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(The Hindu)   Indian city bans kite flying after kite string covered in powdered glass was, ya know, cutting into motorists' necks   (thehindu.com) divider line 58
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2014-08-14 05:44:09 PM
Why are people flying kites near motorists? And how does a kite string work its way into a car?
 
2014-08-14 05:51:51 PM

fusillade762: Why are people flying kites near motorists? And how does a kite string work its way into a car?


Check your cis privilege.  Not all motorized vehicles are enclosed.
 
2014-08-14 07:12:17 PM
Watching the kites fights on a Sunday afternoon from a rooftop on Old Delhi is one of my fondest memories of India.
 
2014-08-14 07:13:47 PM

gnosis301: Not all motorized vehicles are enclosed.


That didn't Tuk Tuk very long for you to post.
 
2014-08-14 07:14:13 PM
1. Who the fark does things like this?
2. Who the fark does things like this often enough that they have a word specifically for the act of doing it?
 
2014-08-14 07:14:31 PM
It's not kite, it's KIKE! K-I-K-E, "kike." You know, you're too stupid to even be a good bigot!
 
2014-08-14 07:14:43 PM

fusillade762: Why are people flying kites near motorists? And how does a kite string work its way into a car?


They love their motorcycles in India.

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2014-08-14 07:15:11 PM
now there are only 2 things to do in India.

in case you're wondering;
1.  wonder at all the trash
2.  wait for transportation to get the hell out of India
3.  fly a kite
 
2014-08-14 07:15:20 PM
"It's been a long time since I flew a kite. But now, I cannot because the police are very strict about the ban," says Sharif, before running off with a box of coloured matches to play with on the occasion of Eid.

Wat.
 
2014-08-14 07:16:05 PM

gnosis301: Not all motorized vehicles are enclosed.


Mopeds/scooters are common in India where many people cannot afford an automobile.

As I recall (and I may be mis-remembering this) competitive kite flying used to be a popular pastime in the region. Participants would intentionally fly their kite across the path of another, the objective being to cut the other person's kite loose using abrasives (e.g. glass powder) adhered to the kite's string. Nevermind the subsequent havoc from weaponized kite string fallout. Yet another example of why we can't have nice things.
 
2014-08-14 07:17:08 PM
From my admittedly limited reading, this variety of shenanigan has been in practice for a very long time. I'm surprised that a ban has been successful enough to suppress sales.
 
2014-08-14 07:18:04 PM
My favourite memory of kite flying was going to a local park and getting it to the end of a 1000' reel. Then it came down. Across the park, the power lines, the road, and two railway tracks, all at once. Oh, and the fire hall was right next door but thankfully nobody came out to lecture us.
 
2014-08-14 07:19:52 PM

fusillade762: Why are people flying kites near motorists? And how does a kite string work its way into a car?


Better yet, why the fark are there shards of glass on their kite strings?
 
2014-08-14 07:20:04 PM
I read a story about this when I was in gradeschool. Nice to know that not everything I was taught about other cultures was a lie.
 
2014-08-14 07:21:47 PM
I remember seeing this when I lived in Hong Kong. The idea is to have kite fights. If you have a thread that had glass on it, you can use it to cut the other person's kite line and see it drift off and have the kids run and find it for keeps.

The method to get thread covered in glass was to have it covered in raw egg first and then run it through a container covered in glass - from a glass bulb, as the broken glass can be more manageable for particle finest. It was kinda like spinning cotton, but through containers of egg and glass.

Great times.
 
2014-08-14 07:23:50 PM

Isitoveryet: now there are only 2 things to do in India.

in case you're wondering;
1.  wonder at all the trash
2.  wait for transportation to get the hell out of India
3.  fly a kite

4. drive up to MI or over to IL. (OH isn't an improvement)
 
2014-08-14 07:25:31 PM

ReapTheChaos: fusillade762: Why are people flying kites near motorists? And how does a kite string work its way into a car?

Better yet, why the fark are there shards of glass on their kite strings?


Yes, article needs to better explain the pieces of glass on kite string problem.

I suppose they might be there so the sun glimmers off the string while flying a kite.
 
2014-08-14 07:27:00 PM
The police banned kite flying in the city following multiple incidents of fatalities due to 'maanja nool' (kite thread covered with tiny pieces of glass) cutting motorists' necks on city roads.

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2014-08-14 07:27:11 PM
Kite duels are popular in many countries...I first read/heard about it in South Korea, where they were mad for it (years ago at least). And yes, the powdered glass was for cutting through your opponents line, and some I heard used rocks or small weights to punch through others' kites.

Then someone invented Nintendo and now everyones fark kites.
 
2014-08-14 07:28:43 PM
Has anyone asked why there would be glass on a kite string yet?
 
