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(KPTV Portland)   Apparently the state has learned something in the past 44 years and chose to bury it a big farking hole rather than blowing it up   (kptv.com) divider line 84
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2014-04-17 04:18:42 PM
The Incredible Exploding Whale was one of the first, if not the first, video I saw online.  At the time, it had it's own page, and if I remember correctly, you could download in AVI format.  It took two and half hours two download, but my investment was fully returned with laughter.
 
2014-04-17 04:24:19 PM
This one just never gets old either.
 
2014-04-17 04:41:24 PM

unyon: This one just never gets old either.


Heh, his "OHH FARK!" face right as it explodes is great.
 
2014-04-17 04:46:50 PM
Where's the fun in that?
 
2014-04-17 04:53:59 PM
Yeah, the PR is pretty bad.  But I'm sorry...blowing shiat up is cool
 
2014-04-17 04:59:52 PM
Burying beached whales instead of blowing them up has been SOP in Oregon for quite some time now. And if the sand isn't deep enough at the beach the whale is on, then it's transported to another beach & buried.
 
2014-04-17 05:48:42 PM
One of the many towns I've lived in.  Well played Seaside.

/the joys of being a military brat
//move everywhere
///again
 
2014-04-17 05:49:38 PM
Yeah, lets not push them back out to sea where they could be food for countless creatures.
 
2014-04-17 05:50:13 PM
Experts said for every foot in size, they estimate the whale weighs one ton, bringing the total girth of this giant to at least 40 tons.

Experts also so that "girth" means "size around the middle" and is not a synonym for "weight".
 
2014-04-17 05:50:59 PM
Where's the ka-boom?
 
2014-04-17 05:52:34 PM

That Guy Jeff: Experts said for every foot in size, they estimate the whale weighs one ton, bringing the total girth of this giant to at least 40 tons.

Experts also so that "girth" means "size around the middle" and is not a synonym for "weight".


You're expecting waaaaay too much from modern journalism.  At least it was spelled right.
 
2014-04-17 05:53:24 PM

Bathia_Mapes: Burying beached whales instead of blowing them up has been SOP in Oregon for quite some time now. And if the sand isn't deep enough at the beach the whale is on, then it's transported to another beach & buried.


Well they're certainly the state that now knows to never, ever use explosives.

In case there's one person alive that's never seen it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6lTSxJvR4w
 
2014-04-17 05:54:39 PM
 
2014-04-17 05:55:08 PM

That Guy Jeff: Experts also so that "girth" means "size around the middle" and is not a synonym for "weight".


So it isn't say.
 
2014-04-17 05:55:58 PM
As a Dave Barry enthusiast in middle school, this amuses me
 
2014-04-17 05:56:04 PM
Dozens of people showed up to see the decomposing whale that had likely been dead for several months, even though it was described as "really a nasty, smelly thing."

Fellow west coasters; next time you make a snideful remark about "flyover land", "southern rednecks", etc, remember a bunch of people in Oregon decided to go to check out something because it was big and smelled bad.
 
2014-04-17 05:57:08 PM
RIP Kesha.
 
2014-04-17 05:57:16 PM
I still prefer explosives. The old ways are better.
 
2014-04-17 05:57:44 PM
Man... I can't imagine *not* blowing up a whale.

Those people have no sense of adventure.
 
2014-04-17 06:00:08 PM

InterruptingQuirk: Yeah, lets not push them back out to sea where they could be food for countless creatures.


The problem with that option is we don't always get to the corpse in time for the corpse to hold up to that. Plus, whales weigh a lot. An average bull sperm whale can weigh upwards of 41,000 kilograms and be 52 feet or longer. It'd take one hell of a tug boat to deal with something that big.
 
2014-04-17 06:00:56 PM

jtown: That Guy Jeff: Experts said for every foot in size, they estimate the whale weighs one ton, bringing the total girth of this giant to at least 40 tons.

Experts also so that "girth" means "size around the middle" and is not a synonym for "weight".

You're expecting waaaaay too much from modern journalism.  At least it was spelled right.


Sadly, this.
 
2014-04-17 06:02:24 PM

Fabric_Man: The Classic. The Original.


Foooock! 1000 lbs of TNT. lol Blew the bejesus out of it.
 
2014-04-17 06:04:22 PM
If I remember right blowing something up is actually the correct national parks procedure if you can't move a large dead animal (eg a cow in the woods). I'm a fan of that.

