks by and says, "I don't get it, it's just a bird, someone should just kill it and be done with it." I don't know what appalled me more what she said or how good I felt when someone in the crowd (they remain at large) nailed the biatch in the head with an un-opened coke can. biatch went down like a sack of potatoes. Looked like it hurt.....


Nice!
 
2012-12-27 12:32:48 PM
 
2012-12-27 12:33:06 PM
One night, coming home late in the pouring rain, I hit a giant snapping turtle in the ass. I've always thought about that night and it pops into my head if I feel like I'm driving too fast. Ugh, what a sick sound. Why would you do that on purpose?
 
2012-12-27 12:38:10 PM

Clemkadidlefark: Ewwwww ... that is horrible. Since conservatives are far outnumbered by liberals in America at the present, we mut assume Liberals Love To Squash Turtles. Ewewwww


No, no, no, this is in South Carolina, you know, the state that has been anxiously awaiting the next civil war since the last civil war.....I think it's against the law to be liberal there, NRA membership is mandatory I believe...
 
2012-12-27 12:49:01 PM

Ceiling Moran: You just need to equip all turtles like this.

[images3.wikia.nocookie.net image 450x519]


At a previous jorb, I developed VHF transmitters to track desert tortoises, so I'm getting a kick out of your picture.
 
2012-12-27 12:50:56 PM
On route 50 in WV there's a section of roadway that is covered with turtles in the spring. I've never seen one that was hit.. It being WV, roadkill doesn't seem to last very long, though.
 
2012-12-27 12:53:24 PM
You're not helping, Leon. Why aren't you helping?
 
2012-12-27 12:54:38 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Ah... found it link

/different study, same result
//humans are sadistic
///who knew?


Voight-Kampf?
 
2012-12-27 12:56:24 PM
Wanted for questioning:


ts3.mm.bing.net
 
2012-12-27 12:57:35 PM
I stop and move turtles out of the rode because I know there are assholes out there who like to run them over.  I really don't understand that mentality.
 
2012-12-27 12:59:57 PM
Even as a sadistic psychopath and a mid-level jerk, I cannot see why anyone would intentionally run over a turtle. They have all sorts of hard parts which could puncture a tire or break a bumper, not to mention the creme filling which will smell fantastic smeared across the undercarriage of your car.

On top of that, try explaining to a cop why you swerved out of your lane to run over the thing. He'd probably taser you until your clothes caught on fire. And you'd deserve it.
 
2012-12-27 01:00:22 PM

Rawhead Rex: Squirrels...

Now those guys are a challenge!

Turtles seem very easy...no less fun, I'd imagine, but certainly not the thrill you get from running over a fleet-footed rodent!

Get over yourselves, assholes...
It's human nature to kill things...didn't you flood antbeads with water as a kid, use a magnifying glass on whatever stupid insect you found? Pulled the wings off butterflies, ripped the shells off rolly pollys?
Oh...but one of my favorties was to catch a frog and tie a string to one of his legs...
Then stake it into the ground right next to an active antbed.
Disturb the ants...
And let the entertainment begin!
Ants HATE bouncy shackled frogs all panicking over their bed.

Nice memories.


7/10 - A little obvious, but still nicely phrased trolling.

If you're not trolling, then I highly suggest you find a good psychiatrist to talk to as what you're describing are the classic signs of a sociopath. Ya rly.
 
2012-12-27 01:07:31 PM

mongbiohazard: Rawhead Rex: Squirrels...

Now those guys are a challenge!

Turtles seem very easy...no less fun, I'd imagine, but certainly not the thrill you get from running over a fleet-footed rodent!

Get over yourselves, assholes...
It's human nature to kill things...didn't you flood antbeads with water as a kid, use a magnifying glass on whatever stupid insect you found? Pulled the wings off butterflies, ripped the shells off rolly pollys?
Oh...but one of my favorties was to catch a frog and tie a string to one of his legs...
Then stake it into the ground right next to an active antbed.
Disturb the ants...
And let the entertainment begin!
Ants HATE bouncy shackled frogs all panicking over their bed.

Nice memories.

7/10 - A little obvious, but still nicely phrased trolling.

If you're not trolling, then I highly suggest you find a good psychiatrist to talk to as what you're describing are the classic signs of a sociopath. Ya rly.


This
 
2012-12-27 01:08:34 PM

Tman144: snocone: Anyone else channeling the commercial w/ the squirrel and the bridge out?

I love ya, man!

Do you mean the commercial with the beaver? Squirrels can't cut down trees.


How could I forget, beaver!

/sorry, TV just does not stick with me
 
2012-12-27 01:10:33 PM
I'm running along inside a golf club community in Florida with the toons rocking and some raisinette on a bicycle comes up behind me and stops me (and scares the crap out of me in the process) and tells me that I MUST go back and around the corner to help some turtle cross the road. So I do. Big f*cker, shell about a foot across, seems to have made it half way up the curb. So i pick up the little sh*t who is flapping his (her?) feet wildly and is clearly trying to bite me and put it on the grass past the curb. Granny is all pleased with herself. Turtle probably would have made it anyway (ponds on either side of the road, so I assume this wasn't the turtle's first inter-pond rodeo).

/csb, no point to the story
//once granny was out of sight I shot the turtle with my assault rifle. multiple times. ungrateful bast*ard.
 
2012-12-27 01:12:12 PM
RELIGION OF PEACE
 
2012-12-27 01:15:56 PM

grinding_journalist: I've picked more than one turtle out of the road; I feel bad for them, especially since so many people are focused on just about anything BUT driving, and the road in front of them these days.

