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(San Gabriel Valley Tribune)   California public schools fail to teach participants playing tug-of-war not to tie the rope around their hands. Spirit Week becomes re-attach the amputated fingers week   (sgvtribune.com) divider line 57
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2013-02-05 10:14:54 AM
Razor-wire tug-of-war is not for the weak of heart.
 
2013-02-05 10:15:22 AM
You can't build a society around the lowest commmon denominator
 
2013-02-05 10:18:02 AM
sigh

law suit in 3, 2, 1....
 
2013-02-05 10:18:34 AM
On the other had, the other team got a huge confidence boost and can brag that they pulled someone's fingers off in a tug-of-war.
 
2013-02-05 10:18:48 AM
"Tug-of-war is a competitive game in which two teams pull, or tug, on a rope in opposite directions in a show of strength."

Thanks, Rick.
 
2013-02-05 10:19:41 AM
We should ban ropes.
 
2013-02-05 10:20:58 AM
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GBB
2013-02-05 10:21:43 AM
Spirit necklace is made of spirit fingers.
 
2013-02-05 10:22:40 AM
oh snap!

Time to have stricter laws on Rope Control.
 
2013-02-05 10:23:17 AM
What a crappy article.  Which side won???
 
GBB
2013-02-05 10:23:19 AM
In related news.  Local hospital sued for reattaching wrong victims fingers to hands.
 
2013-02-05 10:24:27 AM
 
2013-02-05 10:25:48 AM

jtown: What a crappy article.  Which side won???


The side that still has all of their fingers
 
2013-02-05 10:26:20 AM

tenpoundsofcheese


Time to have stricter laws on Rope Control.


Sorry, they can't do anything: their hands are tied.
 
2013-02-05 10:27:18 AM

DmGdDawg: Could be worse:

http://www.snopes.com/photos/gruesome/disarmed.asp


whoa, i wasn't supposed to see that.  i started reading the article, not looking at the picture, then i looked at the picture and was like.. uhh, that's not what i wanted to see.

though the top of the article had a big "TRUE" printed, i still doubt this is true... fortunately, my curiosity does not compel me.
 
2013-02-05 10:28:13 AM
Tug of war is actually extremely dangerous for reasons that this article and DmGdDawg's link explain. Consenting adults can play it if they wish, but I don't think schools should encourage or allow children to play it.
 
2013-02-05 10:34:16 AM
I remember a story about a school-wide tug-of-war game that ended in a broken rope and deaths. It was banned at my school for a good reason.
 
2013-02-05 10:38:18 AM
I've heard of giving your competitors the finger, but this is ridiculous.
 
2013-02-05 10:43:00 AM
They so need to bring the Tug-of-War back as an Olympic sport.
 
2013-02-05 10:44:09 AM
Pull my finger!
 
2013-02-05 10:45:35 AM

oldfarthenry: "Tug-of-war is a competitive game in which two teams pull, or tug, on a rope in opposite directions in a show of strength."

Thanks, Rick.


Wait... those other guys were PULLING the rope? Well shiat.
 
2013-02-05 10:51:37 AM
"Tug-of-war is a competitive game in which two teams pull, or tug, on a rope in opposite directions in a show of strength."

o.O ! What???!!
 
2013-02-05 10:58:55 AM

1. Put snakes on plane: I remember a story about a school-wide tug-of-war game that ended in a broken rope and deaths. It was banned at my school for a good reason.


Deaths? Were they on the roof or something?

/ or blood loss?
 
2013-02-05 11:03:32 AM
Ha, some of the comments are great.
 
2013-02-05 11:05:58 AM
Fishing line is lousy for tug-of-war.
 
2013-02-05 11:06:33 AM
I'm glad they never made it to the three-legged race. I hear it's brutal.
 
2013-02-05 11:10:50 AM

Gabrielmot: We should ban ropes.


Fun fact: Between rope and guns, only for one of them can you sue the manufacturer for product liability.  Guess which one.

Hint: Not the one that kills thousands and sends more than a hundred thousand to the hospital every year.
 
2013-02-05 11:18:02 AM
Years ago at a summer camp I went to, there was a huge tug of war between 1/4 vs 1/4 of the campers and staff. It ended with snapping what had to have been at least a 1 inch diameter rope. The snap sounded like a gunshot. Fortunately, nobody lost any fingers, but a lot of people near the front got a crazy rope burn across their chests. I went to that camp for years as a camper and staff, but never remember them doing tug of war as an activity after that.
 
2013-02-05 11:20:08 AM
Ur cute. Give me ur digits.
 
