You Did It Wrong: Rope Swinger Forgets To Let Go

September 1, 2017

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This is a video of some guy rope swinging out over a creek, but failing to let go and plowing hard back into the tree and a wooden platform somebody attached. I'm pretty sure I just watched this guy's internal organs explode like the Death Star. His friend laughs it off, not realizing that this guy will probably pass out and die as a result of all his exploded organs on the hike back to their car. If I were him I'd start constructing a zipline to the nearest hospital, pronto. Or at least wiping my prints off everything.

Keep going for the video while I look up if they've stopped teaching 'Don't forget to let go' in Rope Swinging 101.

Thanks to andrew, who informed me watching the video made his whole body hurt. Same, plus my soul.

  • Big Dog on Krampus

    watch it again and imagine he's doing it intentionally

  • Munihausen

    Make the Emergency Room Great Again

  • Jenness

    His friend sounds like the biggest ass. You could tell he hit so hard and went into shock a bit. Looks like he got a bit tangled and couldn't let go.

  • Andy Green

    Did he died?

  • Forblat

    I worked at a swimming pool with a rope swing. Our solution to people holding on was a line attached to the rope that we'd hold on to and yank at just the right moment-99% of the time people'd drop if they hadn't let go already.

  • TheQiwiMan

    That dude's gunna hate life for the next few weeks...

  • Bling Nye

    Especially if his friends are constantly telling him jokes while he's recovering, like good friends should, since he deserves the ribbing.

  • James Mcelroy

    i see what you did there...

  • Ollie Williams

    God damn portrait camera recordings. There is no excuse for that shit anymore.

  • Nicholas Conrad

    I hate to say it, but maybe Instagram had the right idea all along. 1:1 (or, as I guess it's hip to write ratios now, 18:18) imagine sensors would solve this problem; you could crop to whatever you wanted later, but initial orientation would become irrelevant.

  • Bling Nye

    I think we should blame the device makers. Like how hard would it be for it to always default to landscape no matter the orientation of the phone? Make it so you have to purposely select vertical when/if you'd actually want it to be that way. I mean, holding the phone vertically is much more natural than to hold it sideways.

  • Andy Green

    That would require moving parts. Can't do it in software alone.

  • JJtoob

    If software image stabilization exists, auto-orientation totally can be done in software. It won't be as clear as a mechanical solution, but it's not impossible.

  • Wilf Smith

    Hit the nail on the head. All ( good ) software should make these kind of default decisions for you, to make you more productive / less of a dufus ( ie, who even bothers with lighting checks, correct focusing, or keeping a shake free hand... the software does it ) . Filming in portrait mode is one of those things that hasn't quite got it yet. Non essential change innit.

  • Talon184

    I think the phone should emit a taser-style electric shock when its user films in portrait mode.

  • Homestar

    Yes. Call it an "IQ penalty shot".

  • Ollie Williams

    This is the best solution.

  • Draco Basileus

    Was the crunching noise the platform breaking? Or his rib cage and spine?

  • Bling Nye

    I'm pretty sure he broke one or more ribs there. Slow it down to .25 speed and watch how his torso is distorted by the wooden platform on impact. That kind of displacement means injury; severe bruising if not cracks, if not a break or three. Rib injuries are some of the worst, can't laugh, cough, and godhelpyou if you sneeze. Bruised/cracked one myself a couple years ago falling on a chair fighting crime and saving school children. Couldn't even sit up in bed for a few days, had to roll in/out.

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