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CactusZack tells us: "I stopped dating a girl AFTER she got breast implants. For what reason I do not know, and I still kick myself for this." Tell us about inexplicable decisions that still haunt you.

(, Thu 23 Sep 2010, 11:58)
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Not my decision, but I was involved...
When I was a mere slip of a lad, maybe 13 or 14, I went on a summer "Outward Bound" camping week with my school. This was in the Sussex countryside, and we did all the usual things: climbing, canoeing, orienteering and so on. One night, we did night maneouvres - orienteering in the dark.

Now I freely admit that, as team leader, I cocked up and we got rather lost. It was a misty night, and we were a little way from where we should have been. Perhaps half a kilometre or so, nothing major. But this was a mistake that nearly cost us dearly, as we only noticed the edge when we were about a metre from it.

The edge. As in the edge of Beachy Head. A rather well-known 162 metre high cliff. That's 530 ft (for the Merkins) of sheer, ball-shrinkingly terrifying verticality.

What the FESTERING LEFT-HANDED WANK were they thinking, sending a bunch of kids out on night manoeuvres, in poor visibility, on BEACHY FUCKING HEAD????

(, Wed 29 Sep 2010, 17:25, 5 replies)
natural selection?
(, Wed 29 Sep 2010, 18:24, closed)
Dropping a hint?

(, Wed 29 Sep 2010, 19:03, closed)
Erm, with reference to the 'merkins.
Are we not still on Imperial measurements her in the UK?

So, should it not read "... A rather well-known 530ft high cliff. That's 162 metre (for the Continentals)..."
(, Thu 30 Sep 2010, 10:07, closed)
Next time you have an Ordnance Survey map to hand, take a proper look.
(, Thu 30 Sep 2010, 11:12, closed)
To be slightly more accurate
We're almost totally metric in this country, with the exception of road signage (though even the small distance markers on motorways are in kilometres), draught beer and a couple of other oddities.

Of course there's nothing to stop you talking about yards and pounds and gallons etc., though you do run the risk of sounding like a Daily Mail reader.
(, Thu 30 Sep 2010, 11:16, closed)

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