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(ABC)   Millions of devout Hindus take their annual bath in the sacred Ganges river to cleanse their sins, contract new and interesting skin diseases from the rotting corpses and raw sewage floating in the river   (abcnews.go.com) divider line 74
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2013-01-14 12:12:58 PM  
11 votes:
Attention, Hindus: Don't swim in that. It'll make you Sikh.

/try the veal...
2013-01-14 10:48:21 AM  
10 votes:

R.A.Danny: Old_Chief_Scott: I can't think about this too much. If I do I'll need to vomit.

Remember the scene in Caddy Shack with the Baby Ruth? Just imagine swimming with real logs, with your mouth open.


But it's holy sh*t
2013-01-14 11:43:22 AM  
9 votes:

R.A.Danny: Flakeloaf: But these people don't seem to be suffering any.

Not unless you count widespread cholera.


Well, at least their economy has grown to the point where they now have white cholera and blue cholera workers
2013-01-14 10:38:54 AM  
9 votes:
I think that is my Chemistry TA from 1996

a.abcnews.com
2013-01-14 11:22:26 AM  
8 votes:

Old_Chief_Scott: R.A.Danny: Old_Chief_Scott: I can't think about this too much. If I do I'll need to vomit.

Remember the scene in Caddy Shack with the Baby Ruth? Just imagine swimming with real logs, with your mouth open.

I saw a photo essay on the Ganges a few months ago. It's not the shiat so much as the corpses that really creeped me out.


Bloated
Bloated
Bloated on the river
2013-01-14 01:14:40 PM  
7 votes:
So this is a sacred river, yet I take a dump in the holy water at church and I'm put on some kind of list.
2013-01-14 11:12:31 AM  
6 votes:

Diogenes: St_Francis_P: On the positive side, their immune systems are kept in top-notch condition.

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i.ytimg.com
Let me tell you a true story about immunization ok. When I was a little boy in New York city in the nineteen-forties, we swam in the Hudson river. And it was filled with raw sewage! OK? We swam in raw sewage, you know, to cool off. And at that time the big fear was polio. Thousands of kids died from polio every year. But you know something? In my neighborhood no one ever got polio. No one! EVER! You know why? Cause WE SWAM IN RAW SEWAGE! It strengthened our immune system, the polio never had a prayer. We were tempered in raw shiat!
2013-01-14 12:44:02 PM  
5 votes:

Euler007: This thread makes it really hard to separate the racists from the trolls.


0-media-cdn.foolz.us
2013-01-14 11:19:13 AM  
5 votes:

Mugato: I took computer science in college. I believe they only take one bath a day.


How many baths per day do you take, Skipper?
2013-01-14 11:05:52 AM  
4 votes:

St_Francis_P: On the positive side, their immune systems are kept in top-notch condition.


www.isthisitmodelsreview.com
2013-01-14 10:55:49 AM  
4 votes:
If India would get rid of their job killing EPA, this wouldn't be a problem.
2013-01-14 12:02:45 PM  
3 votes:
Had a boss that was Indian. Born there, but vowed never to return. For some reason he had an issue with a desk lamp I had.
One day he comes up to me and says, "Almost all homes in India use flouresent lights. They are much better for reading".
I looked up at him and said, "Ya?, most homes in India don't have sewage hookups so they defecate openly in the gutters on their streets. What's your point?
He just looked at me not knowing what to say to that before he turned and walked away. He never mentioned flouresent lighting again.
2013-01-14 11:56:58 AM  
3 votes:
Floating down on the Ganges on a small boat through Varanasi is one of nicest sights I've ever seen in all my travels. Did it twice, once during the day, once at night, amazing stuff. That said I didn't touch the water except to float some candle thing which immediately sank, I guess my prayers will never be answered.

At one point I was sitting by the river and I watched a woman repeatedly dip her toothbrush into the Ganges for a good brushing and about 10 feet up stream a water buffalo was taking a dump. Not a few pellets here and there, a solid of stream of crap that resembled sewage leaving a small pipe. I was stunned.

/CSB
2013-01-14 11:53:07 AM  
3 votes:

crazyeddie: Oh, Religion! *pats head* You are literally the worst way to draw conclusions about the world. We as a species are consistently worse off because you create a pattern of reinforcing bad ideas. Thanks for nothing.