2014-08-14 07:29:26 PM

Im_Gumby: Isitoveryet: now there are only 2 things to do in India.

in case you're wondering;
1.  wonder at all the trash
2.  wait for transportation to get the hell out of India
3.  fly a kite
4. drive up to MI or over to IL. (OH isn't an improvement)


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2014-08-14 07:29:27 PM
How about just banning, y'know, farking glass-coated kite strings???

I understand the tradition of "competitive" kite flying, and always thought it sounded pretty cool... But maybe they could find some common ground in flying the regular kind that don't cause serious wounds?  Or hey, how about just banning them near public roads?  I know, call me crazy...

/ third world problems
 
2014-08-14 07:30:16 PM

Raider_dad: ReapTheChaos: fusillade762: Why are people flying kites near motorists? And how does a kite string work its way into a car?

Better yet, why the fark are there shards of glass on their kite strings?

Yes, article needs to better explain the pieces of glass on kite string problem.

I suppose they might be there so the sun glimmers off the string while flying a kite.


The glass is to cut the kite string of someone else's kite.
 
2014-08-14 07:30:32 PM
competitive kite flying = competitive sunbathing
 
2014-08-14 07:34:02 PM

Mr. Eugenides: Raider_dad: ReapTheChaos: fusillade762: Why are people flying kites near motorists? And how does a kite string work its way into a car?

Better yet, why the fark are there shards of glass on their kite strings?

Yes, article needs to better explain the pieces of glass on kite string problem.

I suppose they might be there so the sun glimmers off the string while flying a kite.

The glass is to cut the kite string of someone else's kite.


Watch and learn:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0419887/

Damn good movie.
 
2014-08-14 07:37:45 PM

Mr. Eugenides: Raider_dad: ReapTheChaos: fusillade762: Why are people flying kites near motorists? And how does a kite string work its way into a car?

Better yet, why the fark are there shards of glass on their kite strings?

Yes, article needs to better explain the pieces of glass on kite string problem.

I suppose they might be there so the sun glimmers off the string while flying a kite.

The glass is to cut the kite string of someone else's kite.


Yeah, making the string visible could be accomplished with glitter and not be so decapitatey.
 
2014-08-14 07:37:50 PM
 
2014-08-14 07:37:59 PM

Isitoveryet: competitive kite flying = competitive sunbathing


That sounds like something I could get into watching.
 
2014-08-14 07:38:49 PM

Isitoveryet: Im_Gumby: Isitoveryet: now there are only 2 things to do in India.

in case you're wondering;
1.  wonder at all the trash
2.  wait for transportation to get the hell out of India
3.  fly a kite
4. drive up to MI or over to IL. (OH isn't an improvement)

quizzicaldog.img


riffing on a long standing Fark tradition.

Like the Australian seen below:

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2014-08-14 07:40:18 PM

Isitoveryet: competitive kite flying = competitive sunbathing


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2014-08-14 07:40:39 PM

bughunter: Mr. Eugenides: Raider_dad: ReapTheChaos: fusillade762: Why are people flying kites near motorists? And how does a kite string work its way into a car?

Better yet, why the fark are there shards of glass on their kite strings?

Yes, article needs to better explain the pieces of glass on kite string problem.

I suppose they might be there so the sun glimmers off the string while flying a kite.

The glass is to cut the kite string of someone else's kite.

Watch and learn:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0419887/

Damn good movie.


Pretty good book too
 
2014-08-14 07:40:41 PM
The police banned kite flying in the city following multiple incidents of fatalities due to 'maanja nool' (kite thread covered with tiny pieces of glass) cutting motorists' necks on city roads.
This ban was also upheld by the Madras High Court. Attempts by the Chennai Kite Manufacturers and Sellers Association to get the ban lifted did not succeed.



If the article hadn't already mentioned it I would have known right there that this story definitely was not a modern American story.
 
2014-08-14 07:42:00 PM
What's the point of covering the string with glass? Unless, you're intentionally trying to hurt someone. In that case, just arrest those assholes and let other people fly their kites.
 
2014-08-14 07:47:29 PM
That's a sad story. I hope he goes on a game show and wins a million Rs. 10. I also hope that before the kite gig he wasn't a dung catcher.
 
2014-08-14 07:48:15 PM
There was a csb about some kite fighters in NYC during the 70s. They fought from rooftops and also in Central Park.

There were two guys especially well-known, one who fought from the uptown rooftops and the other down in the Park. The rooftop guy was notorious because he was heartless. Any kite that came within range he'd attack-- whether other person was a "fighter" or just a pleasure flyer. Even if it was a little kid. And he always won. Central Park guy was much nicer... but if you challenged him, he'd win too.

Eventually, the Park guy's reputation grew so much that rooftop guy couldn't stand it. He came down to the Park for a showdown.

