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(Mirror.co.uk)   Before putting your ear to the tracks to hear if your train is coming, first determine if the rail is live   (mirror.co.uk) divider line 73
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2014-01-22 11:27:35 AM
I guess he wanted to be a conductor.
 
2014-01-22 11:28:08 AM
He must have heard his train a-coming.
 
2014-01-22 11:28:20 AM

Fubegra: I guess he wanted to be a conductor.


I was gonna say something about Darwin...

Touche
 
2014-01-22 11:29:22 AM

Fubegra: I guess he wanted to be a conductor.


And we're done here.
 
2014-01-22 11:29:34 AM
I bet he was amped up for his train ride.
 
2014-01-22 11:30:21 AM

Fubegra: I guess he wanted to be a conductor.


yeah, Butt...
 
2014-01-22 11:30:43 AM
These bad puns are just electrifying.
 
2014-01-22 11:31:18 AM
Yeouch.
 
2014-01-22 11:31:21 AM
I bet he heard a shocking sound, but I wonder watt it was?
 
2014-01-22 11:31:54 AM
I don't think the obvious tag applies, as the article points out that the teen was ignorant about how trains work outside of his native country.  He didn't know to "first determine if the rail is live" because his world view only included diesel and coal powered trains.

Perhaps the sad tag would be more appropriate.
 
2014-01-22 11:32:36 AM
Resistance is futile.
 
2014-01-22 11:33:39 AM
Was his brother Seymour and sister Kismy ok?
 
2014-01-22 11:34:38 AM

Fubegra: I guess he wanted to be a conductor.


As it worked out, he was a path to ground.
 
2014-01-22 11:34:38 AM
As great as these puns are, the list would be incomplete without the grieving father's own contribution:

"I can't believe this has happened and my family are all in great shock."
 
2014-01-22 11:36:18 AM
There's a joke in here somewhere regarding his name... Kenwell Butt...
 
2014-01-22 11:36:56 AM

Fubegra: I guess he wanted to be a conductor.


#winning
 
2014-01-22 11:37:49 AM
azweird.com

/zzzttttt
//hot
 
2014-01-22 11:38:09 AM
Ohm my....

www.adweek.com
 
2014-01-22 11:38:46 AM
On a steel rail I died.
 
2014-01-22 11:39:32 AM

offmymeds: [azweird.com image 512x325]

/zzzttttt
//hot


Who the hell are you fining if your instantly dead?
 
2014-01-22 11:40:13 AM

blatz514: offmymeds: [azweird.com image 512x325]

/zzzttttt
//hot

Who the hell are you fining if your instantly dead?


I guess my speeling gawt zapped two.
 
2014-01-22 11:43:59 AM
first determine if the rail is live

By touching it?
 
2014-01-22 11:51:10 AM
So was this guy trying to listen to the third rail, or do British trains have live current in the running rails? On the trains around here, I'm pretty sure nothing would happen if you touch the running rails, but the occasional bum gets fried on the third rail from time to time.
 
2014-01-22 11:51:24 AM

simkatu: first determine if the rail is live

By touching it?


no you fool, you lick it first.
 
2014-01-22 11:51:54 AM

blatz514: offmymeds: [azweird.com image 512x325]

/zzzttttt
//hot

Who the hell are you fining if your instantly dead?


www.luisescobarblog.com
 
2014-01-22 11:52:49 AM

simkatu: first determine if the rail is live

By touching it?


Peeing on it.
 
2014-01-22 11:54:46 AM
Some people exist to be a warning to the rest of us.
 
2014-01-22 11:57:41 AM

micah1701: I don't think the obvious tag applies, as the article points out that the teen was ignorant about how trains work outside of his native country.  He didn't know to "first determine if the rail is live" because his world view only included diesel and coal powered trains.

Perhaps the sad tag would be more appropriate.


I have to admit, I don't remember a lot of signage at the stops, for the El in Chicago, but I don't think there are a lot of "rail listeners" here. There was one drunk guy, about 20 years ago, who decided to take a piss on the 3rd rail, and Darwin nodded with approval that night.
 
2014-01-22 12:03:59 PM
I'm on an emergency third rail power trip.
farm6.staticflickr.com
 
2014-01-22 12:06:45 PM
he wanted to be more educated...yep because dad was not smart enough to teach about electricity
he wanted to be a  goodconductor
ear condoms will now be a thing there
was probably told your train is late because it is not here yet
great now its going to be much later for everyone
how did he know what his train sounded like?

-/\/\/\-  <  I.Q.
 
2014-01-22 12:08:13 PM

blatz514: offmymeds: [azweird.com image 512x325]

/zzzttttt
//hot

Who the hell are you fining if your instantly dead?


It's pre-pay, whether that's fine with you or not.
 
2014-01-22 12:09:05 PM
Electrified rails? Who makes their trains...........Lionel?
 
2014-01-22 12:09:33 PM
 
2014-01-22 12:17:04 PM
Jill Butt. Hi I'm Billy Browneye

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNGH_Cpr-2Y
 
2014-01-22 12:25:44 PM

friedo: So was this guy trying to listen to the third rail, or do British trains have live current in the running rails? On the trains around here, I'm pretty sure nothing would happen if you touch the running rails, but the occasional bum gets fried on the third rail from time to time.


