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Old 02-10-2008, 00:47:14   #1
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Oh Britain ... You so crazy.

Jeering onlookers goaded a teenager in Britain to jump to his death, undermining police efforts to talk him down, and then took pictures of the body.

Tuesday as 17-year-old Shaun Dykes prepared to jump from the top of a multi-storey carpark in Derby, northern England, spectators allegedly shouted to him: "How far can you bounce?," the U.K.'s MailOnline reported.

As Dykes hesitated for three hours on the ledge while police unsuccessfully tried to reason him out of taking his life, teenagers who had gathered below shouted "Jump" and "Get on with it," according to police and witnesses.

Then after Dykes lay in a crumpled heap on the pavement the same hecklers rushed out from behind the police cordon to take photos of the body.

"When he (Dykes) fell, lots of people were screaming and crying but there were several groups of youths who ran from behind the cordon and looked like they were taking pictures with their mobile phones," a local shopkeeper was quoted as telling the MailOnline.

"I found that sickening -- why would anyone want to take pictures of something like that?"

Dykes was believed to have been suffering from depression and struggling to overcome a relationship breakdown.

Superintendent Andy Hough, of Derbyshire police, said he was disappointed and disturbed by the people heard encouraging Dykes to jump.

"I find it a disturbing and shocking reflection on society when people feel inclined to do that," Supt Hough told the MailOnline.
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Old 02-10-2008, 01:16:47   #2
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I'm sure a few years ago there was a comedy sketch that was something like that
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Old 02-10-2008, 05:16:25   #3
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Yeah, that sounds hilarious. Great material.
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Old 02-10-2008, 07:19:19   #4
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"I find it a disturbing and shocking reflection on society when people feel inclined to do that," Supt Hough told the MailOnline.
it's instead a healty meachanism that a society seen as an organism has

in times of overpopulation, instinct behaviors set in, aimed to ease the pressure

more or less like lemmings

except that if you encourage someone else, that's good both for the society AND for yourself

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Old 02-10-2008, 07:39:59   #5
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a british band sang in 1971

Harold The Barrel


News: A well-known Bognor restaurant-owner disappeared
early this morning.
Last seen in a mouse-brown overcoat,
suitably camouflaged,
they saw him catch a train.

Man-in-the-street:
"Father of three its disgusting"
"Such a horrible thing to do"
Harold the Barrel cut off his toes and he served them all
for tea
"Can't go far", "He can't go far".
"Hasn't got a leg to stand on"
"He can't go far".

Man-on-the-spot:
I'm standing in a doorway on the main square
tension is mounting
There's a restless crowd of angry people

Man-on-the-council: "More than we've ever seen.
- had to tighten up security"

Over to the scene at the town hall
The Lord Mayor's ready to speak

LORD MAYOR:
"Man of suspicion, you can't last long, the British Public
is on our side"

BRITISH PUBLIC:
"Can't last long", "You can't last long".
"Said you couldn't trust him, his brother was just the same"
"You can't last long".

HAROLD: If I was many miles from here,
I'd be sailing in an open boat on the sea
Instead I'm on this window ledge,
With the whole world below
Up at the window
Look at the window...

Mr.Plod: "We can help you"
Plod's Chorus: "We can help you"
Mr. Plod: "We're all your friends, if you come on down and talk
to us son"
HAROLD: You must be joking
Take a running jump

The crowd was getting stronger and our Harold
getting weaker;
Forwards, backwards, swaying side to side
Fearing the very worst
They called his mother to the sight
Upon the ledge beside him
His mother made a last request.

67-yr-old-Mrs Barrel:
"Come off the ledge if your father were alive he'd be very,
very, very upset.
"Just can't jump, you just can't jump"
"Your shirt's all dirty, there's a man here from
the B.B.C."
"You just can't jump"

