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The 5 Most Spectacular Landscapes on Earth (That Murder You)
cracked.com ^ | March 18, 2012 | Budd Erickson

Posted on 01/27/2013 4:31:58 PM PST by BBell

Mother Nature is an evil bitch that wants us dead. We know this, we accept it, we try to burn one plant a day as petty revenge against her for it and we move on with our lives. But sometimes her traps are so unsubtle, so obviously, blatantly designed to do nothing but murder human beings in the most awful ways possible that we can't help but stand and applaud her sheer balls. In that spirit, here are five of Mother Nature's more vicious bear traps:

(Excerpt) Read more at cracked.com ...


TOPICS: Outdoors; Society; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: landscapes
As with everything from cracked.com there is foul language.

I particularly liked The Bolton Strid in Yorkshire.

1 posted on 01/27/2013 4:32:01 PM PST by BBell
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To: BBell

Hmmm, no mention of Chicago. But then, the landscape isn’t all that great anyways.........


2 posted on 01/27/2013 4:45:55 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
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To: BBell

Wow, that Strid sounds like serious business.

And I liked this caption under the first one with the limestone spikes: “Sometimes the formations produce Yes album covers just to mess with you.”


3 posted on 01/27/2013 4:46:33 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: BBell
That is some scary sh*t...

The Bolton Strid in Yorkshire

Right out of King Arthur or Harry Potter

A small little calm stream in a beautiful meadow that will KILL you dead 100% of the time if you put more than a toe in it...and never give up any bodies...

4 posted on 01/27/2013 4:53:26 PM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Yardstick

The Strid sounds like a perfect place to take an soon-to-be ex, when they start divorce proceedings. Just a weekend to get away and talk about it, you’d tell her.


5 posted on 01/27/2013 4:54:21 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: BBell

The Corryvreckan Maelstrom looks pretty wicked.


6 posted on 01/27/2013 4:54:49 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: BBell
This one is too good:

Sometimes the formations produce Yes album covers just to mess with you.

I guess they want this if linked:(Read more: http://www.cracked.com/article_19705_the-5-most-spectacular-landscapes-earth-that-murder-you.html#ixzz2JE7Qd2s4)

7 posted on 01/27/2013 4:54:52 PM PST by freedumb2003 (I learned everything I needed to know about racism from Colin Powell)
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To: Yardstick

The Strid sounds like a perfect place to take an soon-to-be ex, when they start divorce proceedings. Just a weekend to get away and talk about it, you’d tell her.


8 posted on 01/27/2013 4:55:04 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: BBell
The Strid sounds like a great place to raise kids. It's always good to have a Darwin test around.

/johnny

9 posted on 01/27/2013 4:55:41 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: BBell

Maybe Obama will visit one of these sites! I can dream.


10 posted on 01/27/2013 4:57:56 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: BBell

Great site. They use some foul language, but not much. It’s more to keep their target audience engaged (i.e., those in public schools and those that went to public schools).

The Strid is intense, but the “Yes” album cover is hysterical.


11 posted on 01/27/2013 5:02:57 PM PST by BobL
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To: BBell

One landscape that should be included will actually kill you while you are just standing there. Those are the glacial silt “beaches” around Anchorage, Alaska and environs.

When the tide is out, they just look and act like typical gray sand. You can stand and walk on them just fine. But when the tide comes back in, it does so underneath your feet, and from “solid ground”, you suddenly plunge downward three feet into thick, sandy chocolate pudding. And once you are down, nobody is strong enough to get their legs out of that vacuum.

And then the tide comes in over the top, and you drown.

It happens frequently enough so that there is a helicopter rescue. No, not directly, because if it tried to lift you out it would tear your legs out of their sockets.

But a very, very brave man, with “mud snowshoes”, and a pressurized backpack full of water lands next to you, inserts a tube next to your legs, which sprays enough water down their to hopefully break the suction.

