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Frederick The Monk
56561.  Thu Mar 02, 2006 10:44 am Reply with quote

Extreme Mullet Touching - the world's most dangerous sport?

Frederick The Monk
56562.  Thu Mar 02, 2006 10:44 am Reply with quote

Wait a minute, this looks dangerous - Elevator surfing!

Frederick The Monk
56563.  Thu Mar 02, 2006 10:45 am Reply with quote

Gray wrote:
Well, that's just excellent. Danger Sports needs a thread of its own. Going over waterfalls in barrels, bull-fighting (actually not that dangerous)...

Frederick The Monk
56566.  Thu Mar 02, 2006 10:48 am Reply with quote

Is anything more dangerous than Russian Roulette?

56567.  Thu Mar 02, 2006 10:50 am Reply with quote

The tribes of Pentecost Island in the island country of Vanuatu in the South Pacific are famous for their 80-foot jumps from towers made of nothing but wood and vines, being the original 'bungee jump'.

The modern day Dangerous Sports Club was formed in the early 1980s from frightfully rich young Oxford types. Early events saw them meeting at St Moritz in Switzerland, dressed to the nines, to see what they could fit skis to and take down the slopes. There are Sinclair C5s, inflatable pink elephants, grand pianos (with Chopin accompaniment), and puntsbut the resort stewards drew the line at a double-decker bus.

In April 2000, David Kirke, one of the founders of the DSC celebrated the 21st Anniversary of the founding of the club by repeating his inaugural jump off Bristol Suspension Bridge:

Splendid chap. They also went in for hang-gliding off active volcanoes, jumping off bars into buckets of ice, going down the Cresta run in various unsuitable vehicles, and crossing the Channel in the pouch of an inflatable kangaroo...

In the more modern vein, there's Extreme Ironing (not actually dangerous), Zorbing (leaping down mountains inside a huge panelled inflatable plastic ball) and Freds's 'Mullet Touching'. (Not Fred's mullet, you understand).

According to Wikipedia, Graham Chapman - a member, was working on a film of the club when he died. More from the DSC:

Lastly, here's a young Nigella Lawson playing Sedan Chair Croquet:

56568.  Thu Mar 02, 2006 10:50 am Reply with quote

Even cricket's dangerous:
Terry Alderman missed more than a year of international cricket and had to reinvent himself as a medium-fast seam and swing bowler when he badly damaged his right shoulder while rugby tackling a male streaker during the Perth Test against England in 1981/82.

And I think the Isle of Man's TT race still regularly claims victims. They're not unny, though, obviously.

56569.  Thu Mar 02, 2006 10:54 am Reply with quote

more bungee gubbins

56570.  Thu Mar 02, 2006 10:54 am Reply with quote

There's frequently broadcast footage of lightning causing havoc (and occasional death) in sporting events too. I'm sure you remember that football game, where most of the players were 'grounded'.

There are now official guidelines for dealing with lightning in sports events.

The source of all good sporting news 'Sexbuzz' has an interesting picture, although it's hard to believe it's real:,0004,00.shtml

Frederick The Monk
56572.  Thu Mar 02, 2006 10:54 am Reply with quote

Weeeeeee! Things must get pretty boring on Pentecost Island to think this up.

Frederick The Monk
56573.  Thu Mar 02, 2006 10:58 am Reply with quote

Only one land diver has ever died on Pentacost Island (whist jumping) but he went out with a bang, plumetting to his death in front of Queen Elizabeth II during her visit in 1974. The visit was during a dry season, which made the vines used less elastic. Several of the vines snapped, and one diver later died.

56582.  Thu Mar 02, 2006 11:20 am Reply with quote

There's the classic Cheese Rolling too, or Shrovetide Football (where you're not allowed to kill anyone), or even the masochistic Tough Guy Challenge which my sister has done three times. In the winter too - not like the wimps pictured here...

You also have BASE jumping with parachutes, and the classic rocket-powered street luge, which looks quite amusing at over 100mph...

Last edited by Gray on Thu Mar 02, 2006 11:24 am; edited 1 time in total

56584.  Thu Mar 02, 2006 11:22 am Reply with quote

I always thought it convenient that this one and only death happened when the world's press were on the island.

More likely all the other bungee deaths in Pentacost were brushed under the jungle carpet.

Frederick The Monk
56587.  Thu Mar 02, 2006 11:40 am Reply with quote

The official enquiry blamed the time of year - it was in the dry season when the vines were too brittle. If we assume that normally no-one jumped at this time of year then accidents might have been rare. Perhaps it was the Queen chanting "jump, jump, jump, jump,jump, jump," that made them take the unusual and unnecessary risk.

Accounts of jumping do however suggest that jumpers came incredibly close to the ground (even with the right springiness in the vines) so accidents must surely have happened before.

56645.  Thu Mar 02, 2006 6:49 pm Reply with quote

I fought a bull once, if that's any help. It was rather small, but it still won.

Frederick The Monk
56657.  Fri Mar 03, 2006 4:58 am Reply with quote

Did you spill it's pint?


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