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(AsiaOne)   You're more likely to die from an Australian rip tide than you are by Australian bushfires, cyclones, floods and sharks combined. Or you could just avoid Australia completely and live forever   (news.asiaone.com) divider line 81
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2013-11-27 09:29:07 AM
Subby, you forgot to mention the poison frogs, insects and snakes, as well as the kangaroos if you smash into one with your car.
 
2013-11-27 09:30:30 AM

SurfaceTension: Subby, you forgot to mention the poison frogs, insects and snakes, as well as the kangaroos if you smash into one with your car.


And baby-stealing dingos
 
2013-11-27 10:03:15 AM
Or the roads.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2013-11-27 10:27:18 AM
What about those little jellyfish that kill you if you touch one?
 
2013-11-27 10:37:21 AM
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2013-11-27 10:56:50 AM
 
2013-11-27 10:58:19 AM
Just skip that third trip to the beach and you should be fine.
 
2013-11-27 11:00:32 AM

SurfaceTension: Subby, you forgot to mention the poison frogs, insects and snakes, as well as the kangaroos if you smash into one with your car.


And the drop bears.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-11-27 11:00:38 AM
Birds. Don't forget the killer birds.
 
2013-11-27 11:00:51 AM
But it offsets the drop bears, so I'll take my chances.
 
2013-11-27 11:01:58 AM
I see no one has mentioned those nasty drop bears. They may look cute and cuddly but that is just so you'll get close enough for them to rip your throat out.
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2013-11-27 11:02:02 AM
You know who else was Australian?
 
2013-11-27 11:02:21 AM
Or you could just avoid Australia completely and live forever

Good luck with that: the Grim Reaper is an Aussie.
 
2013-11-27 11:02:46 AM
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2013-11-27 11:04:12 AM
And miss out on the beer and schnitzel?  No way.  I'll take my chances.
 
2013-11-27 11:04:18 AM
Look, it has a city named Darwin. You are just tempting fate if you visit.
 
2013-11-27 11:06:38 AM
In Australia, the ocean itself is trying to devour you alive.
 
2013-11-27 11:08:30 AM
I got caught in a rip tide once when I was a kid.

/Or maybe I was just a bad swimmer.
 
2013-11-27 11:09:58 AM

Larson E. Whipsnade: And miss out on the beer and schnitzel?  No way.  I'll take my chances.


And the skiing.  You can't forget the skiing
 
2013-11-27 11:11:28 AM

jxb465: I got caught in a rip tide once when I was a kid.

/Or maybe I was just a bad swimmer.


Rip tiding away
Rip tiding away
You know the nearer your destination
The more you're rip tiding away...
 
2013-11-27 11:11:43 AM

Larson E. Whipsnade: And miss out on the beer and schnitzel?  No way.  I'll take my chances.


Tim Tams and chicken salt are where it's at.

/Not together though, that'd be nasty.
 
2013-11-27 11:11:49 AM
2.bp.blogspot.com

The REAL #1 cause of deaths in Australia.
 
2013-11-27 11:12:07 AM
Meh, Florida is far more dangerous.

/That is why I'll be visiting Florida, Australia & New Zealand next month.
//I live for danger because I drive in Alabama.
 
2013-11-27 11:13:35 AM

ZAZ: Birds. Don't forget the killer birds.


And crustaceans.

/Seriously
//Australia should be the ultimate Villain's lair
///You wouldn't even need to put a monster pit, you just nee to be there
 
2013-11-27 11:15:30 AM
A platypus bit my sister.
 
2013-11-27 11:17:14 AM
jxb465 S

I got caught in a rip tide once when I was a kid.

/Or maybe I was just a bad swimmer.

static1.fjcdn.com
 
2013-11-27 11:18:10 AM

jxb465: I got caught in a rip tide once when I was a kid.

/Or maybe I was just a bad swimmer.


I did, too. I was about 23-24, was swimming in Pacific in Baja, just south of San Diego. Looking out as sea I didn't realize I was being took out, before I knew it I was too far out to swim back with out taking breaks (I was in pretty bad conditioning). Every break I took, I was carried out further. Eventually my pride went away and I stated screaming for help, a lobster diver saw me and rowed over to pick me up. Lucky day.

Now I know to swim parallel along the shore to get away from the rip tide, then swim back.  It also helps to be in good conditioning.
 
2013-11-27 11:19:35 AM
"It was the Law of the Sea, they said. Civilization ends at the waterline. Beyond that, we all enter the food chain, and not always right at the top."
 
2013-11-27 11:20:06 AM
You left out spiders, big bird eating spiders!
 
2013-11-27 11:20:48 AM
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Everyone knows that Rip Tide is from Cincinnati.
 
2013-11-27 11:21:23 AM

jxb465: I got caught in a rip tide once when I was a kid.


Yeah. I liked that show, too

shavarross.com
 
2013-11-27 11:25:15 AM

uber humper: jxb465: I got caught in a rip tide once when I was a kid.

/Or maybe I was just a bad swimmer.

I did, too. I was about 23-24, was swimming in Pacific in Baja, just south of San Diego. Looking out as sea I didn't realize I was being took out, before I knew it I was too far out to swim back with out taking breaks (I was in pretty bad conditioning). Every break I took, I was carried out further. Eventually my pride went away and I stated screaming for help, a lobster diver saw me and rowed over to pick me up. Lucky day.

Now I know to swim parallel along the shore to get away from the rip tide, then swim back.  It also helps to be in good conditioning.


Even Lake Michigan can kill you with rip currents. The most dangerous situation is if you're on the Indiana shore and there are strong north winds. Every now and then, someone gets killed. Seiches are another nasty surprise that the lake can spring upon you.
 