Sincerely,
Atheist


Hitler and Stalin were atheists.

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2013-01-14 11:53:03 AM  
3 votes:
i5.asn.im

i.qkme.me
2013-01-14 11:46:00 AM  
3 votes:
I'll bet my Thetans wouldn't survive a dunk in the Ganges.
2013-01-14 11:01:18 AM  
3 votes:
On the positive side, their immune systems are kept in top-notch condition.
2013-01-14 10:49:40 AM  
3 votes:
Do they use tampons there? It would look like a bunch of dead mice flowing by.
2013-01-14 02:00:04 PM  
2 votes:

Tanukis_Parachute: Sent to me by a friend who has worked in both China and India...

Not safe for lunchtime


Comment from TFA is awesome:

Actually, this is exactly how America does it, using violence to beat the Indians [Native Americans] to death, pushing the Asian, African, and poor out into the country, running the poor white people into the surrounding outskirts of the cities. America's police are even more terrible than China's chengguan. If you're within two meters of a police officer, you have to raise your hands, otherwise American police have the right to shoot you dead.
2013-01-14 12:59:01 PM  
2 votes:

Yamaneko2: fluffy2097: You guys, there is nothing wrong with living in India. There is plenty of clean water and sanitation there.

The cost of living is quite a bit lower, and because you bribe your way through life there, if you've got money, you can hire servants and basically do whatever you want.

The trick is knowing what part of India to go to.

[lh3.ggpht.com image 850x565]

/I think I'll go to the India on the right side of the photo.

Wasn't that photo taken in Sao Paolo, Brazil?


Reverse GIS says yes.
2013-01-14 12:43:36 PM  
2 votes:
When looking for vacation spots, I tend to avoid places where getting diseases is considered part of the experience.
2013-01-14 12:36:10 PM  
2 votes:
"Some 20,000 makeshift toilets have been have been erected"

How you doin?
2013-01-14 12:34:14 PM  
2 votes:

R.A.Danny: I'd sooner jump into the Chicago river mid August than step foot in that shiathole of a country.


i49.tinypic.com
2013-01-14 12:32:31 PM  
2 votes:

Jake Havechek: If you want to experience India, just go to the bathroom in the ballpark during August, after the 8th inning.


That's completely unfair; at least at the ballpark you can get nachos
2013-01-14 12:22:57 PM  
2 votes:

lumiere: And then they wonder why some of the rarest diseases in the world are far more prominent in India:


Neurofibromatosis



Hypertrichosis

And some too gruesome to even put up (some of you may be approaching your lunch hour).


I heard that whenever he needed inspiration for a new muppet character, Jim Henson would take a trip to India.
2013-01-14 12:13:28 PM  
2 votes:

Linux_Yes: yes indeed, you must be an American.


Seems like an odd attack. I think I'll switch to Microsoft.
2013-01-14 12:08:37 PM  
2 votes:
If you want to experience India, just go to the bathroom in the ballpark during August, after the 8th inning.
2013-01-14 11:55:30 AM  
2 votes:
A culture based on a bunch of claptrap to keep them from eating the farm machinery is dysfunctional? Who would have thought.
mjg
2013-01-14 11:42:14 AM  
2 votes:
www.seriessub.com

"What's that smell?"

/too obscure?
2013-01-14 11:34:59 AM  
2 votes:

amindtat: Old_Chief_Scott: I saw a photo essay on the Ganges a few months ago. It's not the shiat so much as the corpses that really creeped me out.

I may have found the essay you are referring to. I wouldn't so much as dip my toe in that water after seeing that.


So many thoughts here.

1. Jesus Christ.

2. I always figured the disease that would turn half of humanity into a pile of pink vomit would come from an unsanitary, densely-populated place like that. But these people don't seem to be suffering any. This means that whatever super-fark-you-up-bug does emerge will probably pass right over these folks and slaughter everyone who knows what waterless hand cleaner even smells like.

3. BLARRRRFFFFHRLARBL
2013-01-14 11:33:49 AM  
2 votes:

The Muthaship: Decillion: What year will India have plumping and taking a dump etiquette that equals the USA?

Your 'b' is drunk.


