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Date: 03/03/10 10:04 AM

87 Responses to Tree Branch Gets Fried By Electric High Wire

  1. Profile photo of madest
    madest Male 40-49
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    March 2, 2010 at 10:54 pm
    Link: Tree Branch Gets Fried By Electric High Wire - It`s only an :18 second clip so wait for the money shot... wait for it...
  2. Profile photo of Cajun247
    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 10:12 am
    dangerous but AWESOME!!!!
  3. Profile photo of Handsompod
    Handsompod Male 30-39
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    March 3, 2010 at 10:14 am
    That was pretty cool.
  4. Profile photo of ScottSerious
    ScottSerious Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 10:15 am
    short, but sweet.
  5. Profile photo of Brittany0100
    Brittany0100 Female 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 10:18 am
    ok that was cool..but i wouldnt just stand there and film it
  6. Profile photo of jeffkodine
    jeffkodine Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 10:18 am
    Tree branch *fell* on wires? lol there wasn`t a single tree near or above the wires!
  7. Profile photo of Matwix_2004
    Matwix_2004 Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 10:21 am
    ...woah...
    I`d love to try that, but have a feeling that it could go seriously wrong.
  8. Profile photo of sfcg
    sfcg Male 30-39
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    March 3, 2010 at 10:22 am
    that was officially rad.
  9. Profile photo of router52000
    router52000 Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 10:24 am
    If a tree falls on a wire...
  10. Profile photo of DGbME
    DGbME Male 40-49
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    March 3, 2010 at 10:26 am
    very cool.

    Brittany: Why not?

  11. Profile photo of DGbME
    DGbME Male 40-49
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    March 3, 2010 at 10:27 am
    Jeffkodine: What is that in the bottom left corner? Grass?
  12. Profile photo of Angelmassb
    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 10:28 am
    :-O

    I think I just saw my entire life flash before my eyes

  13. Profile photo of NotAllowed
    NotAllowed Female 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 10:33 am
    AWESOME!!
    now i have to go do that..
  14. Profile photo of SarahofBorg
    SarahofBorg Female 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 10:41 am
    You would think this happens a lot...
  15. Profile photo of BrokenJohn
    BrokenJohn Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 10:43 am
    Is the blue stuff at the end plasma?
  16. Profile photo of Snow_Crash
    Snow_Crash Female 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 10:52 am
    And there goes the power for the entire county. :D
  17. Profile photo of opiebreath
    opiebreath Female 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 10:56 am
    I still don`t get how this happens. Wood doesn`t conduct electricity, right?

    Me no understandy the physics.

  18. Profile photo of FIRST_poster
    FIRST_poster Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 10:56 am
    HOLY POO
    that was awesome
  19. Profile photo of HAHAyousuk
    HAHAyousuk Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 11:02 am
    The leftover water in the branch allows it to conduct electricity.
  20. Profile photo of opiebreath
    opiebreath Female 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 11:05 am
    Ohhhhhh.

    Thanks, Suk.

  21. Profile photo of Tekno
    Tekno Female 30-39
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    March 3, 2010 at 11:18 am
    KERZOTT!
  22. Profile photo of AnarchistGod
    AnarchistGod Male 70 & Over
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    March 3, 2010 at 11:21 am
    @ HAHAyousuk
    No no no you`re wrong. God was just angry at that branch. All this science monbo jumbo is complete non-sense.
  23. Profile photo of SonOfGod
    SonOfGod Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 11:21 am
    the branch screamed in pain
  24. Profile photo of YoMommaSoFat
    YoMommaSoFat Male 13-17
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    March 3, 2010 at 11:33 am
    ELECTRIC FLAME FTW
  25. Profile photo of Skreshavik
    Skreshavik Female 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 12:02 pm
    Dude!
    dratING BADASS!
  26. Profile photo of Zerocyde
    Zerocyde Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 12:04 pm
    So awesome.
  27. Profile photo of Zerocyde
    Zerocyde Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 12:05 pm
    @AnarchistGod

    :)

  28. Profile photo of alchemist18
    alchemist18 Female 13-17
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    March 3, 2010 at 12:14 pm
    That was my cousin FML
  29. Profile photo of AnarchistGod
    AnarchistGod Male 70 & Over
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    March 3, 2010 at 12:15 pm
    That branch went back to the future.
  30. Profile photo of Suki_Meian
    Suki_Meian Female 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 12:34 pm
    I think I found a new fear of live wires. O.o
  31. Profile photo of Mornaf
    Mornaf Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 12:39 pm
    holy damn..., imagine doing that to a person.
  32. Profile photo of Batmanners
    Batmanners Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 12:43 pm
    Cool! An electric arc!

