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South Africa's Bite Darwin Award Winners

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South Africa's Bite Darwin Award Winners

Postby Fooble » Thu Apr 07, 2011 7:06 am

I understand this may be a bit controversial to post such a thing , but i was emailed this
yesterday by someone on facebook who is also a member of this site but they were not keen to post this in fear
of personal attack ect.

It came with the following.

" What on earth is going on here, it's like these cowboys take pride in comparing their Darwin awards.
They compare who's been bitten by what as if its some huge status quo , people like this give the herpetoculture and all people who keep reptiles are now seen as a bunch of retards"


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I must agree it's rather stupid to discuss all that on an open platform on facebook.
The photo's and names have been blurred to not show the "hero's"
I have the original photo but i won't be posting it here.
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Re: South Africa's Bite Darwin Award Winners

Postby Whitelipp » Thu Apr 07, 2011 7:29 am

Hahahaha o no. Well Fooble you can just laugh at these guys. It’s like the guy bitten by a puffy earlier this week. He is a young chap and had received so many warnings about his free handling of venomous snakes I can’t even count them on all my toes and fingers. He got tagged by a puffy and no one was surprised. These guys are scattered everywhere. After one warning he replied with something in the line of... well at least I will die doing something that I love. That’s just plain stupid. Why would you look for trouble?
These Rambo/hero type people almost always get tagged and they think it adds to their hero/macho status and gives them an ego boost.
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Re: South Africa's Bite Darwin Award Winners

Postby froot » Thu Apr 07, 2011 8:19 am

These "Natie worshippers" will find themselves in the natural selection "outbox" sooner or later. Sometimes there is nothing we can do about it.
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Of necessity, this honor is generally bestowed posthumously. - www.darwinawards.com
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Re: South Africa's Bite Darwin Award Winners

Postby TonyK » Thu Apr 07, 2011 8:52 am

If taking chances gives these guys a rush who are we judge .We all get our kicks one way or the other.I have no problem with it because they only put themselves at risk.
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Re: South Africa's Bite Darwin Award Winners

Postby Fooble » Thu Apr 07, 2011 9:27 am

TonyK wrote:If taking chances gives these guys a rush who are we judge .We all get our kicks one way or the other.I have no problem with it because they only put themselves at risk.


I slightly disagree with you there, hence the reason i posted this people like this give our hobby a bad rep. the Layman then see's all people who keep snakes as irresponsible "cowboys".
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Re: South Africa's Bite Darwin Award Winners

Postby Hustler » Thu Apr 07, 2011 9:40 am

Even after the puff adder bite and more warnings you still get the ''Tony also got bitten so it could happen to anyone!!'' reply as if you're being unreasonable by telling the person that their not mature enough to own venomous snakes (that they free handle and still post pictures on facebook) or handle them unsupervised. The mentality of some people amazes me at times. WHY take such dumb unnecessary risks? Looking for trouble and getting bitten is a lot different to losing control of a situation and getting bitten.
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Re: South Africa's Bite Darwin Award Winners

Postby Kevin Lancaster » Thu Apr 07, 2011 9:48 am

Can these guys even be believed...or is there a lot of BS coming through? "Bitten twice by a green mamba and worst adder bite..." implies at least four bites by venomous snakes, sounds like nonsense to me!!
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Re: South Africa's Bite Darwin Award Winners

Postby Whitelipp » Thu Apr 07, 2011 9:52 am

It’s a lost cause Hustler. That guy will die young. He is irresponsible and he is an idiot if he think just because it happened to Tony it justifies he's stupidity and recklessness. He acts as if he can do what he wants and no one can say anything about it. Well no use upsetting yourself over it he won’t listen. Not even to people that actually knows something. But people like just should rather just stay in their little ego filled spaces cos really they just plead to get kicked in the face.

How is Gideon by the way?
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Re: South Africa's Bite Darwin Award Winners

Postby Fooble » Thu Apr 07, 2011 9:55 am

Kevin Lancaster wrote:Can these guys even be believed...or is there a lot of BS coming through? "Bitten twice by a green mamba and worst adder bite..." implies at least four bites by venomous snakes, sounds like nonsense to me!!


You would think so but when you see the images you are a believer.
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Re: South Africa's Bite Darwin Award Winners

Postby PTG » Thu Apr 07, 2011 10:10 am

Unfortunately these guys are out there and sooner or later they will find that...well they probably wont live long enough actually.
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Re: South Africa's Bite Darwin Award Winners

Postby Reinhard Booysen » Thu Apr 07, 2011 10:22 am

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The worst adder bite was from a horned adder, but I prefer a green mamba bite any day


Huh? :smt017 how can you "prefer" a bite from a deadly snake?! Am I missing something here?
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Re: South Africa's Bite Darwin Award Winners

Postby WW » Thu Apr 07, 2011 11:06 am

I don't get it...

If someone says to you:
"I am a very experienced driver - I have had 10 major accidents in the last 15 years",
your reaction would be:
"What an idiot, someone should take his driving licence away".

If someone says to you:
"I am a very experienced snake handler - I have had 10 serious bites in the last 15 years",
why would anyone expect a reaction other than:
"What an idiot, someone should take his snakes away"?
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Re: South Africa's Bite Darwin Award Winners

Postby Eyelash » Thu Apr 07, 2011 11:18 am

Well said WW !
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Re: South Africa's Bite Darwin Award Winners

Postby Jamster » Thu Apr 07, 2011 1:49 pm

SPOT ON WW!!! U dont gauge how good a driver you are on how many accidents you've had, then why would you gauge herping experience on the number of bites. I know plenty guys who have been keeping hots for many years and they have had no bites...It is really nothing to brag about and it should be seen as a very scary learning experience that you can use to warn and teach others :)
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Re: South Africa's Bite Darwin Award Winners

Postby armata » Thu Apr 07, 2011 2:11 pm

I diasgree TonyK. Many of these guys do thier free handling in the compnay of others even to the extent of handing the snake around. I'm going back to bed now and reflect on how good life is!
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