# The things people do

1. Apr 15, 2005

### Ivan Seeking

Staff Emeritus
Do you have any good stories?

I was just listening to a woman who works for the damaged currency division of the US Mint. They can only redeem damaged cash if 51% or more of the bill is recovered. Knowing this, a farmer whose cow ate his cash wanted to maximize his return, so he slaughtered the heifer and sent in the stomach!

2. Apr 16, 2005

### Danger

After all these years of wondering where the term 'cash cow' came from, it's all perfectly clear.

3. Apr 16, 2005

### brewnog

Mmm, something about piggy banks and taking things too far.

4. Apr 16, 2005

### The Rev

My favorites are the ones where people get their drugs stolen, and call the cops. I've heard a few good stories on that theme.

$$\hbar$$

The Rev

5. Apr 16, 2005

### Staff: Mentor

Or the people that had illegal fireworks and hid them in the oven when the cops showed up. Then someone not knowing the fireworks were in the oven turned it on and it blew up and burned the house down.

6. Apr 16, 2005

### Ivan Seeking

Staff Emeritus
...cash cow...

There was one in the news recently, in fact I think I posted the story, where some guy was trying to torture rats by tying lighter fluid soaked rags to their tails, and then lighting the rags. Apparently he was doing this in his house. Guess what happened?

7. Apr 16, 2005

### SOS2008

Yeh, a program about the printing and minting of currency just aired again (I think on the Science channel?). I found the Liberty dollar very interesting--it is based on the gold & silver standard. It was confusing--it is legal to mint these, but how is it this isn't considered counterfeit?

Anyway, there was the news story about people target shooting in the desert some years back, and guess what happened to a guy who was shooting at a large saguaro cactus? Yep, it fell on him and crushed him to death.

8. Apr 16, 2005

### Ivan Seeking

Staff Emeritus
http://www.desertusa.com/july96/du_sag3b.jpg [Broken]

Aaaahhhhhhrrrrrrrgggggg! Oh boy, that hurts.

I hit one of these once while doing about 70 mph on my dirt bike. The worst was the one inch barb embedded in the soft part of my ankle. :surprised the rest came out pretty easily...with the application of liberal quantities of alcohol [90 proof mostly].

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9. Apr 16, 2005

### JasonRox

You hit that at 70mph?

Sounds reasonable to me.

10. Apr 16, 2005

### Staff: Mentor

Internally or externally? :tongue2:

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11. Apr 16, 2005

### Ivan Seeking

Staff Emeritus
I Sure did. It wasn't as big as the one shown but the barbs probably were. I tried to go left but didn't quite make it, and I caught my handle bar and ultimately part of my body on the right side. This sort of thing actually is fairly common for desert bikers. For me it is but one of many stories; and I still have the scars to prove it!

12. Apr 16, 2005

### Ivan Seeking

Staff Emeritus
Internally, of course. Injured, drunk, and cared for by four girls in bikinis. It was horrible. :tongue2:

13. Apr 16, 2005

### Staff: Mentor

Oh you poor thing!!!! :rofl:

14. Apr 16, 2005

### Ivan Seeking

Staff Emeritus
Even a bad day desert biking is a very good day.

But since this was only intended as a passing comment, back to the topic.

I love watching the old film footage of people trying to fly. One of my favorites is guy on ice skates, with wings attached to his arms, and rockets strapped to his back.

15. Apr 16, 2005

### Smurf

No No Ivan you're not getting off that easily. Tell us about the girls in Bikini's.

16. Apr 16, 2005

### Danger

Sorry... he didn't give me a lot to work with.

What the hell was he shooting it with? If it was close enough to fall on him, you can hardly consider it target shooting. And it seems to me that it would take one hell of a lot of shots with anything of normal calibre to cut one of those suckers down. A light practise session with an RPG, perhaps?

Where can I get me one of those cacti?

