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Old November 27th, 2012 #21
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Burt Munro




Herbert James "Burt" Munro (Bert in his youth) (25 March 1899 – 6 January 1978) was a New Zealand motorcycle racer, famous for setting an under-1,000 cc world record, at Bonneville, 26 August 1967.[2] This record still stands today. Munro was 68 and was riding a 47-year-old machine when he set his last record.[3]

Working from his home in Invercargill , he worked for 20 years to highly modify the 1920 Indian motorcycle that he had bought that same year. Munro set his first New Zealand speed record in 1938 and later set seven more. He travelled to compete at the Bonneville Salt Flats , attempting to set world speed records. During his ten visits to the salt flats, he set three speed records, one of which still stands today.


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Rookie Golfer Gets Bitten By Black Widow On Fourth Hole, Digs Out Venom With Her Tee, Finishes Round

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Daniela Holmqvist, a Swedish rookie on the Ladies European Tour and former Cal golfer, was on the fourth hole in a pre-qualifier for the Women's Australian Open in Yarralumla, Australia, yesterday when she felt a sharp pain in her ankle. She looked down, she told Golf Digest later—after not dying by virtue of being a badass—and "saw a large, furry, black creature with a red spot on its back just above her sock line."

Holmqvist, 24, reportedly "swatted" the spider away and then nearly fell over in pain, as she'd just been bitten by a black widow spider. "I had just turned and felt it was very painful, not like being stung by a wasp," she told Svensk Golf, "rather like being stabbed by a knife." So then she decided to stab herself in the leg with a tee:

As Holmqvist's leg started to swell and the pain became intense, she made the quick decision to take matters into her own hands (she'd just been informed that a Black Widow bite can kill a child in as little as 30 minutes). She pulled a tee out of her pocket ("it was the only thing I had handy," she told Svensk Golf) and used it to cut open the wound so she could squeeze out the venom and keep it from spreading inside her body.

"A clear fluid came out," she said. "It wasn't the prettiest thing I've ever done, but I had to get as much of it out of me as possible."

Holmqvist then finished the round with a 74 (not enough to qualify, unfortunately) while medics looked on. She said afterward that she does not recommend getting bitten by a black widow.

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LANSA Flight 508 was a Lockheed L-188A Electra turboprop, registered OB-R-941, operated as a scheduled domestic passenger flight by Lineas Aéreas Nacionales Sociedad Anonima (LANSA), that crashed in a thunderstorm en route from Lima, Peru to Pucallpa, Peru, on December 24, 1971, killing 91 people – all 6 of its crew and 85 of its 86 passengers.[2] The sole survivor was a 17-year-old girl who fell 2 miles (3 km) down into the Amazon rainforest strapped to her seat and remarkably survived the fall, and was then able to walk through the jungle for 10 days until she was rescued by local lumbermen.

LANSA Flight 508 departed Lima's Jorge Chávez International Airport just before noon on Christmas Eve on its way to Iquitos, Peru, with a scheduled stop at Pucallpa, Peru. The aircraft was flying at Flight Level 210 (about 21,000 ft / 6,400 m above Mean Sea Level) when it encountered an area of thunderstorms and severe turbulence. There was evidence the crew decided to continue the flight despite the hazardous weather ahead, apparently due to pressures related to meeting the holiday schedule.[5][6]

At about 12:36 p.m. local time, a lightning strike ignited the fuel tank in the right wing, which quickly led to structural failure of the aircraft. As the plane disintegrated, a 17-year-old German Peruvian teenager, Juliane Koepcke, fell down into the Amazon rainforest 2 miles (3 km) below, strapped to her seat. Despite sustaining a broken collar bone, a deep gash to her right arm, a concussion and an eye injury in the fall, she was able to trek through the dense Amazon jungle for 10 days, until she was rescued by local lumbermen, who subsequently took her by canoe back to civilization. It was later discovered that as many as 14 other passengers also survived the initial fall from the disintegrated plane but were unable to seek help and died while awaiting rescue.