/what we need here is a shiat ton of RDX
 
2014-04-17 06:04:40 PM
"Soldier, where's your whale?"

content9.flixster.com

"Blown up, sir!"
 
2014-04-17 06:09:26 PM

unyon: This one just never gets old either.


That dude with the hose at the end?

I kind of feel like I'm that guy going from situation to situation in life with a hose that has no pressure to clean up the mess of others.

That's totally me.
 
2014-04-17 06:12:35 PM

InterruptingQuirk: Yeah, lets not push them back out to sea where they could be food for countless creatures.


Every consumable part of that whale will be eaten by something. Maybe not your cute friend Nemo or Ariel, but life feeds on life. It's not like it's just going to sit there under the sand for millions of years looking like a whale. It's not an oil pit.
 
2014-04-17 06:14:25 PM
My headline was both wittier and more readable.

Whal caught sayof
 
2014-04-17 06:15:43 PM
 
2014-04-17 06:18:11 PM

iheartscotch: InterruptingQuirk: Yeah, lets not push them back out to sea where they could be food for countless creatures.

The problem with that option is we don't always get to the corpse in time for the corpse to hold up to that. Plus, whales weigh a lot. An average bull sperm whale can weigh upwards of 41,000 kilograms and be 52 feet or longer. It'd take one hell of a tug boat to deal with something that big.


Save your breath, some people aren't happy unless they are complaining about something.
 
2014-04-17 06:18:54 PM

unyon: This one just never gets old either.


The water hose cracked me up.
 
2014-04-17 06:20:16 PM

jaylectricity: InterruptingQuirk: Yeah, lets not push them back out to sea where they could be food for countless creatures.

Every consumable part of that whale will be eaten by something. Maybe not your cute friend Nemo or Ariel


Wait, Nemo wasn't the shark? Movie poster, you lied to me!

www.pageresource.com
 
2014-04-17 06:27:37 PM
Why not cover it with thermite and burn it?
 
2014-04-17 06:32:34 PM

Pichu0102: Why not cover it with thermite and burn it?


Because that would cause all sorts of conspiracy theories by the Flaming Blubbers for Truth, and you really don't want the Flubbers after you.
 
2014-04-17 06:41:09 PM

iheartscotch: InterruptingQuirk: Yeah, lets not push them back out to sea where they could be food for countless creatures.

The problem with that option is we don't always get to the corpse in time for the corpse to hold up to that. Plus, whales weigh a lot. An average bull sperm whale can weigh upwards of 41,000 kilograms and be 52 feet or longer. It'd take one hell of a tug boat to deal with something that big.


Yet, we can manage to shove them over into a hole in the ground? Why do we have to push the whole thing at once? We much greater tonnage of earth every day than that whale weighs, for example, the amount of earth moved to bury that thing.
 
2014-04-17 06:41:23 PM
From  the Florida Keys in 2006:

<No incident represented the strangeness of the Keys better than the sperm whale, which took up residence twice - once while alive (albeit barely) and again after its demise.

The 40-foot whale - think Moby Dick - stranded itself in late July on a flat off Spanish Harbor Channel near Big Pine Key. Rescue efforts were launched but to no avail.

That left the marine mammal's multi-ton remains partially exposed, and within sniffing distance of the Seven Mile Bridge.

Federal officials contracted a work barge to tow the carcass far out to sea, where it could be sunk out of sight and smell - and maybe contribute to that whole circle-of-life thing.

But like something out of a soggy Stephen King novel, the whale came back from 17 miles offshore - currents washed it up on an oceanside flat just off the Seven Mile Bridge.

There being no governmental budget for "disposing of whale remains that have already been disposed of once," the dead whale remained. >
 
2014-04-17 06:52:17 PM

InterruptingQuirk: Yeah, lets not push them back out to sea where they could be food for countless creatures.


If they're buried, they'll still be food for countless creatures.  Just different ones.
 
2014-04-17 06:52:54 PM
I was keeping it together until the 21 blowhole salute and then I totally lost it.
 
2014-04-17 06:53:59 PM

JustGetItRight: Bathia_Mapes: Burying beached whales instead of blowing them up has been SOP in Oregon for quite some time now. And if the sand isn't deep enough at the beach the whale is on, then it's transported to another beach & buried.

Well they're certainly the state that now knows to never, ever use explosives.

In case there's one person alive that's never seen it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6lTSxJvR4w


There's almost too much awesome in that newscast.
 
2014-04-17 06:59:06 PM
What's up with Governor Christie, by the way?
 
