Out of the Blue

Happy Valentine's Day!

There are many aspects of life one can only experience from behind the wheel of a car. One negative such experience that I am yet to experience is being responsible for any of the road kill that decorates our highways (unless you count insects, which are notoriously hard to avoid). This came close to changing two nights ago, as while driving along on a deserted road I found myself on a collision course with a doe. I came to a tire screeching stop leaving me practically face-to-face with Bambi, who had not moved from the spot where I first saw her (directly in my path). Of course, on this occasion I happened to be in MrsBlue's little car, rather than my own somewhat more substantial truck, so I have a feeling the car would have ended up worse for the encounter than the deer had it come to that. So I sat there staring at the beast. She blinked... I blinked. Repeat. No movement. More waiting. No movement. Around this time I started to get nervous, since I wasn't far past a blind turn, and was beginning to picture the carnage that would occur if someone rounded the corner behind me. I put on my hazards, and tried honking the horn. This had the opposite of the desired effect, as the spooked doe now seemed even more rooted to her spot, so I just had to wait it out. I'm sure that it was less than 30 seconds before she made her way off, but as you might imagine it seemed like an hour. Anyway, this whole experience makes it that much clearer why so many deer get hit... with the way their instincts work against them in these cases, I'm surprised it doesn't happen more often.

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Re: Another story
Feb 16, 2002, 00:10
anon@208.1
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Re: Another story Feb 16, 2002, 00:10
Feb 16, 2002, 00:10
anon@208.1
 
Mynd you, moose bites Kan be pretti nasti...
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Re: Another story
Feb 14, 2002, 23:54
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Re: Another story Feb 14, 2002, 23:54
Feb 14, 2002, 23:54
 
A Møøse once bit my sister ...

No realli! She was Karving her initials on the møøse with the sharpened end of an interspace tøøthbrush given her by Svenge - her brother-in-law - an Oslo dentist and star of many Norwegian møvies: "The Høt Hands of an Oslo Dentist", "Fillings of Passion", "The Huge Mølars of Horst Nordfink".



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screech - BOOM
Feb 14, 2002, 22:23
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screech - BOOM Feb 14, 2002, 22:23
Feb 14, 2002, 22:23
 
As long as we're on the subject, I suppose I should contribute the tale of having Blue Himself on my six, doing roughly *twice* the posted speed limit (of 70 MPH), myself on a bike, he in a vette: when an ignorant water buffalo decided to play bambi.
After I narrowly avoided him, the bison decided to chase the motorcycle, leaving der Bluester to manuever past his bovine stupidity.
One of those rare moments that I *adore* hunters...

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Re: Deer in head light...
Feb 14, 2002, 22:19
anon@66.168
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Re: Deer in head light... Feb 14, 2002, 22:19
Feb 14, 2002, 22:19
anon@66.168
 
Deer stop dead in their tracks for bright lights. they are temporarily blinded cause most deer are noctournal by nature and thus feed early in the day or late at night and almost always when theres a full moon. down here in the south when someone intentionally blinds a deer with a light then kills it we call it 'spotlighting' but its very illegal.

Hope that cleared up the subject.

--Pyst
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No subject
Feb 14, 2002, 20:47
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No subject Feb 14, 2002, 20:47
Feb 14, 2002, 20:47
 
hey blue next time an animal wants to be bossy just run it over.

good thing for SUVs.

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Re: Bambi
Feb 14, 2002, 20:28
anon@194.82
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Re: Bambi Feb 14, 2002, 20:28
Feb 14, 2002, 20:28
anon@194.82
 
When we go on holiday to Finland, we sometimes see moose when we're driving through the forest. My mum (who drives) is always really scared driving at night and takes it slow in case we come across one in the road. If you hit one of them, then as someone said, it's coming through the windscreen and into your lap, which is about the last place you ever want a ton of moose.
Driving round Lapland is weird though. There's reindeer everywhere and they don't seem scared of cars at all. They just all trot down the road perfectly happily. You have to wait for a gap in the traffic and overtake this herd of them. It's crazy.
Also, as far as I know you're not meant to brake for small animals. I think you can fail your driving test for it over here. It's meant to be too dangerous or something.
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Re: Bambi
Feb 14, 2002, 20:21
WarPig
 
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Re: Bambi Feb 14, 2002, 20:21
Feb 14, 2002, 20:21
 WarPig
 
Ok, here's my little story. I'm zooming home from work at 3 a.m. (swing shift, overtime) on my Suzuki 750 when a deer comes running out from my right and comes to a dead stop with it's front feet on the highway. It happened so fast that I didn't even have time to flinch. I came close enough that I could have taken my hand off the throttle and tapped the deer on the nose as I rode by. It took awhile for the realization to hit me that I had probably just missed dying by a matter of inches.

