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Date: 05/15/11 06:17 PM

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  1. Profile photo of eugenius
    eugenius Male 30-39
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    May 15, 2011 at 6:20 pm
    Link: Man Builds Moat Around Home, Saves Property - His neighbors probably thought he was f-ing crazy. Well who`s crazy now, bitches?
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    Skabashas Male 18-29
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    May 15, 2011 at 6:29 pm
    SO COOL. That situation, including the water, would also protect him quite nicely in the event of a zombie apocalypse.
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    gyro231995 Male 13-17
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    May 15, 2011 at 6:29 pm
    Penis
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    Ska_Machine Male 13-17
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    May 15, 2011 at 6:39 pm
    @Skabashas, actually, zombies can survive underwater, since the current doesn`t look to fast in the river. He would actually be at a disavantage because he couldn`t see the zombies until they were 20m from his house.
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    freddyferret Male 40-49
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    May 15, 2011 at 6:40 pm
    That was a good idea but how much did it cost for all of those sandbags? There were thousands of them. He was lucky to save it all, that`s for sure.
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    JumboCookie Male 18-29
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    May 15, 2011 at 6:47 pm
    That`s amazing!
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    danthew Male 18-29
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    May 15, 2011 at 6:53 pm
    He was lucky in the end that his friends helped him put more sandbags on or else the flood would have gone above his wall.
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    freedan104 Male 18-29
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    May 15, 2011 at 6:54 pm
    As awesome as that is, he will still have to abandon the property.
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    Hat-Trick Male 18-29
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    May 15, 2011 at 6:55 pm
    My grandfather would probably be telling him he`s doing it wrong. He helped build dams all over the world for about 40 years.
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    TadnJess Male 30-39
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    May 15, 2011 at 6:56 pm
    Zombie Proof? I`m starting to think so.
  11. Profile photo of SarahofBorg
    SarahofBorg Female 18-29
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    May 15, 2011 at 7:11 pm
    That can`t be just some guys home, he got the entire town to save the property. Obviously it`s the property of an entire large business that everyone who worked their worked to save. That`s a massive construction project, it takes quiet a few men. They easily spent enough money to buy a small house just to save it, so it must be REALLY goddamn valuable.
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    simmerslodra Male 18-29
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    May 15, 2011 at 7:13 pm
    I hope he has dratton of diesel for that pump.
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    MechBFP Male 18-29
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    May 15, 2011 at 7:16 pm
    freedan104, rivers recede retard.
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    Scuzoid Male 30-39
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    May 15, 2011 at 7:27 pm
    "Up over HIS window"

    It`s not a business. It`s a residence. And the idea you need a whole "town" to do this is just ridiculous, as is "him" having his "friends" helping him. He may have had friends helping, sure, but it`s just as likely he owns that tractor, and he doesn`t mind paying five guys ten dollars an hour to go get more sandbags after he paid ten guys twenty dollars an hour to trench that.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    May 15, 2011 at 7:29 pm
    SarahofBorg:

    I`ve been looking at the story - there are details available.

    It`s a family home with a couple of acres of land - not too unusual an amount in that area. He hired a backhoe and driver to dig the moat and use that earth to make the levee - not too expensive. He then asked a neighbour with more knowledge if it was enough - he said it wasn`t. Word got round and locals decided this was the place for a symbolic victory over the flooding. So ~100 helped. The sand was in bulk (i.e. cheap) and the bags were filled by volunteers (i.e. cheap). Might even have been free.

    You can get a lot done for not all that much money with some heavy machinery and 100 determined volunteers. It was cheaper than buying a new home, which was the other option (his insurance didn`t cover flooding).
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    SarahofBorg Female 18-29
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    May 15, 2011 at 7:41 pm
    Well Angilion, that`s a nice story. I suppose the entire community really did decide some random guy`s house is more important then their own houses and spent all their time helping him. They must really love that guy. So yeah, it was cheap because everyone worked for free. If it was some sort of official construction project it would have cost a good 10 grand at least.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    May 15, 2011 at 7:51 pm
    I suppose the entire community really did decide some random guy`s house is more important then their own houses and spent all their time helping him. They must really love that guy.

    Maybe they had insurance that covered flooding.

    Maybe they knew they couldn`t save their own homes but could help him save his.
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    Fleaman1797 Male 18-29
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    May 15, 2011 at 7:58 pm
    At least he kept the black knight at bay!
  19. Profile photo of SarahofBorg
    SarahofBorg Female 18-29
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    May 15, 2011 at 7:59 pm
    They could have saved their own homes by building a giant levee around theirs instead of his. Some reason his home was chosen specifically, or completely at random, which would make him really goddamn lucky. And I`m pretty sure there`s no insurance that covers flooding if you live within a few miles of the Mississippi. 1927 really wasn`t that long ago, and that`s the last time this same flood happened.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    May 15, 2011 at 8:09 pm
    We`re flooding like CRAZY here in Manitoba. Rivers that never flooded before are overflowing!

