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And this year's Darwin award goes to.....

Discussion in 'Personal' started by blazer, Feb 23, 2020.

  1. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

  2. mothorchid

    mothorchid Star commenter

    Certainly a strong contender. I see he wanted to prove the earth is flat.
    Honestly, you do wonder sometimes how people can think this way. I assume he hasn't been to the fens where in the winter you can SEE that the earth curves. This may be an argument for visiting Wisbech...
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  3. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    What do you mean strong contender.

    How do you top that level of stupidity.

    There are NO arguments for visiting Wisbech.
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  4. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    Looks to me like a very vulnerable individual without the care they needed.
  5. mothorchid

    mothorchid Star commenter

    OK, @peakster an argument for visiting the vicinity of Wisbech.
    And I would add that there is a wonderful garden in Wisbech, Elgood's Brewery Garden, which is cheap and open to the public, and well worth a visit. Furthermore, Peckover House is a National Trust place in Wisbech, which also has a wonderful garden and is the birthplace of Octavia Hill, who founded the National Trust. It's not cheap, though...
    Honestly, there are worse places than Wisbech. Reading, perhaps, or Watton.
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  6. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Are they going to play Elton John's "Rocket Man" at his funeral.
  7. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    or how about "What goes up must come down" by Alan Parsons
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  8. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    Impressive that he took the simple harmless stupidity of thinking that the earth is flat and turned it into a lethal action.
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  9. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    The bit he actually landed on wasn't flat enough.
  10. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    I think the best bit of this whole sorry saga was the rocket was steam powered.

    He must have had a hell of a large kettle.
  11. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Surely the presence of gravity is more of an issue than the earth's shape when launching a steam-powered rocket.
  12. Skeoch

    Skeoch Lead commenter

    I think he has done exactly that!
  13. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Why was he in it ?

    Where did he expect to end up (other than dead) ?
  14. Stiltskin

    Stiltskin Star commenter

    You need to be about 30000' to see the curvature of the earth (assuming a clear view). It's easy to fool yourself that you can see it from much lower though.

    You can instead go to the sea in a clear day and should noticed that show near the horizon appear to sink as they fail away due to the curvature.

    Even without the curvature of rather visit Wisbech than Slough.
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  15. mothorchid

    mothorchid Star commenter

    Interesting, @Stiltskin, I remember standing in Manea (fen country) one winter and seeing the earth curve slightly. I was young and my Dad had a ruler(?) which he had brought along to use and show the curve to me and my brothers. As I recall, we each held up the ruler along the line of the horizon, and you could see the earth fall away from the other end of the straight line. I can well believe that this wasn't visible to the unaided eye, so to speak, although in my memory it's different.
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  16. peakster

    peakster Star commenter


    Here's the Rocket
  17. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    You can also see it on Lake Garda. If you stand in one of the villages on the eastern shore and look north, you can't see Riva del Garda at the northern end because the water gets in the way.
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  18. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

  19. Morninglover

    Morninglover Lead commenter

    If only they's shown him a photo like this - might have saved his life!




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  20. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    Also mentioned in "Leaving Las Vegas". We went through it. Didn't stop.

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