. . .

Juliane Koepcke was a high school senior studying in Lima, intending to become a zoologist, like her father, Hans-Wilhelm Koepcke. Her mother, Maria Koepcke, a leading Peruvian ornithologist, was travelling with Juliane from Lima to meet the father who was working in Pucallpa.

When Koepcke landed in the jungle, still strapped to her seat, she had a broken collar bone and an eye injury. She had learned survival skills from her father and was able to follow a small stream until she reached a logging camp eleven days later, from where she was rescued and returned to Pucallpa.

Koepcke's survival was featured in a television documentary film called Wings of Hope in 2000 by director Werner Herzog,[7] who was almost on Flight 508 himself. Koepcke's memoir Als ich vom Himmel fiel has been published by the German publisher Piper Malik on March 10, 2011.[8] (The English edition When I Fell From the Sky, was published by Titletown Publishing on November, 2011.)


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Vesna Vulovic: The Stewardess Who Survived a terrorist attack at 33,000 feet
On January 26, 1972, a Yugoslav Airlines DC-9 departed from Copenhagen for Belgrade (via Zagreb) with 28 passengers and crew. At an altitude of 33,000 feet, a bomb in the cargo section, planted by the Ustashe Croatian separatist group, exploded. The plane disintegrated and crashed on the mountains.

In what must be one of the greatest survival stories of all time, stewardess Vesna Vulovic survived the 33,000 foot descent sitting on the tail of the plane.




22 year old Vulovic wasn't even supposed to be on that plane. As she later stated in an interview, it was another Vesna who was supposed to be on that flight, but she was happy with the mix-up as it allowed her to make her first trip to Denmark. She ended up with a fractured skull, two broken legs, and three broken vertebrae - one of which was crushed and left her paralyzed from the waist down.

Vulovic spent several months in and out of hospitals; operations allowed her to walk again. She became a celebrity when the Guinness Book of World Records invited her to a ceremony in London with Paul McCartney. She is listed for surviving the longest fall without a parachute. Vulovic is now a national hero in Serbia and spent the late 90s marching in Belgrade against Slobodan Milosovic.

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Frane Selak: Escaped from a derailed train, a door-less plane, a bus crash, a car into flames, another 2 car accidents... then won Million Dollar lottery



Luck has always been on his side or vice versa for croatian music teacher Frane Selak (born in 1929), who is well known around the world for as many fatal accidents as spectacular escapes. The first of his numerous near-death experiences began on a cold January day in 1962, when Selak was on a train to Dubrovnik: it suddenly derailed into an icy river, killing 17 passengers. He managed to escape with a broken arm, minor scratches and bruises.

A year later, Selak was flying, from Zagreb to Rijeka, when a door abruptly blew away from the cockpit of the plane, as he was blown off the plane. The accident killed 19 people, however, Selak was lucky enough to land on a haystack, and wake up some days later in hospital, with minor injuries.

It was in 1966 that he met with the third misadventure while traveling on a bus that crashed and plunged into a river. There were four people dead. Astonishingly, Selak managed to escape unharmed again.

In 1970, Selak was driving along when, all of a sudden, his car caught fire. He was fortunate again to have left the car before the fuel tank exploded. Three years later, another of Selak’s car caught fire, blowing flames through the air vents. To a greater dismay, Selak's lost most of his hair.

In 1995, Selak was in Zagreb when he was hit by a bus, again leaving nothing but a few injuries. The following year, while driving through a mountain road, Selak drove off a guardrail to escape an oncoming truck and landed on a tree to watch his car explode 300 feet below.

In a surprising turn of events in 2003, Selak won the million-dollar Croatian lottery, turning the man into either the world’s unluckiest man, or the world’s luckiest one.


