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(Fox 10 Phoenix)   Group of teens trespassing on railroad narrowly dodge oncoming train. Two for flinching!   (fox10phoenix.com) divider line
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2022-05-30 7:41:03 PM  
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There's an entire. farking. railroad. track.

A track without a train on it.

Right. Farking. There.

No barrier between you - and the track you are on, with the speeding train on it - and the other track, that you are not on, without a speeding train on it.

Sure, walking across a bridge on an active track is pretty dumb to begin with. Yeah, I get that. Even Darwin can occasionally cut someone some slack.

Trains - just hear me out here - travel on tracks. And sure, we all know the meme, but unless the train is literally multi-track drifting (in which case your problems are the least of the train's worries!), why in Darwin's name would you try to outrun a train instead of simply walking a few feet perpendicular to the train's path of motion, where it can't eat you. (After briefly glancing in both directions along on the second track in case there's a second train hunting you down in concert with the first one, of course.)
 
2022-05-30 7:44:29 PM  
Great tag use, Subby
 
2022-05-30 8:59:27 PM  
Ah, students of the Prometheus school of running away. Straight line, keep looking back.
 
2022-05-30 8:59:53 PM  

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There's an entire. farking. railroad. track.

A track without a train on it.

Right. Farking. There.

No barrier between you - and the track you are on, with the speeding train on it - and the other track, that you are not on, without a speeding train on it.

Sure, walking across a bridge on an active track is pretty dumb to begin with. Yeah, I get that. Even Darwin can occasionally cut someone some slack.

Trains - just hear me out here - travel on tracks. And sure, we all know the meme, but unless the train is literally multi-track drifting (in which case your problems are the least of the train's worries!), why in Darwin's name would you try to outrun a train instead of simply walking a few feet perpendicular to the train's path of motion, where it can't eat you. (After briefly glancing in both directions along on the second track in case there's a second train hunting you down in concert with the first one, of course.)


Clever girl
 
2022-05-30 9:00:27 PM  
Maybe it's a built in response to large threats. The chimp that didn't run from the wildebeest didn't have offspring. Millions of years later, same threat response to trains, even though they won't chase your lateral.
 
2022-05-30 9:01:06 PM  
Want to see a dead body?
 
2022-05-30 9:02:26 PM  
Chopper, sic balls.
 
2022-05-30 9:05:06 PM  
Now that's a tag I haven't seen in a long time...

Long time...
 
2022-05-30 9:07:14 PM  
What's wrong with a group of people cosplaying stand by me?
 
2022-05-30 9:09:48 PM  
So it was a near miss?

George Carlin Near Miss
Youtube zDKdvTecYAM
 
2022-05-30 9:10:37 PM  
Dumb Ways to Die
Youtube IJNR2EpS0jw

Someone had to do it.
 
2022-05-30 9:16:12 PM  
Were they tebowing or faith hilling?

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2022-05-30 9:24:29 PM  
Looks like good clean fun interrupted by the incessant demands of staying alive.
 
2022-05-30 9:29:25 PM  
Can you help me pull your mom a leach off my dick?
 
2022-05-30 9:29:47 PM  

Twilight Farkle: [Fark user image 481x270]

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There's an entire. farking. railroad. track.

A track without a train on it.

Right. Farking. There.

No barrier between you - and the track you are on, with the speeding train on it - and the other track, that you are not on, without a speeding train on it.

Sure, walking across a bridge on an active track is pretty dumb to begin with. Yeah, I get that. Even Darwin can occasionally cut someone some slack.

Trains - just hear me out here - travel on tracks. And sure, we all know the meme, but unless the train is literally multi-track drifting (in which case your problems are the least of the train's worries!), why in Darwin's name would you try to outrun a train instead of simply walking a few feet perpendicular to the train's path of motion, where it can't eat you. (After briefly glancing in both directions along on the second track in case there's a second train hunting you down in concert with the first one, of course.)


The Prometheus School of Running Away from Giant but Narrow Objects Moving in Straight Lines.
 
