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2014-05-30 06:34:18 AM  
I'm 38 years old. I started learning to inline skate about 2 months ago.  Scientists can study me all day long if they'd like.  Plenty of faceplants here, and plenty more to come, I'm sure.  (especially as I try to learn stopping, although a sure-fire way to get me to faceplant, is to get me to start rolling backwards...)
 
2014-05-30 07:13:12 AM  
Here's a quick summary of TFA:  Faceplanting sucks and can hurt a lot but it's also amusing sometimes.
 
2014-05-30 07:14:09 AM  
"The body is a structure like any other, it just happens to be alive."

Golly, that's good for facepalming.
 
2014-05-30 07:16:00 AM  
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Face plant?
 
2014-05-30 07:21:11 AM  
Subby:
Faceplanting: HERE COMES THE SCIENCE SIDEWALK
 
2014-05-30 07:33:46 AM  
As previously stated, would not click again, and still won't.
 
2014-05-30 07:35:37 AM  
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I simply cannot imagine the awesome scenario that led to this young man ending up in this awesome position.
 
2014-05-30 07:55:56 AM  
It gets funnier the more I watch it...

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2014-05-30 08:16:57 AM  
Still the champion:

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2014-05-30 08:23:52 AM  
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2014-05-30 08:38:40 AM  

ekdikeo4: I'm 38 years old. I started learning to inline skate about 2 months ago.  Scientists can study me all day long if they'd like.  Plenty of faceplants here, and plenty more to come, I'm sure.  (especially as I try to learn stopping, although a sure-fire way to get me to faceplant, is to get me to start rolling backwards...)


I came into this thread to mention how I once did a vertical face plant involving inline skates and an uncooperative wall.

My advice:
1) wear protection. Even when proficient, I'd ALWAYS at least wear wrist guards; they protect your wrists in really hard falls, but on a more frequent basis protect your palm from annoying vertical cuts. That's for regular 'cruising'. My upgrade to level two would be knee guards if I was trying to learn some minor tricks. Level three is Elbow guards and maybe a helmet.
Tricks to feeling less self-conscious and/or looking like a three year old include have whoever you are trying to learn this for wear full protection as well (don't lie, you are 38) and wear professional grade protection which though not easy on the wallet does a better job and looks like some armor out of a Mad Max movie.

2) practice falls. Which isn't as easy as it sounds because as humans, the survival traits kick in and try to prevent us from toppling over. One easy trick is to go to a park and skate even footed into the grass. Learn to buckle and skid onto your knees and wrist guards the moment your skates abruptly stop when you enter the grass.

Watching pro-skaters doing tricks amuses me, but so does their reaction when everything goes pear shaped and seeing how they've perfected bailing out of a failed trick.

As for personal face plants, I don't remember many, but the one that stands out is trying to exit a pool.
Put my hands on the edge, lifted myself up...and then hands went in opposite directions.
 
2014-05-30 08:50:52 AM  
"If it were written 20 years ago, it would have been interesting," Duma said.

Hipster scientist.
 
2014-05-30 08:53:53 AM  
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2014-05-30 09:05:15 AM  
This thread gonna be good

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2014-05-30 09:07:29 AM  

The One True TheDavid: "The body is a structure like any other, it just happens to be alive."

Golly, that's good for facepalming.


Well that sounds sciency. Sociopath sciency, but sciency nonetheless.
 
2014-05-30 09:27:42 AM  
...and the surprisingly awful injuries the real thing inflicts

 Stopped reading there. There isn't anything "surprising" about the injuries you get from faceplanting.

I seriously can't believe that this isn't a LiveScience article, it so lacks in anything even remotely startling, yet makes it seem like it is unlocking some hidden secrets of the universe.

You want "surprising"? I face planted after drinking many beers... Heading down a staircase on the way to take a friend to the airport as she was moving out of town. We were taking the last few of her things to the car after a 15 hour or so party. I had a duffel bag in each hand and thought it would be neat to slide down the railings with the bags... About halfway down, it all fell apart, and I didn't make it. I launched all of the way down, and landed on the concrete at the bottom on my chin. I think I had a scrape on one elbow and one knee. I might have had one on my chin, the entire rest of the impact was taken by my teeth and gums. Broke one tooth at the gumline, broke another in half, and a third was nothing but spiderweb cracks. Bruised gums... I was flying, yet no issues with my neck or back, no damage at all to the skull or brain, or even jaw. I have a huge bridge in my grill, but that is it,

Now that is pretty surprising, especially considering how sometimes just walking can cause far worse injuries.
 
2014-05-30 09:38:30 AM  

ekdikeo4: I'm 38 years old. I started learning to inline skate about 2 months ago.  Scientists can study me all day long if they'd like.  Plenty of faceplants here, and plenty more to come, I'm sure.  (especially as I try to learn stopping, although a sure-fire way to get me to faceplant, is to get me to start rolling backwards...)


Keep your knees bent slightly , this will help your balance greatly.
 
