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Ice swimmer plans new world record dip
Reuters ^ | 12/2/05 | Staff

Posted on 12/02/2005 8:06:05 AM PST by Millee

Sporting just a swimsuit, a swimming cap and goggles, Lewis Pugh plots to conquer the icy Antarctic waters.The solicitor braved the Arctic Ocean in August and now plans three long distance swims in the Antarctic, the first to accomplish such a feat in both of the world's coldest seas.

"Its the last boundary of polar exploration," Pugh, 35, told Reuters as he prepared to leap into a small plastic pool as helpers shovel in mounds of fresh ice.

"The classical era of walking to the South Pole is over and now what we are doing is testing the boundaries of human endurance in the water," he said.

Pugh, who put his career on hold to follow his swimming dreams, swam the English Channel at the age of 22 and holds the record for the most northerly swim -- a 1 km (0.6 mile) sprint at 80 degrees north off the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen.

This month a team of scientists will monitor three long distance swims, the last a 1 km attempt near Vernadsky, the Ukrainian scientific base on Antarctica, at 65 degrees south and water expected below 0 degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit).

"These swims will definitely be the most challenging I have ever attempted. I expect the water will be even colder than the Arctic," he said.

Besides the real risk of freezing to death, he must avoid the deadly leopard seal, faster and more at ease in the ice.

FREEZER CYCLING

Fishermen chuckle in amazement as Pugh trains near a fishing company's storerooms in Cape Town harbour, bobbing around chunks of ice in a tiny pool.

Assistants shovel in more ice to bring the water to below 1 degree Celsius (34 F) as scientists eye his heart rate for signs of stress.

On other days he trains on a stationary bicycle in a giant fish freezer in temperatures as low as 35 degrees Celsius below freezing (-31 degrees F).

The record attempt is being sponsored by South Africa's Sports Science Institute and Polar Star Expeditions, a Norwegian-Canadian company that runs cruise trips near both the North and South Poles.

Lara Dugas, an expert in energy expenditure and a member of the expedition team, believes Pugh's body has adapted to endure temperatures that would push others to hypothermia.

"There must be something about him to allow him to stay longer in the water, he seems to be more cold adapted, with less of a cold shock response," she said.

Leading South African sports scientist Tim Noakes says he is amazed at Pugh's ability to raise his core body temperature prior to entering the water.

"I believe it's a Pavlovian response to years of cold water training. It gives Lewis the edge and he is therefore able to swim in water which would disable most humans in seconds."

Pugh's record-breaking swim will make him the first to survive the waters around the two poles, and the most prolific "expedition" swimmer in the world. But there remains one small problem.

"I hate being cold," he says, shivering after another gruelling icy training session.


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: iceswimming; shrinkage; why
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1 posted on 12/02/2005 8:06:06 AM PST by Millee
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To: PaulaB; Dashing Dasher; Jersey Republican Biker Chick; najida; teenyelliott; grellis; ...

I WAS IN THE POOL!!! ping..


2 posted on 12/02/2005 8:06:40 AM PST by Millee ("Life is just one damned thing after another" - Elbert Hubbard)
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To: Millee

Um...the first question I have is:

Why??

Is he trying to set a record for Most Shrunken Male Genitalia??


3 posted on 12/02/2005 8:09:47 AM PST by RockinRight (It’s likely for a Conservative to be a Republican, but not always the other way around)
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To: Millee

Uh huh,
No....
Never....

I don't even take a bath unless the space heater is cranked up to fry.


4 posted on 12/02/2005 8:11:17 AM PST by najida (People are often mirror images of the things they hate most.)
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To: Millee

This guy just ain't right - period.


5 posted on 12/02/2005 8:11:55 AM PST by day10 (Wherever you come near the human race there's layers and layers of nonsense.)
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To: najida

Amen to that sister. Whenever I see anything about the "Polar Bear Club" my first thought is, "you guys are idiots!"


