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(BBC)   Man gets lost for five weeks in underground cave system. Survives by wrapping himself in plastic, eating wood and clay   ( divider line
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2005-01-22 09:14:25 PM  
geez. Lost for 5 weeks in the pitch dark? I'm surprised he didn't go insane.
2005-01-22 09:29:47 PM  
At least he didn't miss any regular bathings.
2005-01-22 09:29:51 PM  
geez. Lost for 5 weeks in the pitch dark? I'm surprised he didn't go insane.

Speaking with all the Gnomes, Pixies, and Unicorns really helped him keep his wits.
2005-01-22 09:31:19 PM  
This should be a movie. It would be like Castaway, only you wouldn't be able to see anything.

Wait. That's the worst idea ever.
2005-01-22 09:34:46 PM  

lol. I could write that.

*shuffle shuffle shuffle thunk*
*shuffle shuffle shuffle*
2005-01-22 09:43:55 PM  
Injun Joe surrenders?
2005-01-22 10:26:25 PM  
I wonder where wood and clay fit into the food pyramid. Wood would probably classify as a good source of fiber. Clay must be natures junk food.

/got nothing
2005-01-23 12:21:05 PM  
This should get the "Dumbass" tag. The first rule of caving is to tell someone where you're going and when you'll be back. To go caving by yourself with only a bottle of whiskey is completely stupid and irresponsible. Dumbass indeed.
2005-01-23 12:23:30 PM  
lol he told his wife he wanted to be alone and left the house for five weeks and she didnt put up a missing person request?
2005-01-23 12:27:12 PM  
I bet this guy has developed some very acute senses. On the bright side, he probably has perspective now. He probably doesn't give a crap about his wife and is just happy to alive.

/And X-ray vision
2005-01-23 12:32:11 PM  
And the 2nd rule is *3* sources of light. dumbass.
2005-01-23 12:32:33 PM  
I call bull. Five weeks? Eating shrooms and drinking whisky might be a fun way to escape the little woman for a few days but this dude did not eat wood and clay for over a month..
When I was young however, I did eat wood and clay while walking uphill to school barefoot.
2005-01-23 12:35:04 PM  
I'm guessing what happened is that:

His wife got him drunk and with the help of her super-secret boyfriend, dragged him into the cave and left him there.

She probably had a huge insurance policy on him...

He foiled her attempt by surviving and finding his way out.

Well, it WOULD make a great movie... and if any of you Farkers make that movie, I'll be waiting for my $$...

2005-01-23 12:36:43 PM  
hey man there was a much better mario (NINTENDO) inclusion for this headline... caves, mushrooms...
2005-01-23 12:39:02 PM  
"he said he ate wood and clay, which may have been the remains of the mushrooms. "

He sounds like a FUN-GUY.
2005-01-23 12:40:11 PM  
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2005-01-23 12:40:22 PM  
Where did he find plastic in an underground cave? Was this one of those tourist caves with bathrooms and a snack bar or something?
2005-01-23 12:50:08 PM  
Five weeks? Wouldn't you be dead if you went a week without water? And wood and clay aren't exactly good sources of water.
2005-01-23 12:51:44 PM  
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Laura Palmer obviously unavialable for comment.
2005-01-23 12:56:43 PM  

The owls are not what they seem.
2005-01-23 12:56:47 PM  
this guy spent 4 and 1/2 weeks in a whorehouse, one night in a cave, and came up with this bs story.
2005-01-23 01:00:08 PM  
The Bat Cave ??

Same Bat time
Same Bat Station
2005-01-23 01:10:24 PM  
whats the point of the plastic? is this so water can not escape the body or is it for warmth?

/did not finish boy scouts
2005-01-23 01:11:43 PM  
this article brings up so many questions.

we know the guy is a dumbass for not telling people where he was going, but surely the wife could have told police his car license number and they could have searched the entrances to area caves until they found his car.
2005-01-23 01:14:35 PM  
didn't lovecraft write a story about this?
2005-01-23 01:27:16 PM  
It's a good thing he was lost in an underground cave. I hear those above-ground caves are killers.
2005-01-23 01:33:59 PM  
He's no spelunker!

