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British Man Becomes the First To Swim Under Mt. Everest

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the stay-out-of-the-yeti-pool dept.

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Many people try to climb up Mt. Everest, but Lewis Gordon Pugh saw a niche in the market and has become the first to swim under it. The endurance swimmer is the only person to successfully swim across the 1km glacial lake next to the Khumbu Glacier. From the article: "He came close to drowning during test swims for the event amid bouts of altitude sickness on the Pumori Lake, which sits 17,000 feet above sea level. But an adapted approach saw him through to complete the swim in a time of 22 minutes and 51 seconds."

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He should have actually gone UNDER the mountain (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32324072)

the end

man's an odd beast (2, Interesting)

FuckingNickName (1362625) | more than 3 years ago | (#32324114)

In Universal terms, an ant with a brief moment of consciousness has climbed the top of an ant hill. And he feels proud while a few ants gather round and clap. Then they all die and the Universe carries on, not caring.

Re:man's an odd beast (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32324784)

The whole nihilist thing is pretty passe, man.

Re:man's an odd beast (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32411370)

The whole nihilist thing is pretty passe, man.

Wow. You don't even believe in nihilism? That's hardcore!

Re:man's an odd beast (1, Interesting)

Reality Master 101 (179095) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325406)

Actually, in Universe terms, the least accomplishment of any man is greater than the whole of the rest of creation. Intelligence is the pinnacle of what happens in the universe.

Re:man's an odd beast (1)

FuckingNickName (1362625) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325850)

Intelligence is the pinnacle of what happens in the universe.

Wow, we must be good. Do we have an interstellar species equivalent of White Man's Burden?

Re:man's an odd beast (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32326936)

Intelligence is the pinnacle of what happens in the universe.

Wow, we must be good. Do we have an interstellar species equivalent of White Man's Burden?

Oh for fucks sake... If non-existence is so much better than being a human, THEN WHY THE FUCK DO YOU CONTINUE TO CHOSE EXISTING? There are a multitude of methods by which you may end your existence and become a part of whatever it is you think you're fucking peddling here.

Re:man's an odd beast (1)

FuckingNickName (1362625) | more than 3 years ago | (#32327062)

You seem angered by being confronted with the possibility that your existence is futile. Sit back, chill, have a beer and, oh, be nice!

Re:man's an odd beast (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32330540)

Well you know, just because you were born a worthless human being with no value doesn't mean that it applies to the rest of us. That's just an assumption, it's you saying "he's making fun of me because deep down he knows that his life sucks too," and that's really quite pathetic. Judging by your babbling I'd say that you're 100 percent correct, _your_ existence is futile. Doesn't mean mine is, or anyone else's. Just yours. You decided to be a waste of skin, so that's what you are.

Mommy must be real proud of you. Either that or she's silently cursing herself for not having a coat hanger long enough to reach your sorry ass.

Re:man's an odd beast (1)

FuckingNickName (1362625) | more than 3 years ago | (#32331034)

32326936 [slashdot.org]
32330540 [slashdot.org]
32330424 [slashdot.org]

Obvious samefag troll, 1/10. But to continue...

The more theatrically aggressive you get, the more transparent your colours run. You're the plebian scientist, the buffoon follower, the useful idiot who cannot bear to ask just one more "why?" In your eyes you flourish because you set your standards so low. Yet I must love you because you feel as much pain as any man.

Re:man's an odd beast (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32399918)

Mmmh, maybe you are also religious in your nihilism ?
In universe terms it's pointless, if someone is right or wrong, what he thinks and how they see the world, themselves and what they believe. The universe doesn't care, it all only gets a meaning in the mind of some conscious being.
This means that I'm allowed to deliberately believe in whatever I like and what works best for me, also that my life has a meaning and in certain values and I just do that. If this seems to be inconsistent, I don't care, the universe doesn't care, it works for me, so it's fine and I don't need to care, what others think about it.

As you can see, I've gone through these nihilistic thoughts, too. Btw. imho you can't even prove that there exists more than your current thought. You can't prove that the things that you see, exists somewhere, except in your thoughts. You can't prove that what you believe happened a minute ago, really happened. Think about it. The past that seems consistent to you at any moment, can just be an illusion like everything around you. Dillusioning, isn't it ?

Consciousness is quite fascinating, it has a lot to do with interpreting things and giving things meaning. Without consciousness there would be no things, just maybe be an undefined something. Without consciousness there would be no you, no me, no atoms, no seperated entities at all, no science, no rules, nothing, it all requires that a part of the system gets conscious of itself and plays observer of the rest. But this separation is only visible in the eyes of some conscious being, who thinks in those terms and says: 'That thing is a seperate entity that is conscious.' Maybe there is also consciousness on other levels that we are unable to realize ...

As you see, I've gone through nihilistic thoughts, too and I've realizied that science fails to explain certain things. You can also say the universe doesn't care, if you believe in free will or not. But I think it's in my interest to believe in free will, so I just do it. And if free will doesn't exist, then it's not my fault to believe in free will anyway, since I had no choice. So nothing to worry about. Isn't it beautiful ? lol

Guess I'm bored. lol

Re:man's an odd beast (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32345650)

You seem angered by being confronted with the possibility that your existence is futile. Sit back, chill, have a beer and, oh, be nice!

My mother won't let me drink beer, so I have to get my enjoyment by Flaming people like you!

And the great thing is that you will never be able to find out who I am because I logged in under Anonymous Coward.

Hahahahaha. I win!

Re:man's an odd beast (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32403306)

Oh that's cool, my mom wouldn't let me drink either, so i went outside.

Re:man's an odd beast (2, Insightful)

Skreems (598317) | more than 3 years ago | (#32372750)

You seem angered by being confronted with the possibility that your existence is futile.

You seem to be under the mistaken impression that intelligence and existence can't be simultaneously futile and pointless, and also the pinnacle of reality.

Re:man's an odd beast (1)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 3 years ago | (#32412804)

You seem to be under the mistaken delusion, that that “pinnacle of reality” is anything other than extremely egocentric pure mental masturbation.
There is no such thing as “THE pinnacle”. I think when all the matter and energy in the universe gets an equal vote about what is considered a pinnacle, in whatever they want to measure here (as you did not specify “the pinnacle in WHAT?”, our views will be a two-bit value in a 256 bit field. ^^

Re:man's an odd beast (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32326600)

In Universal terms, an ant with a brief moment of consciousness has climbed the top of an ant hill. And he feels proud while a few ants gather round and clap. Then they all die and the Universe carries on, not caring.

Citation needed.

Re:man's an odd beast (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32330424)

And in universal terms, you've probably never seen a vagina that wasn't on an LCD screen by the sound of you. You must be a real fucking laugh at parties. "Oh, I don't aspire to anything, because we're all like ants and nothing matters." Good, I'm sure you won't mind me fucking stepping on your face then. Your parents probably wanted to do the same thing not a minute after the doctor slapped your face thinking it was your ass.

Re:man's an odd beast (1)

jobinv (1820992) | more than 3 years ago | (#32370228)

Any chance I have to quote Mahatma Gandhi is an opportunity that I take :) "Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it."

!= Under (1)

Usefull Idiot (202445) | more than 3 years ago | (#32351150)

If that is what is meant by under, I work more than 20 feet under my basement all day, and drive under my basement on average more than once a day.

Buckaroo.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32382574)

Senator Cunningham: He's done it! He's gone through the mountain without a scratch! Oh, my God!

Fracking nationalists (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32387204)

Or is this guy named British Man? Learn to headline , losers

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