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Utah man, 22, accidentally jumps to his death during rope-swing stunt
Daily Mail Online ^ | March 24, 2013 | Associated Press Reporter

Posted on 03/25/2013 12:55:51 PM PDT by Teotwawki

A 22-year-old Utah man was killed while swinging from a rock arch in a stunt made popular by YouTube. Grand County sheriff's officials say Kyle Lee Stocking, of West Jordan, died about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, after hitting the ground below the 140-foot-tall Corona Arch near Moab. Sheriff's Lt. Kim Neal told The Salt Lake Tribune the length of rope from the arch was miscalculated and sent Stocking swinging into the ground as he went under the red sandstone formation.

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TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: darwinaward; rope; swing
Darwin award nominee. Seems like this would have been one of the first things to check or like my father taught me: "measure twice, cut once."
1 posted on 03/25/2013 12:55:51 PM PDT by Teotwawki
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To: Teotwawki

The age old problem - 140’ drop using a 145’ rope.

like trying to fit 5 lbs of sh** in a 3 lb bag.


2 posted on 03/25/2013 12:58:11 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: Teotwawki

was he a registered Democrat or a decent person?


3 posted on 03/25/2013 12:58:29 PM PDT by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: Teotwawki

A man’s got to know his limitations.


4 posted on 03/25/2013 12:59:22 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Teotwawki

You seldom read about a 45 year old man accidentally jumping to his death.


5 posted on 03/25/2013 1:00:59 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Teotwawki

I gave up swinging when I was about 12 years old. No ‘swinging’ jokes please. LOL


6 posted on 03/25/2013 1:01:06 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (PRISON AT BENGHAZI?????)
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To: Teotwawki

Whoops!


7 posted on 03/25/2013 1:01:25 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: Teotwawki

Ooopsey...


8 posted on 03/25/2013 1:02:40 PM PDT by mylife (The ASoory BrotherRoar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Teotwawki

Hope you have better luck than I did — I postd this twice and it was pulled twice.


9 posted on 03/25/2013 1:02:45 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Teotwawki

I wonder if they have done this from the new Hoover Dam bypass bridge on US 93? The span is almost 1000 feet above the bottom of the gorge.


10 posted on 03/25/2013 1:02:54 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: mylife

“Missed it by that much.”


11 posted on 03/25/2013 1:02:58 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Teotwawki

Caution: Objects may be closer than they appear


12 posted on 03/25/2013 1:03:14 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: Teotwawki

Always best to do a test run with a tyre or other moderately heavy object tied to the end of the rope.


13 posted on 03/25/2013 1:04:00 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Teotwawki

Learning Math in school could save your life.


14 posted on 03/25/2013 1:04:16 PM PDT by soycd
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To: Teotwawki

Measure twice, cut once.


15 posted on 03/25/2013 1:04:41 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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To: Teotwawki

Not good. It’s that sudden stop that gets ya all the time.


16 posted on 03/25/2013 1:05:00 PM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: PGR88

“...like trying to fit 5 lbs of sh** in a 3 lb bag.”

For shame, one should respect the president - or whatever is imitating him (it) right now.


17 posted on 03/25/2013 1:05:33 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Teotwawki


18 posted on 03/25/2013 1:05:34 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: Teotwawki

Or as my old man used to say “It’s perfect on this end - just a little long on this end though.”


19 posted on 03/25/2013 1:06:23 PM PDT by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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To: PGR88
"The age old problem - 140’ drop using a 145’ rope."

He could only use a computer not a tape measure. It was just a rounding error.

20 posted on 03/25/2013 1:06:38 PM PDT by ex-snook (God is Love)
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To: b4its2late

21 posted on 03/25/2013 1:06:44 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: b4its2late

That’s right, it’s not the rope swing that kilt ‘im!


22 posted on 03/25/2013 1:07:13 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: dfwgator

Outstanding!


23 posted on 03/25/2013 1:07:37 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Vigilanteman

“Always best to do a test run with a tyre or other moderately heavy object tied to the end of the rope.”

I bet he did not bother to calculate and subtract his own height into his measurements of the rope.


24 posted on 03/25/2013 1:07:52 PM PDT by OKRA2012
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To: Da Coyote; PGR88

When I went through Army Basic at Fort Leonard Wood, back in February of 69, the Drill Sergeants had a term for that bag full of stuff.