/wanted to say spelunker...
2005-01-23 01:39:22 PM  
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I'd hit it.
2005-01-23 01:39:39 PM  
Bahaha, his wife didn't even bother to call the police when he went missing. Great marriage!
2005-01-23 01:40:49 PM  
Clay is surprisingly nutritious. On clay and wood alone, you could probably go 5 weeks easily. If you have a little weight to spare, you could go a very long time. There are actually a lot of stories of people surviving quite a while on dirt alone.

/still thinks its mostly B.S.
2005-01-23 01:41:06 PM  
Five weeks? Wouldn't you be dead if you went a week without water? And wood and clay aren't exactly good sources of water.

From article: "Wrapped in plastic sheeting, he said he ate wood and clay, which may have been the remains of the mushrooms."

He was stuck in an abandoned mushroom farm. Mushrooms grow in moist, dark environments and have high water content. Clay is essentially another form of wet dirt.

/It is very dark. You are likely to be eaten by a grue.
2005-01-23 01:48:36 PM  
For keyspirate and all you other skeptics, you must realize that this guy was French. The French will (a) eat anything and (b) prepare it so it actually tastes good.

Clay souffle, anyone?

/He also probably had plenty of air sandwiches.
2005-01-23 02:02:36 PM  
He's a CHUD, shoot him. Shoot him now!!!
2005-01-23 02:15:00 PM  
I'd hate to be lost in Mammoth Cave. `Been there once, and when they turn off the lights, it's damned impossible to move an inch without risking death.
2005-01-23 02:17:34 PM  
My log saw something dirty in the woods...

/I'd hit it too...
2005-01-23 02:30:44 PM  

2005-01-23 02:35:02 PM  
It seems like generally no one cared he was gone - THAT's depressing!
2005-01-23 02:37:38 PM  
I figure this is a good thread to ask. Does anyone know of any exceptional caves in california or near it? I ask because a lot of them, like the enormous and awesome mammoth cave, are nothing more than BS tourest stops that have been shut down to anyone who wants to have fun.

"People might get hurt." Keeps getting in the way of having any fun in this country. So are there any that haven't been lined with bubblewrap?
2005-01-23 02:38:22 PM  
That's kinda like what Monday's at work feel like.
2005-01-23 02:40:50 PM  
The real pisser is that nobody was around to accept his surrender.

Dude goes into the cave with suicidal thoughts and comes out alive 4 1/2 weeks later. Leave it to a frenchman to farkup dying of starvation.
2005-01-23 02:51:27 PM  
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We even forgot the taste of bread...

/Come on, you were thinking it.
2005-01-23 02:59:36 PM  
And how does this differ from the life of a Mall Rat?
2005-01-23 03:18:28 PM  

Mitchell Caverns is an actual limestone cave in california. It has stalagmites and all that stuff. Problem is, it's way out in the Mojave Desert, roughly 90 minutes outside of Barstow on the I-40. They have only one guide, so do not go there without calling and making reservations. One small Boy Scout troop can easily fill up the tour.

By the way, when you drive out of Barstow, get off the i-40 and take route 66. It's just a more attractive road. That stretch of freeway has zero charm.
2005-01-23 03:23:03 PM  
Here ya go.
2005-01-23 03:24:48 PM  
2005-01-23 03:25:32 PM  
A really good site to check out that is only mildly related to this is: _-_Undercity.org_-_
2005-01-23 03:29:55 PM  
On the other hand, if you're looking for places to explore on your own, get some topo maps (I bought my california state topographic maps at my local bookstore) and look for jumbles of dirt roads not near towns. These are usually old mining districts. (or oil fields, but those are marked on my maps.) Preview the places you want to go with

which lets you see the USA from our satelites. Throw out all mining sites that have big trucks around, those are still active. Finally, head out to the rest.

A very serious word of warning: Old mines are more dangerous than any inner-city ghetto in the country, they are full of blind pitfalls and cave-ins are common, because you have been vibrating the ground all around them. Don't go in unless you know what you are doing.
2005-01-23 04:18:49 PM  
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2005-01-23 04:41:24 PM  
Clay I can understand, but what was wood doing deep in a cave? Where did he get the plastic? Did he bring it along with him with the bottle of booze? Many weird things about this story.

Guy's pretty ugly. Bet the wife was bummed to see him back.
2005-01-23 04:46:59 PM  
Clay I can understand, but what was wood doing deep in a cave? Where did he get the plastic?

He probably just went out to his jeep and got a roll.
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