6 posted on 12/02/2005 8:13:11 AM PST by Millee ("Life is just one damned thing after another" - Elbert Hubbard)
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To: Millee

He once spent 20 minutes next to Hillary 'the cold witch' Clinton so this task should be no big deal.


7 posted on 12/02/2005 8:14:04 AM PST by YouPosting2Me
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To: Millee

“Uhhh... easy on the ice.”

8 posted on 12/02/2005 8:16:09 AM PST by johnny7 (“You have a corpse in a car, minus a head, in the garage. Take me to it.”)
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To: RockinRight

LOLOLOL


9 posted on 12/02/2005 8:16:53 AM PST by patton ("Hard Drive Cemetary" - forthcoming best seller)
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To: Millee

Something tells me that gonad size isn't his biggest problem.


10 posted on 12/02/2005 8:22:53 AM PST by Dashing Dasher ( Your airplane is like your p*nis. Don't let anyone touch it unless they know what they are doing.)
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To: Millee

Well, the title got the "dip" part right, but they left off the rest.


11 posted on 12/02/2005 8:22:57 AM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: najida

Right on Najida! I live 7 miles from the Pacific Blue and I wouldn't swim in that Ocean on the hottest day in the summer!

The only nice thing about Florida is the BEACHES the Fl Panhandle Mexico Beach, Panama City, Navarre is proably the most beautiful beaches I have ever been on, now they are a hurricaine statisitic..


12 posted on 12/02/2005 8:24:15 AM PST by laney (ann-orexia wants to be me so bad!)
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To: laney
Hey Fax Machine, after you get over your Fascination with me HAHA, maybe you will go sweep the dust out of your doublewide.. Damn some people believe anything they read on the Internet.LOL...Just my imagination running away with me...SO ya think cyberspace is the real world??? Knocked out another clown! HAHAHAHA
13 posted on 12/02/2005 9:21:02 AM PST by laney (ann-orexia wants to be me so bad!)
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To: laney

One more thing FAX MACHINE: You are almost bordering on Stalking and Harrassment, I don't think the Owner of that site would be to happy with ya if he had to close up shop for being reported for posters possibly involved in Identity Theft and Stalking Charges.

This is your warning Knock it off now! or you will see something very dramatic come your way..not to pleasant..

Fun's over...


14 posted on 12/02/2005 9:34:10 AM PST by laney (ann-orexia wants to be me so bad!)
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To: laney

Perhaps I don't have enough coffee in me yet (I'm only on my first pot, fercryinoutloud!) but did you post this on the wrong thread???


15 posted on 12/02/2005 10:09:39 AM PST by Millee ("Life is just one damned thing after another" - Elbert Hubbard)
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To: Millee

NO but I will explain in a sec...


16 posted on 12/02/2005 10:30:56 AM PST by laney (ann-orexia wants to be me so bad!)
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To: laney

Fax Machine, Red Vig-
Say what you want becuase you can be posting lie after lie I can make you all believe whatever I want because I already have.

When you seek out an individual and throw pers/conf on the net that is ILLEGAL, your site will be shut down in a hot second, keep doing it you are on record and notice...

And so will the owners be here shortly.


17 posted on 12/02/2005 10:34:44 AM PST by laney (ann-orexia wants to be me so bad!)
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To: laney

Don't worry FAX I will know who you TRULY ARE and where you reside very shortly you had put someone's name on that site who is in law enforcement and is not to happy with you sweet cheeks!...

In fact it is my mission to identify you baby!
ID THEFT IS A CRIME PUNISHABLE BY PRISON AND A HEFTY FINE but you already proably know this!


18 posted on 12/02/2005 11:04:51 AM PST by laney (ann-orexia wants to be me so bad!)
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To: Millee

"I was in the pool!, I was in the pool!" (Shrinkage) :D


19 posted on 12/02/2005 12:12:39 PM PST by Echo Talon (http://echotalon.blogspot.com)
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To: Millee

I just noticed that your #2 post said "I was in the pool!" LOL
George was the best! :)


20 posted on 12/02/2005 12:14:14 PM PST by Echo Talon (http://echotalon.blogspot.com)
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To: laney

FYI: FAX
California Stalking Law

Penal Code § 646.9. Stalking. 1990. Amended 2002.

