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2013-12-21 11:45:04 AM
I'm afraid of heights but I love roller coasters. I know, it doesn't make sense. I can't go on an escalator without feeling like my ass just dropped into my shoes and I shut my eyes going over suspension bridges. I also can't climb ladders.
 
2013-12-21 12:02:58 PM

brigid_fitch: Did something like that when I had a 4-hour layover at O'Hare.  Ran over to the Sears Tower (or whatever the hell it's called now) just to stand in a big glass box on the top floor overlooking the street.  It was terrifying but fun.  Best part was watching all the little kids running in and out of them without a care in the world (visual cliff be damned) but us adults were all nervously giggling and gingerly stepping in.

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That ain't nothin, CN TOWER is MUCH Better and much higher!

/Loved it!
 
2013-12-21 12:04:21 PM

Tyrosine: brigid_fitch: Did something like that when I had a 4-hour layover at O'Hare.  Ran over to the Sears Tower (or whatever the hell it's called now) just to stand in a big glass box on the top floor overlooking the street.  It was terrifying but fun.  Best part was watching all the little kids running in and out of them without a care in the world (visual cliff be damned) but us adults were all nervously giggling and gingerly stepping in.

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Similar to the glass floor in the CN Tower

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Oh darn beat me to it!

Although all of those annoying kids are in the way of the lovely view!
 
2013-12-21 12:16:27 PM
i.chzbgr.com
 
2013-12-21 12:37:51 PM
Says it all for me. makegif.com
 
2013-12-21 12:39:45 PM

sunderland56: At the CN tower I saw a baby crawling at high speed, towards and onto the glass, without a care in the world. The mom, on the other hand.... I didn't know that humans could shriek that loud.

So, we aren't born with the fear of heights, we are taught it by our parents.


Well, I wasn't afraid of heights as a child, but I am now.  I think it probably happened when I ran off a cliff Wile E Coyote style (legs still running in mid air) while some part of my reptile brain realized what was happening and made my arms grab an overhanging branch, so  I swung out into nothingness and swung back in to hard ground.  That branch cracked noisily out at midpoint of my swing, and I felt the give with pretty much every sensory nerve, but it held.  My pants are glad that I'm the type of guy with a pucker that shuts like a submarine door in the face of danger instead of letting it fly, I tell you what. :-)

Seriously though, I wasn't exposed to heights for a while after that, so there was no stark moment of contrast for me, but looking back on things that seems to be about the point in my life where I gained my fear of heights.  Now when I go to Carowinds I ride the Drop Zone (a lift you up and let you drop tower type ride with no cage around you, just a roller coaster harness) over and over again for the sheer fear adrenaline.  The operators laugh and laugh at my repeated screams, so it's a good time for everyone.
 
2013-12-21 12:48:00 PM
Chuck Testa
 
2013-12-21 01:01:02 PM
My wife is being taken to Chamonix for the office Christmas party, she'll be stepping out on that.
 
2013-12-21 01:05:38 PM

nickdaisy: The Chinese are the most annoying tourists ever. Loud, line cutting, unhygienic (smoking, spitting, shooting snot out of their noses onto the street), they make Americans look like angels.

In tourism and in so many other areas.

And like all new money, they're tasteless and don't even see it. Dubai's another nice example of this. Billions of billions of dollars and euros wasted to impress the West and it fails because it's gaudy and ostentatious.


THIS
 
2013-12-21 01:08:05 PM

sunderland56: At the CN tower I saw a baby crawling at high speed, towards and onto the glass, without a care in the world. The mom, on the other hand.... I didn't know that humans could shriek that loud.

So, we aren't born with the fear of heights, we are taught it by our parents.


It could also be the invincibility/ignorance of youth. Babies don't understand physics. Moms do.
 
2013-12-21 01:08:17 PM

assjuice: Ever drive over a bridge, or visit a skyscraper? Or is this like the 'it's funny to pretend to be scared of clowns' thing?