2022-05-30 9:31:48 PM  
I used to rent in a trailer park right on the tracks. On the other side of these tracks was the station and downtown (some Farkers know where this is by this description alone).  I crossed active tracks 20 times a day, sober, tipsy and shiatfaced drunk. It's really not that difficult. Trains are big and loud.  The alternative was walking down a section of frontage road so you could cross under.
 
2022-05-30 9:40:48 PM  
In case anyone was wondering, jumping off the bridge definitely wasn't an option.

https://goo.gl/maps/m9FFgf9HDzDRd1KTA
 
2022-05-30 9:41:07 PM  
I thought it was the 'goat man' bridge in south Louisville.
Kills every couple years.
By the time you see the train from the middle of the bridge it's already too late.
 
2022-05-30 9:42:36 PM  

Twilight Farkle: why in Darwin's name would you try to outrun a train instead of simply walking a few feet perpendicular to the train's path of motion,


Because you're a kid and outrunning the train is more fun than just standing there watching it go past. coontil, y'know, it isn't.) Safety kid plays it safe. Blue shirt knows he's ok to his right the whole time and peels off as the train closes, having successfully raced the train to the end of the bridge. White shirt intended to veer off to the left at the end of the bridge, looked back mid-move and realized he misjudged speed/distance but was already committed. Very lucky not to stumble at that moment. In my expert opinion as a former child, that six seconds of silent footage says a surprising amount about these three kids.
 
2022-05-30 9:48:51 PM  
I remember an occasion in college when I was out hiking with some friends and we ended up walking through a half mile long train tunnel where our only option should a train have come along would have been to throw ourselves down  on the ground against the wall to avoid being hit.

Luckily, no train came but one of my friends ended up sliding down a steep hill when he accidentally stepped into the remains of a deer some asshole had shot and left behind.

Good thing he was too drunk to be seriously hurt.
 
2022-05-30 9:55:20 PM  

josiahgould: Ah, students of the Prometheus school of running away. Straight line, keep looking back.


Came here for this. Now satisfied.
 
2022-05-30 9:57:26 PM  
I'm just glad they were outside doing something.
 
2022-05-30 10:00:24 PM  
Where's the artificial crab meat?
Train, Train
Youtube NnN_Oz1U0RE
 
2022-05-30 10:07:18 PM  
Ballad of Paladin Have Gun Will Travel
Youtube tgvxu8QY01s
 
2022-05-30 10:10:17 PM  
I used to work in a building that was several feet from tracks. We'd get freight and passenger trains all day. Freight moved slow through town and made plenty of noise. Passenger trains came through fast and quiet.

One day when I was outside on a break, two young women were taking pictures of each other on the tracks. I don't particularly care that they are trespassing, but I don't want to see anyone hurt. So I tell them to be careful, Amtrak comes through fast and quiet.

The "model" starts freaking out about how they aren't hurting anything. They're just taking pictures!

The photographer asked, "Did you actually hear what she said?"
 
2022-05-30 10:19:13 PM  
I found a different angle...

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2022-05-30 10:24:38 PM  

Twilight Farkle: [Fark user image image 481x270]

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There's an entire. farking. railroad. track.

A track without a train on it.

Right. Farking. There.

No barrier between you - and the track you are on, with the speeding train on it - and the other track, that you are not on, without a speeding train on it.

Sure, walking across a bridge on an active track is pretty dumb to begin with. Yeah, I get that. Even Darwin can occasionally cut someone some slack.

Trains - just hear me out here - travel on tracks. And sure, we all know the meme, but unless the train is literally multi-track drifting (in which case your problems are the least of the train's worries!), why in Darwin's name would you try to outrun a train instead of simply walking a few feet perpendicular to the train's path of motion, where it can't eat you. (After briefly glancing in both directions along on the second track in case there's a second train hunting you down in concert with the first one, of course.)


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2022-05-30 10:36:44 PM  
Breaking News:
Teens are stupid.
More at 11pm.

 
2022-05-30 10:45:18 PM  
Ya should check out the Virtual railfan channel on Youtube. The grab bag from the 28th had 4 Darwin awards.
 