    There must have been something peculiar about that branch, wet, or something because wood isn`t the best conductor, despite those being high tension wires. Assuming they are high tension from the third cable, but the low altitude tells me they may just be medium or even low tension.

  33. Profile photo of Batmanners
    Batmanners Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 12:48 pm
    "Is the blue stuff at the end plasma?"

    Nope, it`s what`s called an electric arc. It`s the same as lightning, technically.

    I didn`t pay attention in all my workplace safety videos, so I don`t know all the science behind it, though wiki will teach me one day. But I am sure some electrician nerd will come on here boasting about his big electric arcs that were "That big" stories...

  34. Profile photo of bumbleBB
    bumbleBB Female 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 12:50 pm
    I give you, electrocuted squirrel. You`re welcome.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PRF39gcU...

  35. Profile photo of Fatninja01
    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    March 3, 2010 at 1:03 pm
    That was a wierd noise!
  36. Profile photo of SomeShoes
    SomeShoes Male 13-17
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    March 3, 2010 at 1:29 pm
    batmanners, wouldn`t that just be an electrical fire? An electric arc would be a direct jump of electricity from one spot to another (from the clouds to ground in lightnings case)

    in this case, the direct path would be the stick, so . . .

  37. Profile photo of razlem
    razlem Male 13-17
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    March 3, 2010 at 1:38 pm
    Yikes...
  38. Profile photo of Nidonemo
    Nidonemo Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 1:59 pm
    Woah holy sh-WOAAAAH! O_O

    ...half of me wants to try to replicate this and the other half is screaming at myself for even entertaining the idea.

  39. Profile photo of lemonstand
    lemonstand Female 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 2:01 pm
    that was awesome
  40. Profile photo of thedragslay
    thedragslay Female 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 2:06 pm
    It`s caused by the differences in the current and voltage in the wire. You get fried by the current not being able to ground itself, because it`s running into another current that`s a different voltage.
  41. Profile photo of Asspenny
    Asspenny Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 2:12 pm
    hehe, batmanners is right. sadly i`m not an electric nerd tho, a shame really. air was probably ionized or something allowing the electricity to follow the path of least resistance through it. *shrug*
  42. Profile photo of Hiromi
    Hiromi Female 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 2:15 pm
    I just...imagined...a squirrel...


    :[

  43. Profile photo of srgkoala
    srgkoala Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 2:18 pm
    Aaaaaaand out pops terminator
  44. Profile photo of MCFC89
    MCFC89 Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 2:31 pm
    that was pretty sick
  45. Profile photo of Loew
    Loew Female 40-49
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    March 3, 2010 at 3:10 pm
    srgkoala : "Aaaaaaand out pops terminator"

    Yes! He`ll be squating like a little monkey.
    http://www.collegehumor.com/video:190212...

  46. Profile photo of dooflotchie
    dooflotchie Female 30-39
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    March 3, 2010 at 3:24 pm
    "I just...imagined...a squirrel..."

    I saw the aftereffects of that very thing. I went to a guy`s house to pick up a car I was buying from him and when we were talking outside there was a huge "BOOM!!!" from behind the house and his wife hollered from inside, "WTF was that?! The lights just went out!" We all went behind the house and found a well-cooked squirrel on the ground under the power line. Apparently it crossed from one line to the other and got zapped. We could see the path of the electricity burned onto it`s body. It went diagonally from front to back, singed the hair off a narrow strip of the belly and exited at the hind leg. The leg was blown apart at the top but there was no blood, the shock must have instantly cauterized it. Yeah, it was gross and it smelled bad, but that squirrel never knew what hit it. Instant death.