CSB: Couple months ago, was driving on a side road in a residential area and saw one on the white stop line at an intersection. There was nobody behind me, so I stopped, got out, and picked up the turtle. I then saw that it had already been run over and its shell was smashed. In this short time period, a brand new 7-Series had pulled up behind me at the stop sign. As I'm walking to the side of the road to set the turtle corpse down (hopefully some animal will eat it), the guy in the BMW double taps his horn. I give him an "are you kidding?" look, and point to the turtle and keep walking over to the shoulder. Seeing this, he FURIOUSLY leans on his horn. I stop, look at him, shrug, and set the turtle corpse on his hood. He was still hollering out of his window at me as I drove away.

/I drive a BMW now too
//it's not an excuse to act like/drive like/be an asshole


Been there, Is better to just walk away from your car and enjoy the fun. Pretend you can't speak.

Sure it was staged, but surfed by one of those reality puke shows and some process server was running from a gal w/ a bat. He ducked in a car and she beat the car to death and walked away.
The guy gets out, runs to his truck and sorta gets away. Poorly acted, but cute.
 
2012-12-27 01:16:03 PM
I have stopped and moved migrating turtles out of the road in the direction they were going. I have seen the same damn turtle crawl back into the road, going in the opposite direction. Hormone-crazed turtles baffle me, so I try not to interfere, now.

/the horny tarantula migrations are more fun
 
2012-12-27 01:18:06 PM
 
2012-12-27 01:18:12 PM
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-12-27 01:21:37 PM
Yeah, if you haven't developed past the "killin' stuff for no reason is fun" stage by the time you're old enough to drive, you have some serious issues that I'd like you to not inflict on society. Please either get help or consider suicide.
 
2012-12-27 01:22:19 PM

Greek: When I was in college/ for a while after, I lived out in the country about 15 miles from campus (rural Athens county, OH. Went to OU.) On my drive to school or to work, I would often see turtles crossing the road. I always stopped and moved them to the side of the road. And yes, the side they were walking towards. I wasn't a dick about it (HA HA! You have to start over in your RL game of Frogger!) Most of them were box turtles, but I occasionally saw other species. Anyhow, once I found a huge snapping turtle in the middle of the road, probably about 60 pounds. It was like a giant rock in the middle of the road. (just TRY running that one over, big shot) I wasn't exactly sure at the time how to deal with a snapper, but a truck driver stopped, got out of his truck, walked over, and said that you just grab their tail and drag them- they can't reach back there. He then proceeded to drag the turtle the rest of the way across the road, and over to the pond it was apparently heading for. Anyhow, during my time rescuing turtles, I came upon many people from the area that did the same. My point is that not ALL of us are sadistic assholes.


Yeah, there are plenty of good people out there. Last time I stopped to move a turtle out of the road, there were two other drivers stopping to do the same thing. One of them even thanked me.
 
2012-12-27 01:22:47 PM

Avery614: doglover: Gunther: doglover: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Maybe not everyone, but certainly a lot of them it would seem

No, I mean everyone knows humans are sadistic.

Going by the article, one in fifty humans is sadistic, or at least; sadistic enough to try to kill a harmless animal for no reason and no possible benefit to themselves. Which admittedly is pretty goddamn sadistic.

Going by experience it's more like 50/50 humans are sadistic at some point.

I cried, CRIED when I accidentally a ladybug into a spiderweb and it got killed.

Then I turn around not a week latter and watch a Japanese suzumebachi ( lit sparrow wasp, 6" long) eat the babies out of a normal sized wasp nest and think it's hilarious.

I don't kill turtles myself, but the contrariness is that I'd smile if one of the turtle killers was in turn run over by a car and died.

We're all just chimp at heart, us humans.

CSB- I worked in security for a small liberal arts college. In addition to the dangerous activity of unlocking doors and walking through buildings, we also remove wild animals from the community and take them back to "the wild" (usually the lake about 10 min. away). So one day we find a gosling on the patio of one of the residential buildings. There is a crowd of students around the thing, just watching it and keeping it from waddling into the sewer grate. When we arrived there were something like 30 or 40 kids in the patio area some watching most just hanging around to see what would happen. At this point some girl walks by and says, "I don't get it, it's just a bird, someone should just kill it and be done with it." I don't know what appalled me more what she said or how good I felt when someone in the crowd (they remain at large) nailed the biatch in the head with an un-opened coke can. biatch went down like a sack of potatoes. Looked like it hurt.....


I hope she got a concussion. Dumb coont.
 
2012-12-27 01:23:27 PM

Avery614: CSB- I worked in security for a small liberal arts college. In addition to the dangerous activity of unlocking doors and walking through buildings, we also remove wild animals from the community and take them back to "the wild" (usually the lake about 10 min. away). So one day we find a gosling on the patio of one of the residential buildings. There is a crowd of students around the thing, just watching it and keeping it from waddling into the sewer grate. When we arrived there were something like 30 or 40 kids in the patio area some watching most just hanging around to see what would happen. At this point some girl walks by and says, "I don't get it, it's just a bird, someone should just kill it and be done with it." I don't know what appalled me more what she said or how good I felt when someone in the crowd (they remain at large) nailed the biatch in the head with an un-opened coke can. biatch went down like a sack of potatoes. Looked like it hurt.....


Karma's a biatch, ain't it...
 
2012-12-27 01:24:47 PM
...Herzog asked a class of about 110 students getting ready to take a final whether they had intentionally run over a turtle, or been in a car with someone who did. Thirty-four students raised their hands...

This disgusts me. But I guess it sort of confirms my suspicion about seeing roadkilled wildlife and pets over the years in places not exactly in the line of traffic (e.g., way off on the shoulder). I feel like I need to My violent contempt for humankind has just increased by about 31%.
 
2012-12-27 01:25:35 PM
New Michelin turtle tread tires.Keep your family safe during turtle season.
 
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