2013-02-05 11:21:41 AM
I went to an "urban" elementary school, they had a longstanding ban of girls using phone cords for double Dutch, the wire scraping on the playground scrapes the insulation off pretty quick turning it into a big spinning wire. Supposedly fingers had been lost in the past. I did see the aforementioned happen once, insulation slid off, caught a girl in the forearm pretty deep, lotta blood...
 
2013-02-05 11:21:58 AM
Let's give 'em a hand!

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2013-02-05 11:23:44 AM

iheartscotch: 1. Put snakes on plane: I remember a story about a school-wide tug-of-war game that ended in a broken rope and deaths. It was banned at my school for a good reason.

Deaths? Were they on the roof or something?

/ or blood loss?


This is the only story I could quickly find involving death: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/1995/jun/07/2-boy-scouts-die-when-tug -of-war-rope-snaps/

The one I'm thinking of was decades older. It was an entire elementary school--hundreds of kids--on one rope. It snapped. That's lots of potential energy in that rope and a lot of little bodies flying around. It was featured in those weird tales books they used to sell as school book fairs, and I distinctly remember tug-of-war being removed from gym class. There was no Snopes around when I was a kid, so take it for what it's worth. Someone else has got to remember this though.
 
2013-02-05 11:24:08 AM

MisterRonbo: Gabrielmot: We should ban ropes.

Fun fact: Between rope and guns, only for one of them can you sue the manufacturer for product liability.  Guess which one.

Hint: Not the one that kills thousands and sends more than a hundred thousand to the hospital every year.


I remember a day when facts were, by definition, true. That day is apparently not today.
 
2013-02-05 11:24:15 AM
I'm glad I finally learned what tug-of-war was. Thanks author
 
2013-02-05 11:31:06 AM
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you don't play tug-o-war
 
2013-02-05 11:32:22 AM

1. Put snakes on plane: It was featured in those weird tales books they used to sell as school book fairs


Oh man, I bet I have several of those books lying around somewhere. This made me want to go dig them up and start Snopesing the contents.

/I don't know if I really want to check, though
//I want to believe
 
2013-02-05 11:34:25 AM

1. Put snakes on plane: iheartscotch: 1. Put snakes on plane: I remember a story about a school-wide tug-of-war game that ended in a broken rope and deaths. It was banned at my school for a good reason.

Deaths? Were they on the roof or something?

/ or blood loss?

This is the only story I could quickly find involving death: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/1995/jun/07/2-boy-scouts-die-when-tug -of-war-rope-snaps/

The one I'm thinking of was decades older. It was an entire elementary school--hundreds of kids--on one rope. It snapped. That's lots of potential energy in that rope and a lot of little bodies flying around. It was featured in those weird tales books they used to sell as school book fairs, and I distinctly remember tug-of-war being removed from gym class. There was no Snopes around when I was a kid, so take it for what it's worth. Someone else has got to remember this though.


The physics of tug-of-war is really pretty fascinating. Not as much in the rope breaking aspects as in the actual forces exerted. It turns out that most of the participants main contribution is inertia rather than strength. It's not the team effort that everyone seems to think it is. Kind of like everything that happens in your average workplace.
 
2013-02-05 11:39:22 AM
Great.

First they came for our dodgeball games and I didn't say anything because I sucked at dodgeball and was always getting beaned anyway.

Then they came for tag and I didn't say anything because I was a slow runner and was sick of always being farking It.

Then they came for our tug of war games and we were too busy screaming over our bloody finger stumps to say anything at all.
 
2013-02-05 11:51:02 AM
Let me excuse snark and say, farking ow.
 
2013-02-05 11:51:18 AM

MisterRonbo: Fun fact: Between rope and guns, only for one of them can you sue the manufacturer for product liability.  Guess which one.


No, I'm pretty sure that if a gun exploded while you were firing it in the prescribed manner, you could sue the manufacturer for a defective product.  If you garrote someone, their next of kin can't realistically sue the rope manufacturer.
 
2013-02-05 11:57:36 AM

Chinchillazilla: 1. Put snakes on plane: It was featured in those weird tales books they used to sell as school book fairs

Oh man, I bet I have several of those books lying around somewhere. This made me want to go dig them up and start Snopesing the contents.

/I don't know if I really want to check, though
//I want to believe


These were some of the better ones focused more on interesting facts, but I had a ton of fun ones.

The tug-of-rope thing has always stuck in my mind. Another one was that all the human population of earth could be stuffed in box a cube mile big. I should have tried working that one out. Maybe they had to be jellied first.
 
2013-02-05 12:02:45 PM
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Mercedes on tarmac - blokes on grass.
 
2013-02-05 12:13:17 PM
Subby, High five, er four? for the headline!
 
