Danger is in Burning Man's Culture

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1durphul
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Danger is in Burning Man's Culture

Postby 1durphul » Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:20 am

YOU MIGHT DIE.

It's an honest statement, and it sometimes happens. I often see things and events that tempt fate.

The Piano Trebuchet. I mean, how well did the actually measure that landing zone, and the wind...

A few years back there was a giant geodesic dome just off 9 and Esplanade that had a tiny foam mattress, and nothing else. And people were dangling off the top of the dome and dropping onto the mattress as people moved it around to catch them.

How many dangerous/fun things have you seen on the playa?


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Re: Danger is in Burning Man's Culture

Postby Popeye » Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:51 am

Informed Consent.
Probably needs to be more than just the back of your ticket but if it is obvious or if you are warned in some detail that you might be injured or die then it is on you.
Take responsibility for yourself.
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Re: Danger is in Burning Man's Culture

Postby Leap » Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:52 am

Last year, I paired a filet mignon with a warm chardonnay.

I know...

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Re: Danger is in Burning Man's Culture

Postby Token » Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:01 pm

You have clearly never been to the pond to kill the FrogBat!

I’ll post a few:

Gigsville Carbecue. For those that have not been to Gigsville, it is worth a visit.

Every year GV brings out a full semi of firewood to the Playa, and keeps the hearth flaming hot.

The vessel of this flame is the carbecue.

Every year, about May or so, the Gigsville villains drag a vehicle out to a CA dry lakebed. The vehicle is prepped by stripping of all the fluff, but left “driveable” for the few minutes of life remaining.

The vehicle is then set to run in a circle - you know, rope down the steering, brick on the accelerator.

Then the Gigsville villains and FKO’s fire rounds from high-power weapons at the vehicle until it is dead!

Once declared dead, custom accessories are added :

Grilling station - a place to get your meat fix.

Small Propane Bottle Launcher - a pipe where a disposable Coleman propane cylinder can slide into and launch out. - fun

Other crazy burn-it contraptions...

Always worth a visit late night for good discussion and dangerous shenanigans.

Eye protection highly recommend.

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Re: Danger is in Burning Man's Culture

Postby torrey.smith » Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:03 pm

Sextant seems to appreciate the following hazards:

High Voltage via the Tesla Coil
High Altitude via the Tower
High Velocity via the Zip-Line
High Alcohol content via vünderbar
Sarge

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Re: Danger is in Burning Man's Culture

Postby Aurelia » Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:04 pm

Oh is that what I love about it

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Re: Danger is in Burning Man's Culture

Postby Leap » Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:27 am

Token wrote:An honorable death


This is how I want to go.

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Re: Danger is in Burning Man's Culture

Postby FlyingMonkey » Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:55 pm

Ha. Took me a sec but I see what you did there.

Take an existing thread, move some words, discuss.

I like it.

While I'm glad people arent driving their cars over tents anymore the whole "Potentially Deadly" aspect of Burning Man is part of the allure for me.

Maybe this year someone will bring killer robots that scoff at Asimov's laws. Then it will rain & all will be safe again.

Damn I sure wish I could go this year.

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Re: Danger is in Burning Man's Culture

Postby Token » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:29 am

Image

2009

Though not particularly lethal, it was a theme park of danger, pain, injuries and goddamn quality family fun!

Lots of road rash that year.

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Re: Danger is in Burning Man's Culture

Postby FlyingMonkey » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:45 am

Token wrote:Image

2009

Though not particularly lethal, it was a theme park of danger, pain, injuries and goddamn quality family fun!

Lots of road rash that year.


Totally Freaking Awesome!

I started going to Burning Man way to late.
In your wildest dreams you can not imagine the marvelous SURPRISES that await YOU.

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Re: Danger is in Burning Man's Culture

Postby Jackass » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:02 pm

That was my first year. I believe "the wedge" may hold the record for the single most injurious piece ever, due to the sharp increase in med tent visits during it's long week in the desert. A good percentage of the population got skinned on that thing, it got hott! My taint region nearly caught flame :shock:
Sooner or later, it will get real strange...

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Re: Danger is in Burning Man's Culture

Postby Token » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:42 pm

It was epic, especially after hours when sensible decisions got tossed into the wind.

How many people on this green earth can say: “I was ridden down a three story slide and landed in a pile of unwashed humanity”

Smelled like victory at the time.


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