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Found this documentary about roads in Nepal in anyone's interested.

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Anaxagoras wrote: Sun Apr 19, 2020 9:03 pm Found this documentary about roads in Nepal in anyone's interested.


I did a nine hour bus trip in Nepal on a road that looked very much like that video from 25:50.

It was one of the scariest experiences of my life.

I'm sure there was at least one "Oh, shit!" moment once a minute for most of the trip.

On the way back, we insisted on a hiring a jeep. Our guide said, "Expensive." We were like, "Fucking try us."

In the end, I think we paid $150 total for the five of us and, I have to say, to this day it was probably the best money I've ever spent.

If I'd taken the jeep on the way up, I'm sure I would have thought it was insane. But, compared to the bus, it was glorious.

Riding that jeep down was probably one of the top 10 happiest moments of my life.
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I never actually did this but the scary stories told me by Nepalese co-workers convinced me.


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Fid wrote: Mon Apr 20, 2020 5:09 am I never actually did this but the scary stories told me by Nepalese co-workers convinced me.


I ain't going to Kathmandu.

I think bus plunging is more of a problem outside of Kathmandu.

I'm not sure if the video below was the actual road we took. But it's very similar. Including the waterfall. And we did it in an old, overloaded, piece of shit bus like the one in the earlier video. The jeep here looks like the one we were laughing our asses off in all the way back.

Note the lack of any sort of guardrails as far as the eye can see. There were points when the outer edge of our bus tires extended over the edge of the canyon with the "spotter" directing the driver inches at a time.

Nepal is amazing. But that bus ride was scarier than shit.

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Okay, not a bus, and not a plunge either, but in tangentially related news, one of those little trains that looks a lot like a bus was prevented from plunging by a handily placed whale sculpture.

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-54780430
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That’s fucking awesome
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Yesterday I saw a car merge over into the fastest lane on the interstate and almost hit a car already in the lane and the lady in the lane already jerked the wheel to keep from getting hit, hit the concrete barrier, flipped the car over (she was doing 87mph in a 65 zone) and she died
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Mostly I am amazed this doesn’t happen all the time


Drivers are fucking insane
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Catching that train was a fluke.
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heh heh
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ceptimus wrote: Mon Nov 02, 2020 11:38 pm Catching that train was a fluke.
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The plastic sculpture has been there for twenty years
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https://apnews.com/article/new-york-new ... 6cc79a7737
An articulated bus dramatically plunged off an overpass in New York City, leaving the front half hanging from the highway ramp it was navigating, its fall broken only by the road below.

The driver was seriously injured in the crash just after 11 p.m. Thursday at an interchange of the Cross Bronx and Major Deegan expressways, and seven passengers suffered minor injuries, fire officials said. They were taken to hospitals. No other vehicles were involved.
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Bravo!! A true classic of the genre. Like an O. Henry short story illustrating what a short story is.
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Philosophical question: if the "fall was broken only by the road below", was the fall actually broken?
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Pyrrho wrote: Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:10 pm Philosophical question: if the "fall was broken only by the road below", was the fall actually broken?
I think they mean that if it weren't for the road, the bus would still be plunging into the bottomless abyss.
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Bus drives off bridge into canal ; 40 dead

NEW DELHI (AP) — An overcrowded bus drove off a bridge and into a canal in central India, killing at least 40 people, an official said.

Six people were rescued after the accident in Madhya Pradesh state, District Magistrate Ravindra Kumar Choudhary said.

He said more than 46 people were on board the bus, which was designed for 34.

Rescuers recovered 40 bodies and were searching for other passengers. The water supply to the canal was cut to aid the rescue effort.

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Police say more than 110,000 people are killed every year in road accidents across India. Most crashes are blamed on reckless driving, poorly maintained roads and aging vehicles.
https://hardandsmart.net/2021/02/16/bus ... l-40-dead/