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wmoore
03-04-2011, 12:05 PM
Here (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10716774)

:groan:

Oh dear.

Terry Porritt
03-04-2011, 12:13 PM
Possibly the countries' average IQ has just been raised a smidgen.

pctek
03-04-2011, 12:44 PM
Poor little girl, hope she wasn't there and saw it.

bot
03-04-2011, 12:58 PM
From the book "The Darwin Awards:"


Two teens were disassembling an electric tower with wrenches when it toppled to the ground. They apparently wanted to sell its aluminium supports for scrap but they failed to realize the essential role of the aptly named "support" plays in a 160-foot tower. One of the men was crushed by the collapse of the ten thousand-pound tower, while the other dug himself out from under.

31 July 1997

Location unknown

SP8's
03-04-2011, 05:36 PM
Shocking .... absolutely shocking !!

icow
03-04-2011, 05:51 PM
he was having a race. *faceplam*

prefect
03-04-2011, 06:23 PM
Darwins law in action.
Like I believe the girl who said she drove 5km rather than use a long drop and the crooks weren't cutting the wire.

Agent_24
03-04-2011, 07:34 PM
Fail.

lakewoodlady
03-04-2011, 08:07 PM
Poor little girl, hope she wasn't there and saw it.

I think she was only two. Hopefully she won't remember just what a dick her dad was. :groan:

LL

tuiruru
03-04-2011, 08:26 PM
Maybe they were playing with a Frisbee??!! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12OycI9P9AA)

mikebartnz
03-04-2011, 09:15 PM
Possibly the countries' average IQ has just been raised a smidgen.
It is really good to see that Darwin's theory still works. They are trying to eliminate the chances of it working though.

ubergeek85
03-04-2011, 11:03 PM
Don't even need to grab the wire for it to kill you, with that sort of power, it just jumps to any nearby conductor, that's why the insulators that hold the wire to the towers are over a foot long.

Just climbing towards the wire was an act of epic dumbassery, being thrown off and cooked internally was the inevitable result.

Poor kid, but other than that, this is a good thing.

Agent_24
04-04-2011, 12:21 AM
I think it was the 3-storey fall which really finished him off...

R2x1
04-04-2011, 12:08 PM
It is covered under the "One flash and you're ash" policy.

prefect
04-04-2011, 01:39 PM
The thing that pisses me off is the fact they can find scrap dealers to buy the wire.

mikebartnz
04-04-2011, 01:57 PM
The thing that pisses me off is the fact they can find scrap dealers to buy the wire.
They are meant to keep a record of the person with the scrap. Our local one is quite strict on that.

dugimodo
04-04-2011, 03:12 PM
It's tragic really, poor little girl.

But what an epic act of stupidity. I live under a power pylon and you wouldn't believe how many people ask me if I've ever climbed it. to me that's like being asked if I'm a total F**kwit.

True story, I once met a man with burns on half his body and the lower part of his arm missing, he explained to me that as a boy he'd climbed a pylon and while reaching up for a handhold a spark had "leapt" from the wire to his outstretched arm.

There are warning signs and barbed wire, anyone who ignores them is lacking something in the common sense part of the brain.

Agent_24
04-04-2011, 03:15 PM
To those idiots who ask you that question, you should say that you'll only tell them if you've ever climbed it if they go and climb it themselves.

Hopefully they'll climb it, die, and the world will be a better place.

mikebartnz
04-04-2011, 08:02 PM
True story, I once met a man with burns on half his body and the lower part of his arm missing, he explained to me that as a boy he'd climbed a pylon and while reaching up for a handhold a spark had "leapt" from the wire to his outstretched arm.
I met a guy that had been earthquake proofing a building using steel rods going from one side to the other and he was about to tighten the bolt on one side of one when he got wacked with a shock and thrown off the ladder. Between the electric shock and the fall off the ladder his back was stuffed.