So, you come to displace often?

July 14, 2010

pool this 490

Quick quiz: If you plan to beat the heat by going to a public swimming pool, be aware of the serious danger of….

pool side 280a) crushing human stampedes

b) dehydration

c) toxic exposure to cheap plastic inflatables

d) drowning

Sorry, this was kind of a trick question. I’ll accept any answer except drowning, which obviously is impossible as you can see in this photo of 146,000 frolicking people displacing about two quarts of water.

“Jeez Lamar, wouldn’t you think they could spring for an extra gallon? We’ve been in here four hours.”

“I dunno, Earl, I think it’s getting a little better. I can feel water up to my knees now, and it’s nice and warm… Uh-oh….”

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Residents crowd in a swimming pool to escape the summer heat during a hot weather spell in Daying county of Suining, Sichuan province, China, July 4, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer

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That ending was.. just… gross…
Though I was actually wondering about this the other day, funnily enough… that if people really do you-know-what in public pools?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

[...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by robert basler. robert basler said: So, you come to displace often? http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/20 10/07/14/so-you-come-to-displace-often/ [...]

This is my nightmare! I hate crowds of people with no easy way out. The guy in the water wings is smiling for some reason. He must enjoy being kicked repeatedly.

Posted by MamaC326 | Report as abusive

Or he could have done you-know-what on his friend…. who is actually his arch enemy coz his girlfriend fancies him….

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Honestly I’m a bit disappointed in you, Shra. I mentioned yesterday that just for you I would be using a couple of pix of guys in swimsuits, and here they are, but I don’t even get a thank you.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

[...] lovely they’re all here, but really, presently, it’s getting a bit much. Anyhow, on Reuters agency’s Oddly Enough blog, Richard Basler posted this image from a public swimming pool scene in the town of Suining/China [...]

I’m not sure about her, Spin, but I think I spotted Eugene “Toilethead” Johnson….

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

How could a lifeguard even tell if someone was drowning? And that many people would overwhelm the chlorine, I would think.

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

You could play Marco Polo all day without ever finding each other.

::insert obligatory Archimedes pun here::

Posted by BethyB | Report as abusive

Blog guy… if I could see their swimsuits, I would definitely say thank you….

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

And by the way, I’m surprised nobody said anything about that headline. You think that stuff just grows on trees? Never mind, CrowGirl or Knit_Nurse will say something nice about it.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Somebody yelled, “Shark!”

Posted by justCAM | Report as abusive

:) I liked “displace”. Remind me to send you a very un-family friendly joke based on a similar theme…

The pool though, that’s scary.

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

You see everybody, I told you CrowGirl would love it. She told me privately that she thought it worthy of Oscar Wilde. So did Nurse. She said that, too.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

In bars, I tell people my name is Oscar Wilde, that and Bob Basler.

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

Headline a stroke of genius. BG. All those people and their plastic make my head swim!

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Thanks, Doc. That explains why things seem to be looking up for me….

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Ofcourse…. and they also think you are 22 years old….

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Thanks, Onedoor. Genius. I like that. I can work with that.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

@69 … Just doin my job, mam. ;-)

Posted by justCAM | Report as abusive

@RB: LOL yeah that is just crazy :D

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

Scenes like that are the reason I prefer to swim outdoors.

Posted by knit_nurse | Report as abusive

I really don’t care to swim in public pools, either, KN. I prefer a lake or pond.

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

This isn’t a swimming pool, it’s a very large bowl of soup.
‘Cause those guys are all crackers.

Posted by zeitgeist | Report as abusive

Anywhere without people and chemicals is good, anywhere with scenery and a waterfall is better.

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

I think that summarises everything quite well, CG.. :)

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