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It was long an article of faith among doctors that ulcers were caused by stress, spicy foods, and too much acid. The practice of removing ulcers, a major operation and lucrative revenue stream for surgeons, was first challenged in 1976 with the appearance of Tagamet, a drug 12 years in development. The medication inhibits the production of acid in the stomach and, as such, proved a direct threat to many surgeons’ financial well-being. Tagamet became the first blockbuster drug, amassing sales in excess of $1 billion in a single year for manufacturer Smith, Kline & French. Five years later, in 1981, Glaxo followed with Zantac, a similar product destined to become the world’s best-selling drug.

These medications were classic examples of treating the symptoms, not the cause of a condition. These were also perfect products to sustain a continuing pharmaceutical business.

A great deal of money and prestige was riding on ulcers by 1982, when West Australians Barry Marshall and Robin Warren proved that the Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacterium caused most peptic ulcers, neatly reversing decades of medical doctrine. Even worse for the revenue streams of drug companies and medicos, the bacteria could be eliminated by the use of antibiotics.


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Grandfather took my brother and I by the hands and led us to all of the upper floor windows in that old farmhouse we called home. As we looked to the north, west, south and finally to the east, we were asked what we saw. After listening to our details, he responded, "If you ever look out of any window and see another house, then it's too damned crowded."

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Children are born good, and society corrupts them. Not. Still, you got to love this kid's pluck - and his engineering.

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Madonna's brother, Anthony Ciccone, is a drunk living on the streets of Michigan. He says:

But I've never asked my sister for anything. She don't owe me nothing. That's her shit, man, she made her money, she worked for it, I've got no beef.

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They're Italians embroiled in a family feud. Asking for a hand-out would be acceptable according to private family law, but it would give her status and he would lose status. She's already paid for all that rehab, which did nothing, so .... Her stock inside their family is low enough as it is, but I guess his is as well (albeit for different reasons). Even though she's a multi-multi millionaire, her family is still only one generation removed from the village.

And Italians are stubborn as hell * - there were enough Italian miners, truck drivers etc. living in Kal when I was a young 'un for me to know that.

Still, it's nice to know some people still take responsibility for their own fuck-ups.

*: That goes for diaspora Italians too, if my experience in my home town with the resident Italians is any indication.

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"Whether people like us or hate us is irrelevant. Our choice is to be feared or to be the victim. There is no other choice."

Revilo P. Oliver quotes an unnamed South African in FROM A LOST WORLD (Liberty Bell, December 1987).

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If we were strong as Whites, the jews would be no problem, as with drug peddlers who cannot survive without those who buy their drugs.

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The riddle which we face is how we shall defeat jewish power, which largely resides in ourselves, by means of jewish mythology & jewish standards of achievement, i.e. consumption & acquisition of material things, including self-indulgence.

Jews have power only when you want things they have, such as money.

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Never blame others when you can blame yourself. By blaming others, you merely guarantee that the problem will remain unsolved, since you have no power to make others act; whereas you DO have power over your own actions, so by assuming the blame, you motivate yourself to find a solution from the only source from which a solution is likely to come, namely, yourself.

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What I am trying to say here is that we are the main problem. The jews, blacks, arabs, asians etc are minor problems.
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Filmmakers, Strongman Star Of "Bending Steel" Talk Raw Strength


Lately I had the strange experience of voting among the jury of a documentary film festival's sports documentaries, and finding that my top three choices were nowhere among those the festival recognized. Big deal; tastes differ. Still, I couldn't figure how my top choice, Bending Steel, wasn't everyone's favorite. The feature-length documentary — directed by Dave Carroll, produced by Ryan Scafuro — follows a shy, diminutive would-be Coney Island strongman, Chris Schoeck, now 45, in his efforts to parlay a peculiar obsession into a full-on public persona. Along the way, demons are faced, weirdness abounds and you find yourself strangely captivated by the cosmically absurd question of whether Schoeck can fold a 2-inch-wide bar of steel using only his arms and thighs. Here's the trailer:



Bending Steel Official Movie Trailer from Bending Steel Movie on Vimeo.