  47. Profile photo of zmeace
    zmeace Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 3:28 pm
    it kind of sounds like a firecracker being smothered, poor tree branch and anything that might have lived on that branch
  48. Profile photo of nonamewillfi
    nonamewillfi Male 13-17
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    March 3, 2010 at 3:33 pm
    honestly that was one of the coolest things i have ever seen. i love it when the smoke just explodes into fire.
  49. Profile photo of Shellie84
    Shellie84 Female 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 3:37 pm
    wow, that was really interesting. I wouldn`t have been standing underneath it though :/
  50. Profile photo of shadowtube
    shadowtube Male 13-17
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    March 3, 2010 at 3:38 pm
    1 word, just 1 word. Awesome.
  51. Profile photo of MetalLinx
    MetalLinx Female 13-17
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    March 3, 2010 at 3:49 pm
    AMAZING!
  52. Profile photo of imustbreaku
    imustbreaku Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 3:52 pm
    I`m surprised that tree branch didn`t go back in time.
  53. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    March 3, 2010 at 4:11 pm
    "I`m surprised that tree branch didn`t go back in time."

    Or teleport somewhere inside Black Mesa.

  54. Profile photo of npdarren
    npdarren Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 4:15 pm
    I bet the power went out for most of the neighborhood.
  55. Profile photo of Corpsecrank
    Corpsecrank Male 30-39
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    March 3, 2010 at 4:15 pm
    Ha yeah it really just fell on there all on it`s own and conveniently someone just happened to catch it on film. More like someone got a camera and tossed it up there so they could film the results lol.
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    thefireguy22 Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 4:22 pm
    holy. poo.
  57. Profile photo of henryhendrix
    henryhendrix Male 30-39
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    March 3, 2010 at 4:33 pm
    Haha CrakrJak, and how did the branch get up there? I see no adjacent tree...
  58. Profile photo of sourkrauter
    sourkrauter Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 5:52 pm
    damn! i gotta try that this summer! wait, i wonder what would happen if you used a FROZEN tree branch
  59. Profile photo of MLime
    MLime Female 13-17
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    March 3, 2010 at 6:07 pm
    I like how the branch was like screaming XD but it also sort of sounded like someone letting air out of a balloon while pinching it
  60. Profile photo of SarahofBorg
    SarahofBorg Female 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 7:33 pm
    I don`t get why this doesn`t happen everyday. I always see tree branches on powerlines.
  61. Profile photo of splurbyburbl
    splurbyburbl Male 30-39
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    March 3, 2010 at 7:37 pm
    Some roosterbag threw that branch up there it looks like. I would be a murderous fool if my power went out because of that.
  62. Profile photo of TheGax
    TheGax Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 9:22 pm
    and that`s why i love science and electricity =)
  63. Profile photo of television17
    television17 Male 13-17
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    March 3, 2010 at 10:00 pm
    Is it just me, or does that look incredibly fake?
  64. Profile photo of OldOllie
    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    March 3, 2010 at 10:28 pm
    You can kinda do the same thing with an extension cord and a pickle.
  65. Profile photo of ROK9
    ROK9 Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 10:47 pm
    nice
  66. Profile photo of Mah_Boi
    Mah_Boi Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 11:46 pm
    >Wednesday, March 3, 2010 10:00:27 PM
    >Is it just me, or does that look incredibly fake?

    It`s just you. The glowing on the stick is arcing, the sounds is steam escaping the still-green stick, the steam is produced via ohmic heating, and the final large arc is pretty standard fare in >100kV lines.

  67. Profile photo of Adi_Noor
    Adi_Noor Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2010 at 11:53 pm
    The branch is green wood, with a lot of moisture in it. As the electricity passes through the branch, the moisture heats up to the boiling point, and the branch whistles like a teakettle as steam escapes. As soon as the branch dries out enough, it catches fire, and this causes it to carbonize, enough to conduct an arc, which is a short-circuit made of plasma. The arc rises due to the heating of the air, and then a fuse or circuit breaker disconnects the power from the line.
  68. Profile photo of flingspoo
    flingspoo Female 18-29
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    March 4, 2010 at 12:21 am
    Aren`t those things supposed to be insulated?
  69. Profile photo of flingspoo
    flingspoo Female 18-29
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    March 4, 2010 at 12:24 am
    @ loew:

    "What is wrong with you?!?!"