Let's not confuse the two. This 'nope' thing is silly but in my experience clowns are @ssholes which makes them scary.
 
2013-12-21 01:21:19 PM
Wusses. That looks AWESOME!
 
2013-12-21 01:41:46 PM
I did the Willis Tower (formerly known as Sears Tower). I did the glass floor on the CN Tower in Toronto. I would totally do the French Alps one.

/maybe i'm just stupid
 
2013-12-21 01:48:30 PM
You can actually go outside the top of the CN Tower now. You're hooked in, and at one point during the tour, you lean back over the edge.

Still, nope.
 
2013-12-21 02:00:04 PM

Ferratys: Says it all for me. [makegif.com image 635x346]


Ah, Gabriel Iglesias (Fluffy).  Good choice.
 
2013-12-21 02:26:52 PM
All that needs to be Hell is a bunch of spiders, a few clowns, and my ex.
 
2013-12-21 02:35:35 PM
Why the hell not?
 
gja [TotalFark]
2013-12-21 02:49:04 PM

Ryker's Peninsula: All that needs to be Hell is a bunch of spiders, a few clowns, and my ex.


You too? We ought to start a club.
 
2013-12-21 03:19:08 PM
Huh. That wouldn't bother me at all. I mean, I'd feel scared and have a little vertigo, but it wouldn't make me hesitate to step out there. I love heights when you can't fall; put me in a climbing harness and I'll go pretty much anywhere. And I've fallen out of a tree (only about 10 feet, when I was light enough it didn't injure me).
 
2013-12-21 03:24:49 PM

gja: Ryker's Peninsula: All that needs to be Hell is a bunch of spiders, a few clowns, and my ex.

You too? We ought to start a club.


The Criss-cross Club?
 
2013-12-21 03:29:31 PM

two towns over: nickdaisy: The Chinese are the most annoying tourists ever. Loud, line cutting, unhygienic (smoking, spitting, shooting snot out of their noses onto the street), they make Americans look like angels.

In tourism and in so many other areas.

And like all new money, they're tasteless and don't even see it. Dubai's another nice example of this. Billions of billions of dollars and euros wasted to impress the West and it fails because it's gaudy and ostentatious.

THIS


Alex, what is exactly the way American tourists were described by the English circa 1900?
 
2013-12-21 03:35:57 PM

nurdgrrl: You can actually go outside the top of the CN Tower now. You're hooked in, and at one point during the tour, you lean back over the edge.

Still, nope.


I have two friends who did that. They have you do different things, like settle with your back to the view and lean back, and then face forward and lean forward off the tower. It was neat, you can watch them from the sky deck and see the walkers down below. They had video and pictures from it and said it was a blast.

I'm scared of heights (hate ladders), but tall buildings like the Sears Tower, CN Tower, Space Needle, I'm okay with it. I get scared at first, and then I can stand on the view glass and be fine. At some point I just put my faith in human engineering and think if it hasn't collapsed yet, it's doubtful it will do so today!
 
2013-12-21 03:52:21 PM
So you're saying there's that and an ice cave.  And when you want to leave, there's a 12-mile ski run?  How about YES?
 
2013-12-21 04:15:21 PM
NOPE!

www.fritriac.de

/and: NOPE!
 
2013-12-21 04:53:51 PM
shirtigo.co
 
2013-12-21 05:14:23 PM
My wife and I were at Aiguille du Midi last summer, but we couldn't take the cable car up to the peak -the weather was bad.

...would never have stepped out onto that thing though.

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2013-12-21 09:13:07 PM
www.grandcanyonwest.com

Nope
 
2013-12-21 10:52:21 PM

cryinoutloud: [www.grandcanyonwest.com image 800x533]

Nope


I would love to see a skinny guy at the end of that thing when two bus loads of fatties start walking out on either side.
 
2013-12-22 03:36:12 PM
awesomegifs.com


/amidoinitrite?
 
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