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(KGW Portland)   Group of burly men lift 3000 pound overturned tractor off of trapped man. And by 'group of burly men' I mean two teenage girls   ( kgw.com) divider line
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2013-04-10 07:36:44 PM  
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MyRandomName: They didn't lift 3000 lbs. They lifted one side while the majority of the weight was on the pivot point.

Was working on my wife's car some years back, changing the brakes.  Was wiggling the rotor off, when the jackstand suddenly sunk into the dirt/gravel and then turned, dropping the car on top of me.

My wife heard me yell "help!" - she came out, and without thinking lifted the car off me.  I know, I know, you're thinking pivots, angles, things and stuff.
1)  First, the car was at a pretty decent incline, facing uphill
2)  she lifted it from the back bumper, which was several feet lower than the front bumper - so far as pivots are concerned, she did not have the mechanical advantage
3)  she had to lift it high enough that the springs/shocks were fully lifted off
4)  I was pinned in such a way as to not be able to help in the least (I was twisted around, and generally assumed the situation was helpless so didn't even think to try - she lifted it so fast I didn't even get to think about it)
5)  she weighed about 110lbs, which was...
6)  She was a vet student at the time (is a vet now...) so was doing 18hr days during rotations...was in the worst shape of her life due to not having enough time to do any physical activity, much less eat properly - hell, she didn't even get enough sleep.

I know, I know, CSB.  Just sayin, sometimes it doesn't have a simple "oh, the person didn't actually do anything incredible, they were just using a force multiplier to..." no, sometimes it really is pretty damn shocking.

2013-04-10 04:58:22 PM  
3 votes:
I'm OK with the youth of today. They seem to be a little more bootstrappy than before. At least they didn't get lost on the way to the tractor, fear death and immediately start eating dirt.
Bootstrappy. Testicles not required. Well done ladies.
2013-04-10 04:58:04 PM  
2 votes:
They didn't lift 3000 lbs. They lifted one side while the majority of the weight was on the pivot point.
2013-04-10 10:10:39 PM  
1 vote:

A neighbor finished the job by using his own tractor and its shovel to lift the Smith's tractor
2013-04-10 08:05:59 PM  
1 vote:
Those are some pretty sturdy girls. Looks like they'll be doing all the work till daddy's arm heals.
2013-04-10 05:13:13 PM  
1 vote:
Those girls look pretty good if you ask me. The thick one in paticular.
Yes I will have my seat over there
2013-04-10 05:04:59 PM  
1 vote:
They do not have mighty, corn-fed bosoms, however, so there's that.

Otherwise, WOW!
2013-04-10 05:03:29 PM  
1 vote:

MyRandomName: They didn't lift 3000 lbs. They lifted one side while the majority of the weight was on the pivot point.

Oh lever alone.
2013-04-10 04:59:18 PM  
1 vote:
If they needed something moved they should have used the tractor beam.
2013-04-10 04:55:56 PM  
1 vote:
Weaker sex...Pfft!
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