If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(SeattlePI)   Oregon highway official who became legendary for decision that led to "exploding whale" video has died at 84, presumably without hilarity   (seattlepi.com) divider line 41
    More: Sad, Oregon Highway  
•       •       •

4956 clicks; posted to Main » on 01 Nov 2013 at 12:51 AM (24 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



41 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest
 
2013-11-01 12:24:40 AM
Thornton had refused to talk about the exploding whale for many years, once remarking that every time he did, "it blew up in my face."

HA!
 
2013-11-01 12:51:56 AM
Dave Barry's article about this video was beautiful. Most have read it, but here it is anyway, for reference:


The Farside Comes to Life in Oregon


By Dave Barry (1990)


I am absolutely not making this incident up; in fact I have it all on videotape. The tape is from a local TV news show in Oregon, which sent a reporter out to cover the removal of a 45-foot, eight-ton dead whale that washed up on the beach. The responsibility for getting rid of the carcass was placed upon the Oregon State Highway Division, apparently on the theory that highways and whales are very similar in the sense of being large objects.

So anyway, the highway engineers hit upon the plan - remember, I am not making this up - of blowing up the whale with dynamite. The thinking here was that the whale would be blown into small pieces, which would be eaten by sea gulls, and that would be that. A textbook whale removal.

So they moved the spectators back up the beach, put a half-ton of dynamite next to the whale and set it off. I am probably not guilty of understatement when I say that what follows, on the videotape, is the most wonderful event in the history of the universe. First you see the whale carcass disappear in a huge blast of smoke and flame. Then you hear the happy spectators shouting "Yayy!" and "Whee!" Then, suddenly, the crowd's tone changes. You hear a new sound like "splud." You hear a woman's voice shouting "Here come pieces of... MY GOD!" Something smears the camera lens.

Later, the reporter explains: "The humor of the entire situation suddenly gave way to a run for survival as huge chunks of whale blubber fell everywhere." One piece caved in the roof of a car parked more than a quarter of a mile away. Remaining on the beach were several rotting whale sectors the size of condominium units. There was no sign of the sea gulls, who had no doubt permanently relocated in Brazil. This is a very sobering videotape. Here at the institute we watch it often, especially at parties. But this is no time for gaiety. This is a time to get hold of the folks at the Oregon State Highway division and ask them, when they get done cleaning up the beaches, to give us an estimate on the US Capitol.
 
2013-11-01 12:53:39 AM
Are they going to detonate the body?
 
2013-11-01 12:56:10 AM
 
2013-11-01 12:56:31 AM
It's quite sad, but here's to hoping the family has a blast at his wake.
 
2013-11-01 12:58:54 AM
This was actually the first real video I saw on a computer.
 
2013-11-01 01:04:35 AM
paolera.files.wordpress.com
/hot rip
//and repeat
///scary .gif with skilz
 
2013-11-01 01:10:03 AM

Iczer: Are they going to detonate the body?


Well you can't just bury it.
 
2013-11-01 01:11:55 AM
Funeral director to family :  "Will that be burial, cremation or ........... ?"
 
2013-11-01 01:14:02 AM
Breaking news on Fark.com:

There are now TWO sperm whale articles that have been greened! Anybody for the third to achieve the rare sperm whale trifecta?

i.imgur.com

Cum on, somebody can do it!!
 
2013-11-01 01:15:39 AM
RIP, Pops
 
2013-11-01 01:15:51 AM
I found a photo of him at his last interview:

1000words1000days.com
 
2013-11-01 01:21:18 AM

dolphkhan: This was actually the first real video I saw on a computer.


Ridiculous as it sounds, I think I first saw this on video tape, at a friend's house. I mean actual VHS. I could be wrong -- it's been quite a while -- but I most definitely saw the video before we had anything but dial-up.

Guess that's kind of like the time one of my parents received a Nigerian scam letter via snail mail.

/Cetacean immortalized by dynamite
//Life is weird
 
2013-11-01 01:25:05 AM
The reporter in that video (Paul Linmann) is still plugging away here in Portland. He's doing radio now, but it's nice to know he's still working.
 
2013-11-01 01:27:51 AM

dolphkhan: This was actually the first real video I saw on a computer.


Ditto. Or at least, not counting video game cutscenes like in MYST. Definitely my first internet "viral video", though. It took ages to download explodingwhale.mpg but it was SO worth it! :D
 
2013-11-01 01:40:08 AM
Was that your dad, notabunny?
 
