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Old 18 November 2016, 01:05 AM
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Vanishing Man dissolves in acidic water after he falls into a Yellowstone hot spring

A trip to one of the nation's natural wonders ended in a unnatural tragedy.

A 23-year-old Oregon man essentially dissolved inside a hot spring at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming after he accidentally fell into it.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/17/us/yel...rnd/index.html
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Old 18 November 2016, 01:30 AM
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Didn't that happen several months ago?
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Old 18 November 2016, 01:36 AM
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Yeah, the article says it happened back in June. I'm not sure why they'd post a new article on the incident today, as there doesn't seem to be any new information.

That being said, does this mean Breaking Bad was right in their portrayal of body disposal techniques?
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Old 18 November 2016, 02:05 AM
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No. You'd need to boil the acid in order to get a similar effect: hot springs in Yellowstone get a lot hotter due to the mineral content and altitude. This is an unfortunately frequent issue in the park: people get in the hot springs and are basically cooked to death. The acid just speeds up the process, like using vinegar or tomato sauce on a roast in a pressure cooker.
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Old 18 November 2016, 11:28 AM
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A trip to one of the nation's natural wonders ended in a unnatural tragedy.
Copywriters are losing their grasp of the language. Hardly unnatural; utterly natural tragedy. I think perhaps the writer was looking for "horrific"?
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Old 18 November 2016, 12:18 PM
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And copy editors seem to be a thing of the past.
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Old 18 November 2016, 01:14 PM
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Yeah, the article says it happened back in June. I'm not sure why they'd post a new article on the incident today, as there doesn't seem to be any new information.
The Parks released their official report on the incident, which I believe is why it made the news again.
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Old 18 November 2016, 01:49 PM
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Hardly unnatural; utterly natural tragedy.
Seems to me that unnatural is becoming synonymous with unusual. I'd guess that's how the writer was using it.
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Old 18 November 2016, 03:17 PM
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Seems to me that unnatural is becoming synonymous with unusual. I'd guess that's how the writer was using it.
It's not unnatural. It happens every day, no matter what the copywriters say.
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Old 18 November 2016, 03:18 PM
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And it's happening due to a perfectly natural phenomenon.
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Old 18 November 2016, 03:19 PM
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People die in hot springs in Yellowstone every day?
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Old 18 November 2016, 04:37 PM
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I think it happens once every few years. That last incident I recall was several years ago when some went in after their dog and both died.
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Old 18 November 2016, 05:24 PM
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IIRC, it's one of the more common causes of death among tourists, up there with being gored by bison and well above grizzly maulings.
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Old 18 November 2016, 07:05 PM
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Historically, the most common way to die in Yellowstone is drowning (all national parks, apparently). Not being gored or mauled or falling into hot springs. Check out Death in Yellowstone by Lee Whittlesey (sadly in need of undating, though).

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Old 18 November 2016, 07:13 PM
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I've got a copy of that book. Somewhere. Probably in the bottom of a box.
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Old 18 November 2016, 07:17 PM
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Do you have Death in Yosemite and Death in the Grand Canyon as well?

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Old 18 November 2016, 07:31 PM
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No, don't have either of those.
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Old 18 November 2016, 09:14 PM
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In all the major parks, I wonder where traffic accidents (especially pedestrians getting hit by cars) falls? I would guess that traffic kills more than anything else.

I think we have the Trilogy;
  1. Death in Yellowstone
  2. Death in Yosemite
  3. Death in the Grand Canyon
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Old 18 November 2016, 09:49 PM
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I think we have the Trilogy;
  1. Death in Yellowstone
  2. Death in Yosemite
  3. Death in the Grand Canyon
You missed:
4. Florida Man Tours the U.S.
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Check out Death in Yellowstone by Lee Whittlesey (sadly in need of undating, though).
There was an updated edition published in 2014, apparently.
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