2013-02-05 12:14:43 PM
From the farking article:  "Tug-of-war is a competitive game in which two teams pull, or tug, on a rope in opposite directions in a show of strength. "

Really?  Did they really have to explain what tug of war is?
 
2013-02-05 12:15:36 PM

stevarooni: MisterRonbo: Fun fact: Between rope and guns, only for one of them can you sue the manufacturer for product liability.  Guess which one.

No, I'm pretty sure that if a gun exploded while you were firing it in the prescribed manner, you could sue the manufacturer for a defective product.  If you garrote someone, their next of kin can't realistically sue the rope manufacturer.




Not after 2005

GOP controlled House and Senate passed a law exempting gun manufactureres from product liability lawsuits.
 
2013-02-05 12:20:23 PM
I saw something on television a number years ago about a tug of war contest at some university here in the States.  I think they called it The Great Pull or something like that.  If I remember correctly it was done over a river and the different teams would actually dig holes in the ground to get better traction.  Wish I could see that again, it was pretty interesting.
 
2013-02-05 12:20:34 PM

Yes please: MisterRonbo: Gabrielmot: We should ban ropes.

Fun fact: Between rope and guns, only for one of them can you sue the manufacturer for product liability.  Guess which one.

Hint: Not the one that kills thousands and sends more than a hundred thousand to the hospital every year.

I remember a day when facts were, by definition, true. That day is apparently not today.




You mean like the fact that in 2005 the GOP controlled Congress passed and Bush signed a law exempting gun manufacturers from product liability lawsuits.
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I remember a day when people took two seconds to google something, even if it didn't fit their preconveved notions. That day is apparently not any one ending in "y" for you.
 
2013-02-05 12:23:44 PM

MisterRonbo: stevarooni: MisterRonbo: Fun fact: Between rope and guns, only for one of them can you sue the manufacturer for product liability.  Guess which one.

No, I'm pretty sure that if a gun exploded while you were firing it in the prescribed manner, you could sue the manufacturer for a defective product.  If you garrote someone, their next of kin can't realistically sue the rope manufacturer.



Not after 2005

GOP controlled House and Senate passed a law exempting gun manufactureres from product liability lawsuits.


From the article you linked:

The law prohibits suits against gun dealers and manufacturers "for the harm caused by those who criminally or unlawfully misuse firearm products." It applies not only to federal courts, but actions at the state and local level as well.
While far-reaching, the law allows liability suits to proceed in rare cases where a manufacturer or seller knowingly broke federal laws governing the sale and marketing of guns and in cases involving an alleged defect in the design or manufacture of the weapon, such as a malfunctioning trigger.
 
2013-02-05 12:39:06 PM

MisterRonbo: Yes please: MisterRonbo: Gabrielmot: We should ban ropes.

Fun fact: Between rope and guns, only for one of them can you sue the manufacturer for product liability.  Guess which one.

Hint: Not the one that kills thousands and sends more than a hundred thousand to the hospital every year.

I remember a day when facts were, by definition, true. That day is apparently not today.



You mean like the fact that in 2005 the GOP controlled Congress passed and Bush signed a law exempting gun manufacturers from product liability lawsuits.

I remember a day when people took two seconds to google something, even if it didn't fit their preconveved notions. That day is apparently not any one ending in "y" for you.


Um, yeah, you're wrong. The protection is from liability lawsuits in situations where the product was used unlawfully but functioned properly. If anything, the law should be extended to other products. If you get kidnapped at gunpoint, duct taped, and thrown into the trunk of a Crown Vic, you can sue 3M and Ford, but not the gun manufacturer. There's no reason you should be able to sue any of them.
 
2013-02-05 12:50:47 PM

Yes please: MisterRonbo: Yes please: MisterRonbo: Gabrielmot: We should ban ropes.

Fun fact: Between rope and guns, only for one of them can you sue the manufacturer for product liability.  Guess which one.

Hint: Not the one that kills thousands and sends more than a hundred thousand to the hospital every year.

I remember a day when facts were, by definition, true. That day is apparently not today.

You mean like the fact that in 2005 the GOP controlled Congress passed and Bush signed a law exempting gun manufacturers from product liability lawsuits.

I remember a day when people took two seconds to google something, even if it didn't fit their preconveved notions. That day is apparently not any one ending in "y" for you.

Um, yeah, you're wrong. The protection is from liability lawsuits in situations where the product was used unlawfully but functioned properly. If anything, the law should be extended to other products. If you get kidnapped at gunpoint, duct taped, and thrown into the trunk of a Crown Vic, you can sue 3M and Ford, but not the gun manufacturer. There's no reason you should be able to sue any of them.


Well, it would seem I have been rather stupid here. My apologies, and thanks for pointing out that it does not exempt design/manufacturing defects.


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