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Discussion in 'Current Events' started by stubeeef, Mar 15, 2005.
That reminds me of a joke.
An American man travels to Russia. He flies into the Sheremetova airport and is excited to be traveling to Russia for the first time. As the plane lands he looks out at the landing lights and knows he's finally arrived. After he leaves the airport, he's walking down the street and falls through a manhole cover and breaks his leg. After he's pulled out of the sewer, he starts yelling at all the Russians gathered around. "In America this would never happen. If there's an open manhole it would be taped off and flashing red lights would warn you about it." An old Russian woman looked at him and said, "young man, didn't you see the flashing red lights when you arrived at the airport?"
Well. Not a very funny joke. I'll admit.
Sort of reminds me of the Koreans and how they used get the brass for bed frames, candle holders, mugs, etc.
Doesn't really sound like an activity that would make a person rich. Just another way for a guy to make a living. Now they will have to find their scrape metal somewhere else.
True - you won't fall into holes in the street, but you won't know where you are because all the street signs will be missing.
Obviously, it's only a band-aid solution to the rampant levels of poverty in the country. People will find other means to obtain metals. It's like the problem of drug usage in downtown Vancouver. Granville street and Hastings Street is the hub for drug use and prostitution. By-laws in the area only moves the problem to another area, but doesn't solve the problem.
thats exactly what happened in zimbabwe. people took almost every single street sign in harare. giving people directions was interesting . fortunately they replaced all the street signs recently and they seem to be staying...so far
A lot of them went missing again, so many local councils painted the streetnames on the walls at intersections.
In my neighbourhood, an enterprising young man collected donations from every house and painted the streetnames on the actual tarmac. It actually helped as giving people directions to your house is kinda difficult when you know you can't refer to streets by name.
We had "exploding" manhole covers in Washington (Georgetown area) a few summers ago when Pepco's entire 100-year-old electrical system starting catching fire underground.
Pretty fantastic see a 200-pount metal disc go flying 50 feet into the air.
Unless you have a pacemaker.
wow! that must have been scary! btw do you like change your 'tar daily? lol
Or the number of people that make it into the Darwin Awards for attempting to salvage energized copper wiring.
well lets just hope that something is done about the poverty level too
but i doubt that will be going away any time soon
They used to do that in the Philippines too. The scary thing is when the streets are flooded, you have to walk very carefully so you dont fall into one of those manholes. A friend of mine did that, one second were walking together and the next he just disappeared, when he came out hes all black from the flood and the mud. Too funny.