2013-11-01 01:49:12 AM
I see that article was written in 1990. If it was written today, he'd be investigated by the FBI.

/so would Glenn Beck, but for an entirely different reason in 1990
 
2013-11-01 01:52:00 AM

fusillade762: The reporter in that video (Paul Linmann) is still plugging away here in Portland. He's doing radio now, but it's nice to know he's still working.


And I'll wager that in all those years since he has never uttered a line to top "the blast blasted blubber beyond all believable bounds".
 
2013-11-01 02:09:11 AM

tuna fingers: Was that your dad, notabunny?


No, no. I was trying to make a funny.
 
2013-11-01 05:13:13 AM
It seemed like a good idea at the time.
 
2013-11-01 05:26:43 AM
[Cetacean required]
 
2013-11-01 05:33:03 AM

dolphkhan: This was actually the first real video I saw on a computer.


This.

csb

I had a 28.8 modem, and I think the video was about 12 MB, and it took me about 4 hours to download. Fuzzy on the details, math, etc.

/csb
 
2013-11-01 06:01:04 AM

HUMPBACK HUMPBACK SPERM WHALE HO

FILTHY BOMB, FLYING CHUM, CARS IN A ROW

RUN-AWAY, FLYING shiat, THUMP

/just channeling Carlin... happens sometimes... shiatpisscoontcockmotherfarkertitsfartturdtwat
 
2013-11-01 06:22:45 AM
Well, to be fair, the whale  died without hilarity, too.
 
2013-11-01 06:42:45 AM

dolphkhan: This was actually the first real video I saw on a computer.


I first came across this video as part of a demo of a software product. Seriously.

I was evaluating requirements management tools, and the CD from one vendor included all the usual things: demo software, marketing presentation, documentation, exploding whale video, tutorial... wait, back up...

I never did figure out what the connection to requirements management was, but it was definitely the highlight of that project.

/CSB
 
2013-11-01 07:16:45 AM

Torion!: [paolera.files.wordpress.com image 822x419]
/hot rip
//and repeat
///scary .gif with skilz


The stench most have been horrific.
 
2013-11-01 07:25:41 AM
Oddly enough, when I flipped my office calendar over, the fact it displays for this month is the Oregon beached whale! That got a nice chuckle out of me on a dark, rainy Friday.
 
2013-11-01 08:49:45 AM

dolphkhan: This was actually the first real video I saw on a computer.


Same.  Truly a part of early Internet history.
 
2013-11-01 09:02:18 AM

dolphkhan: This was actually the first real video I saw on a computer.


I came here to say this very thing.  1997.  Still one of the funniest news stories I ever saw.  Blasted blubber beyond all believable bounds...
 
2013-11-01 09:14:52 AM
I teach Haz-Mat to fire departments and industrial clients. I use that video in the decision making portion of my class. When I started teaching, it was a VHS copy simply called "the whale tape" . That would have been about 1994.

/good times, good times
 
2013-11-01 11:21:33 AM

ecmoRandomNumbers: Dave Barry's article about this video was beautiful. Most have read it, but here it is anyway, for reference:


The Farside Comes to Life in Oregon
By Dave Barry (1990)
I am absolutely not making this incident up; in fact I have it all on videotape. The tape is from a local TV news show in Oregon, which sent a reporter out to cover the removal of a 45-foot, eight-ton dead whale that washed up on the beach. The responsibility for getting rid of the carcass was placed upon the Oregon State Highway Division, apparently on the theory that highways and whales are very similar in the sense of being large objects.

So anyway, the highway engineers hit upon the plan - remember, I am not making this up - of blowing up the whale with dynamite. The thinking here was that the whale would be blown into small pieces, which would be eaten by sea gulls, and that would be that. A textbook whale removal.

So they moved the spectators back up the beach, put a half-ton of dynamite next to the whale and set it off. I am probably not guilty of understatement when I say that what follows, on the videotape, is the most wonderful event in the history of the universe. First you see the whale carcass disappear in a huge blast of smoke and flame. Then you hear the happy spectators shouting "Yayy!" and "Whee!" Then, suddenly, the crowd's tone changes. You hear a new sound like "splud." You hear a woman's voice shouting "Here come pieces of... MY GOD!" Something smears the camera lens.

