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(WTKR)   What went through a man's mind as he walked his bicycle on the train tracks? The bike   (wtkr.com) divider line 56
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2014-06-04 11:50:38 AM
I really did laughed out loud on that headline.

/*golf clap*
//Aisle seat, please.
 
2014-06-04 12:50:51 PM
Wow. The train hit the bike, but not him. That's a really close call. Look both ways before crossing the railroad, folks.
 
2014-06-04 12:51:43 PM
What does the color of his skin have to do with anything???
 
2014-06-04 12:53:40 PM
farkin cagers

/getting that out of the way
 
2014-06-04 12:54:37 PM

Circusdog320: What does the color of his skin have to do with anything???


Not a darn thing.

Which is probably why they were allowed to use it in the article.
 
2014-06-04 12:56:27 PM

cgraves67: Wow. The train hit the bike, but not him. That's a really close call. Look both ways before crossing the railroad, folks.


My grandfather was killed by a train on his morning walk to the store to buy a newspaper. Supposedly his eyesight and hearing were going, so he didn't see or hear the train. Personally, I always thought that his health was failing rapidly and he thought this a better way to go.

Circusdog320: What does the color of his skin have to do with anything???


Racism sells. It is almost as effective as sex.
 
2014-06-04 12:56:39 PM

Circusdog320: What does the color of his skin have to do with anything???


If he was a white guy the train would have given him the right of way of course.
 
2014-06-04 12:57:07 PM
Do you know how we can tell that Princess Diana had dandruff?
 
2014-06-04 12:57:40 PM
I don't get it. Why walk the bike across the tracks?
 
2014-06-04 12:57:59 PM

mistrmind: Do you know how we can tell that Princess Diana had dandruff?


Found her head and shoulders in the tunnel?
 
2014-06-04 12:58:32 PM

wildcardjack: I don't get it. Why walk the bike across the tracks?


It was scared, and wanted him to hold its handles.
 
2014-06-04 12:58:47 PM

Gonz: mistrmind: Do you know how we can tell that Princess Diana had dandruff?

Found her head and shoulders in the tunnel?


No, Head and Shoulders in the glove compartment.

I'll give it to you since you were in the general vicinity.
 
2014-06-04 12:59:27 PM

Circusdog320: What does the color of his skin have to do with anything???


Because America? Frankly, we're all the same colour after getting opened up by a bike.
 
2014-06-04 12:59:27 PM
Okay.  What color are Princess Diana's eyes?
 
2014-06-04 12:59:39 PM
Is the train okay?
 
2014-06-04 12:59:40 PM
WOW. I cannot believe that headline got greenlit. Man, I haven't seen a headline like that in ages with all the namby pamby shiat that goes down.

HOTY contender.
 
2014-06-04 01:01:03 PM

wildcardjack: I don't get it. Why walk the bike across the tracks?


Wild guess, he was taking a shortcut and wasn't crossing the tracks at an actual crossing. No way to tell that from tfa, though.
 
2014-06-04 01:03:02 PM
Congrats Subby: Still, this is the funniest train close call

i.dailymail.co.uk
 
2014-06-04 01:05:38 PM
"Man severely hurt during Chesapeake train accident"

So he was ok after the accident ?
 
2014-06-04 01:06:19 PM
The sound of "Stand By Me" through his ear buds?
 
2014-06-04 01:06:21 PM

mistrmind: Okay.  What color are Princess Diana's eyes?


Blue.

One blew left, one blew right.
 
2014-06-04 01:06:58 PM
Q: What did the black kid get for Christmas?
A:  Your bike.

/I'm here all veal.
 
2014-06-04 01:08:37 PM
For you subs..

gifatron.com
 
2014-06-04 01:10:06 PM

Circusdog320: What does the color of his skin have to do with anything???


What does his age and gender have to do with anything?
 
2014-06-04 01:11:41 PM
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2014-06-04 01:11:46 PM
ts1.mm.bing.net
Those evil trains must be stopped.
 
2014-06-04 01:20:02 PM
I never get how these things happen. Short of being Helen Keller and having a stroke at a railway crossing, how does anyone ever have so little awareness as to be surprised by a train?
 
2014-06-04 01:21:17 PM
If you want to walk on a train track, don't.


If you must, do not wear headphones.
 
2014-06-04 01:22:36 PM

Circusdog320: What does the color of his skin have to do with anything???


The locomotive will be charged with a hate crime.
 
2014-06-04 01:24:07 PM

JackieRabbit: Racism sells. It is almost as effective as sex.


What's wrong with sexism?
 
2014-06-04 01:36:09 PM
Valiente

I never get how these things happen. Short of being Helen Keller and having a stroke at a railway crossing, how does anyone ever have so little awareness as to be surprised by a train?

They don't notice them.

An object on a collision course with you does not appear to move, it just increases in size.  The size increases with the inverse square of the distance, so it doesn't appear to get bigger until it's very close.  Trains move fast.  So you have this thing that isn't moving and isn't really getting bigger from your point of view suddenly running you over.

By the time it's obvious, there is no time left to react.

/If an object appears to be moving from your point of view at all, it is not on a collision course.
 
2014-06-04 01:36:34 PM

cgraves67: Wow. The train hit the bike, but not him. That's a really close call. Look both ways before crossing the railroad, folks.


I don't think that would make much of a difference.  Trains move a whole fark of a lot faster than they appear to be.  You could look left, no train, look right, no train, and start walking - only to be hit by a speeding train from the left.
 
2014-06-04 01:36:35 PM
What really killed Princess Diana?

Car pole tunnel syndrome.


/whatever happened to jokes like this?
 