2013-11-27 11:33:04 AM

Fubegra: uber humper: jxb465: I got caught in a rip tide once when I was a kid.

/Or maybe I was just a bad swimmer.

I did, too. I was about 23-24, was swimming in Pacific in Baja, just south of San Diego. Looking out as sea I didn't realize I was being took out, before I knew it I was too far out to swim back with out taking breaks (I was in pretty bad conditioning). Every break I took, I was carried out further. Eventually my pride went away and I stated screaming for help, a lobster diver saw me and rowed over to pick me up. Lucky day.

Now I know to swim parallel along the shore to get away from the rip tide, then swim back.  It also helps to be in good conditioning.

Even Lake Michigan can kill you with rip currents. The most dangerous situation is if you're on the Indiana shore and there are strong north winds. Every now and then, someone gets killed. Seiches are another nasty surprise that the lake can spring upon you.


That's interesting.

After watching a documentary on the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, a few years ago,  I saw the Great Lakes are no less dangerous than the sea.
 
2013-11-27 11:33:51 AM
"Beware of the undertow!"
 
2013-11-27 11:35:13 AM
Are you technically IN Australia if you are in the water?
I'm not touching you.
 
2013-11-27 11:37:03 AM
I was going to say risk of drowning is zero if you stay out of the water, but then I read about the seiche and realize - when your number is up, it's up.
 
2013-11-27 11:42:57 AM
Or the rip tides and monsoons could cause this little Australian event...

http://news.discovery.com/animals/insects/spider-silk-australia-1203 09 .htm

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NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPE
 
2013-11-27 11:43:27 AM

EdNortonsTwin: I was going to say risk of drowning is zero if you stay out of the water, but then I read about the seiche and realize - when your number is up, it's up.


Well, could be worse. In Sweden, there are fish that will tear your balls off.
 
2013-11-27 11:43:30 AM
I watched a video about rip currents. Apparently they appear smooth as they are where water flows out to sea - where the waves break, water is pushed in toward land. So people swim in them to avoid waves and end up further out than expected, panic, try to fight them instead of body surfing in on the waves, and drown.

In any case, the stats are just the same in Hawaii - the sharks are unlikely to kill you but if you are a bad swimmer or misread the conditions you can die in the water quite easily.
 
2013-11-27 11:44:26 AM
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2013-11-27 11:44:38 AM

FrancoFile: Everyone knows that Rip Tide is from Cincinnati.


First thing I thought of.

/man, we're old...
 
2013-11-27 11:45:01 AM

AirForceVet: Meh, Florida is far more dangerous.

/That is why I'll be visiting Florida, Australia & New Zealand next month.
//I live for danger because I drive in Alabama.


Roll Tide.  Nearly drowned in a riptide off Amelia Island back when I was young and dumb, but managed to save myself by just going with the flow until I could angle and swim back to shore.  Now I'm old and dumb, but still alive.

/go Noles
 
2013-11-27 11:45:15 AM
Subs what do you mean by riptide??

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2013-11-27 11:46:52 AM
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2013-11-27 11:47:44 AM

CeroX: Or the rip tides and monsoons could cause this little Australian event...

http://news.discovery.com/animals/insects/spider-silk-australia-1203 09 .htm

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[news.bbcimg.co.uk image 850x478]


NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPE


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2013-11-27 11:48:32 AM

CygnusDarius: EdNortonsTwin: I was going to say risk of drowning is zero if you stay out of the water, but then I read about the seiche and realize - when your number is up, it's up.

Well, could be worse. In Sweden, there are fish that will tear your balls off.


I used to have a Pacu, glad I didn't try and take a bath in my fish tank.

Considering how much i used to drink and do reckless things, I'll just count this as another near-miss.
 
2013-11-27 11:52:17 AM
Cone shells, which pretty much look like rocks on the beach, have one of the most toxic venoms on the planet. So of course they're Australian.
 
2013-11-27 11:58:51 AM

Sin_City_Superhero: You know who else was Australian?


Look, can we just put an end to this stupid joke, already?

Hitler wasn't Australian. He was Tasmanian.

On a serious note, though, if you're ever caught in a rip then swim perpendicular to the beach. They're only a few metres wide. I didn't know that when I was a 7yo. I spent around a quarter of an hour fighting against one before I finally got back to shore and lay there gasping like a fish.That was the closest I've ever come to death.

Turns out the lifeguards had been too busy rescuing my older (now estranged) sister to even notice me struggling for my life. She was always a strong swimmer, and it was quite a coincidence that the only time she ever needed to be rescued was at the very same time I was almost drowning.

I can't wholly discount the possibility that it was a deliberate attempt at fratricide (with extremely plausible deniability) on her part. I am not joking.
 
2013-11-27 12:00:08 PM

Trapper439: Sin_City_Superhero: You know who else was Australian?

Look, can we just put an end to this stupid joke, already?

Hitler wasn't Australian. He was Tasmanian.

On a serious note, though, if you're ever caught in a rip then swim perpendicular to the beach. They're only a few metres wide. I didn't know that when I was a 7yo. I spent around a quarter of an hour fighting against one before I finally got back to shore and lay there gasping like a fish.That was the closest I've ever come to death.

Turns out the lifeguards had been too busy rescuing my older (now estranged) sister to even notice me struggling for my life. She was always a strong swimmer, and it was quite a coincidence that the only time she ever needed to be rescued was at the very same time I was almost drowning.

I can't wholly discount the possibility that it was a deliberate attempt at fratricide (with extremely plausible deniability) on her part. I am not joking.


You mean parallel to the beach, perpendicular to the rip tide.
 
2013-11-27 12:00:42 PM

tuna fingers: "Beware of the undertow!"


Overtow in the southern hemi
 
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