I thought he misspelled "blumpkin".
2013-01-14 11:31:55 AM  
2 votes:

Spanky_McFarksalot: Jake Havechek: Don't people squat and take shiats on the street in India?

yes. Plus if you take a train overnight you can wake up to all the men in the villages you pass heading out the fields along the track to take their morning dumps.

They love to take dumps along the train tracks.


What year will India have plumping and taking a dump etiquette that equals the USA? Guess correctly and you win a large prize. Meet me down by the tracks to collect.
2013-01-14 11:30:05 AM  
2 votes:

Flakeloaf: You can't suggest that the river is polluted lest you cause great offense


THE RIVER IS A FETID SHIATHOLE FULL OF FECES AND DEATH.

There, I said it.
2013-01-14 11:26:41 AM  
2 votes:

Mugato: I took computer science in college. I believe they only take one bath a day year.


FTFY
2013-01-14 11:24:27 AM  
2 votes:
...and then things got rapey"
2013-01-14 11:18:18 AM  
2 votes:
I think it's time for humans to do away with the whole 'do stuff cause we did it last year' thing.

Cancel all current human traditions! Mix it up people! That means you too Christmas and Halloween.
2013-01-14 11:17:45 AM  
2 votes:
My late father described a whaling voyage he was on in Antarctica in the late '40s. He noted the ankle-deep blood and shiat and the smell and sound of vast lengths of intestines bursting out from beneath the "flensing knife" (basically a three-foot long Exacto knife on a pole). The string of lights glittering in the gale, the rank smell of the boilers...it was quite a Dantesque scenario.

He said the river Hoolgi in Calcutta was a lot worse than that. Something to do with the rotting, bubbling, half-burned corpses bouncing off the bridge supports feet from enthusiastic curry eating.
2013-01-14 11:15:43 AM  
2 votes:

groppet: You would think they would take better care of such a holy site.


You'd think that the worship of female deities would mean women are more respected, but that's not the case either.
2013-01-14 11:12:32 AM  
2 votes:

Jake Havechek: Swim in and drink disgusting filth, then do some tech support.


Your forgot gang rape.
2013-01-14 10:44:46 AM  
2 votes:

Old_Chief_Scott: I can't think about this too much. If I do I'll need to vomit.


Remember the scene in Caddy Shack with the Baby Ruth? Just imagine swimming with real logs, with your mouth open.
2013-01-15 05:19:31 AM  
1 votes:

doczoidberg: amindtat: Old_Chief_Scott: I saw a photo essay on the Ganges a few months ago. It's not the shiat so much as the corpses that really creeped me out.

I may have found the essay you are referring to. I wouldn't so much as dip my toe in that water after seeing that.

Jebus CHRIST!

I feel...numb.



I hear that numbness is an early sign of leprosy.
2013-01-14 07:01:51 PM  
1 votes:
This is why we need to revoke all the burdensome and expensive environmental regulations we in America suffer under. So we can have rivers like India has.
2013-01-14 06:01:14 PM  
1 votes:

ThrobblefootSpectre: CygnusDarius: Behold, the loser in the British colonization.

Yeah, those stupid british introducing religion to india and convincing them the ganges is scared. Exporting the british practice of bathing in the remains of their dead loved ones and raw sewage was a nasty trick. Though it was probably the british imposition of a race based caste system that had the biggest impact for the past 2000 years. And a neat trick how they how they made it all retroactive by several millennia.


Yo" where did you think Obama got his time machine from ? It's own loan from the Empire. You left out how the brit's talk them into the practice of Bride burning.
2013-01-14 02:44:31 PM  
1 votes:

Haoie: Think about this next time you have chicken Vindapoo.



Fixed for my amusement
2013-01-14 02:26:01 PM  
1 votes:
Mark my words. The zombie apocalypse will come out of India.


No one will notice until it's far too late.
2013-01-14 02:08:21 PM  
1 votes:

R.A.Danny:

Our poor have cable and donuts.


It's what Caesar always strived for, in their primitive way.
2013-01-14 02:03:23 PM  
1 votes:
Insatiable Jesus:

Is it really racist to attack the bass-ackwards culture which is traditional India?

