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(Daily Telegraph)   Thrill seekers live longer, according to study from Opposite Day Institute   (dailytelegraph.com.au) divider line 25
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2013-01-06 11:35:07 AM
If this is true, Rex Kramer may well be immortal.
 
2013-01-06 01:31:05 PM
...if you don't count the ones that die in their 20s and 30s.
 
2013-01-06 03:12:05 PM
"I get the impression this is the story of all the blind men and the elephant. We have little snippets of what this gene seems to be strongly associated with, but it's hard to say, to totally specify, what the whole pathway is yet."

Say what now?
 
2013-01-06 03:16:06 PM

red5ish: "I get the impression this is the story of all the blind men and the elephant. We have little snippets of what this gene seems to be strongly associated with, but it's hard to say, to totally specify, what the whole pathway is yet."

Say what now?


Google "blind men and the elephant"
 
2013-01-06 03:37:15 PM

sure haven't: red5ish: "I get the impression this is the story of all the blind men and the elephant. We have little snippets of what this gene seems to be strongly associated with, but it's hard to say, to totally specify, what the whole pathway is yet."

Say what now?

Google "blind men and the elephant"


I KNOW the parable, I just wonder how it supports, in any fashion whatsoever, a scientific conclusion.
 
2013-01-06 03:46:59 PM
I'm 38, commute on a motorcycle (have done so for nearly 20 years), and annually jump from airplanes. It's a miracle to be alive, but here we are. And yes, I am retarded.

You can take me out, but damn if I'm doing it my way.
 
2013-01-06 03:47:50 PM
Once again a typo ruins my post. Meh.
 
2013-01-06 03:48:25 PM
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Probably would have agreed....last November.
 
2013-01-06 03:49:36 PM

dickfreckle: Once again a typo ruins my post. Meh.


Extreme typing risks!
 
2013-01-06 04:26:19 PM
So my love of roller coasters,fair rides,drugs,riding in cars with drivers who like to do donuts and burnouts,drinking and my wish to one day go skydiving is going to allow me to live longer? fark YEAH,SUCK IT BORING PEOPLE!
 
2013-01-06 05:25:24 PM
Without reading the article, could it just be that 'thrill seekers' tend to keep their bodies in actual functioning condition? It's hard to do anything physically taxing when you weight 400 lbs.

But I'd also guess they don't go overboard either and become pure muscle/exercise guys.

So..they stay active, in good physical condition, eat a balanced diet (usually paired with excess drugs/alcohol?), and stay mentally hooked in to something.

Uh, ya, isn't that verbatim what we're told to do to live longer?
 
2013-01-06 05:38:57 PM
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2013-01-06 05:39:00 PM
So what?

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2013-01-06 06:40:09 PM
kroonermanblack: Without reading the article, could it just be that 'thrill seekers' tend to keep their bodies in actual functioning condition?

Someone that's a thrill seeker probably also does as much as possible to ensure the maximum amount of safety necessary. They run things through a risk vs reward calculation.

IE, skydiving, check the chute and the reserve several times (skydiving is actually safer than driving a vehicle, statistically speaking).

VS

People that still drive around without seatbelts (you won't catch a thrill seeker doing this because the risk of getting seriously injured far outweighs the thrill of riding without a seatbelt).
 
2013-01-06 07:34:00 PM
Thrill seekers usually keep themselves in great shape to then go out and try to kill themselves (climbing/skiing/surfing or whatever). This is why they live longer...
 
2013-01-06 07:53:03 PM

A Terrible Human: So my love of roller coasters,fair rides,drugs,riding in cars with drivers who like to do donuts and burnouts,drinking and my wish to one day go skydiving is going to allow me to live longer? fark YEAH,SUCK IT BORING PEOPLE!


Look, just because I take things easily and carefully doesn't mean I'm boring. And if I was a betting man, I'd say that the odds of me living longer are much better because I donAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK  *thud*
 
2013-01-06 08:03:35 PM

kroonermanblack: Without reading the article, could it just be that 'thrill seekers' tend to keep their bodies in actual functioning condition? It's hard to do anything physically taxing when you weight 400 lbs.

But I'd also guess they don't go overboard either and become pure muscle/exercise guys.

So..they stay active, in good physical condition, eat a balanced diet (usually paired with excess drugs/alcohol?), and stay mentally hooked in to something.

Uh, ya, isn't that verbatim what we're told to do to live longer?


That's my guess, and the article didn't contain any real information, just that gene previously linked with extroversion and with thrill seeking is disproportionately present in the elderly.

Seems plausible that having a gene that encourages seeking out new and interesting things could lead to a well balanced life.
 
2013-01-06 08:33:46 PM
Bullshiat. I spent a couple of decades flying, skydiving and kayaking. So many of those people are dead now.
 
2013-01-06 08:58:27 PM

Insatiable Jesus: Bullshiat. I spent a couple of decades flying, skydiving and kayaking. So many of those people are dead now.


...if you would stop killing them, it might make a better sample, Jesus.
 
2013-01-06 09:30:50 PM
I've done many risky things in my life, but I don't do them over and over. A little sky diving here, or white water rafting there makes life fun, but if you're doing risky things everyday that require high levels of concentration just to survive, eventually you'll fail and it will cost you your life or lead to severe injury.
 
2013-01-06 10:53:49 PM

elvisaintdead: If this is true, Rex Kramer may well be immortal.



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2013-01-06 11:15:25 PM
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Chairman of the Opposite Day Institute approves
 
2013-01-06 11:24:19 PM
Or could it be that those old thrill seekers were just normal boring people in their 20s-30s and as they reach middle and old age they say "fark it" and actually start doing thrilling stuff before their time is up while actual young thrill seekers die in their 20s-30s?
 
2013-01-06 11:42:49 PM
Well, they aren't dying of boredom.

And they are the only people left in our society that are still getting some exercise. If they can live past twenty, they can probably make it to eight or ninety. The secret is to be a calculated risk taker, not a gung-ho idiot. There's a lot of risky stuff you can do if you prepare, work on the basics, and keep your head in an emergency. Sky-diving, for example, is not nearly as dangerous as it looks provided you are well-trained and smart. Being a big fatheaded idjit, on the other hand, is not risk-taking. It is risk-making.
 
2013-01-07 02:05:21 PM

elvisaintdead: If this is true, Rex Kramer may well be immortal.


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