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20th May 2001, 15:17
check it out at


this is what dave barry wrote about it :)

The Farside comes to life in Oregon.
I am absolutely not making this incident up; in fact I have it all on videotape. The tape is from a local TV news show in Oregon, which sent a reporter out to cover the removal of a 45-foot, eight-ton dead whale that washed up on the beach. The responsibility for getting rid of the carcass was placed on the Oregon State Highway Division, apparently on the theory that highways and whales are very similar in the sense of being large objects.

So anyway, the highway engineers hit upon the plan -- remember, I am not making this up -- of blowing up the whale with dynamite. The thinking is that the whale would be blown into small pieces, which would be eaten by seagulls, and that would be that. A textbook whale removal.

So they moved the spectators back up the beach, put a half-ton of dynamite next to the whale and set it off. I am probably not guilty of understatement when I say that what follows, on the videotape, is the most wonderful event in the history of the universe. First you see the whale carcass disappear in a huge blast of smoke and flame. Then you hear the happy spectators shouting "Yayy!" and "Whee!" Then, suddenly, the crowd's tone changes. You hear a new sound like "splud." You hear a woman's voice shouting "Here come pieces of...MY GOD!" Something smears the camera lens.

Later, the reporter explains: "The humor of the entire situation suddenly gave way to a run for survival as huge chunks of whale blubber fell everywhere." One piece caved in the roof of a car parked more than a quarter of a mile away. Remaining on the beach were several rotting whale sectors the size of condominium units. There was no sign of the seagulls who had no doubt permanently relocated to Brazil.

This is a very sobering videotape. Here at the institute we watch it often, especially at parties. But this is no time for gaiety. This is a time to get hold of the folks at the Oregon State Highway Division and ask them, when they get done cleaning up the beaches, to give us an estimate on the US Capitol.

A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

21st May 2001, 04:02
On a similar note...http://www.newfie.com/images/whale.jpg

Mr Creosote
21st May 2001, 04:57
Whale meat again....don't know where, don't know when...........

:) :)

21st May 2001, 08:03
Whale Oil Beef Hooked!

Dave Barry's articles seem to be popping up more frequently around here lately. For those who are not familiar with this man who manages somehow to be very funny, hysterically so at his best, despite being American, you will find a lot of laughing material at http://www.miami.com/herald/special/features/barry/

21st May 2001, 09:18
Fecking Hell http://www.pprune.org/ubb/NonCGI/eek.gif!! Whould like to see the insurence claim for the car! :) :) :)

OzPax1 http://www.pprune.org/ubb/NonCGI/cool.gif

23rd May 2001, 04:08
I'm told the car was brand new, having just been purchased from a dealer that advertised "A Whale of a Sale!"