I'm a bit confused about that as well. I'm sure some Farker will edumacate us.

Kind of a tragic story. In the "first world" people don't jump onto the tracks quite so casually so this isn't a problem. It's sort of interesting how the norms in other countries would lead someone to their death like this.
 
2014-01-22 12:28:59 PM

CeroX: There's a joke in here somewhere regarding his name... Kenwell Butt...



Dr. Hameed A. Butt

/no joke
//or make your own jokes
 
2014-01-22 12:37:49 PM

Kid needed to be removed from the Gene Pool just for his choice of Bieber-fashion.



i3.mirror.co.uk
 
2014-01-22 12:38:36 PM
does anyone have a picture of the tracks in the article?  Are there 2 or 3 rails on the line?   A 3rd rail would be a dead giveaway, but if they have some other weird system, then I "might" be able to understand this.
 
2014-01-22 12:40:35 PM

Fubegra: I guess he wanted to be a conductor.


Done in one.
 
2014-01-22 12:52:35 PM
so I did a little bit of googling, and aparrently this is what rail lines in the UK look like:

photos.wikimapia.org

godstone:
s0.geograph.org.uk

As you can see, there is clearly a 3rd rail, but it is not running down the center.  It is weirdly offset so it runs right next to one of the tracks...
 
2014-01-22 01:03:47 PM

Maul555: so I did a little bit of googling, and aparrently this is what rail lines in the UK look like:

[photos.wikimapia.org image 640x480]

godstone:
[s0.geograph.org.uk image 640x430]

As you can see, there is clearly a 3rd rail, but it is not running down the center.  It is weirdly offset so it runs right next to one of the tracks...


That's how most third rails are made. I know the Tube has a weird system with two power rails (one goes down the center) but the intercity trains in the UK are basically the same as most other third rail systems, with the power rail off to the side.
 
2014-01-22 01:06:22 PM

Maul555: so I did a little bit of googling, and aparrently this is what rail lines in the UK look like:

[photos.wikimapia.org image 640x480]

godstone:
[s0.geograph.org.uk image 640x430]

As you can see, there is clearly a 3rd rail, but it is not running down the center.  It is weirdly offset so it runs right next to one of the tracks...


DC's metro system also doesn't run down the center, It's on the outside of the two track rails. Although the 3rd rail at the stations (at least) usually has a plastic panel above it to cover and distinguish it.
 
2014-01-22 01:09:50 PM

Fubegra: I guess he wanted to be a conductor.


I'm shocked at your lack of sensitivity.
 
2014-01-22 01:12:26 PM
Waited for "Poor Pitiful Me" reference. Poor, poor pitiful me.
 
2014-01-22 01:18:54 PM

maxximillian: Maul555: so I did a little bit of googling, and aparrently this is what rail lines in the UK look like:

As you can see, there is clearly a 3rd rail, but it is not running down the center.  It is weirdly offset so it runs right next to one of the tracks...

DC's metro system also doesn't run down the center, It's on the outside of the two track rails. Although the 3rd rail at the stations (at least) usually has a plastic panel above it to cover and distinguish it.


NYC and Long Island are also set up that way.
 
2014-01-22 01:19:29 PM

maxximillian: Maul555: so I did a little bit of googling, and aparrently this is what rail lines in the UK look like:

[photos.wikimapia.org image 640x480]

godstone:
[s0.geograph.org.uk image 640x430]

As you can see, there is clearly a 3rd rail, but it is not running down the center.  It is weirdly offset so it runs right next to one of the tracks...

DC's metro system also doesn't run down the center, It's on the outside of the two track rails. Although the 3rd rail at the stations (at least) usually has a plastic panel above it to cover and distinguish it.


I see...  I think I may have been around a 3rd rail line once in my life while traveling...  Any rail tracks in my area are for freight or the occasional amtrack train, but even I know that if I see a 3rd rail that I should cut a wide berth around the tracks...
 
2014-01-22 01:29:35 PM

Maul555: so I did a little bit of googling, and aparrently this is what rail lines in the UK look like:

[photos.wikimapia.org image 640x480]

godstone:
[s0.geograph.org.uk image 640x430]

As you can see, there is clearly a 3rd rail, but it is not running down the center.  It is weirdly offset so it runs right next to one of the tracks...


That doesn't look like a electrified rail.  It doesn't appear to be insulated from the ground,  and doesn' t seem to have any thing to to prevent someone from placing their ear on it.   Could it be for two different guage railways?
 
2014-01-22 01:34:46 PM
That's what he gets for talking about privatizing Social Security!
 
2014-01-22 01:41:34 PM

AugieDoggyDaddy: That doesn't look like a electrified rail. It doesn't appear to be insulated from the ground, and doesn' t seem to have any thing to to prevent someone from placing their ear on it. Could it be for two different guage railways?


Actually, the top photo shows the third rail is raised a bit, just like the Chicago L or any other "over-running" third rail, where the contact shoe runs over the top of the rail.

Under-running third rail systems (like at Grand Central Terminal in New York City) can be safer, since the third rail can be covered from above. Still, if you jump onto the tracks, don't be surprised if Uncle Chuck decides to pay a visit.
 
2014-01-22 01:45:56 PM
NSFW - Why you don't touch the rails (or overhead wires)

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=8da_1255213832
 
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