Later, the reporter explains: "The humor of the entire situation suddenly gave way to a run for survival as huge chunks of whale blubber fell everywhere." One piece caved in the roof of a car parked more than a quarter of a mile away. Remaining on the beach were several rotting whale sectors the size of condominium units. There was no sign of the sea gulls, who had no doubt permanently relocated in Brazil. This is a very sobering videotape. Here at the institute we watch it often, especially at parties. But this is no time for gaiety. This is a time to get hold of the folks at the Oregon State Highway division and ask them, when they get done cleaning up the beaches, to give us an estimate on the US Capitol.


I miss Dave Barry. He and Emo Philips were the people my family bonded over.
 
2013-11-01 11:53:39 AM

Anastacya: Well, to be fair, the whale  died without hilarity, too.


Yup, so we're all waiting for the FOLLOWUP
 
2013-11-01 12:28:26 PM
On Fark, we have our, "Meanwhile in Russia" stories, and in Russia, they have their, "Meanwhile in America" ones.
 
2013-11-01 12:33:55 PM

dolphkhan: This was actually the first real video I saw on a computer.


Absolutely...and the video of the monkey that scratches his butt, smells it, them falls off the log.
 
2013-11-01 03:28:59 PM
"It might be concluded that, should a whale ever be washed ashore in Lane County again, those in charge will not only remember what to do, they'll certainly remember what NOT to do."

My favorite farking quote of the famous report. Words to live by.
 
2013-11-01 04:11:36 PM
So he just thought if the whale was in small enough pieces the scavengers would just eat it all in a timely manner? And that dynamite was the best course of action for this?

I guess engineers don't do a lot of biology.
 
2013-11-01 09:12:46 PM

TelemonianAjax: ecmoRandomNumbers: Dave Barry's article about this video was beautiful. Most have read it, but here it is anyway, for reference:


The Farside Comes to Life in Oregon
By Dave Barry (1990)
I am absolutely not making this incident up; in fact I have it all on videotape. The tape is from a local TV news show in Oregon, which sent a reporter out to cover the removal of a 45-foot, eight-ton dead whale that washed up on the beach. The responsibility for getting rid of the carcass was placed upon the Oregon State Highway Division, apparently on the theory that highways and whales are very similar in the sense of being large objects.

So anyway, the highway engineers hit upon the plan - remember, I am not making this up - of blowing up the whale with dynamite. The thinking here was that the whale would be blown into small pieces, which would be eaten by sea gulls, and that would be that. A textbook whale removal.

So they moved the spectators back up the beach, put a half-ton of dynamite next to the whale and set it off. I am probably not guilty of understatement when I say that what follows, on the videotape, is the most wonderful event in the history of the universe. First you see the whale carcass disappear in a huge blast of smoke and flame. Then you hear the happy spectators shouting "Yayy!" and "Whee!" Then, suddenly, the crowd's tone changes. You hear a new sound like "splud." You hear a woman's voice shouting "Here come pieces of... MY GOD!" Something smears the camera lens.

Later, the reporter explains: "The humor of the entire situation suddenly gave way to a run for survival as huge chunks of whale blubber fell everywhere." One piece caved in the roof of a car parked more than a quarter of a mile away. Remaining on the beach were several rotting whale sectors the size of condominium units. There was no sign of the sea gulls, who had no doubt permanently relocated in Brazil. This is a very sobering videotape. Here at the institute we watch it often, especially at ...


I should've been born in your family. I was listening to Emo Phillips and reading Dave Barry when I was a freshman in high school.
 
2013-11-01 10:59:03 PM
PROBably...the toughest time...in anyone's life...is when thEY HAVE TO murder a loved one because they're the devil. Other than that, though, it's been a goos day.
 
2013-11-02 12:29:35 AM

fusillade762: The reporter in that video (Paul Linmann) is still plugging away here in Portland. He's doing radio now, but it's nice to know he's still working.


I honestly don't know how he can possibly stand to be the lead-in and followup for the stuff that runs between KEX's morning and evening news programs.
 
2013-11-02 12:30:47 AM

zimbomba63: On Fark, we have our, "Meanwhile in Russia" stories, and in Russia, they have their, "Meanwhile in America" ones.


Meh.  Oregon and Russia?  They both have bread lines.
 
2013-11-02 01:39:45 AM
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.'
 
Displayed 41 of 41 comments

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »






Report