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(NYPost)   Story of man who was 'adrift in Pacific for 13 months', living off raw fish and turtle blood, already sounding fishy   (nypost.com) divider line 153
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2014-02-04 10:19:11 AM  
Sea turtles...

/ Why is the rum gone?
 
2014-02-04 10:20:19 AM  
What, like this doesn't immediately spring to mind?


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2014-02-04 10:21:37 AM  
Of course he isn't completely emaciated.  A 15-year-old boy is good eatin'!
 
2014-02-04 10:22:37 AM  
I supposed I would concoct the same story if I spent a week trapped in a dumpster.
 
2014-02-04 10:23:46 AM  
I would imagine 13 months at sea would make you skinnier

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2014-02-04 10:25:17 AM  
what, no tiger?
 
2014-02-04 10:25:24 AM  
Obscure?

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2014-02-04 10:27:22 AM  
They should make a movie about this.

//what is it with Tom Hanks and water movies
//Cast Away, and now Captain Phillips
 
2014-02-04 10:27:24 AM  
Wouldn't the currents have taken him to Chile in less than 13 months?
 
2014-02-04 10:27:25 AM  
I wonder if the tiny boat was stocked with cheese burgers and sunscreen.
 
2014-02-04 10:27:33 AM  
I could believe 60 or 90 days, but a year plus is a much more difficult challenge.
 
2014-02-04 10:28:02 AM  

imaconnect4guy: Of course he isn't completely emaciated.  A 15-year-old boy is good eatin'!


'How long is it.?'

/rather eat Hodges
 
2014-02-04 10:28:35 AM  

Mark Ratner: Obscure?


I'm sorry Richard Parker; but, no.

/ See? If you want to do obscure stuff; you probably should try obscure quotes. Not pictures of tigers in lifeboats.

// I like the first story
 
2014-02-04 10:28:40 AM  
Shenanigans.  That's clearly Zach Galifianakis.
 
2014-02-04 10:28:40 AM  
Lord. It's John Candy. We thought he was dead.
 
2014-02-04 10:30:37 AM  
So...what did he do with the boy's body? Bait? Shelter? Food? Sexual companionship? ???
 
2014-02-04 10:30:52 AM  
Two weeks tops, and he grew a beard before setting sail because he thought it made him look like a seadog.
 
2014-02-04 10:31:05 AM  
If I were them I'd check his poo for human DNA that doesn't belong to him.

He may have been subsisting on turtles but if he did, he ate the cook when the turtle soup ran out.
 
2014-02-04 10:32:10 AM  

stuhayes2010: I would imagine 13 months at sea would make you skinnier

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This. Plus the lack of skin damage.
 
2014-02-04 10:32:50 AM  
Was he in a canoe? Did he have some real estate deals go bad? We've heard this before...
 
2014-02-04 10:33:06 AM  
I saw his picture and he looks overweight!  WTF?  Was there a chef onboard with him?
 
2014-02-04 10:33:20 AM  

Mark Ratner: Obscure?

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 I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means
 
2014-02-04 10:33:37 AM  
So what's the alternative option here? Did he come by the United (formerly Air Mike) flight via HNL then manage to make it to one of the more remote atolls where he was found?
 
Ant
2014-02-04 10:34:29 AM  

Mark Ratner: Obscure?

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I read the book, but I still haven't watched the movie. Is it any good?
 
2014-02-04 10:35:09 AM  

OKObserver: I saw his picture and he looks overweight!  WTF?  Was there a chef onboard with him?


Maybe he was 500 pounds when he set sail.
 
2014-02-04 10:35:22 AM  

stuhayes2010: I would imagine 13 months at sea would make you skinnier

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The fingers look bony but the face looks chubby.

If you want a good read about a relevant experience, "Adrift" is one I'd recommend. That guy spent two and a half months in a life raft floating from the Canaries to the Caribbean.
 
2014-02-04 10:35:55 AM  

iheartscotch: Mark Ratner: Obscure?

I'm sorry Richard Parker; but, no.

/ See? If you want to do obscure stuff; you probably should try obscure quotes. Not pictures of tigers in lifeboats.

// I like the first story


Obscure?

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2014-02-04 10:36:08 AM  
His first words upon being found were "TORTILLA! TORTILLA!"

I'm not making this up.
 
2014-02-04 10:36:50 AM  
I'll have to look this up, but doesn't it take just a few months to develop scurvy? 13 months, and he doesn't have any sort of apparent illness from scurvy, exposure, dehydration, malnourishment or anemia? Bull hockey. It's balloon boy on a boat.
 
