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(WSBTV)   80-year-old woman shields her great grandson as a tornado destroys the house they're in. "She fought a tornado, and she won"   (wsbtv.com ) divider line
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2013-02-01 11:03:10 AM  
5 votes:

"She's got a broke back in two places, a broken femur. The skin is gone from one hand down to her elbow. She has bleeding on the brain, cuts all over. She's black and blue all over," said Hayes.


With absolutely no snark, I'll say that is a damn fine use of the 'Hero' tag.
2013-02-01 01:23:03 PM  
3 votes:
That tornado's just lucky she have a ladle or wooden spoon handy. She would have farked it up
2013-02-01 11:21:25 AM  
3 votes:
Protection of the DNA. It's what a successful species does. She is an extraordinary woman.
2013-02-01 11:08:31 AM  
3 votes:

Spanky_McFarksalot: laying there in a ball is winning? huh, guess I've been winning fights for years


Holding onto a toddler while being flung quite a distance by a tornado and having your back broken and your arm flayed is, yes.
2013-02-01 11:24:45 AM  
2 votes:
Darwin approves of this too, I think.
2013-02-01 11:14:15 AM  
2 votes:

Spanky_McFarksalot: and what happened to the tornado? nothin, went along its merry way. #tigerblood #winning


When a tornado hits you head on and fails to kill you, you win.
2013-02-01 11:14:07 AM  
2 votes:
This is a bad ass granny. Good for her, hope she pulls through.
2013-02-01 11:00:29 AM  
2 votes:
Little Old Ladies are the toughest creatures on the planet. I was watching one of those ER shows, and the big young guys are all screaming and moaning over having IVs started. This Little Old Lady is rolled in with her leg broken so badly, her foot is on sideways. She's chatting away with the staff about how it happened. The nurse asks her to rate her pain and she says, "I don't know... maybe a two?"
2013-02-01 10:33:30 AM  
2 votes:
hardcore
2013-02-01 02:37:28 PM  
1 vote:
For once, an old person yelled at a cloud and the cloud responded...

/then got its ass kicked
2013-02-01 02:26:05 PM  
1 vote:
when this kid is old enough to get into "my dad can beat up your dad" arguments on the playground, he'll bring his great grandmother to the fight

/I pity Death, he's gonna get his ass kicked trying to collect from her
2013-02-01 01:42:48 PM  
1 vote:

KidneyStone: That tornado was 1/4 mile wide and was on the ground for 2 miles.  Friggin evil.


I heard worse.  The article I read said it was half a mile wide, with 22 miles of tracks.  It was just shy of being an EF4.

What the hell, January.
2013-02-01 12:56:02 PM  
1 vote:

HypnozombieX: Damn, Georgia women are hardcore.


Yes. Yes we are.

I've got 17 great-nieces and great-nephews and I'd be damned before I let some scrawny-assed tornado hurt nary a one of them.

//gonna be a bad-ass little old lady myself.
2013-02-01 12:53:58 PM  
1 vote:

namegoeshere: Little Old Ladies are the toughest creatures on the planet. I was watching one of those ER shows, and the big young guys are all screaming and moaning over having IVs started. This Little Old Lady is rolled in with her leg broken so badly, her foot is on sideways. She's chatting away with the staff about how it happened. The nurse asks her to rate her pain and she says, "I don't know... maybe a two?"


Granny's been hurt before.  After a while the next injury becomes an exercise in figuring out how long this will keep you from getting to the knitting circle

/God needs to get off his chickenshiat ass and start granting healing spells to clerics
2013-02-01 12:52:28 PM  
1 vote:

brantgoose: SwiftFox: Darwin approves of this too, I think.

Bless her. That kind of courage and selflessness justifies the use of the hero tag.

And Darwin would indeed be very pleased to see an illustration of why the longevity of grandmothers is subject to natural selection. courage and selflessness.


Just guessing, but most folks are pleased to see such things.
2013-02-01 12:42:34 PM  
1 vote:

KidneyStone: That tornado was 1/4 mile wide and was on the ground for 2 miles.  Friggin evil.


Me and another guy were woekinf in Calhoun, 10 min north of where it hit. He was actually south and heading back to the office we were at. If he wss 10 min sooner he would have been on 75 when a truck flipped instead of rolling up as they were closing the interstate.

