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German Schoolboy Drops Phone on Fishing Trip, Drains Entire Pond to Look For It
Metro UK ^ | Saturday 2 Aug 2014

Posted on 08/02/2014 5:49:36 PM PDT by nickcarraway

There are people who definitely are a bit too attached to their smartphone, but this determined German schoolboy is in another league entirely.

A boy enjoying a fishing trip with a group of friends accidentally dropped his iPhone over the side of the boat – so he decided to drain the entire pond.

The 16-year-old took matters into his own hands after the angling club refused to let him use his diving suit to retrieve the device, sneaking back later that night armed with a powerful pump and two hoses.

‘I thought two pumps would drain enough of the water from the pond so I could find my cellphone,’ he told his local paper in Cologne.

‘I knew the phone was probably dead but wanted to get the data card back with the numbers, pictures and videos of my friends.’

The youngster thought that if he directed the water into the angling club toilet he may get away with his plan – but he failed to notice that the toilet wasn’t attached to a sewage system.

When the owner arrived to a flooded car park he quickly found the cause and called police.

The boy was ordered to pay for the damage for the toilet, the clean-up operation and the water to refill the pond.

And though he didn’t recover his phone, he was unapologetic.

‘It almost worked,’ he insisted.


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Outdoors; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: germany; phones; ponds; sewage

1 posted on 08/02/2014 5:49:36 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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2 posted on 08/02/2014 5:51:25 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: nickcarraway; a fool in paradise

How much did he drain?


3 posted on 08/02/2014 5:54:06 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: nickcarraway

I guess he was kicked out of the club?


4 posted on 08/02/2014 5:54:35 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: nickcarraway

5 posted on 08/02/2014 6:02:21 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: nickcarraway

good for him, ha!
(He’ll be back, he doesn’t impress us as the kind of guy who quits..)


6 posted on 08/02/2014 6:03:52 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..))
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To: nickcarraway
And though he didn’t recover his phone, he was unapologetic.
‘It almost worked,’ he insisted.

Some people really really deserve late abortions; no matter how late.

Imagine this self-centered kraut in 10 or 20 years...

7 posted on 08/02/2014 6:09:05 PM PDT by publius911 ( Politicians come and go... but the (union) bureaucracy lives and grows forever.)
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To: nickcarraway

“German engineering in der Haus, ja.”

8 posted on 08/02/2014 6:10:46 PM PDT by RichInOC ("Vat time is it?" "I dunno." "Time...to unpimp ze lake!")
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To: nickcarraway
‘It almost worked’

Filed under 'famous last words.'

9 posted on 08/02/2014 6:11:05 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (There comes a time when liberty must fight, or die.)
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To: trisham
   Very resourceful... Someday, he'll be running late for work and he will realize that if he could only slow the rotation of the Earth, then sunrise would come an hour later and he would still be on time.
10 posted on 08/02/2014 6:13:39 PM PDT by Maurice Tift (Never wear anything that panics the cat. -- P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: GeronL
How much did he drain?

Poland, and most of France.

11 posted on 08/02/2014 6:13:40 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: nickcarraway
For some reason this reminds of the Baby Ruth in pool scene in Caddyshack:

Video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPxiXGr9nFM

12 posted on 08/02/2014 6:29:42 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: nickcarraway

I am the guy at work they come to when their phones get soaked. I have a vacuum system and pump them down to insanely low pressures (like low earth orbit) to get all the water out. I have about a 30% success rate.

This dude had no chance.


13 posted on 08/02/2014 6:33:57 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: nickcarraway

Given this experience in over-reaching solutions that “almost work”, I predict this lad will enjoy a full career in government service.


14 posted on 08/02/2014 6:34:19 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: nickcarraway
First World Problems bump!
15 posted on 08/02/2014 6:38:23 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: SamAdams76

I find him quite ingenious. He’ll grow up to be a CEO one day and make millions.


16 posted on 08/02/2014 6:45:20 PM PDT by flaglady47 (The useful idiots always go first)
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To: nickcarraway

I guess he was to big a wuss to dive down to the bottom and feel around for his idol.