2014-02-04 10:37:09 AM  
Plant Rights Activist: 10:25:17 AM what, no tiger?

Mark Ratner: 10:25:24 AM Obscure?

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2014-02-04 10:37:10 AM  
He killed the boy, and came up with this weak ass alibi for it.
 
2014-02-04 10:37:35 AM  

Ant: Mark Ratner: Obscure?

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I read the book, but I still haven't watched the movie. Is it any good?


I really liked it, but didn't read the book. You should watch it.
 
2014-02-04 10:37:37 AM  
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2014-02-04 10:38:24 AM  
www.applegazette.com

Maybe he was researching his next role?
 
2014-02-04 10:39:19 AM  
I read at another source that his boat had a cabin, explaining why he's not burnt to a crisp.  His fingers are really skinny, but he's got a moon-face.  That could be a result of dehydration, perhaps.  It really does look fishy though.
 
2014-02-04 10:40:37 AM  

Mark Ratner: iheartscotch: Mark Ratner: Obscure?

I'm sorry Richard Parker; but, no.

/ See? If you want to do obscure stuff; you probably should try obscure quotes. Not pictures of tigers in lifeboats.

// I like the first story

Obscure?


Now you're not even trying. That's the caddy from Happy Gilmore.
 
2014-02-04 10:41:40 AM  
 
2014-02-04 10:41:48 AM  
chronicle.augusta.com

Oh Val, you're career hasn't gotten that bad, has it????
 
2014-02-04 10:42:34 AM  

snowybunting: [www.applegazette.com image 414x620]

Maybe he was researching his next role?


damn you!
 
2014-02-04 10:45:48 AM  
I am no professional but I would think after 13 months his facial hair would look a lot less maintained.

His story is bull but I really don't care.
 
2014-02-04 10:46:25 AM  

Guns n' Farkin Roses: snowybunting: [www.applegazette.com image 414x620]

Maybe he was researching his next role?

damn you!



You simply spent more time looking for the proper picture. I just grabbed the first one I saw of Fat Val with a beard.
 
2014-02-04 10:48:27 AM  
i told ya the governor would be back in 4B, this is some viral marketing campaign
 
2014-02-04 10:50:24 AM  

Mark Ratner: Obscure?

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I LOVE PI!

/who doesn't?
 
2014-02-04 10:50:27 AM  
I read in an article yesterday that his blood pressure was low, his joints were swollen, he began the journey as a heavyset man, and the boy died after 4 months.
I just want to know what he did for water, that is all. If the boat had a small cabin, then he could get protection from the elements. If he was obese, then that could explain why he is not super thin. But without water, he would be dead.
Also, what is the likelyhood of a 23 foot fiberglass boat making it 6500 miles without sinking or being flipped in a storm? I personally have no idea.

/great story of survival if true and he will become rich
/great story of greed if untrue and he will become a worldwide joke
 
2014-02-04 10:50:50 AM  

dittybopper: that1guy77: stuhayes2010: I would imagine 13 months at sea would make you skinnier

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This. Plus the lack of skin damage.

The boat, about 24-feet long, was empty aside from a small blue container in which Mr Alvarenga would hide, to seek shelter from the sun. It was emblazoned with the name Camaroneros de la Costa, apparently the fishing cooperative for which Mr Alvarenga worked in Mexico.


If that's really all there was in the boat, the man would have died of exposure and dehydration 12 and a half months ago.
 
2014-02-04 10:51:03 AM  

pkellmey: I could believe 60 or 90 days, but a year plus is a much more difficult challenge.


He's too fat.  I'd say 1 or 2 weeks.
 
2014-02-04 10:51:19 AM  

gestug: They should make a movie about this.

//what is it with Tom Hanks and water movies
//Cast Away, and now Captain Phillips


Left out Splash and Joe Versus the Volcano. Plus in Forrest Gump he had a boat.
 
2014-02-04 10:51:26 AM  
Seems strange. I've seen the episode of Survivorman when Les is floating in a rescue raft for only a few days and just that was pretty hairy. Where did he get water to drink? Was he just getting rain water?
 
2014-02-04 10:51:38 AM  
I took a shiat in the Pacific last Friday.
 
2014-02-04 10:53:38 AM  

gestug: They should make a movie about this.

//what is it with Tom Hanks and water movies
//Cast Away, and now Captain Phillips


I know that's like two whole movies! That man just can't get enough of the sea.
 
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