2022-05-30 11:14:44 PM  
I was about 6 when Stand By Me came out, and about 12 when I saw it for the first time. I was in a situation remarkably similar to the Gordy Lachance character and the film helped me out to feel a lot less alone, several times through my teenage years. Once I was very close to killing myself. I was headed to the car to drive it over the side or a bridge. And right before I walked out of the house rhe movie was playing and something made me sit down, and the Lard Ass scene came on almost immediately and I laughed so hard I couldn't breathe, maybe out of relief at something safe and familiar, maybe because a big fat son of a biatch was projectile spewing used pie all over the faces and clothing of his enemies.

Whatever it was, I've been convinced in the years since that that movie, and Lachance specifically, saved my life that day.

I don't know how often he still hangs out here but hey Wil, if you see this... thanks.
 
2022-05-30 11:25:22 PM  
If you've ever seen any gun camera film from a fighter strafing troops on a beach, you know humans just run away, they don't think. The easiest way to not get shot by an airplane is to move in a lateral plane. Running away in a straight line is essentially creating your oven virtual railroad track.
 
2022-05-30 11:31:59 PM  
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2022-05-30 11:40:51 PM  

maybeyoushould: I was about 6 when Stand By Me came out, and about 12 when I saw it for the first time. I was in a situation remarkably similar to the Gordy Lachance character and the film helped me out to feel a lot less alone, several times through my teenage years. Once I was very close to killing myself. I was headed to the car to drive it over the side or a bridge. And right before I walked out of the house rhe movie was playing and something made me sit down, and the Lard Ass scene came on almost immediately and I laughed so hard I couldn't breathe, maybe out of relief at something safe and familiar, maybe because a big fat son of a biatch was projectile spewing used pie all over the faces and clothing of his enemies.

Whatever it was, I've been convinced in the years since that that movie, and Lachance specifically, saved my life that day.

I don't know how often he still hangs out here but hey Wil, if you see this... thanks.


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I'm glad it called you back.

brilliant film.  I love it.
 
2022-05-30 11:44:21 PM  

Twilight Farkle: [Fark user image image 481x270]

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There's an entire. farking. railroad. track.

A track without a train on it.

Right. Farking. There.

No barrier between you - and the track you are on, with the speeding train on it - and the other track, that you are not on, without a speeding train on it.

Sure, walking across a bridge on an active track is pretty dumb to begin with. Yeah, I get that. Even Darwin can occasionally cut someone some slack.

Trains - just hear me out here - travel on tracks. And sure, we all know the meme, but unless the train is literally multi-track drifting (in which case your problems are the least of the train's worries!), why in Darwin's name would you try to outrun a train instead of simply walking a few feet perpendicular to the train's path of motion, where it can't eat you. (After briefly glancing in both directions along on the second track in case there's a second train hunting you down in concert with the first one, of course.)


Turns out action movies are correct. People would just run in a straight line away from a car rather than down an alley
 
2022-05-30 11:56:49 PM  

josiahgould: Ah, students of the Prometheus school of running away. Straight line, keep looking back.


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2022-05-31 12:01:05 AM  

wxboy: In case anyone was wondering, jumping off the bridge definitely wasn't an option.

https://goo.gl/maps/m9FFgf9HDzDRd1KTA


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2022-05-31 2:21:49 PM  
When I was 13, a couple of friends and I got caught in a similar situation. It was a single line of track. The overpass we were on was probably 15 feet high or less. We didn't bother to run. One of my friends yelled "bushes!" and we jumped aiming for the thick stand of bushes below. It felt like a l-o-n-g fall. They proved to be thorn bushes. It took us a while to get free of them even though everyone carried some kind of knife back then. We were pretty torn up.

After that experience, we didn't really feel safe using the track to travel around much any more. That's when we took up hitchhiking. We quickly discovered that we could travel much further, much faster hitchhiking than we could walking the tracks. Within  a year and half, we were regularly going a county over to attend concerts in abandoned schools, no longer operational roller rinks, and brick warehouses with broken windows.
 
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