17 posted on 08/02/2014 7:15:51 PM PDT by crusty old prospector
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To: flaglady47
Ingenious? He stole pumps, didn't really know how to use them, flooded an adjoining park, and completely failed at his task. Had his negligent destruction of property succeeded the chances of him getting any data from a phone that had been submerged for days is negligible. You've have a really low bar for calling people ingenious.

While this type of behavior (wild plans that end in disaster, destruction, and failure) describes some CEO's I know I would hope it's atypical.

18 posted on 08/02/2014 7:26:53 PM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: Durus

It was his way of coming up with a plan to retrieve his phone that I found ingenious. Obviously it turned into a disaster, lol. But I still give him 5 stars for creative thinking. Each to their own.


19 posted on 08/02/2014 7:41:33 PM PDT by flaglady47 (The useful idiots always go first)
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To: Durus

Don’t know how this guy’s phone works, but if my phone were underwater for three days, I strongly suspect the SC card would still be readable.

Don’t know about the sim card.


20 posted on 08/02/2014 7:46:18 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (Perception wins all the battles. Reality wins all the wars.)
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To: Durus

Describes the president to a ‘T’...


21 posted on 08/02/2014 7:46:32 PM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: Durus

people think this crap is so wonderful when it damages/destroys OTHER peoples’ stuff.


22 posted on 08/02/2014 7:46:56 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: flaglady47

Then Bama’s a genius.


23 posted on 08/02/2014 7:46:59 PM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: Tijeras_Slim

“Hello, T&S Vacuum Chamber Phone Service”


24 posted on 08/02/2014 8:10:48 PM PDT by headstamp 2
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To: logi_cal869

“Then Bama’s a genius.”

Oh for heaven’s sake, lighten up you guys. This isn’ some heavy psychological thread, nor is it a political one. It’s a kid, not an adult. Geez, what a couple of downers. Go have an alcoholic drink. You need one.


25 posted on 08/02/2014 8:11:18 PM PDT by flaglady47 (The useful idiots always go first)
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To: EternalVigilance

Holt mein bier und vatch dis ...


26 posted on 08/02/2014 8:26:02 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives.)
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To: GeronL

“‘It almost worked,’ he insisted.”

Yep. Almost.


27 posted on 08/02/2014 8:27:31 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Lurker

lol


28 posted on 08/02/2014 8:28:14 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: nickcarraway

Imagine all the accidentally lost guns that he might find. I’ve lost a few that way.


29 posted on 08/02/2014 8:44:26 PM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: nickcarraway
A boy enjoying a fishing trip with a group of friends accidentally dropped his iPhone over the side of the boat – so he decided to drain the entire pond.

‘I knew the phone was probably dead but wanted to get the data card back with the numbers, pictures and videos of my friends.’

Uh, if what he says about a "data card" is true, it's not an iPhone, it's an Android phone he dropped over the side. . . or he doesn't know what he's talking about. The SIM card on an iPhone doesn't carry any of that. The iPhone's user data and settings are backed up to either one's computer or to the cloud. There IS no data card in an iPhone.

30 posted on 08/03/2014 1:17:40 AM PDT by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft insult free zone... but if the insults to Mac users continue...)
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To: Swordmaker

The name “iPhone” has already become generic, synonymous with “smartphone” for a lot of people. This is hardly the first instance I’ve read where an Android was described as an “iPhone” in the press.

Think “Kleenex” and “scotch tape”...


31 posted on 08/03/2014 1:40:33 AM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is...sounding pretty good about now.)
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To: nickcarraway

He should have called Barnes Wallis and the 617 Squadron, they would drain that pond. Plus, they would do it at night, and be back home by breakfast.


32 posted on 08/03/2014 1:44:10 AM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: crusty old prospector

Read the article before making crusty but inaccurate suppositions pard


33 posted on 08/03/2014 1:52:02 AM PDT by wardaddy (we will not take back our way of life through peaceful means.....i have 5 kids....i fear for them)
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To: nickcarraway
It was the kind of accident that happens before you know it. The cadet ambled along beside a stream on a spring afternoon then bent down on the bank to pick up a stick - and in that instant, the pocketwatch in his breast pocket slipped out and plunked into the water.