    This guy`s a genius: the moat allows the inevitable seepage to be quickly pumped away. If you have enough warning, this is for sure the way to do it.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    May 15, 2011 at 8:22 pm
    People complain a lot about the weather here in England, but we really have it easy weather-wise. It may be a little heavy on the rain and the winters aren`t all fun and games, but the weather here hardly ever kills anyone or does major damage.
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    Mornaf Male 18-29
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    May 15, 2011 at 9:05 pm
    I would just keep that forever, keep it in decent shape, make it permanent, add a metal bridge connecting the property to the road, that sort of thing.
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    Aedran Female 18-29
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    May 15, 2011 at 9:05 pm
    Flood insurance companies could really save themselves money if they did this.
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    dragosal Male 18-29
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    May 15, 2011 at 9:27 pm
    people that live in areas where this is a common or even occurs yearly dont deserve pity. they need to plan better. by simply raising the houses up about 5-6 feet these floods would be no real problem to homes. and all it would cost is the price of a little more cement and rebar. this also goes for people that live in "tornado alley" no mercy if you dont take preventative measures...
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    BRKNVLTR Male 40-49
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    May 15, 2011 at 9:45 pm
    And sitting out side the moat waiting impatiently is the Black Knight.
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    Kodyo Male 18-29
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    May 15, 2011 at 10:04 pm
    @dragosal

    I tend to agree. Along the Texas coast (and I`m sure elsewhere as well) it is common to see houses raised 8 feet on metal stilts for just this reason.
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    TheShgn2 Male 13-17
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    May 15, 2011 at 10:12 pm
    @dragosal
    Have you ever even seen what tornadoes do? It doesn`t matter how many `preventive measures` you take, a tornado will completely destroy your house unless you live in a parking garage or something. If you hide in your basement, the tornado can still get you if you. And you can`t exactly build storm shelters for apartments or every single house. So yes, you should fell sorry for people who live in Tornado Alley.
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    Oblivia Female 18-29
    812 posts
    May 15, 2011 at 10:43 pm
    Ugly much?
    Well, you have to make a choice so I would also choose this, yet I would at least try to make it look good...
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    jinxiejae Female 30-39
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    May 15, 2011 at 11:21 pm
    "who goes there?" "dammit russell, its me earl!"
    "lower the draw plank."
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    Izaq Male 30-39
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    May 15, 2011 at 11:30 pm
    Nature says: "Well played sir, very well played!"
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    deeplick Male 18-29
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    May 15, 2011 at 11:30 pm
    See Oblivia that is the difference between a man and woman. Man tries to save moat to save his ass, doesn`t care how ugly it looks. Woman is repulsed by moat because its not pretty enough. Who cares how it looks, save your f`ing house, you don`t get style points if you are dead.
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    May 16, 2011 at 12:02 am
    Buddy must have Dutch blood in him... I lived in Holland for 7 years, and I never really got used to driving down a country road which was 20 feet below a water-filled dyke (which ran alongside the road), knowing that the water in the dyke was at, or close to, sea-level. It`s kinda freaky if you`re not used to it.

    Also, high-five @ deeplick. Sorry Oblivia, but that was a deeply retarded comment.
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    Norris Male 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 12:06 am
    @dragosal

    pretty ignorant of you. I hope ya realize many communities in tornado alley are too close to sea level to even have basements.

    which would probably stand with the whole build house on stilts..it probably wouldn`t be supportable around here.
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    gothmo Female 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 12:13 am
    Hah, that is pretty genius... There`s even that drainage pipe is looks like. This is just another reason I wouldn`t want to live near a river or any other high flood risk areas...
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    pfkdxius Male 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 1:05 am
    I wonder how long it took to build that. I want to see some news coverage of this.
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    Isobel Female 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 3:13 am
    I`ll nick-name this guy Mr. Beaver.
  37. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    May 16, 2011 at 3:17 am
    I`d make it look nicer...after the waters have receeded. The important thing in a crisis is what works, not what looks nice. Prettify it afterwards.

    He should keep it because it might flood again some time. Also because it`s cool. Earthworks on the outside, ditch on the inside. That makes it a henge.
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    VictoryRider Male 40-49
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    May 16, 2011 at 3:28 am
    Our town got flooded a year or two ago. I`m so high up though, that I really have nothing to worry about and wasn`t affected by it. When I`m in my driveway and look down to my nearest neighbors house, I`m higher than his roof.