2014-04-17 07:01:49 PM

InterruptingQuirk: iheartscotch: InterruptingQuirk: Yeah, lets not push them back out to sea where they could be food for countless creatures.

The problem with that option is we don't always get to the corpse in time for the corpse to hold up to that. Plus, whales weigh a lot. An average bull sperm whale can weigh upwards of 41,000 kilograms and be 52 feet or longer. It'd take one hell of a tug boat to deal with something that big.

Yet, we can manage to shove them over into a hole in the ground? Why do we have to push the whole thing at once? We much greater tonnage of earth every day than that whale weighs, for example, the amount of earth moved to bury that thing.


If you're going to move something heavy, it's easier if you move it a short distance.

Which is easier, moving a car a few inches off the ground with a jack, or pushing it a mile?
 
2014-04-17 07:10:27 PM
And some hippie just HAD to play a guitar next to it...

Oh Oregon.
 
2014-04-17 07:10:54 PM

iheartscotch: InterruptingQuirk: Yeah, lets not push them back out to sea where they could be food for countless creatures.

The problem with that option is we don't always get to the corpse in time for the corpse to hold up to that. Plus, whales weigh a lot. An average bull sperm whale can weigh upwards of 41,000 kilograms and be 52 feet or longer. It'd take one hell of a tug boat to deal with something that big.


Plus, if the conditions were right to wash it ashore once, wouldn't it just happen again?
 
2014-04-17 07:11:04 PM

jtown: That Guy Jeff: Experts said for every foot in size, they estimate the whale weighs one ton, bringing the total girth of this giant to at least 40 tons.

Experts also so that "girth" means "size around the middle" and is not a synonym for "weight".

You're expecting waaaaay too much from modern journalism.  At least it was spelled right.


At least it was spelled wright.

FTFY
 
2014-04-17 07:20:51 PM

itcamefromschenectady: InterruptingQuirk: iheartscotch: InterruptingQuirk: Yeah, lets not push them back out to sea where they could be food for countless creatures.

The problem with that option is we don't always get to the corpse in time for the corpse to hold up to that. Plus, whales weigh a lot. An average bull sperm whale can weigh upwards of 41,000 kilograms and be 52 feet or longer. It'd take one hell of a tug boat to deal with something that big.

Yet, we can manage to shove them over into a hole in the ground? Why do we have to push the whole thing at once? We much greater tonnage of earth every day than that whale weighs, for example, the amount of earth moved to bury that thing.

If you're going to move something heavy, it's easier if you move it a short distance.

Which is easier, moving a car a few inches off the ground with a jack, or pushing it a mile?


I noticed you ignored the part where I inquired as to why we have to move it whole.
 
2014-04-17 07:24:23 PM

skinink: RIP Kesha.


Golf clap.  Well done, sir.
 
2014-04-17 07:27:05 PM

Killer Cars: Dozens of people showed up to see the decomposing whale that had likely been dead for several months, even though it was described as "really a nasty, smelly thing."

Fellow west coasters; next time you make a snideful remark about "flyover land", "southern rednecks", etc, remember a bunch of people in Oregon decided to go to check out something because it was big and smelled bad.


Central Oregon /is/ flyover country, even on the coastline. Oregon has more than its share of rednecks, it's just that a lot of them live in Portland suburbs. When you get to coastal townies, they're either uber lib pot smoking artistic surfers waiting for their big break working at a coffee shop, or conservative guns/god/gold types. Very little in between.

// central Oregon is too far from Portland/Vancouver or NorCal for cultural influence.
/// tho the beaches are pretty
/// wa state has its share of rednecks too, don't get me wrong.
 
2014-04-17 07:27:15 PM
I understood that headline without clicking on it. Im not proud of that

My god, I think I saw the exploding whale at about the same time as the coffee pot camera and the amazing fish cam. I feel very, very old.
 
2014-04-17 07:33:58 PM

JustGetItRight: Bathia_Mapes: Burying beached whales instead of blowing them up has been SOP in Oregon for quite some time now. And if the sand isn't deep enough at the beach the whale is on, then it's transported to another beach & buried.

Well they're certainly the state that now knows to never, ever use explosives.

In case there's one person alive that's never seen it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6lTSxJvR4w


That one person was me. Thank you.
 
2014-04-17 07:38:12 PM
Not to go off the topic here, but I have a question about other dead things:
What happened with that cabin full of frozen dead cattle in that nature reserve?
 
2014-04-17 07:55:06 PM
They don't know how to have fun anymore!
 
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