    LOL

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    Swaywithme Female 18-29
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    March 4, 2010 at 12:25 am
    >Is it just me, or does that look incredibly fake?

    It`s just you. The glowing on the stick is arcing, the sounds is steam escaping the still-green stick, the steam is produced via ohmic heating, and the final large arc is pretty standard fare in >100kV lines.

    Check it- Boiiiii!! you just got served.

  71. Profile photo of mcai8rw2
    mcai8rw2 Male 18-29
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    March 4, 2010 at 12:31 am
    Yeah... its neat and everything, but someone DEFINATELY threw that branch there.

    Which prolly knocked out the supply to what, a whole neighbourhood? a whole town? Maybe the entire east coast.

  72. Profile photo of TheSpoon
    TheSpoon Male 18-29
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    March 4, 2010 at 4:57 am
    cccccoooooooooooooooooollllll!!!
  73. Profile photo of cj89
    cj89 Female 18-29
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    March 4, 2010 at 6:21 am
    When all three power lines are connected (via the tree branch) this is one of the worst failures you can have. The same electrical effect can be created using a Jacob`s Ladder:

    Jacob`s Ladder effect

  74. Profile photo of meowmixx419
    meowmixx419 Male 18-29
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    March 4, 2010 at 9:13 am
    freaking awsome!
  75. Profile photo of janus_games
    janus_games Male 18-29
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    March 4, 2010 at 9:19 am
    >It`s just you. The glowing on the stick is arcing, the sounds is steam escaping the still-green stick, the steam is produced via ohmic heating, and the final large arc is pretty standard fare in >100kV lines.

    ...I think I`m in love with the science girl...

  76. Profile photo of OldOllie
    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    March 4, 2010 at 10:07 am
    flingspoo "Aren`t those things supposed to be insulated?"

    No. That would make them much more expensive and much heavier requiring closer tower spacing. They are insulated from the towers and poles where they connect, but other than that, the only insulation is air.

  77. Profile photo of davidb305
    davidb305 Male 18-29
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    March 4, 2010 at 11:23 am
    sweet
  78. Profile photo of idiotfilter
    idiotfilter Male 18-29
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    March 4, 2010 at 1:24 pm
    >Video
    >>CZZCCHHZZCAACCHHZZZEECH!!!

    >Me
    >>(3 seconds after zap).......F*CKING AWESOME!

  79. Profile photo of Vimto
    Vimto Male 40-49
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    March 5, 2010 at 8:21 am
    Did it fall or was it thrown ....
  80. Profile photo of CapnAwesome
    CapnAwesome Male 18-29
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    March 5, 2010 at 6:16 pm
    ">It`s just you. The glowing on the stick is arcing, the sounds is steam escaping the still-green stick, the steam is produced via ohmic heating, and the final large arc is pretty standard fare in >100kV lines.
    ...I think I`m in love with the science girl..."
    BACK OFF SHE`S MINE!
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    lpycb42 Female 18-29
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    March 6, 2010 at 4:06 am
    Holy... crap.
  82. Profile photo of IzzehBleh
    IzzehBleh Female 18-29
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    March 6, 2010 at 1:50 pm
    E
    P
    I
    C
    Sh*t.
  83. Profile photo of Supersyko
    Supersyko Male 18-29
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    March 6, 2010 at 8:28 pm
    AHHHHHHHH :D MY FACE IS FROZEN IN THE :D POSITION!!!
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    microxscream Female 13-17
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    March 7, 2010 at 3:39 pm
    reminds me of those monsters on the first live action scoobydoo movie.
  85. Profile photo of yitani
    yitani Male 18-29
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    March 8, 2010 at 3:11 am
    It sounds like a thousand soul getting ready to be dropped in the depth of hell, and then the fiery door opens and they are dropped, and then it`s utter and absolute silence!
  86. Profile photo of Xyryn
    Xyryn Female 18-29
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    March 18, 2010 at 2:45 pm
    Its like Satan himself appeared, pulls down his pants and flashed us all!

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