2014-05-30 09:51:36 AM  
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2014-05-30 10:05:43 AM  
i have, thankfully, never faceplanted. i have almost broken my wrists, and skinned my palms, protecting my face from the ground...but the face has never...
oh wait, now i recall an incident when i was maybe 4...i was sitting on my cousin's skateboard (70s plastic deck, old school!) riding down his driveway. i hit a crack in the concrete, and i fell forward, scraping my forehead. ouch!
 
2014-05-30 10:07:35 AM  

flucto: Here's a quick summary of TFA:  Faceplanting sucks and can hurt a lot but it's also amusing sometimes.


Sometimes?

ALL THE TIMES!

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2014-05-30 10:22:59 AM  
My eldest daughter faceplanted onto a concrete floor off of the bottom step of the stairs going down into our apartment when she was a little over a year old.  Forehead bled like mad, she was screaming like crazy, but she's fine and doesn't even have a scar now (she's almost 22 now)
 
2014-05-30 10:35:35 AM  

dopekitty74: My eldest daughter faceplanted onto a concrete floor off of the bottom step of the stairs going down into our apartment when she was a little over a year old.  Forehead bled like mad, she was screaming like crazy, but she's fine and doesn't even have a scar now (she's almost 22 now)


GIF or it didn't happen.
 
2014-05-30 10:41:39 AM  

dopekitty74: My eldest daughter faceplanted onto a concrete floor off of the bottom step of the stairs going down into our apartment when she was a little over a year old.  Forehead bled like mad, she was screaming like crazy, but she's fine and doesn't even have a scar now (she's almost 22 now)


Tell the truth now, was there any point, no matter how short-lived and bookended by shock and/or horror, that it was funny?
 
2014-05-30 10:58:04 AM  
The cause and cure.
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2014-05-30 12:00:25 PM  

Nemosomen: dopekitty74: My eldest daughter faceplanted onto a concrete floor off of the bottom step of the stairs going down into our apartment when she was a little over a year old.  Forehead bled like mad, she was screaming like crazy, but she's fine and doesn't even have a scar now (she's almost 22 now)

GIF or it didn't happen.


i didn't have a computer twenty years ago, nor a digital camera, so...
 
2014-05-30 01:25:48 PM  

ekdikeo4: I'm 38 years old. I started learning to inline skate about 2 months ago.  Scientists can study me all day long if they'd like.  Plenty of faceplants here, and plenty more to come, I'm sure.  (especially as I try to learn stopping, although a sure-fire way to get me to faceplant, is to get me to start rolling backwards...)


You know what the hardest part about inline skating is?

Telling your parents you're gay.
 
2014-05-30 02:11:32 PM  
Science? From Boing Boing? Not likely.
 
2014-05-30 02:34:26 PM  

drumhellar: ekdikeo4: I'm 38 years old. I started learning to inline skate about 2 months ago.  Scientists can study me all day long if they'd like.  Plenty of faceplants here, and plenty more to come, I'm sure.  (especially as I try to learn stopping, although a sure-fire way to get me to faceplant, is to get me to start rolling backwards...)

You know what the hardest part about inline skating is?

Telling your parents you're gay.


lol

csb
got fancy new mt bike that encourages shenanigans
successfully made a 6' drop by the skin of my teeth the first 3 times cause my new bike is so awesome.
my piss poor 4th attempt was so bad it overcame how awesome my new bike is.
it hurt too much & was too expensive (broke my helmet and glasses), so now i go around that spot, even though it hurts my pride to give up
/csb
 
2014-05-30 02:50:39 PM  
Despite my years of bored/stupid/left alone/adolescence, youth and school athletics, aquatic and motorcycle motorsports, alcoholic interludes, I have never faceplanted.  I have, however, done a full standing frozen rigid, backward fall onto the back of my skull.  What is this opposite of faceplanting called, if anything?

Just curious.

Sometimes twitchy.
 
2014-05-30 03:04:50 PM  

hammettman: What is this opposite of faceplanting called, if anything?


Face harvesting?

Skull planting?

Just spit-ballin' here.
 
2014-05-30 03:08:08 PM  
I faceplanted while in a *moving* elevator. Not getting into or out of the elevator...That, my friends, takes talent.
 
2014-05-30 05:51:23 PM  

RobotSpider: hammettman: What is this opposite of faceplanting called, if anything?

Face harvesting?

Skull planting?

Just spit-ballin' here.


Nose plowing
 
2014-05-30 05:52:11 PM  

drumhellar: ekdikeo4: I'm 38 years old. I started learning to inline skate about 2 months ago.  Scientists can study me all day long if they'd like.  Plenty of faceplants here, and plenty more to come, I'm sure.  (especially as I try to learn stopping, although a sure-fire way to get me to faceplant, is to get me to start rolling backwards...)

You know what the hardest part about inline skating is?

Telling your parents you're gay.


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"How's that working out for you?"
"What?"
"Being an asshole?"
"Great."
"Keep it up then... Right up."
 
2014-05-30 07:24:06 PM  

Elzar: I can't be the only one who read the headline as: Facesitting - HERE COMES THE SCIENCE.


Well now you mention it...
 
2014-05-31 12:03:26 AM  
The next study will be of the curb stomp.
 
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