Sounds reminiscent of 'Captain Rollerball', a novelty act at the drags when I was into the scene (again, someone Hypatia probably remembers fondly). Rumour had it that he was the son of the president of Cragar Industries who make cams and wheels and manifolds and etc., but that's probably false. Anyhow, at the races he'd put on a Nomex suit, a crash helmet, and roller skates, then strap a peroxide rocket on his back and blast through the traps at about 50mph. Another (one-time) gig along the same line was Weenie McQueen (don't know his real name; that's what we called him). I think that it was in California. Anyhow, the Christmas tree broke down, so this poor guy had to flag-start a pair of jet cars! I still remember the picture in Hot Rod (or Car Craft) of the bugger cringing in fear for his life.

17. Apr 16, 2005

### hypatia

Just for you danger...The Captian!

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18. Apr 16, 2005

### Danger

Thank you, thank you, thank you... That is the best picture... Geez, that brings back a lot more memories than just talking about it.

19. Apr 16, 2005

### Huckleberry

Hey, that could be your new avatar. It even has a nice ring to it.... Captain Danger :surprised

What about the guy that made a rocket car and went airborne... straight into a cliff.

20. Apr 16, 2005

### Danger

That crossed my mind when I saw it, but I think I want something personal. If I can figure out how to do it, I'll use my Hallowe'en picture from the photo thread.

I didn't hear about that, but I do remember Fred Goeske's rocket-powered go-kart going sideways mid-track at about 100mph. It flipped and rolled a couple of dozen times and he broke his back, but he lived through it.:surprised

There was also some winner back in the early 70's who mounted a couple of RATO's in the taillight openings of a Firebird. They weren't quite straight... talk about 'taking it for a spin'... and of course you can't shut off a RATO once it's lit. I think that the Chief Engineer of the Disoriented Express designed that one.

21. Apr 16, 2005

http://www.wagoneers.com/pages/RocketCar/rockit.html [Broken]

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I only pay attention to the Rocket Car legend because I'm 99% sure that I started the whole thing in the spring of 1978.
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22. Apr 16, 2005

### Huckleberry

I kind of figured it was an urban legend but it was relevant to the last few posts and I just HAD to remark about Captain Danger.

Where on Earth do you find this stuff anyway? Not just this post but you pop into every thread with great stuff.

23. Apr 16, 2005

### Danger

It's not the one I'm referring to, because that was in my high-school days (1970-74). They even did a spot based upon it in one episode of 'C.H.I.P.s', which ran from '77 to '83. I don't remember which year it was.

24. Apr 17, 2005

### Ivan Seeking

Staff Emeritus
Well, since you asked... Custom Chevy vans with fuzzy dice in the window and built in beds and bars, dune buggies, motorcycles, sand rails, hundreds of miles of sand dunes, hills, and trails; lots of people, lots of alcohol, and lots of beautiful, tanned, women, in tiny little bikinis. I remember that one of our group was a drop dead blonde cosmetologist named, get this, Candy I always had Candy cut my hair; as often as possible in fact.

For better or worse, when I was in my late teens most of my friends were in their early twenties, which had a few benefits from my point of view. But we were all desert biking fanatics and they adopted me as part of a old network of friends who had been in high school together. For a number of years we made these trips which were one big wonderful party and about the most fun I've ever had.

With that, I will throw in one more story that gets back on topic. One of our favorite places to ride was El Mirage dry lake bed, in the California Mojave Desert. In many areas the lake bed as flat as a parking lot for miles.
http://aeve.com/digitaldesert/ddaa/em01.html

Sometimes on warm, moonlit nights, a bunch of us would line up on our bikes in the middle of the lake, side by side, and separated by maybe a hundred yards or more. We would then take off and ride at maximum speed with our eyes closed for as long as we could stand it. Depending on the bike and the sprocket ratio used that day, we were usually riding blind at something between 70 and 100 mph. Even though you knew logically that there was nothing to hit, it was a moment by moment struggle to keep your eyes closed. I don't think I ever went more than a minute...or maybe a little more... I'm not sure any more what the record was. Of course we were usually drunk and it was probably a much more dangerous stunt that we thought at the time. But I must say, it was almost like you were flying. It was incredible.

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25. Apr 17, 2005

### SOS2008

Isn't that where the sail vehicles go? That seems like it would be so cool.

http://img231.echo.cx/img231/8813/11171mdisplay4ew.gif

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