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(CNN)   Man swims the entire Mississippi River. No, not bank-to-bank, length-wise.   ( cnn.com) divider line
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2002-09-07 10:19:40 PM  
Downstream?! you pussy! heh
2002-09-07 10:22:26 PM  
Uh, the guy in the picture is in a kayak?
I thought he was swimming
2002-09-07 10:23:07 PM  
oh, nevermind, should looked harder, its late
2002-09-07 10:25:02 PM  
Downstream is a wee bit easier... But regardless it is impressive.

Now, for the world record folded newspaper boat... lets send it down the missisipi after him!

2002-09-07 10:25:54 PM  
That is awesome. I wish I had the stamina to do something like that.
2002-09-07 10:26:44 PM  
-=dementia=-: It's cause you are doing the hard drugs, not the X like the *&$*$'s you talked about.

There is a section of the MS river in Louisiana with something called (I think) a dead zone where all the crap, sludge, garbage, etc. collect's. Another article talked about the guy's worries of swimming through it. Nasty stuff.
2002-09-07 10:30:53 PM  
I seem to remember that bull sharks can travel the full length of the Mississippi River as well. Not to mention giant cat fish....
2002-09-07 10:30:58 PM  
Normally things that swim down the Mississippi are called turds.
2002-09-07 10:31:56 PM  
From what I saw of the Mississippi River I wouldnt bath my own dog in it.

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2002-09-07 10:32:54 PM  
Not everyone has the time to spare to go off bursting world records.
2002-09-07 10:38:44 PM  
Amazing feat. Good for him. Wish I could do something like that.
2002-09-07 10:42:46 PM  
Hope he had his shots. (cynical, sorry)
2002-09-07 10:43:12 PM  
Mom always told us we'd get worms if we swam in the river. Bet he's got worms now.
2002-09-07 10:44:06 PM  
baton rouge to new orleans = the chemical corridor. so named for the petrochemical plants along the way.
2002-09-07 10:44:29 PM  
Imscared : Yup. First think I thought when I saw the article was:

2002-09-07 10:47:24 PM  
a lightening bolt struck the river about six feet from Strel.

I have often wondered what would happen if a lightning bolt struck while you were, say, swimming in a lake or a river. Can anyone help me out here? I thought water + electricity was bad.
2002-09-07 10:52:30 PM  
Bel4sucks- Only if you're in it's path to the center of the earth.
2002-09-07 10:53:12 PM  
2002-09-07 11:03:18 PM  
2002-09-07 11:04:02 PM  

2002-09-07 11:08:34 PM  
I have often wondered what would happen if a lightning bolt struck while you were, say, swimming in a lake or a river. Can anyone help me out here? I thought water + electricity was bad.

Yeah, and you should treat it as such, but actually, fresh water isn't a good conductor. He may have suffered more damage from flashover if he'd been sitting just out of the water. Anyway, lighting is weird stuff and should be respected since it kills more people here than any other weather phenomenae.
2002-09-07 11:15:07 PM  
Aren't you more likely to win the lottery than be struck by lightning? I've always been told that if I was struck by lightning that I should buy a lottery ticket...
2002-09-07 11:27:10 PM  

I had a friend who was struck by lightning. He hasn't won the lottery yet.
2002-09-07 11:27:13 PM  
2002-09-07 11:27:43 PM  
I am not "positive" here, but, I think if you are in the circuit (the river) and not grounded, you are ok. Any "negative" responses to this post will be taken for watts it worth.

Sorry, bad pun, electrocute me.
2002-09-07 11:34:59 PM  
43%: First think I thought when I saw the article was Ewww.

That was actually my 2nd thought. My first thought was
"No way!"

Articles like this show me how truly lazy I am.
2002-09-07 11:37:22 PM  
In other news: Man has contracted every disease known to mankind.
2002-09-07 11:54:31 PM  
That lightning strike must have been interesting. Electricity=water=oxygen=hydrogen. Hydrogen being a flammable gas, and a lightning bolt being a REALLY BIG spark.
2002-09-07 11:55:38 PM  
er, electricity+water=oxygen+hydrogen. he he he.
2002-09-08 12:00:56 AM  
Umm, yeah, this is a nice feat and all, but daaaammn. That is some nasty water. I won't even throw bodies in there anymo....I mean, yeah, it's nasty...

*walks away whistling*
2002-09-08 12:11:56 AM  
Bisfiniti, Young Fart et al

thanks for the info everyone. And people say you can't learn stuff on fark!
2002-09-08 12:58:17 AM  
I always figured that the laws against swimming the river would have stopped them from trying this again. *shrugs* So much for the rules, eh?
2002-09-08 01:02:59 AM  
Swimming the entire Mississippi... upstream, downstream, whateverstream. It's an impressive.

The guy gets props.
2002-09-08 01:57:22 AM  
312 miles of swimming is impressive. Especially when parts of the river are toxic waste dumps. This guy is gonna come out, bang his wife, and the baby is gunna pop out with 3 arms and 2 heads.
2002-09-08 02:31:02 AM  
That's disgusting..
2002-09-08 04:22:27 AM  
zaphod beeblebrox?
2002-09-08 06:24:38 AM  
Yeah, the Mississippi is disgusting, but a trip to the Minnesota Science Museum would tell you that the Minnesota River is even dirtier, and, in fact, compared to most rivers (in Minnesota at least), the Mississippi is rather clean.

Well, this seems to beat out my science teacher's brother's plan to go down the Mississippi in a poorly constructed raft. C'est la vie.
2002-09-08 06:59:23 AM  
In other news: He's also the record holder of most deceases ever.
2002-09-08 08:43:00 AM  
I bet he peed in it too.
2002-09-08 09:33:13 AM  
I have always wanted to go to Itaska to see the headwaters! We used to go waterskiing on the Minnesota river. Last time was Oct 01, 1989 (Brrr). That was before we knew better, now we stick to the lakes.
2002-09-08 10:02:32 AM  
2002-09-08 10:40:27 AM  
What did he do when he got to the locks and dams?
312 miles, The total length is 2552 or there about. He sure missed some big gaps.

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2002-09-08 04:14:29 PM  
Swill. I'll take mine with a twist.
/obscure snl reference.
2002-09-08 05:16:25 PM  
2002-09-09 12:11:33 AM  
They left out the rest of the sentence...

"Man nears end of Mississippi swim, and his life. First, the feces in the water encountered on his megathousand mile journey made him puke up his intestines, and the toxins entered his brain and the last three miles he was glowing stop light red from the toxic chemicals. He is now in an oxygen tent, slowly drying up."
2002-09-09 03:33:18 AM  
He spent the nights in hotels or camps. So all he did was go swimming every day. Big deal. Feh.
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