February 26, 2007

LEAVE US HEAR NO MORE CHATTER ABOUT NATURAL SELECTION PRESSURES (via Glenn Dryfoos):

Olympic Champion Gardner Survives Plane Crash (AP, February 26, 2007)

Olympic wrestling champion Rulon Gardner lost a toe to frostbite after being stranded in the wilderness, impaled himself with an arrow and was involved in a serious motorcycle accident.

In his latest escape from death, he survived a plane crash over the weekend into the aptly named Good Hope Bay on the Utah-Arizona border. [...]

Gardner and two Utah brothers were rescued by a fisherman Sunday after swimming more than an hour in 44-degree water and spending the night without shelter. [...]

"It takes only about 30 minutes for someone swimming in 44-degree water to start suffering the effects of hypothermia, so the fact that they swam in it for an hour, not to mention surviving the plane crash and the night without fire or shelter, is pretty amazing," said Steven Luckesen, a district ranger at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. "If these guys were a cat with nine lives, they just used up three of them." [...]

In 2002, he became stranded while snowmobiling in the Wyoming and lost a toe. Then in 2004, he was struck by an automobile while riding a motorcycle. Back in third grade, he punctured his abdomen with an arrow at a class show-and-tell.

The lesson, Gardner said, is "hopefully teach people to be smarter about the choices they make."


Dinosaurs made better.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 26, 2007 4:19 PM
Comments

To borrow a phrase from Ernie Pyle, the man's a fugitive from the law of averages.

Posted by: Mike Morley at February 26, 2007 5:29 PM
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