They called it a “Blivet.”

I have found the term applies to many situations and people - especially lately.


25 posted on 03/25/2013 1:08:36 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: Teotwawki

When asked to comment, noted film star Wile E. Coyote had this to say: “Been there.”


26 posted on 03/25/2013 1:09:44 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: OKRA2012

And the strechyness of said rope


27 posted on 03/25/2013 1:10:26 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: al baby

Yup.

Or, he told the guy at Home Depot to cut him 130 ft. of rope and they Home Depot thought he said 150 ft. of rope.

Great lawsuit!


28 posted on 03/25/2013 1:12:27 PM PDT by OKRA2012
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To: OKRA2012

Damn metric system.


29 posted on 03/25/2013 1:13:56 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Teotwawki

A little first-semester college physics reveals that - neglecting wind resistance - he would have been going about 67 miles per hour at the point of impact. Assuming he was off by 5 feet in his measurement, the rope would have made an angle of about 2° compared to vertical. Furthermore, his velocity would have had a vertical component of about 0.1 feet per second at the point of impact... his fanny would have been moving almost 70 mph though.

Of course, if there was anything obstructing his path that was harder than a pillow, we’d be talking a Wile E. Coyote kind a situation.


30 posted on 03/25/2013 1:20:29 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Teotwawki
Static Rope stretches 2-4% under load
Dynamic rope 6-12% under load

You better know your rope before you jump
that 100’ line may become 110’ under load
the difference between a thrilling jump
and a terminal adventure

31 posted on 03/25/2013 1:22:08 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: Teotwawki

Rope swing videos.

World’s Largest Rope Swing (Moab, UT)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4B36Lr0Unp4

World’s Most Insane Rope Swing Ever!!! - Canyon Cliff Jump
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljTcpp1hMoA

Be sure to max the video quality and turn up the volume.


32 posted on 03/25/2013 1:35:11 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Vigilanteman

We can’t get tyre’s around here.
We have to import them from England.


33 posted on 03/25/2013 1:36:05 PM PDT by mylife (The ASoory BrotherRoar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Teotwawki

Stoopit.

I’m actually going to make that same jump later thus year but, I’ll be doing with a group who is experienced......

Oh! .... I won’t be the 1st jumper.

Might go second though....


34 posted on 03/25/2013 1:38:46 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Behind The Scenes - World’s Largest Rope Swing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkptQOPEWSg

They kept mentioning about not dying and also using a bag of rocks on the end of the swing to test it before anyone tried it.


35 posted on 03/25/2013 1:47:59 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: HangnJudge

I was thinking the same thing. Forgot to figure in the stretch. Wonder if the video from his Go Pro survived?


36 posted on 03/25/2013 1:52:00 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Teotwawki

Darwin Award candidate twice over. Those arches were created by a geologic process. There’s a reason they’re arches and not solid rock. There’s a video on youtube showing the collapse of the bottom of one of the arches in Arches National Park one my wife’s and mine favorite national parks. There’s no warning...just a collapse of tons of rock. If you’re underneath, it’s curtains. Or if you’re swinging from a rope.


37 posted on 03/25/2013 1:52:40 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: PGR88

Like bungee jumping without a bungee.


38 posted on 03/25/2013 2:11:25 PM PDT by 353FMG ( I do not indicate whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: Teotwawki

Yep. A local kid in my old neighborhood tried something similar with a home made bungee cord and a jump from a railroad trestle. His body was found face down, with about three feet of excess bungee cord piled atop his back. Moment of extreme clarity must have occurred at about 24” prior to impact.


39 posted on 03/25/2013 2:17:30 PM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
bag of rocks

Sounds like "Baracks"

40 posted on 03/25/2013 2:22:59 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Teotwawki

Ugh. RIP.


41 posted on 03/25/2013 2:28:26 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: PGR88

Or he didn’t account for the rope stretching.


42 posted on 03/25/2013 2:44:27 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Teotwawki
Did he forget to subtract his own height from the length of the rope?

-PJ

43 posted on 03/25/2013 2:47:48 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: GreenHornet

I’m amazed that it took 26 comments before that esteemed expert, Mr W.E. Coyote, was called up for his learned comments!


44 posted on 03/25/2013 4:23:00 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: Teotwawki

I’ll bet he was surprised, just not for long!


45 posted on 03/25/2013 4:56:36 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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