2014-06-04 01:39:55 PM

Crass and Jaded Mother Farker: Circusdog320: What does the color of his skin have to do with anything???

Not a darn thing.

Which is probably why they were allowed to use it in the article.


TFA is from Hampton, VA, just miles from the capitol of the Confederacy. Old wounds run deep.
 
2014-06-04 01:43:02 PM
Typical. A black man being railroaded yet again by The Man.
 
2014-06-04 01:44:40 PM

stuffy: [ts1.mm.bing.net image 300x171]
Those evil trains must be stopped.

I'm awake so
You better feed me now
I won't slow down
Once we have left this town

Rhymes and riddles
I'm still sleepy so
You must hurry
Please take your seats

You'll stay with me
Be with me
I'll be with you
I'll be with you

No one really knows
The pain I'm going through
(My final ride is almost done)
The world has moved on
Now it's time to go
(My final ride is almost done)

Come lift my spirit up, I'm Blaine
Come lift my spirit up, I'm Blaine

I am nothing
But a train and
I assume that
You don't like me

I'm insane but
Not yet crazy
I will never let you go
Enjoy the ride

You'll stay with me
Stay with me
I'll stay with you
I'll stay with you

No one really knows
The pain I'm going through
(My final ride is almost done)
The world has moved on
Now it's time to go
(My final ride is almost done)

Come lift my spirit up, I'm Blaine
Come lift my spirit up, I'm Blaine

I am the one, I am the one
The godlike terror train
Superior, artificial brain
Feel free to call me Blaine

I will roll on
Riddle de-dum, I'm best
Try me, try me
I'll never fail that test

Blue's for girls and
Pink's for me 'cause
I'm the mono
Don't even dare to mess with me

No one really knows
The pain I'm going through
(My hate will last forevermore)
The world has moved on
Now it's time to go
(My hate will last forevermore)

Come lift my spirit up, I'm Blaine
Come lift my spirit up, I'm Blaine

Beneath the demon moon

 
2014-06-04 01:49:49 PM

durbnpoisn: Trains move a whole fark of a lot faster than they appear to be.


True that. I take a regional rail to work and the Amtraks (especially the Acela) blast past us at an amazing rate of speed.
 
Bf+
2014-06-04 01:50:27 PM

Circusdog320: What does the color of his skin have to do with anything???


The train in question:
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/Got nothing.
 
2014-06-04 01:52:50 PM
I'm voting "alcohol was involved".

Man, in his 50s, on a bike, crossing tracks at dusk/night?

DUI, suspended license, on a beer run, already half in the bag.

Yes, I do jump to conclusions.
 
2014-06-04 01:54:40 PM
if it is wintertime
and you have no muffler
and the heat is turned up all the way
and your windows are closed
then the train can sneak right up on you.

/that is a long if /then
//but it can happen
///been there done it.
 
2014-06-04 02:05:52 PM
Good Godfrey.
 
2014-06-04 02:08:05 PM

studebaker hoch: Valiente

I never get how these things happen. Short of being Helen Keller and having a stroke at a railway crossing, how does anyone ever have so little awareness as to be surprised by a train?

They don't notice them.

An object on a collision course with you does not appear to move, it just increases in size.  The size increases with the inverse square of the distance, so it doesn't appear to get bigger until it's very close.  Trains move fast.  So you have this thing that isn't moving and isn't really getting bigger from your point of view suddenly running you over.

By the time it's obvious, there is no time left to react.

/If an object appears to be moving from your point of view at all, it is not on a collision course.


I race sailboats. I'm acutely aware of this. I use AIS, which, among other things, renders potential collisions. And yet I've never had a collision with a buoy or another boat. About 18 inches within, though. The common practice is for the skipper who thinks he's got the two-body problem solved is to shout "HOLD YOUR COURSE". But what's obvious is that trains run on tracks. This strikes me at the 5:35 Darwin Express leaving Species Improvement Central.
 
2014-06-04 02:09:02 PM

offacue: What really killed Princess Diana?

Car pole tunnel syndrome.


/whatever happened to jokes like this?


Nice. My kid was born in 2001, so this'll be new to him.
 
2014-06-04 02:24:39 PM

Valiente: offacue: What really killed Princess Diana?

Car pole tunnel syndrome.


/whatever happened to jokes like this?

Nice. My kid was born in 2001, so this'll be new to him.


Be sure to change the subject to Paul Walker so he'll know who it is.
 
2014-06-04 02:26:49 PM
like the bug and your windshield.....his asshole??
 
2014-06-04 02:33:57 PM
Yeah, Subby flubs an old joke and gets applauded. Welcome to Farm.
 
2014-06-04 03:04:01 PM

AirForceVet: I really did laughed out loud on that headline.

/*golf clap*
//Aisle seat, please.


Yep...I feel bad..but then not really.  That's a good headline.
 
2014-06-04 03:20:18 PM
Was that train in the bike lane, bro? Stay out of my bike lane, bro. It's just for bikes, bro.
 
2014-06-04 03:27:57 PM

durbnpoisn: cgraves67: Wow. The train hit the bike, but not him. That's a really close call. Look both ways before crossing the railroad, folks.

I don't think that would make much of a difference.  Trains move a whole fark of a lot faster than they appear to be.  You could look left, no train, look right, no train, and start walking - only to be hit by a speeding train from the left.


Unless it's some kind of 200+mph bullet train or something, or the person is drunk/stoned, it's hard to be completely unaware of an oncoming train. Most likely case is that he did see the train coming, decided he could beat it, and was wrong.
 
2014-06-04 03:45:50 PM
I will focus on the trivial and note his name was Robert Q. Godfrey. I think that all middle names should start with a "J", "Q", or "X".

/nuthin2;b
 
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