On the other hand, Indians who've attained enough sophistication to quit "bathing" in sewage -- and perhaps the idea that the country's sanitary conditions must be improved even if that means pissing off some naked holy men who think for millions of superstitious and illiterate peasants -- might will be capable of returning Hindustan to the forefront of culture and civilization as it was ~4000 years ago.

It's too bad that places that used to be the height of human progress have been buried by the dregs of superstition for most of their known history. (E.g., the site of Sumer is in southern Iraq.) Thanks to the most recent Age of Enlightenment (and the mechanized printing that made that possible), the "the broad masses" have begun to be able to free themselves from their mind-forged manacles now that literacy is no longer restricted to avatars of the gods like myself.
2013-01-14 01:45:58 PM  
1 votes:

Mugato: I took computer science in college. I believe they only take one bath a day.


I worked with African Americans before. I believe they steal.
2013-01-14 01:44:12 PM  
1 votes:

Lemmy Kilmister: maybe you ought be more concerned about your rape problem


Who told you about my rape problem?
2013-01-14 01:43:20 PM  
1 votes:

R.A.Danny: Is it racist to call a shiathole a shiathole?


We all float down here.
And we're all brown, too.
2013-01-14 01:37:54 PM  
1 votes:
Don't these poor Hindus know that if they want to be cleansed of their sins they need only wash in lamb's blood to ensure that they're born again in the right way without needing to endure another mortal cycle, after which they'll go to Heaven when thy die to serve in rapt adoration as eternal coolies for Jesus? Has this benighted subcontinent never received the gift of the Gospel, preferably in English because the King James Version was good enough for The Lord himself? Onward, Christian soldiers, grab those AR-15s!
2013-01-14 01:28:06 PM  
1 votes:

H31N0US: nirwana: halfof33: Somacandra: they'll even tell you that Ganges water kept in a bottle never goes bad.

That is absolutely 100 percent true.

Cookie to someone who knows why.

The oxygen content never diminishes.

It was bad in the first place?


Boom goes the Dynamite! You nailed it.
2013-01-14 01:15:42 PM  
1 votes:

cards fan by association: Meh. I'm willing to bet a lot of you go on float trips. Piss, vomit and I'm sure a little shiat are floating amongst all the time.


If by "float trips" you mean tubing, then yes.  But a shiatload of beer is being consumed, so it makes it ok.
2013-01-14 01:05:03 PM  
1 votes:

ciberido: And yes, I'm very anal-retentive about how I categorize my fellow farkers


At least you got a handle on it. And no, I am not attacking you or anything, I just find it amusing and ironic.

All the best, my little OCD novel about everyone typing friend.
2013-01-14 01:01:31 PM  
1 votes:

Yamaneko2: fluffy2097: You guys, there is nothing wrong with living in India. There is plenty of clean water and sanitation there.

The cost of living is quite a bit lower, and because you bribe your way through life there, if you've got money, you can hire servants and basically do whatever you want.

The trick is knowing what part of India to go to.

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/I think I'll go to the India on the right side of the photo.

Wasn't that photo taken in Sao Paolo, Brazil?


My thoughts too. That slum looks too upscale for the India I've been to. Too many cars in the backyards, for one. I could be wrong though.
2013-01-14 12:53:51 PM  
1 votes:

fluffy2097: You guys, there is nothing wrong with living in India. There is plenty of clean water and sanitation there.

The cost of living is quite a bit lower, and because you bribe your way through life there, if you've got money, you can hire servants and basically do whatever you want.

The trick is knowing what part of India to go to.

[lh3.ggpht.com image 850x565]

/I think I'll go to the India on the right side of the photo.


Wasn't that photo taken in Sao Paolo, Brazil?
2013-01-14 12:34:05 PM  
1 votes:

ciberido: I can assure you the rest of the world finds you as revolting as you find religious people.


What do you have him favorited as?
2013-01-14 12:30:41 PM  
1 votes:
In the picture....which part is the Rape-y part ?
2013-01-14 12:14:10 PM  
1 votes:
Jessica's Dad: Oh, my God. He shiat everywhere. There's shiat everywhere! Damnit! There's shiat on the windows! Oh, my God! My house is full of shiat! He shiat everywhere! Look what he did! He shiat all over the walls! There's shiat everywhere!
2013-01-14 12:09:42 PM  
1 votes:

amindtat: Old_Chief_Scott: I saw a photo essay on the Ganges a few months ago. It's not the shiat so much as the corpses that really creeped me out.