The battle raged for over an hour, neither able to engage the other long enough to saw all the way through the string. Finally, Park guy realizes his home field advantage. Rooftop guy knows all about rooftop flying, but not the vagaries of the Park winds. So Park guy maneuvers the rooftop guy into flying his kite over a stand of trees... where he suddenly lost the breeze. His kite plummeted and he lost the battle.

He retreated uptown and never cut another kite again.

/end csb
 
2014-08-14 07:48:54 PM

Im_Gumby: Isitoveryet: now there are only 2 things to do in India.

in case you're wondering;
1.  wonder at all the trash
2.  wait for transportation to get the hell out of India
3.  fly a kite
4. drive up to MI or over to IL. (OH isn't an improvement)


In MI you need specific rape insurance coverage. So it really is no better than India.
 
2014-08-14 07:50:56 PM

gnosis301: fusillade762: Why are people flying kites near motorists? And how does a kite string work its way into a car?

Check your cis privilege.  Not all motorized vehicles are enclosed.


Not to mention that the motorcycle is a very popular mode of travel in India, where I'm assuming, by several present clues, this happened.
 
2014-08-14 07:54:34 PM

Launch Code: That's a sad story. I hope he goes on a game show and wins a million Rs. 10. I also hope that before the kite gig he wasn't a dung catcher.


He should just start saving Ks instead.
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2014-08-14 07:55:07 PM

fusillade762: Mr. Eugenides: Raider_dad: ReapTheChaos: fusillade762: Why are people flying kites near motorists? And how does a kite string work its way into a car?

Better yet, why the fark are there shards of glass on their kite strings?

Yes, article needs to better explain the pieces of glass on kite string problem.

I suppose they might be there so the sun glimmers off the string while flying a kite.

The glass is to cut the kite string of someone else's kite.

Yeah, making the string visible could be accomplished with glitter and not be so decapitatey.


ok, wasn't thinking of that. Makes sense now.
 
2014-08-14 08:07:18 PM
I guess they're more pissed about that Redskins controversy than I thought.
 
2014-08-14 08:07:27 PM

whatshisname: Watching the kites fights on a Sunday afternoon from a rooftop on Old Delhi is one of my fondest memories of India.


I have a coworker from India, who's stories are very tall and many are complete lies, and I thought his story of kite fights were made up as well; till now.
 
2014-08-14 08:15:41 PM
CSB time -  I lived in Java, Indonesia for a few years when I was a kid in the 70's (like Obama).  Turns out that there was a heck of a lot to do as a kid there despite the severe Nintendo shortage.  One of them was flying fighting kites.  I liked hanging out with the local kids (man did I stick out) to watch as the local expert adults made pretty standard looking kites from bamboo and newspaper, boiled up some string, glue and ground glass and then sold it all for the equivalent of 20 US cents.

A little personal tweaking and then the fights were on - it was amazing how well you can control those kites with just a single string and some strategic tugging.  The technique is to climb above your opponent then dive across his string and quickly come up on the other side.  The glassed string cuts quick and the loser is back to the kite hut for a replacement.

I eventually won a couple, but I suspect they were gimmes.  Have to watch how you handle that string - it makes nasty cuts !
 
2014-08-14 08:31:57 PM
On the list of things to do in India, ia get the hell out.
Indian Motorcycles. capacity 6 dot-heads, ot 1 American.
Not racist. should be, but it's not.
 
2014-08-14 08:43:26 PM

ElLoco: 1. Who the fark does things like this?
2. Who the fark does things like this often enough that they have a word specifically for the act of doing it?


All weapons are just tools.

A society with kites is a polite society.
I came without a kite...thus time.
 
2014-08-14 08:50:29 PM

Ex-Texan: On the list of things to do in India, ia get the hell out.
Indian Motorcycles. capacity 6 dot-heads, ot 1 American.
Not racist. should be, but it's not.


shiate you make me sick.
 
2014-08-14 08:51:53 PM
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2014-08-14 08:52:26 PM

Ryker's Peninsula: It's not kite, it's KIKE! K-I-K-E, "kike." You know, you're too stupid to even be a good bigot!


Ha! Haven't seen that movie since it was in the theaters. Nice.
 
2014-08-14 08:58:22 PM

abhorrent1: What's the point of covering the string with glass? Unless, you're intentionally trying to hurt someone. In that case, just arrest those assholes and let other people fly their kites.


A widespread game in Asia: Cut your opponents string with your kite. There are big kite contests, and this is one event (beside of biggest, longest or even best looking kite).
 
2014-08-14 09:21:19 PM
Let;s go fly a kite up tp the highest height

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Let's go fly a kite
and send it soaring  SAWING RIGHT THROUGH MOTORIST'S NECKS
 
2014-08-14 09:22:45 PM

Calm: I read a story about this when I was in gradeschool. Nice to know that not everything I was taught about other cultures was a lie.


Did we go to the same school or do lots of grade schools teach this?
 
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