(a) Any person who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows or willfully and maliciously harasses another person and who makes a credible threat with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear for his or her safety, or the safety of his or her immediate family * * * is guilty of the crime of stalking, punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for not more than one year, or by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($ 1,000), or by both that fine and imprisonment, or by imprisonment in the state prison.

(b) Any person who violates subdivision (a) when there is a temporary restraining order, injunction, or any other court order in effect prohibiting the behavior described in subdivision (a) against the same party, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for two, three, or four years.

(c)(1) Every person who, after having been convicted of a felony under Section 273.5, 273.6, or 422, commits a violation of subdivision (a) shall be punished by imprisonment in a county jail for not more than one year, or by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($ 1,000), or by both that fine and imprisonment, or by imprisonment in the state prison for two, three, or five years.

(2) Every person who, after having been convicted of a felony under subdivision (a), commits a violation of this section shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for two, three, or five years.

(d) In addition to the penalties provided in this section, the sentencing court may order a person convicted of a felony under this section to register as a sex offender pursuant to subparagraph (E) of paragraph (2) of subdivision (a) of Section 290.

(e) For the purposes of this section, "harasses" means engages in a knowing and willful course of conduct directed at a specific person that seriously alarms, annoys, torments, or terrorizes the person, and that serves no legitimate purpose.

(f) For the purposes of this section, "course of conduct" means two or more acts occurring over a period of time, however short, evidencing a continuity of purpose. Constitutionally protected activity is not included within the meaning of "course of conduct."

(g) For the purposes of this section, "credible threat" means a verbal or written threat, including that performed through the use of an electronic communication device, or a threat implied by a pattern of conduct or a combination of verbal, written, or electronically communicated statements and conduct, made with the intent to place the person that is the target of the threat in reasonable fear for his or her safety or the safety of his or her family, and made with the apparent ability to carry out the threat so as to cause the person who is the target of the threat to reasonably fear for his or her safety or the safety of his or her family. It is not necessary to prove that the defendant had the intent to actually carry out the threat. The present incarceration of a person making the threat shall not be a bar to prosecution under this section. Constitutionally protected activity is not included within the meaning of “credible threat.”

(h) For purposes of this section, the term "electronic communication device" includes, but is not limited to, telephones, cellular phones, computers, video recorders, fax machines, or pagers. "Electronic communication" has the same meaning as the term defined in Subsection 12 of Section 2510 of Title 18 of the United States Code.

(i) This section shall not apply to conduct that occurs during labor picketing.

(j) If probation is granted, or the execution or imposition of a sentence is suspended, for any person convicted under this section, it shall be a condition of probation that the person participate in counseling, as designated by the court. However, the court, upon a showing of good cause, may find that the counseling requirement shall not be imposed.

(k) The sentencing court also shall consider issuing an order restraining the defendant from any contact with the victim, that may be valid for up to 10 years, as determined by the court. It is the intent of the Legislature that the length of any restraining order be based upon the seriousness of the facts before the court, the probability of future violations, and the safety of the victim and his or her immediate family.

(l) For purposes of this section, "immediate family" means any spouse, parent, child, any person related by consanguinity or affinity within the second degree, or any other person who regularly resides in the household, or who, within the prior six months, regularly resided in the household.

(m) The court shall consider whether the defendant would benefit from treatment pursuant to Section 2684. If it is determined to be appropriate, the court shall recommend that the Department of Corrections make a certification as provided in Section 2684. Upon the certification, the defendant shall be evaluated and transferred to the appropriate hospital for treatment pursuant to Section 2684.

Penal Code § 422. Punishment for threats. 1988. Amended 1998.

