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(Gawker)   Experts say that the best advice for people who fall onto subway tracks is to run to the end of platform, also make sure to smile big   ( divider line
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8446 clicks; posted to Main » on 05 Dec 2012 at 10:30 AM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-12-05 10:45:38 AM  
7 votes:
I was on the platform waiting for the same train as this guy. You can be sure that he wasn't smiling.

He was fighting for his life, probably thinking about his little daughter or son waiting by the door for him to get home that evening. Or how he'd been working really hard lately, dedicating himself to his recovery, and how it was all starting to pay off. Or what his wife would like for Christmas.

Looking into his face was like looking through a rip in the very fabric of reality. Underneath our thoughts and emotions is the primal energy that flees insecurity and death with every ounce of its power. I haven't been able to get the spiralling look in his eyes, like hypnotic circles, out of my mind.

I really wish that I could've grabbed him and pulled him up, but it all just looked so surreal in the viewfinder of my iPhone.
2012-12-05 10:49:25 AM  
5 votes:
The key is to stand firm, and confront the train.
If you don't stand up for yourself, the train will never respect you.
2012-12-05 11:00:40 AM  
3 votes:

kumanoki: Train platforms in Japan are built with recesses underneath the platforms that you can get in if you fall or get pushed onto the tracks.

A bonus of this design is that the remains of the people who suicide themselves by jumping in front of trains can simply be shoved into the recess, allowing the full shinkansen service schedule to be maintained until the nighttime garbage collection train makes its rounds.

There are also sluices to collect the blood and viscera so that it can later be pressed into surimi, or "imitation crab stick".
2012-12-05 11:21:31 AM  
2 votes:

BronyMedic: Jon iz teh kewl: so is swallowing a 9 volt battery as effective as cyanide?

No, but it will kill you.

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i'm only counting 6 volts
2012-12-05 10:48:39 AM  
2 votes:
Epic comment from below the article:

"Another way to prepare is to build up your body's resistance to electricity, so you do not have to worry about the third rail. It is kind of like a building up a tolerance for poison by ingesting a little bit at a time. I started years ago shocking myself with small amounts of electricity and then just building up the amps and voltage. This is often what murderers did in the old days, in order to avoid death by the electric chair.

You build up a tolerance quite quickly. Another ancillary benefit is that it seems to have a natural calming effect on the nerves. I suspect I could probably tolerate the third rail, now. Fortunately, I live in a city without a subway, so I don't have to worry about it. But if I go to the big city, I know I will be prepared. "
2012-12-05 07:17:20 PM  
1 vote:

ha-ha-guy: whizbangthedirtfarmer: If you're unfamiliar with the schedule, or a relative n00b at the subway, how would you know for certain which direction to run before the train appears?

The signals at track level for the arriving train should indicate which way it coming from. If you can see any green or yellow lights, walk in that direction.

What if I only see a red light? I stop, right?
2012-12-05 03:15:42 PM  
1 vote:

Maul555: we need to outlaw all trains... these things are more dangerous than guns!

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Quite the opposite, every home in America needs 10 of them. Also, the super fast bullet trains are for hunting and engineering practice, nothing more.
2012-12-05 11:29:52 AM  
1 vote:

whizbangthedirtfarmer: If you're unfamiliar with the schedule, or a relative n00b at the subway, how would you know for certain which direction to run before the train appears?

Run away from the light. Unless you just experienced severe pain. Then run towards the light.
2012-12-05 11:06:45 AM  
1 vote:
NYC subway's actually do have some safety mechanisms on most tracks. There are recesses on the walls of many stations that you can lean against to get out of the way of a train. In the center tracks there's also spaces to stand. These aren't accidental, they are intentional.

Worth noting however they were made 80 years ago... for skinny people. You fatties are going to get dragged.
2012-12-05 10:52:14 AM  
1 vote:
Really? Another Gawker link?

Subby can't stay away from the $10 meth addicted hookers.
2012-12-05 10:49:47 AM  
1 vote:

Lava_Backflips: Volts do not kill. Amps are the killers.

Guns don't kill people, trains kill people.
2012-12-05 10:49:09 AM  
1 vote:
Guys, I've been doing some digging, and I found live video of this poor man's death. I warn you, it's NSFW and totally graphic, he literally gets gibbed by the train.

Graphic Train Station Security Footage
2012-12-05 10:40:57 AM  
1 vote:

Jon iz teh kewl: If 660 volts is enough to kill a person what the fark are cops doing with 1000000 volt tasters

You don't seem that current on basic E&M physics.
2012-12-05 10:39:18 AM  
1 vote:

cgraves67: All right, big smiles everyone. On the count of three say "ChooChoo!" Full Size
2012-12-05 10:36:51 AM  
1 vote:
/Well he was Chinese.
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