    Looks like this guy spent a good bit of time and money doing this. Hope he had a lot of supplies as well. I mean you just can`t run to the store if you need something. Chances are though, that if he spent that much time doing that, that he was also prepared in other ways.
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    PierreJeanFR Male 40-49
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    May 16, 2011 at 4:08 am
    reminds of me trying to protect the sand castle on the beach;other proportions...
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    duckflash Female 13-17
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    May 16, 2011 at 4:41 am
    This is awesome!!
    Also a great idea for a zombie apocalypse.
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    almightybob1 Male 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 5:33 am
    Well I`ll be dammed.





    Sorry. I couldn`t resist.
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    SiN_iN_Me Female 18-29
    217 posts
    May 16, 2011 at 5:56 am
    thats ace! imagine if it wasnt high enough though? spend all that time and effort and it goes under!

    owner is clever, other clever ideas, living somewhere it doesnt flood x) i know alot of places cant help it, but maybe we should consider lowering the risks or following this guys example and building more dams
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    ForSquirel Male 30-39
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    May 16, 2011 at 6:17 am
    for sale 2 bedroom ranch on a private secluded island.

    that`s just insane, gotta do what ya gotta do.
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    edana42 Female 50-59
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    May 16, 2011 at 6:30 am
    just wondering about the structural integretiy for how close he dug to the home/storgage blgs. and the trees.
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    Mickets Male 30-39
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    May 16, 2011 at 7:50 am
    Must be terrible to live like this. Spend time worrying about the flood and building the mote. I`d move elsewhere.
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    ohplease Male 50-59
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    May 16, 2011 at 8:00 am
    Just build the dang house on pontoons, with vertical beams at each corner so it doesn`t float away, problem solved.
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    Kiaran123 Male 30-39
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    May 16, 2011 at 8:01 am
    I built a moat like that around my house to protect me fom terrorists. I call it my "Freedom moat".
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    meepmaker Male 30-39
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    May 16, 2011 at 8:27 am
    Thats a bunch of water.
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    philipd412 Male 30-39
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    May 16, 2011 at 8:42 am
    And the gov will prob fine him for something like not having a dig permit!
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    Garu Male 30-39
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    May 16, 2011 at 12:46 pm
    Geez, that`s quite a feat. Now he can get up on the bank and shout,"I FART IN YOUR GENERAL DIRECTION", at passing boats.
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    SlothOfDoom Male 30-39
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    May 16, 2011 at 1:48 pm
    "road unsafe when under water"


    Obvious sign is obvious?


    In related news...how long did this take to dig? I have been digging a moat in minecraft for days now and my finders are tired as hell.
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    May 16, 2011 at 3:07 pm
    President Obama dosen`t care about wet people!!
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    May 16, 2011 at 4:17 pm
    Thats a good effort, 10 points
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    zeegrr Male 40-49
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    May 16, 2011 at 4:28 pm
    Friggin` Awesome!!
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    shizzamX Female 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 4:41 pm
    not really a moat so much as a wall..
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    KittenCereal Female 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 5:49 pm
    that is way awesome!
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    Garu Male 30-39
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    May 16, 2011 at 8:56 pm
    @ McGovern1981: My LOLs go to you sir. Nice.
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 10:49 pm
    I like it. It`s a more effective solution than a simple sand bag wall, and it`s doable if you`ve got access to a digger. Otherwise... too much work.

    His neighbors probably thought he was f-ing crazy
    Yet another description fail. They dug that moat in order to save their property, not just cause` they wanted a moat. Stupid IAB...

    Also, by the size of it, it looks like it took a lot of work to build, even with a digger.

    I think it would be better to approach this like a cofferdam. Dig a circle of shallow 1` holes with a 6" trench between them, in the holes bury a ring of 9` high wooden posts and in the trench place sheets of horizontal corrugated steel. You`d need to get the steel from somewhere, but far less work than this bulwark.
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    KPres Male 30-39
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    May 17, 2011 at 8:36 am
    I heard from a State Farm agent that all the recent flooding/tornadoes/hail has been more costly than Katrina.
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    Satkela Female 18-29
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    May 17, 2011 at 11:32 am
    That was genius! Way to think ahead!
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    imnakdjumpme Male 18-29
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    May 17, 2011 at 1:49 pm
    hes still crazy
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    kameo360fan Female 13-17
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    May 17, 2011 at 8:11 pm
    NICE!

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