And hats off to grandma. Get better
2013-02-01 12:39:50 PM  
1 vote:
Tips hat to little old lady. Hero indeed.

That's one tough generation.
2013-02-01 12:12:58 PM  
1 vote:
"My, Grandma! What gigantic balls you have!"
"The better to save your behind from danger with, dear."

Hats off. I hope she has a speedy and full recovery.
2013-02-01 12:12:30 PM  
1 vote:

Englebert Slaptyback: "She's got a broke back in two places, a broken femur. The skin is gone from one hand down to her elbow. She has bleeding on the brain, cuts all over. She's black and blue all over," said Hayes.


With absolutely no snark, I'll say that is a damn fine use of the 'Hero' tag.


Agreed. I got teary eyed reading it. My mom saved my oldest son's life during hurricane Francis in '04.

They were in the living room while we were bailing out the bathroom and I heard a crash. The entire
living room ceiling had come down. My son had been playing in the middle of the room. My mom heard
the cracking noise start and dove across the living room, grabbed my son and rolled up into the far
corner of the room. Both were uninjured.

We lost over 90% of our stuff, but at the end of the day, it was just stuff.
2013-02-01 12:00:40 PM  
1 vote:

SwiftFox: Darwin approves of this too, I think.


Bless her. That kind of courage and selflessness justifies the use of the hero tag.

And Darwin would indeed be very pleased to see an illustration of why the longevity of grandmothers is subject to natural selection. By saving their grandchildren, great-grandchildren and so forth, they are contributing as much to the survival of their genes as their daughters and grand-daughters do.

Not only is this a step towards explaining why species that care for their young are generally long-lived and thus have better memories, it is a major step towards explaining altruism in species such as dogs, humans, whales, dolphins, and even cats.

Longer lives allow creatures to devote more resources to memory, intra- and even extra-species altruism, brain power, cultural evolution and growth. Grandmothers are the lynch pin of most of this evolution because females are more likely to know their children are their own while males often can never be totally sure.

Altruism is a major problem for darwinian evolution and anti-darwinians consider it unsolveable, but when you consider the game theory (players who live longer can develop more sophisticated strategies and thus "tit for tat", which allows them to develop trust and thus escape from the prisoner's dilemma, for example) and the positive effects of intelligence, memory, altruism and parental investment, the problem is quickly solved, especially where it is the elder females who are head cow of the herd and the repository of family, clan, and racial memory.

Darwin wins a round! Huzzah for grandmothers!
2013-02-01 11:59:56 AM  
1 vote:
This story made me tear up a bit. Bravo!
2013-02-01 11:56:04 AM  
1 vote:
namegoeshere: "Holding onto a toddler while being flung quite a distance "

That alone is one of those feats of adrenaline-fueled-monkey-strength; right up there with lifting cars off people.
2013-02-01 11:52:28 AM  
1 vote:
It's not often that I get to say... Rock on, great grandma!
2013-02-01 11:40:38 AM  
1 vote:
Damn, Georgia women are hardcore.
2013-02-01 11:33:54 AM  
1 vote:
The Hero tag was appropriately used in this case!  I hope that granny makes it, because she deserves a parade!  As for her winning, Damn Straight she won!
2013-02-01 11:26:50 AM  
1 vote:
mimg.ugo.com

Impressed.

/obscure?
2013-02-01 11:25:18 AM  
1 vote:
Great grandma, indeed.
2013-02-01 11:14:43 AM  
1 vote:

namegoeshere: Spanky_McFarksalot: laying there in a ball is winning? huh, guess I've been winning fights for years

Holding onto a toddler while being flung quite a distance by a tornado and having your back broken and your arm flayed is, yes.


agreed this woman look the storm in the face said bring it and not only lived but made sure the child also lived.  She did this knowing full well she might die, but to her the life of the child came 1st. She bore the brunt of the damage the storm did.
2013-02-01 11:11:19 AM  
1 vote:
I must not fear the tornado.
The tornado is the toddler-killer.
The tornado is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face the tornado.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the tornado has gone there will be nothing......Only I will remain.
2013-02-01 10:56:07 AM  
1 vote:
The senior, Betty Stewart, is being hailed as a hero after she covered Zane in a quilt, then shielded his body with her own as the wind swept their home off its foundation and demolished it against two nearby trees.

Kick some mother nature ass, grandma.
 
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