I wondered how Schoeck and the film are doing. Turns out it's up for the audience choice honor at the Gotham Independent Film Awards and is eyeing a small theatrical release next spring. Tonight I managed to get the filmmakers and Schoeck on the phone, with Carroll hanging out in the strongman's apartment. They share a building, as it happens. The director was doing laundry downstairs one night when his dog heard a clang and went looking for the source of the noise. There was Schoeck, warping immovable objects with his bare hands, and a journey began. Here's some of what we discussed.

On the various oddball objects Schoeck bends and rips

Schoeck: I have a huge pile of horseshoes. I have steel bars, and I have a tremendous assortments of spikes and 6- and 7-inch pieces of steels, and I have cards. Cards are a very funny thing. Everybody has touched a deck of cards. When they see you tear one, it's a real crowd-pleaser.

I have some odd objects, some wrenches, a few hammers here and there. I've tried to bend anything I could get my hands on that I thought I could ever learn to bend — wrenches, screwdrivers, anything. There are things that I view as improbable. But I'm no longer willing to say I can't bend it. I'm willing to put a long-term time frame on it. I easily bend things now that two years ago I thought couldn't be bent. I always want to hedge myself and tell people it's a journey. I can only tell you where I am at the moment.

On reaction to the film

Carroll: People walk away and they say the most incredible things. The 2-inch bar he's trying to work his way to bend, not only is it confronting his fears and all these self-imposed limitations, but that 2-inch bar really represents something. We've had people name their own 2-inch bar in their own life. It's a powerful moment when multiple people will come up with red eyes and tear trails on their face and say, I’m a composer and music's my 2-inch bar, or people saying they're going to go back to school because of the film. We ourselves — Ryan can attest to this, as first time filmmakers — the film itself was our 2-inch bar.

On whether a strongman is an athlete

Carroll: I don't consider it really a sports film. It's a character piece.

Scafuro: We didn't go into this intending to make a sports film, but it does have all the elements — the underdog story, the moment of truth — that good sports films do have.

Schoeck: I'm more of a showman. Whenever I get out in front of people or whenever I train, it's a personal challenge. I'm just taking that challenge and doing it in front of people. For example, in a marathon, people are fixated and train vigorously for it. Most people know they're not going to be victorious, but the victory is just in completing it. They know most people will be able to accomplish the 26 miles.

I take objects and I work on objects that I'm not so sure I could complete or fix or bend or manipulate. The challenge for me is forcing myself to approach the unknown, and developing my ability to shed limitations to complete something that very few people can do.

Carroll: We don't do too much in the film with it, but he certainly trains like an athlete, he's constantly working. I'm sitting in his apartment and there's just an absurd stack of torn playing cards.

Schoeck: What Dave doesn't realize is that underneath those playing cards are easier playing cards. It's sedimentary. You dig through it and you can see progress. And much of the stacks of cards are dated and numbered.

On the existence of old-man strength

Scafuro: There are guys who are doing this who are in their late 60s, who are bending things that guys who are 25, younger, maybe stronger, wouldn't think of bending.

Carroll: All the old guys will tell you they didn't really hit their peak strength around 50 or something.

Schoeck: There seems to be a strange figure, 40 to 50 that's thrown around. Now, that does not mean you get weaker after 50. The articles you bend don't get progressively more difficult — you evolve as a person. You continually change through this activity. Most of the development occurs in the effort. It's in the isometric pushing. It's pushing, pushing and pushing, even if the item doesn't move. Learning how to honestly say 'I put out maximum exertion. I turned off all those things that would've stopped me.' We keep pulling on something that won't move, and if we keep pulling on it, and it looks like it's not going anywhere, one day it budges a little bit.

On what it feels like to frickin' bend a frickin' slab of steel

Schoeck: When you hear or feel it budging definitively, all of a sudden the euphoria kicks in. When the item is completed, that's the eureka moment — when you hold it up and say, 'It's finished.'

I'll tell you what, you try and bend that bar — I hate to give it humanlike characteristics. It really is an opponent sometimes. It's a battle. But the end result is, it bent. Whether I cajoled, whether I made a deal with it, a pact — it bent.

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