He immediately disrobed and dove for it, but he could only manage to stay in the frigid water for 10 minutes, and no luck: he couldn't find the watch. Although most of the stream was shallow, the watch had fallen in six-foot-deep pool - the only one for miles around.

Most people would probably leave it there, lamenting a moment of bad luck and going home. Or they would try to tell themselves that it didn't matter, and that the loss was no big deal. But this young man was Winston Churchill, and the watch - a Dent, with a half-hunter case and the Churchill family coat of arms engraved and enameled on the back - was not something he could just give up.....

Winston hired 23 members of his infantry detachment at a cost of three pounds and had them dig a seperate course for the stream, routing all the water away from the pool. He then got his hands on the Royal Military College's fire engine and pumped the pool completely dry. There, at the bottom, he finally found his watch. The insides were rusted and the watch would have to be entirely taken apart. He sent the watch to the shop of M.F. Dent in London, hoping to have it repaired quickly and be done with it. The story of Winston almost literally moving heaven and earth to get the watch back became the stuff of legend: his peers at Sandhurst would retell it, and even decades later, friends would write to him recalling the event.

But the victory was short-lived. On April 21, he recieved an unexpected letter from his father. "I would not believe you could be such a young stupid," Lord Randolph wrote. Randolph had already been angry when Winston damaged the watch the month before: a cadet running by had batted it out of his hand, and it had needed a new balance staff, minutes wheel, pinion, seconds hand and crystal. The watch also had to be cleaned and its case needed repairing. Now, hearing of even worse damage to the timepiece, Randolph was furious.

Winston was alarmed: how could his father have learned about the mishap? As it happened, while Winston's watch was in Dent's shop on Cockspur Street, Lord Randolph had taken his own watch into the shop for repairs. Things still might have gone off without a hitch, but the watchmaker, Edward John Dent, hadn't realized that Winston wanted to keep his misadventure under wraps, and told all to the elder Churchill. Consequently, Lord Randolph took the opportunity to lecture Winston on his actions:

"It is clear you are not to be trusted with a valuable watch and when I get it from Mr. Dent I shall not give it back to you. You had better buy one of those cheap watches for 2 pounds as those are the only ones which if you smash are not very costly to replace. Jack [Winston's younger brother] has had the watch I gave him longer than you have had yours; the only expenses I have paid on his watch was 10 pounds for cleaning before he went back to Harrow. But in all qualities of steadiness taking care of his things & never doing stupid things Jack is vastly superior."

~Jay Deshpande

34 posted on 08/03/2014 2:09:20 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: flaglady47

I have to disagree and assert you misread the article.

He acted on what he knew (prior experience with pumps that he had access to), didn’t think it through and ended up causing great damage, never getting his phone.

The article states he has diving gear; a ‘genius’ would have found his way into the water with it. He’s also so ‘bright’ that he didn’t use widely-available apps to save his contacts either on his phone, the cloud or backed up on another PC/laptop/Pad/phone.

He’s a spoiled little brat unable to grasp the consequences of his actions, selfish & egotistical and, worse, unapologetic.

Sound familiar? See prior comment.


35 posted on 08/03/2014 6:18:28 AM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: wardaddy

I believe I did. He sounds like a
dweeb. Has he ever heard of iCloud?


36 posted on 08/03/2014 10:25:53 AM PDT by crusty old prospector
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To: windcliff

My very first thought.


37 posted on 08/03/2014 10:26:37 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: crusty old prospector

Your original post indicated he was a sissy for not diving
He offered.

They refused to let him.

I think he’s a resourseful little Aryan

Cloud off my radar

God bless


38 posted on 08/03/2014 4:51:23 PM PDT by wardaddy (we will not take back our way of life through peaceful means.....i have 5 kids....i fear for them)
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To: EternalVigilance
Filed under 'famous last words.'

Famous Last Words Database

39 posted on 08/04/2014 9:12:56 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (My life has been a poor attempt to imitate the man. I am a living legacy to the leader of the band.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Great story.


40 posted on 08/04/2014 9:21:36 AM PDT by EternalVigilance
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