I may have found the essay you are referring to. I wouldn't so much as dip my toe in that water after seeing that.


Wimp...

CSB: When we deployed to Kandahar Air Field in 2011, the "poo pond" was one of the greatest sources of misery for the first few weeks. It was a football field sized lagoon of raw sewage, and our living quarters were a few hundred yards away.

We found out while talking to the Marines that two months before we got there, a young Marine actually swam across it on a dare. He was returned to the States for hepatitis or something shortly after. The young PFC's in my unit made appropriate noises of disgust, but you could see the little PFC wheels spinning in their heads telling them they could easily do it without passing out, for maybe $X.
2013-01-14 12:06:07 PM  
1 votes:

valar_morghulis: DownDaRiver: Had a boss that was Indian. Born there, but vowed never to return. For some reason he had an issue with a desk lamp I had.
One day he comes up to me and says, "Almost all homes in India use flouresent lights. They are much better for reading".
I looked up at him and said, "Ya?, most homes in India don't have sewage hookups so they defecate openly in the gutters on their streets. What's your point?
He just looked at me not knowing what to say to that before he turned and walked away. He never mentioned flouresent lighting again.

Mean, but effective.


Effective at wrecking one's chances of promotion.
2013-01-14 12:02:25 PM  
1 votes:

louiedog: Jake Havechek: Don't people squat and take shiats on the street in India?

Some, sure. It's not the customary way to do it though. I once saw a homeless woman squatting in an alley just a few feet from the sidewalk in a nice neighborhood in America.


We're not talking about your mom.
2013-01-14 11:59:49 AM  
1 votes:

calm like a bomb: lumiere: And then they wonder why some of the rarest diseases in the world are far more prominent in India:

[i5.asn.im image 634x520]
Neurofibromatosis


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Hypertrichosis

And some too gruesome to even put up (some of you may be approaching your lunch hour).


You suck at pathophysiology. Those are genetic diseases. Next time try leishmaniasis.

/it isn't cutaneous, but Naegleria fowleri is the one that scares me


That's racist.
2013-01-14 11:55:43 AM  
1 votes:
Is there a Silkwood shower big enough for an entire country?
2013-01-14 11:51:46 AM  
1 votes:

Flakeloaf: ...the neat thing about being an R-strategist is that eventually the survivors will laugh off what killed their great-aunts and uncles.


EPIDEMIOLOGY DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY.
2013-01-14 11:38:55 AM  
1 votes:

Mugato: RequiredCheese: Mugato: I took computer science in college. I believe they only take one bath a day year.

FTFY

That's what I meant to say.


Heh, guessed so, unless you are from the Lady MacBeth school of personal hygiene.
2013-01-14 11:33:27 AM  
1 votes:
Ever smell an Indian? The cologne and sweat would absolutely destroy any incoming bacteria.
2013-01-14 11:33:10 AM  
1 votes:
I will never be able to take a culture seriously if it can't figure out basic concepts, like how you should swim up stream from the place where you poop and dispose of your dead.
2013-01-14 11:32:57 AM  
1 votes:

Decillion: What year will India have plumping and taking a dump etiquette that equals the USA?


Your 'b' is drunk.
2013-01-14 11:30:38 AM  
1 votes:
Filthy people.
Kind of like Ohioans, and Pennsylvanians, and Illinoisians, and
well, you get the picture.
2013-01-14 11:29:02 AM  
1 votes:

groppet: You would think they would take better care of such a holy site.


On the contrary. Its being a holy site makes it immune to all of the crap they dump into it because Mother Ganges is a goddess and above such mortal concerns. Seriously. You can't suggest that the river is polluted lest you cause great offense.
2013-01-14 11:27:24 AM  
1 votes:
As I noted last time we did this one, the Ganges is considered pure because nothing can survive in it.
2013-01-14 11:11:36 AM  
1 votes:

R.A.Danny: Do they use tampons there? It would look like a bunch of dead mice flowing by.


Then the mice were gathered up, finely chopped and mixed with curry.
2013-01-14 11:04:43 AM  
1 votes:
I took computer science in college. I believe they only take one bath a day.
 
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