Mr. Plod: "We can help you"
Plod's Chorus: "We can help you"
Mr. Plod: "We're all your friends, if you come on down and talk
to us Harry"
HAROLD: You must be joking.
Take a running jump...
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Old 02-10-2008, 08:55:12   #6
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They probably saw that same scene in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
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Old 02-10-2008, 09:09:34   #7
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Yeah, that sounds hilarious. Great material.
yeah you would never say something cruel to another human or laugh at it. get over yourself you pussy.
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Old 02-10-2008, 14:45:52   #8
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There's a time and a place. A crying teen about to leap to his death is not one of them.
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Old 02-10-2008, 14:46:31   #9
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On the other hand, arrogant, ignorant, British-accent-sporting douchebags on internet forums...now there's a recipe I can live with.
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There's a time and a place. A crying teen about to leap to his death is not one of them.
your original comment was referring to the comedy routine alsie mentioned, not the incident that inspired it. that is a suitable 'time and place' no?
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after that, it's the same old fucking thing all over again.
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Old 02-10-2008, 15:49:47   #11
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If it was a comedy skit with "something like this situation", it's not funny.
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you surprise me. a bleeding heart beats underneath your cruel exterior.
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i check my hair at the elevator mirror and the highlight of my day when I say hi to a girl who's opposite of the elevator door at my floor. the one i went out with.
after that, it's the same old fucking thing all over again.
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Old 02-10-2008, 16:02:42   #13
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Can't judge the sketch without seeing it.
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Old 02-10-2008, 18:02:02   #14
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Tuesday as 17-year-old Shaun Dykes prepared to jump from the top of a multi-storey carpark in Derby, northern England, spectators allegedly shouted to him: "How far can you bounce?,"

Admit it, Brits. That raised a smile, at the very least.
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Old 02-10-2008, 18:04:50   #15
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a british band sang in 1971
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The lyric that sprung to mind was this-

"As I was walking down the street one day
I saw a house on fire
There was a man, shouting and screaming at an upper-storey window
To the crowd that was gathered there below
For he was sore afraid

Jump! You fucker, jump!
Jump into this here blanket what we are holding
And you will be all right
He jumped, hit the deck, broke his fucking neck
There was no blanket

Laugh?! We nearly shat!
We had not laughed so much since Grandma died
Or Auntie Mabel caught her left tit in the mangle
We are miserable sinners
Fi-i-ilthy fuckers

Ahhhrrrr-soles"
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Old 02-10-2008, 19:31:21   #16
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On the other hand, arrogant, ignorant, British-accent-sporting douchebags on internet forums...now there's a recipe I can live with.
you should hear the voice i imagine when i read your posts.

i guess "snivelling whiner" would be the best way to put it.
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Old 02-10-2008, 20:01:06   #17
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I'd hate to disappoint, but I've got a deeper more authoritative voice than your lead singer.
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Old 02-10-2008, 20:28:03   #18
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I'd hate to disappoint
yaaay rrrrright
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Old 02-10-2008, 22:40:08   #19
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Old 03-10-2008, 00:27:45   #20
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ah, you can give but you can't take. maybe it was you that sent in this hate mail:

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Body: your guys music is terrible, you guys basically took the shittiest sound from the 80s and made it worse. and because kids today wouldnt know good music if it bit them in the ass you guys will get famous, so congratulations on your 15 minutes of fame for making really bad music. why dont you have your singer get a manly voice and stop singing like a 12 year old girl, and give your drummer more than 3 drums in his kit, and MAYBE tell your guitarist to turn the gain up a little on the distortion. better yet, give your hippie parents back their instruments from the 60s and go back to being emo kids cuttin your wrists in the bathrooom. or maybe you guys could jsut play some good damn music and stop witht his retro-rock garbage.
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Old 03-10-2008, 01:54:46   #21
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Although I fully support a massive reduction in the population, I do not specifically encourage people to end lives.
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Admit it, Brits. That raised a smile, at the very least.
Yes.
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Old 03-10-2008, 16:50:47   #24
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Exactly. The British just have a taste for jet-black and vicious humour. Those parts of the world who prefer their humour warm and cuddly are fully entitled to their opinions and can fuck off with them.
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Exactly. The British just have a taste for jet-black and vicious humour. [...]
Holy Shit! Turns out I'm British!
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If the British didn't find humour in the macabre, there'd be no way to survive Britain.
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It's how HIGH can you bounce, not how far... sheesh
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Old 04-10-2008, 03:26:09   #28
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Far = distance travelled

it works
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Old 04-10-2008, 10:40:37   #29
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Just not so much for a leap off a building though. Far has distinct connotations of 'along' (i.e perpendicular to the force of gravity). The horizonal component of his velocity is negilble by the time he hits the ground, assuming a lethal falling height.

(I *do* have to admit that I think public suicide is pretty gay. It's suicide, it's not glamourous or an attention getting ploy, it's devastating and pathetic. There will always be circumstances where the attempt is entirely genuine, that are truly tragic - and conversly there are times when it isn't. I can see public opinion being almost a coinflip based on that perception.)
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Yeah I mean if you are going to kill yourself in public, you should at least attempt to take a bunch of innocent bystanders with you. Next time load your body with impact explosives.
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Old 04-10-2008, 18:54:03   #31
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It's fun that you think public suicide is pretty gay given how high the gay teen suicide rates are.
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It just means that we have to work harder on making straight teenagers suicidal.
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