He works quickly, because he has to. And though there are signs and constant warnings everywhere, dumbasses still go for walks on that silt, and die.


12 posted on 01/27/2013 5:06:35 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Thank you, I had never heard of the glacial silt beaches. It ought to be on this list.


13 posted on 01/27/2013 5:25:16 PM PST by BBell (And Now for Something Completely Different)
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To: BBell

Urban-8th-grader language aside....it was very entertaining. I enjoyed the read (and will scrupulously avoid ALL 5 sites....yeesh.....).


14 posted on 01/27/2013 5:33:50 PM PST by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: BBell

These are mere tears in the carpet compared to The Fiery Furnace of Dismemberment and Death located just south of Toadsuck, Arkansas. Gift shop open daily from 9-5.


15 posted on 01/27/2013 6:44:51 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6

I give up. I looked up what you posted and I cannot find anything. Do you have a link?


16 posted on 01/27/2013 6:53:19 PM PST by BBell (And Now for Something Completely Different)
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To: BBell

I think because it is imaginary. I’ve been to Toadsuck AR. Didn’t see anything resembling what they described. In fact it is on a river.


17 posted on 01/27/2013 7:10:23 PM PST by BipolarBob (Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favor.)
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I salute you, sir! Any man who has been to Toadsuck, and lived to tell about it, is aces in my book.


18 posted on 01/27/2013 7:26:59 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: BBell

No, I don’t have a link. I like my sausage in patties, not links. Nyuk, Nyuk, Nyuk. I’m sorry. Some days I’m a knucklehead.


19 posted on 01/27/2013 7:31:01 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: freedumb2003

Worked at a site with similar weathered limestone rock. The top edges are VERY sharp as the water wears them down to a knife edge. Like a flint arrow I suppose. Tears up the bottom of your Vibram boots. A buddy slipped on a wet rock and gashed his leg pretty good when he landed.


20 posted on 01/27/2013 7:33:49 PM PST by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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To: blueunicorn6; BBell

I’ve been all over I tell you. I’ve been to London, Paris and Havana and never left the state of Arkansas. I have relatives that live near Houston which ain’t too far from Toadsuck. I drove my wife crazy at Big Flat. “Look there’s a Big Flat dog”. “Over there’s a Big Flat house”. Arkansas has some crazy names for some towns.


21 posted on 01/27/2013 7:37:06 PM PST by BipolarBob (Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favor.)
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To: BBell

Forgot the Dreaded Fire Swamp filled with Rodents of Unusual Size!


22 posted on 01/27/2013 8:42:29 PM PST by Madhattan
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To: freedumb2003

“Sometimes the formations produce Yes album covers just to mess with you.”

Kudos to Roger Dean. Some of the best album artwork of the 20th century.


23 posted on 01/27/2013 8:44:40 PM PST by Artie (We are surrounded by MORONS)
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To: BBell

I would highly recommend a visit to Anchorage and Seward about the first or second week of July. It is staggeringly beautiful, the temperature is typically moderate, around 70F, everything is green and lush (Anchorage hosts a summer ‘flower theme’ for gardens), and there are wild animals all over the place.

Or, as someone said, “We have pigeons. They have bald and golden eagles.”

An oddity is that it is daytime about 20 hours a day, and you feel so full of energy you want to walk everywhere, and are never sleepy. At 10:30pm your brain will tell you that it is 4pm.

Anchorage is pristine, clean, and a highly entertaining place as well, as the people in summer are as active as the animals and plants, to take advantage of the season. Prices are about par with the rest of the US, except for a lack of “convenience” items, like fast food. And, ironically, seafood is a bit more expensive.

It is a semi-heaven for fishermen, semi- because the water can be like glass one minute, and turn into 8 or 10 foot swells the next. But your reward might be a salmon the size of your leg, or a 150 pound flounder.

But yes, stay off the glacial silt.


24 posted on 01/28/2013 5:05:06 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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