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Man Dies From Posting Too Many Comments

  1. Aug 13, 2005 #1
    Saw this on another board and couldn't believe it.

    http://www.talkroot.com/showthread.php?t=68639 [Broken]
     
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  3. Aug 13, 2005 #2

    arildno

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    . :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

    I know, I'm callous..
     
  4. Aug 13, 2005 #3

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    Childress H. Wanamaker?? :surprised

    Edit: Oh, there is a Mike Wanamaker from Nyack. :confused: http://www.thejournalnews.com/newsroom2/042305/23scholarweb.html [Broken]
     
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  5. Aug 13, 2005 #4

    Integral

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  6. Aug 13, 2005 #5

    Ivan Seeking

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    But what they don't mention is the guy at snopes who died because he spent too much time debunking false claims. :biggrin:
     
  7. Aug 13, 2005 #6

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    Actually, he just debunked that claim as well..
     
  8. Aug 13, 2005 #7

    Ivan Seeking

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    Not bad a job...considering that he's dead. :confused:
     
  9. Aug 13, 2005 #8

    arildno

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    . :rofl: :rofl:
     
  10. Aug 13, 2005 #9

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  11. Aug 13, 2005 #10
    Thats pretty hysterical
     
  12. Aug 13, 2005 #11
    Awwww way to ruin my fun integral
     
  13. Aug 14, 2005 #12

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    Does snopes have any way of proving it wrong? for all anyone knows, it couldv'e happened
     
  14. Aug 14, 2005 #13

    Ivan Seeking

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    I don't know about snopes, but I have found other debunking sites that were flat out wrong. One non-fringe claim that comes to mind is the "urban legend" of the guy who safely rode down one of the WTC buildings from about the 28th floor or so I think... Anyway, I saw this debunked. However I also saw this guy come out of the smoke immediately after this happened! He was on camera for about five seconds and did say that this is what happened. I find it a little hard to believe that this could be debunked or that someone would lie under those circumstances. IIRC, the debunking alleged that this all started with some rumor on the radio or whatnot... I do know that the debunking did not jive with the facts that I knew beyond a doubt to be true.
     
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  15. Aug 14, 2005 #14

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    Only men die from posting too many comments? I'm really worried about Moonbear! :uhh: She even doesn't sleep at night in order to post here. o:)
     
  16. Aug 14, 2005 #15
    I think I've seen that before. On another note, why is Talk Root dead? :frown:
     
  17. Aug 14, 2005 #16

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    People got annoyed by the constant chattering of Talkroot beer.
     
  18. Aug 14, 2005 #17
    What did he say happened?
     
  19. Aug 14, 2005 #18
    Thats why my post count is low. I wish to live to 40 at least.
     
  20. Aug 15, 2005 #19

    Ivan Seeking

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    That was pretty much all he said. As I recall, he came out of the smoke directly in front of the camera and stated that he had ridden the building down during the collapse. He said what floor he was on but I'm not sure of the number; I seem to remember that he said the 28th floor...Then he disappeared into the chaos.
     
  21. Aug 15, 2005 #20
    A brief bit of googling reveals that it is well documented that several people rode the building down and survived. I can't imagine a debunking site trying to debunk that. Can you recall what site tried to debunk this?
     
  22. Aug 15, 2005 #21
    The Mikkelson's are pretty good at researching the rumors that come into their e-mail... I think that's their primary source of Urban Legends to be investigated.

    They provide resources used to prove or disprove, they will label uncertain any that can't be nailed down, and they answer their email :)

    There are a few false articles on their website, which has resulted in a few entities being caught plagiarizing them, one I remember off the top of my head is the reason Kentucky Fried Chicken switched to KFC... according to the article it was because the Commonwealth of Kentucky trademarked the term and anyone using the name Kentucky had to pay the state.
     
  23. Aug 15, 2005 #22
    The reason they plant these is interesting: they, themselves, want to subvert the notion there is any such thing as an infallible authority that can be universally relied upon.

    Urban Legends Reference Page: Lost Legends (False Authority)
    Address:http://www.snopes.com/lost/false.htm
     
  24. Aug 15, 2005 #23

    Ivan Seeking

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    I don't know. It was a husband and wife team whose web site was getting some TV time. This is how it caught my attention. But it doesn't surprise me at all. This is often the norm for fringe claims.

    You may remember also that on the fringe side, it was easy to find all sorts of innacurate debunking on the Kennith Arnold episode even though the original report has been available for decades.
     
  25. Aug 16, 2005 #24
    It's very likely you misunderstood what they were trying to debunk. A NY Firechief and several people he was helping to evacuate are known to have rode the collapsing building down from something like the 28th floor, and to have survived. There were a couple odd others. Unlike your man, they had to be dug out, but it proves the survivability of the collapse by people on upper floors who didn't make it out before it came down. All the rescues were national news, and I very much doubt any skeptic was trying to debunk the possibility of "riding" the building down and surviving. That would be akin to saying the rescues were hoaxes.
    I recall a lot of inaccurate repetition of the details of what he reported, but don't think I ever read a "debunking" of Arnold. In other words, I've seen the term "flying saucer" debunked, because what he saw wasn't saucer-shaped at all, they only moved like saucers "skipping over water", and were shaped more like flying wings. That's not a debunking of Arnold, but of the popular misrepresentation of what he saw.
     
  26. Aug 16, 2005 #25

    Ivan Seeking

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    No way. Most likely, since I saw this the truth has come out.

    As for Arnold, he never reported anything with wings in the actual report. That's just another misrepresentation. That all came from the media, and perhaps even Arnold himself, but later after a book deal. That is just one example of what I mean. Look at the original report again at the bottom of the page linked below.
    http://www.nicap.dabsol.co.uk/arnoldka.htm
    He drew pictures of non-distinct blobs and specifically he states that he saw no tail.
     
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