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2012-12-27 11:54:06 AM
5 votes:
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
2012-12-27 11:41:32 AM
5 votes:
Time to put down a rubber turtle with road spikes.
2012-12-27 07:52:04 PM
3 votes:
A few months ago I was on a two lane highway in Alexandria, VA, when I came up on a line of geese crossing the 40 mph street. I stopped for the geese and the guy behind me is laying on the horn and making angry gestures. I point to the geese and he guns it, goes around me with his middle finger up and runs over two geese. Joke was on him, my brother was my passenger, he's a cop and we were in Alexandria. My brother called a fellow officer and we followed to watch the on duty cop pull the guy over. He now has a court date, and if you know anything about Virginia traffic laws then you know it won't be pretty.
2012-12-27 01:00:22 PM
3 votes:

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 12:07:40 PM
3 votes:
This is now a cute baby turtle thread:

www.tehcute.com
2012-12-27 03:45:53 PM
2 votes:

Rawhead Rex: Like I'm the only one on here who's ever killed a critter for the farking hell of it.


Probably not. That doesn't make it normal nor does it imply any significant intelligence. It sounds a lot like; "Like I'm the only one that beats their wife for no reason. Lots of guys beat their wives."
2012-12-27 02:53:07 PM
2 votes:
Seems like some sort of turtle-shaped mines might be in order. Once the news spreads--problem solved.Well, assuming the people who run over turtles actually watch or read news, that is. I suspect you might have to put one on the road to Springer's or Povich's houses before the turtle murdering crowd takes notice. (But then you get the added bonus of possibly taking out two birds with one stone.)
2012-12-27 02:50:08 PM
2 votes:
I've stopped and moved turtles out of the road as long as it is safe to do so. I've seen a medium sized water turtle (probably a red-eared slider) crossing two lanes of an interstate one day; on the return trip back that afternoon I didn't see him smashed so I hope he made it across. I've also stopped to help a big, crabby snapping turtle get across a road. Rather than picking him up (and losing a few fingers), I just prodded him on across with a stick.
2012-12-27 12:05:23 PM
2 votes:
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 11:47:28 AM
2 votes:
"It just seems fun at the time,"

What kind of asshole would think running over an animal is fun? I'd like to run those people over. That WOULD be fun.
2012-12-27 11:41:05 AM
2 votes:
hopefully these people are later hit by cars and have just enough time to think about it before impact.
2012-12-28 02:28:11 AM
1 votes:

Buttbone McGillicutty: 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.


I haven't had the opportunity to rescue a turtle from the road, but my dad has. He uses the tail method. The turtles I've seen him rescue were big enough to do damage, but small enough to gently toss into the roadside vegetation. Which seems like rough handling, but it's better than they'd get on the road. They're tough animals.

Tail method. Definitely.
2012-12-27 08:59:59 PM
1 votes:
Growing up I have vivid memories of my father pulling off the road in Kansas and moving turtles off the road to the grass. Rescuing turtles was just something he always did.

/he drew the line at a 40 pound snapping turtle
//and called the zoo about it
2012-12-27 07:25:31 PM
1 votes:

mrlewish: Time to put down a rubber turtle with road spikes.


So much this. People who run over animals deliberately aren't actually people, but pieces of shiat, and they need to be splattered on the road before they hurt anything else.
2012-12-27 04:21:26 PM
1 votes:

Rawhead Rex: Trolling...

OK, sure.

Like I'm the only one on here who's ever killed a critter for the farking hell of it.

Liars.

I know you are.


I've killed a fish. But it was because I was fishing. I ate it though and it was delicious.
Other than that, I've never killed anything "for the farking hell of it". Cause I'm not an asshole.
2012-12-27 03:31:11 PM
1 votes:
Ha! Jokes on them! These ignorant,sadistic assholes dont know that the universe, as we know it, rests on top of turtles. It's nothing but turtles all the down YOU FOOLS!
2012-12-27 03:12:50 PM
1 votes:
Hey, Maudlin - thanx for the TF.

You'll like this Link
2012-12-27 02:16:09 PM
1 votes:

shootsright: "I realize now why the universe, as the astronomers have discovered, is receding from us at all directions at near the speed of light. Why? Red shift? No! Because of fear that's why. We are the plague of the cosmos. The stars are not merely flying away, they are fleeing away, tripping away on little starfeet at a hundred and eighty thousand miles per second, running for their lives."
-Edward Abbey


I suspect we are the arkansas of the universe, or at least the galaxy, and there have been no UFOs or alien visitors because why would they come here?
2012-12-27 01:58:39 PM
1 votes:

MaudlinMutantMollusk: doglover: Everyone?

Maybe not everyone, but certainly a lot of them it would seem

Diogenes: You're like the Repeat Enforcer today!

It's not a repeat, it's a different story that observed the same behavior

/a lot of people are turtle-haters
//I blame Mitch McConnell for that


Yeah, and it's an old observation. I remember seeing something like this in National Geographic (? Or some similar journal) when I was a wee lass back in the 70's. Seems a group put plastic turtles and rubber snakes along a Texas highway, and watched in fascination and horror as motorists and truckers would cross the center yellow line, even into oncoming traffic, to run the things over.

Everyone knows about the BEHAVIOR, now we need to find out why the hell people feel the need to run over reptiles on the roadway.
2012-12-27 01:49:16 PM
1 votes:
There's a thought. T

ZAZ: Worked fine for me. It's on the wire so searching clemson+turtle will find you other copies.

And I already knew this. Should have put a nail in the turtle.


Genius. Turtle landmines. Stryrofoam turtles with nails hidden in them to shred tires.
2012-12-27 01:44:20 PM
1 votes:
I'm guessing most of the people who'd do this are either women or guys with beards. No one who looks at themselves in the mirror every day could be this much of a jerk.
2012-12-27 01:40:54 PM
1 votes:

Buttbone McGillicutty: 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.


one hand on the shell behind the head, one hand on the shell above the tail.  lift.
2012-12-27 01:21:37 PM
1 votes:
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 12:59:57 PM
1 votes:
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 12:33:06 PM
1 votes:
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 12:31:18 PM
1 votes:

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 12:18:54 PM
1 votes:

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 12:13:49 PM
1 votes:
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 12:11:35 PM
1 votes:
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 12:06:56 PM
1 votes:
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 12:05:52 PM
1 votes:

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 12:04:40 PM
1 votes:

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 11:58:40 AM
1 votes:

adammpower: hopefully these people are later hit by cars and have just enough time to think about it before impact.


Hope springs a turtle...
2012-12-27 11:51:21 AM
1 votes:
If only these turtles had masks and nunchucks they could fight back, and perhaps one day defeat the evil Master Shredder.
2012-12-27 11:49:57 AM
1 votes:

abhorrent1: What kind of asshole would think running over an animal is fun? I'd like to run those people over. That WOULD be fun.


The human race is full of them. Just look at any Fark thread. I'm sure this one will attract them as well -- they'll feel a need to prove how big and tough and assholish they are.
2012-12-27 11:48:55 AM
1 votes:
Put road spikes in your fake turtles. Set them out when real ones are crossing the road.
2012-12-27 11:48:14 AM
1 votes:
Squirrels yes.  Turtles, no.  Armadillos, meh.
2012-12-27 11:40:37 AM
1 votes:
Just wait until  Great A'Tuin finds out about these people.
2012-12-27 10:36:46 AM
1 votes:
Ah... found it link

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