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Hang in there

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young babes
05-23-2008
03:55 PM ET (US)
It's a pleasant surprise to find a sanctury from all that modern inane garbage they call music.
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jleaderPerson was signed in when posted
01-30-2003
01:26 PM ET (US)
Well, his Jeep is sitting on _something_ up off the ground. The article also said his vehicle rolled something like 5 times. So I would imagine some fraction of his forward momentum got converted to upward momentum.

60mph is 88 feet/sec, which is about 27 meters/sec. If you convert all that kinetic energy into potential energy (say, by hitting a frictionless jump ramp) you'd get

1/2 * m * v^2 = m * g * h

Or: h = v^2 / (2 * g)

where g is aceleration due to gravity, 9.8 m/sec^2,
so with v=27 m/sec, you get h=36.7 meters, which is roughly 120 feet.

The same calculations at 25mph (37 fps = 11 m/sec) give a maximum height of 6.4 meters = 21 feet.

Sorry, geeked out there for a minute.
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SongdogPerson was signed in when posted
01-30-2003
10:06 AM ET (US)
A friend sent me this photo of the event, which is much clearer. Anyone care to speculate how he got so much upward momentum?
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IBLIS The Ultraviolet
01-29-2003
06:13 PM ET (US)
He's still lucky he just "bounced off" the wires as he was flying through the air, rather than ending up either very well-done or cut into a couple pieces.

iblis }()+
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jleaderPerson was signed in when posted
01-29-2003
02:46 PM ET (US)
I believe the article said he was hanging from phone lines (or perhaps cable TV cables)? There were power lines _above_ him that had to be turned off before he could be rescued.

In theory, typical "last mile" power lines feeding houses have 220 volts between them, and they're supposed to be insulated, so you _should_ be able to touch them without harm (but linemen still exercise caution around them).
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IBLIS The Ultraviolet
01-29-2003
02:35 PM ET (US)
Shouldn't that have been "power line", singular? If he was hanging onto any more than one line, they wouldn't have had much to bring back down other than a charbroiled corpse.[/nitpick]

iblis }()+
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ahaPerson was signed in when posted
01-29-2003
01:09 PM ET (US)
The "God was not in control" movement has few spokespersons.
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Kevin Fox
01-29-2003
12:08 AM ET (US)
Clearly, faith in God is a suitable substitute for a seat belt.
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phyx
01-28-2003
10:33 PM ET (US)
Well that settles it, ima gon git me one uh them bibles.
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Higgins Whilshire IV, EsqPerson was signed in when posted
01-28-2003
07:34 PM ET (US)
ha... that's nothing compared to this. My favorite car accident of the year.

read while eating.
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chico haasPerson was signed in when posted
01-28-2003
07:30 PM ET (US)
"Dude, turn off my car." Who's first, Letterman, Leno or Conan?
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TimmyTPerson was signed in when posted
01-28-2003
07:30 PM ET (US)
It doesn't sound like anyone was in control.
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greg gilpatrickPerson was signed in when posted
01-28-2003
07:14 PM ET (US)
you didn't mention the best quote in the whole thing:

"I was told he was hanging on for dear life,I didn't know they meant he literally was hanging on for dear life."
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Stefan JonesPerson was signed in when posted
01-28-2003
07:03 PM ET (US)
'"God was definitely in control," he said.'

This God feller should write for "ER" or "Third Watch." This accident would make a bitchin episode.

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