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Re: Mesmerized
Feb 14, 2002, 18:28
anon@147.9
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Re: Mesmerized Feb 14, 2002, 18:28
Feb 14, 2002, 18:28
anon@147.9
 
Nope probably more like: "Wow! Isn't that the guy from Half-Life?!"
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Re: lucky man!
Feb 14, 2002, 16:20
anon@68.39
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Re: lucky man! Feb 14, 2002, 16:20
Feb 14, 2002, 16:20
anon@68.39
 
In Princeton, NJ, They hired sharp shooters to thin the herd
They also want to new a baited herd and shoot bolts (litterally) in thier skulls. Hitting deer in NJ is big contributor to our high collision insurance rates too.
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Another story
Feb 14, 2002, 15:49
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Another story Feb 14, 2002, 15:49
Feb 14, 2002, 15:49
 
Just be lucky it wasnt a moose blue. Those things are tall and heavy close to a ton at times. And when you hit them you take out their legs and they fall through the windshield. I have seen many a people killed by a accident from a moose. A funny story though. A friend of mine was moose hunting and didnt have any luck. So on the way back home, he nails this huge moose with his truck. Totaled his truck, but he was okay. But when he got out of the truck, he was so happy he got a moose. It was one of the funnier moments.

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Re: Bambi
Feb 14, 2002, 15:39
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Re: Bambi Feb 14, 2002, 15:39
Feb 14, 2002, 15:39
 
On that note: What are the tell tale signs of a deer's sex. Do the antlers shed in the winter? I'm just curious as to how Blue knew the sex of the deer Details!

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ha
Feb 14, 2002, 15:31
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ha Feb 14, 2002, 15:31
Feb 14, 2002, 15:31
 
blue's incident made me laugh. i had a mental picture of him screeching to a stop in front of the doe in his little car, exasperated and confused, and in a climax of anger and desperation....honking his horn.

as if a deer is going to say "woah this guys obviously pissed. i better get move seeing as he has right of way."

that's so...geeky.

nice one.

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Re: Bambi
Feb 14, 2002, 15:26
anon@209.98
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Re: Bambi Feb 14, 2002, 15:26
Feb 14, 2002, 15:26
anon@209.98
 
this incident reminds me of a road trip we were on,
there was two cars. it was on a long streth of plains with a little blind hill.. the front car see a group of racoons, but decide that it won't be able to slam the breaks, because the car behind was driving too close.. Wham, nail the family of racoons.. 2 of em dead and wiggling all over the place (watching dead things wiggle really sicken me to my bones.) it was disgusting.. 1 ran away with a limp, and the other two was safe.. the girls were crying and the boys were like, wtf are those racoons doing there..

Glad your okay.. people die from stuff like this.. I remember the worst part of deer over population in Midwest is the deer starving to death, and people getting killed from deers on the road..
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Re: Bambi
Feb 14, 2002, 14:24
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Re: Bambi Feb 14, 2002, 14:24
Feb 14, 2002, 14:24
 
at first i thought you where talking about me, then i realized you are refering to blue, and i really don't know why i am typing any of this....

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No subject
Feb 14, 2002, 14:22
anon@63.23
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No subject Feb 14, 2002, 14:22
Feb 14, 2002, 14:22
anon@63.23
 
you guys sound like the type who'd use a time machime to watch road accidents
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Mesmerized
Feb 14, 2002, 14:22
anon@64.81
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Mesmerized Feb 14, 2002, 14:22
Feb 14, 2002, 14:22
anon@64.81
 
The doe was probably thinking, "Hey, isn't that Blue of bluesnews?"
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Road Kill
Feb 14, 2002, 14:17
anon@24.65
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Road Kill Feb 14, 2002, 14:17
Feb 14, 2002, 14:17
anon@24.65
 
As a canadian who has seen this more than once, they way to get the deer to move is really easy. They are shocked by the bright light. TURN OFF YOU HEAD LIGHTS, THEN HONK THE HORN.
It seems obvious, but intuitively as drivers we leave the lights on. Secondly this only works if you have missed the deer, AND your not moving.
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On a related note
Feb 14, 2002, 14:13
Bronco
 
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On a related note Feb 14, 2002, 14:13
Feb 14, 2002, 14:13
 Bronco
 
Since we are talking about the meeting of machine and animal here's a semi-related story involving the fan belt of an 87 Taurus and a stray cat.

Guy I know parks his car in an unheated parking garage at work. It is well know that a large group of feral cats roam the garage and alley surrounding it.

One night after a long day he hops in his car starts it up and hears a screach!

He hops out of the car and sees nothing. Couple of weeks later he takes his car in for an oil change. Yup, in the engine compartment is the remnants of a tail.

2-3 days later he sees the cat (sans tail) walking through the garage.

Guess the kitty wanted to stay warm in the engine compartment and was too lazy to move when he heard the guy get into the car.

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Spellcasting 101
Feb 14, 2002, 14:06
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Spellcasting 101 Feb 14, 2002, 14:06
Feb 14, 2002, 14:06
 
Pure genius. I love the photo of his daughter poking him with the stick.

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Rabbit suicide
Feb 14, 2002, 13:58
anon@209.86
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Rabbit suicide Feb 14, 2002, 13:58
Feb 14, 2002, 13:58
anon@209.86
 
Like Dave Barry says: "I'm not making this up." I was driving along a narrow remote two-lane stretch and saw something far up on the side of the road. Closer and it turned out to be a rabbit, just sitting there. No other traffic in sight. Just as I'm about to pass it, the rabbit jumps out into the road at exactly the right moment to be smashed under my car. Strange, like he was waiting for me or something.
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