Any person who willfully threatens to commit a crime which will result in death or great bodily injury to another person, with the specific intent that the statement, made verbally, in writing, or by means of an electronic communication device, is to be taken as a threat, even if there is no intent of actually carrying it out, which, on its face and under the circumstances in which it is made, is so unequivocal, unconditional, immediate, and specific as to convey to the person threatened, a gravity of purpose and an immediate prospect of execution of the threat, and thereby causes that person reasonably to be in sustained fear for his or her own safety or for his or her immediate family's safety, shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail not to exceed one year, or by imprisonment in the state prison.

For the purposes of this section, "immediate family" means any spouse, whether by marriage or not, parent, child, any person related by consanguinity or affinity within the second degree, or any other person who regularly resides in the household, or who, within the prior six months, regularly resided in the household.

"Electronic communication device" includes, but is not limited to, telephones, cellular telephones, computers, video recorders, fax machines, or pagers. "Electronic communication" has the same meaning as the term defined in Subsection 12 of Section 2510 of Title 18 of the United States Code.

§ 653m. Obscene, threatening or annoying telephone calls. 1963. Amended 1999.

(a) Every person who, with intent to annoy, telephones or makes contact by means of an electronic communication device with another and addresses to or about the other person any obscene language or addresses to the other person any threat to inflict injury to the person or property of the person addressed or any member of his or her family, is guilty of a misdemeanor. Nothing in this subdivision shall apply to telephone calls or electronic contacts made in good faith.

(b) Every person who makes repeated telephone calls or makes repeated contact by means of an electronic communication device with intent to annoy another person at his or her residence, is, whether or not conversation ensues from making the telephone call or electronic contact, guilty of a misdemeanor. Nothing in this subdivision shall apply to telephone calls or electronic contacts made in good faith.

(c) Every person who makes repeated telephone calls or makes repeated contact by means of an electronic communication device with the intent to annoy another person at his or her place of work is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($ 1,000), or by imprisonment in a county jail for not more than one year, or by both that fine and imprisonment. Nothing in this subdivision shall apply to telephone calls or electronic contacts made in good faith. This subdivision applies only if one or both of the following circumstances exist:

(1) There is a temporary restraining order, an injunction, or any other court order, or any combination of these court orders, in effect prohibiting the behavior described in this section.

(2) The person makes repeated telephone calls or makes repeated contact by means of an electronic communication device with the intent to annoy another person at his or her place of work, totaling more than 10 times in a 24-hour period, whether or not conversation ensues from making the telephone call or electronic contact, and the repeated telephone calls or electronic contacts are made to the workplace of an adult or fully emancipated minor who is a spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, former cohabitant, or person with whom the person has a child or has had a dating or engagement relationship or is having a dating or engagement relationship.

(d) Any offense committed by use of a telephone may be deemed to have been committed where the telephone call or calls were made or received. Any offense committed by use of an electronic communication device or medium, including the Internet, may be deemed to have been committed when the electronic communication or communications were originally sent or first viewed by the recipient.

(e) Subdivision (a), (b), or (c) is violated when the person acting with intent to annoy makes a telephone call requesting a return call and performs the acts prohibited under subdivision (a), (b), or (c) upon receiving the return call.

(f) If probation is granted, or the execution or imposition of sentence is suspended, for any person convicted under this section, the court may order as a condition of probation that the person participate in counseling.

(g) For purposes of this section, the term "electronic communication device" includes, but is not limited to, telephones, cellular phones, computers, video recorders, fax machines, or pagers. "Electronic communication" has the same meaning as the term defined in Subsection 12 of Section 2510 of Title 18 of the United States Code.




21 posted on 12/02/2005 1:34:43 PM PST by laney (ann-orexia wants to be me so bad!)
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To: laney

Nah- Wenches Pass..
Almost the weekend and I am off the silly computer for a couple days, you know me it's friday Big Hair, Black Skin tight Dress Slits on the side playing poker winning from some old fat farts! HAHA...You girls should learn to play Poker! LOL.. You can give writing/grammar lessons and I will show ya how to win some dinero!
Hasta La Vista !


22 posted on 12/02/2005 3:08:06 PM PST by laney (ann-orexia wants to be me so bad!)
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