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   Undertoad  Monday Oct 15 12:56 PM

October 15, 2007: Bamboo boats



It's the Monday Neatorama Collaboration Image!



This item via Ananova comes from China - Chishui, near Zuiyi city, they say. The villagers there somehow latched onto the idea that a single stalk of bamboo cane could support at least a small person on the water - and now they have turned it into a sport.

Participants can sit or stand on the piece of bamboo, and race across the Pinzhou River using an oar that's almost as long as the boat.

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glatt  Monday Oct 15 01:10 PM

no way!



ZenGum  Monday Oct 15 01:14 PM

Wanna watch out for splinters!

I see that keeping your body out of the water is crucial to cut drag and achieve maximum speed. I guess that the paddle is used for balance as much as propulsion, but still, its pretty amazing.



BigV  Monday Oct 15 01:15 PM

water is heavy



Spexxvet  Monday Oct 15 01:17 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by BigV View Post
water is heavy
And Chinese people are not


Sheldonrs  Monday Oct 15 01:27 PM

Shit floats too but I ain't crossing the river on it.



barefoot serpent  Monday Oct 15 01:30 PM

It took about 10 seconds to abandon the log rolling competition.



binky  Monday Oct 15 02:24 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sheldonrs View Post
Shit floats too but I ain't crossing the river on it.
LOL


bigw00dy  Monday Oct 15 02:24 PM

I wonder if this gonna be on Most Extreme Elimination Challenge?



rkzenrage  Monday Oct 15 02:48 PM

PHOTOSHOP!
They just erased the rest of the boat!



freshnesschronic  Monday Oct 15 03:53 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by bigw00dy View Post
I wonder if this gonna be on Most Extreme Elimination Challenge?
Awesome show. A classic that no one will ever mention in the same breath as Friends, Late Night, Simpsons or even...American Idol.
Shame.


SPUCK  Monday Oct 15 04:06 PM

One of my favorite shows! The run-thru-the-doors one is classic!



Wombat  Monday Oct 15 07:16 PM

neat idea, but it would be almost impossible to steer those "boats": they would just go straight ahead.



noviceathome  Monday Oct 15 08:39 PM

Two long bamboo poles and a person from one side to the other?

Stilts?



monster  Monday Oct 15 10:22 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Wombat View Post
neat idea, but it would be almost impossible to steer those "boats": they would just go straight ahead.

perhaps they use their labia as a rudder?


mitheral  Tuesday Oct 16 03:36 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Wombat View Post
neat idea, but it would be almost impossible to steer those "boats": they would just go straight ahead.
You can probably steer them the same way you do a rudderless kayak.


Aliantha  Tuesday Oct 16 03:47 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by monster View Post
perhaps they use their labia as a rudder?
Or at least as floatation devices. Kind of like a catamaran(sp?)


dar512  Tuesday Oct 16 10:48 AM

When these kids grow up:

We never had foam noodles to play with in the water! We had hard uncomfortable bamboo poles! And we liked it!



TheMercenary  Tuesday Oct 16 12:15 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by monster View Post
perhaps they use their labia as a rudder?



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Oct 16 06:18 PM

Meat curtain center board?



Gravdigr  Wednesday Oct 17 10:50 PM

Maybe the pole is for balance. Perhaps they queve for propulsion.

(Extra points if you don't have to look up 'queve')



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