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(Portland Press Herald)   Signs that spring has arrived in Maine: Flowers start blooming, Lawnmowers start purring and authorities start recovering bodies of all the snowmobilers who fell through the ice on lakes over the winter   ( divider line
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2013-05-11 09:14:33 PM  
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I used to live in Houghton, MI, which was a big tourist spot for snowmobilers.  Every winter those redneck douchebags would come up decked out in their FXR gear and act like they were entitled to special treatment from the locals and police because they brought their tourism money into that little podunk town.  They were completely inconsiderate of the locals, and would do stuff like get sloppy drunk and then drive their loud, obnoxious machines past apartment buildings and people's houses at 1:00am on weeknights.  Every year at least one of them, more likely several of them, would end up killing themselves by wrapping themselves around a tree while going 80mph through the woods at night, or finding that weak or open patch of ice out on the canal or lake.  A lot of them died around the bridge supports, where there were many signs warning people to keep out because of unstable ice.  It was like Darwin's playground for asshats.
2013-05-11 08:22:17 PM  
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Oldiron_79: So could the thawee count to Potato?

There's no brain damage.  In the seven hour case, it was a skier who got trapped in a waterfall.  She later went on to become a radiologist.  It's the same concept as bears going in and out of hybernation.  It has to do with hydrogen sulphide binding with oxygen receptors on cells, which permits animals to go into suspended animation without tissue damage.  Here's Mark Roth's TED talk on his research in the area.  It's fascinating shiat.
2013-05-11 08:08:55 PM  
1 vote:
darwin's trophy room?
2013-05-11 08:02:46 PM  
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Oldiron_79: If youve been cold and dead for months Im preety sure you're dead.

It all depends on your species.  Humans have been fully revived from hypothermic deanimation after seven hours, bacteria can go for several hundred million years.
2013-05-11 08:00:26 PM  
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Am I supposed to be feel sympathy for idiots that drove SNOWmobiles across open water?
2013-05-11 07:53:42 PM  
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You left one sign of Spring out.

They are able to bury everyone that's died since the ground froze last Fall.
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