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Old 01-17-07, 10:12 AM   #1
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How dumb and uncaring can people be?

A radio station held a contest to win a Wii machine, seeing how much water people could drink without peeing; one woman died (obviously of water intoxication). But the kicker? A nurse called the show during the contest to warn that people can DIE from water intoxication and the radio show host replied, "Yeah, we're aware of that. They signed releases so we're not responsible, okay?"

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/...n2365259.shtml

What morons/a-holes! It's very difficult to die from dehydration but surprisingly easy to die from over-hydration.
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Old 01-17-07, 10:16 AM   #2
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Ok lets just pretend this is a cycling related post for a second...wouldn't it be better off in the Fitness and Nutrition forum?
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Ok lets just pretend this is a cycling related post for a second...wouldn't it be better off in the Fitness and Nutrition forum?
No, my post is not about the scientific facts of hydration, but about the callous/uncaring nature of the radio show hosts.
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I understand everyone associated with the show was fired. At least that's something.

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No, my post is not about the scientific facts of hydration, but about the callous/uncaring nature of the radio show hosts.

You see their darkside clearly in the Hip/Knave threads
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Old 01-17-07, 10:24 AM   #6
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I understand everyone associated with the show was fired. At least that's something.

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Hip got fired?????

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Are cyclists less callous/uncaring than the general public?

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Old 01-17-07, 10:30 AM   #8
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No, my post is not about the scientific facts of hydration, but about the callous/uncaring nature of the radio show hosts.
So really, you are saying this belongs in Foo?

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I feel sorry for the woman but theres a point you have to take responsibility for your own well being.
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I feel sorry for the woman but theres a point you have to take responsibility for your own well being.
Sure but most people have no idea you can become sick from drinking too much water and according to the article, none of the contestants were able to hear the nurse that called in warning of the dangers of over-hydration, whereas the DJ did and said he didn't care.
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Sure but most people have no idea you can become sick from drinking too much water and according to the article, none of the contestants were able to hear the nurse that called in warning of the dangers of over-hydration, whereas the DJ did and said he didn't care.

So it was someone elses fault that "she" was an idiot and drank too much water for a $250 game?????? A little thing called "personal responsibilty" goes a long way.
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I feel sorry for the woman but theres a point you have to take responsibility for your own well being.
And while I agree with you in principle (and I would more strongly agree if the contest had been a 'drink the most beer and win a Wii' kind of thing), most people aren't aware of the dangers of drinking too much water. We see people cram dozens of hot dogs in their faces to win prizes seemingly without consequence. And water is just one of those things that is good for you, seemingly. We're supposed to drink water. We are mostly water. So I understand how the woman wouldn't have known that too much water can be fatal. The radio station bears the lion's share (no pun intended) of the responsibility here, IMO.
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So it was someone elses fault that "she" was an idiot and drank too much water for a $250 game?????? A little thing called "personal responsibilty" goes a long way.
I agree with you, though I still think it was dumb in the first place for the station to hold the contest.
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was hipcycler the radio host??? I hope not...

Anyway, I hope they get thier butts sued off...I'm sure they didn't properly warn the contestants that they were posioning themselves and could die...

What is a jury going to think when they hear the radio guys comments...
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was hipcycler the radio host?
No. Hip wasn't the host. He might host a 'Eat the Most Funnel Cake' Contest at the Wisconsin State Fair. But not this. Besides, Hip's not a callous idiot.
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I want to be clear, my reference to Hip was an attempt to be humorous. Hip had nothing to do with this.
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No, my post is not about the scientific facts of hydration, but about the callous/uncaring nature of the radio show hosts.
apart from the fact that we drink water when we ride, what does this have to do with road cycling in the slightest?
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I want to be clear, my reference to Hip was an attempt to be humorous. Hip had nothing to do with this.
how can you be sure?

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A radio station saying/doing something stupid, imagine that.......
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So it was someone elses fault that "she" was an idiot and drank too much water for a $250 game?????? A little thing called "personal responsibilty" goes a long way.
Tell that to her three kids she was trying to win the Nintendo for.
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A radio station held a contest to win a Wii machine, seeing how much water people could drink without peeing; one woman died (obviously of water intoxication). But the kicker? A nurse called the show during the contest to warn that people can DIE from water intoxication and the radio show host replied, "Yeah, we're aware of that. They signed releases so we're not responsible, okay?"

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/...n2365259.shtml

What morons/a-holes! It's very difficult to die from dehydration but surprisingly easy to die from over-hydration.
let me introduce you to a pretty cool place called "foo" it's at the bottom of this page, it has all sort of off topic like this and a bunch of cool people who hang out in there. Sometimes I wish more of you roadies would stop by to say hi or just have a laugh. just saying...
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I read the article and it talked about how much water they drank. It didn't sound like all that much compared to what we cyclists drink on a hot long where we are riding for a couple of hours.

Was the issue that it didn't have the electrolytes in it and so it diluted those in her system to a dangerous level? Or was she not used to it? Or did she just drink too much at one time as opposed to when we ride and drink a little bit every 10-15 min?
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apart from the fact that we drink water when we ride, what does this have to do with road cycling in the slightest?
Well I heard that once the radio show host mentioned that his friend the shock jock from another station mentioned that he new a guy that ran a cyclist off the road and laughed about it... oops, dang thats the advocacy forum. Hmm, ok, I heard that the radio show host said Campagnolo was a load of crap and that his Shimano could stomp it into the ground anyday! Hows that?

Guys a jerk. But then again as for talk show hosts Ecclesiastes says it best.-
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To keep this cycling related - remember this story:
http://www.bikeforums.net/archive/in.../t-129476.html
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I read the article and it talked about how much water they drank. It didn't sound like all that much compared to what we cyclists drink on a hot long where we are riding for a couple of hours.

Was the issue that it didn't have the electrolytes in it and so it diluted those in her system to a dangerous level? Or was she not used to it? Or did she just drink too much at one time as opposed to when we ride and drink a little bit every 10-15 min?
And, now the reason this should stay in road cycling. Obviously, not everyone is aware of the dangers of drinking too much water without balancing the electrolytes. It is a danger for cyclists because we DO drink a lot of water during long rides on hot days, so this is something we should all be aware of.
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