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Date: 04/08/12 02:00 AM

44 Responses to An ACTUAL Mother Of The Year/Decade Candidate

  1. Profile photo of sed8908
    sed8908 Male 18-29
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    April 8, 2012 at 12:46 am
    Link: An ACTUAL Mother Of The Year/Decade Candidate - Mother is stoic to keep her son calm during Japan`s 9.0 earthquake of last year.
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    lostinkorea Female 30-39
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    April 8, 2012 at 2:28 am
    Yep, typical mother; calm, cool and collected. Nice post.
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    tedgp Male 30-39
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    April 8, 2012 at 2:41 am
    Earthquakes are actually fun to experience.
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    bluevayero Male 18-29
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    April 8, 2012 at 2:41 am
    and the vid is takken by her other son aged 10 i think....
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    TheShgn2 Male 13-17
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    April 8, 2012 at 2:43 am
    Wow, I didn`t know the earthquake was that long. She was really brave about that, but they should have got under the table for at least a little protection. I hope they survived the tsunami.
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    bolle54 Male 18-29
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    April 8, 2012 at 2:44 am
    And Not a Single F*ck Was Given That Day.
    cool mother
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    lostinkorea Female 30-39
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    April 8, 2012 at 3:08 am
    From the Youtube page:

    "My daughter lives in Sendai, Japan and had just finished lunch at a restaurant on 3-11-11 when the 9.0 earthquake struck. The video was made by Hiroki, a 15 y.o. friend of the family. The video starts after the quake, which lasted about six minutes, had already been going on for a while and stops prior to the end of the quake. Tiffany pulled her 4 y.o. son across the table to help comfort him prior to the video starting. BEFORE COMMENTING about the fact that she should have gotten under the table, it should be noted that the people who live there rarely seek cover under the table or desk and she was following along with the locals since she had not lived in an EQ zone before. Also, Hiroki was holding his camera with his arms away from his body which caused the camera to shake more than the surroundings. The area where this video was taken was not affected by the tsunami."
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    Draculya Male 40-49
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    April 8, 2012 at 4:23 am
    A bit of sheltering under the table would have been prudent, no?
  9. Profile photo of bluevayero
    bluevayero Male 18-29
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    April 8, 2012 at 4:38 am
    how can a small diner table protect you from the debris of a whole building?
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    thirrteen Male 40-49
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    April 8, 2012 at 4:45 am
    That takes balls. Good on ya!
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    YANKmyDOODLE Male 30-39
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    April 8, 2012 at 5:04 am
    the camera was the only thing shaking
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    simbha Male 30-39
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    April 8, 2012 at 5:49 am
    1. They didn`t get under the table for protection, because she had never lived in an EQ-prone area before, so instead she simply followed what others in the area were doing.

    2. The video was captured by a 15yo friend who was sitting either at the table or nearby. His name is Hiroki.

    3. The shaking is exaggerated because Hiroki held the camera away from his body; thus, smaller movements of his body were exaggerated through the levers of his arms.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    April 8, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Kudos for not transferring panic into the child, as too many parents would.
    But that is not a 9.0. If it were a 9.0 the guy in the background wouldn`t be able to stand up. It`d knock you to the ground. Could have been away from the epicenter where it was less powerful. Or a differant quake all together... aftershop perhaps.
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    simbha Male 30-39
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    April 8, 2012 at 6:05 am
    @Gerry: Not saying you`re wrong, but Sendai is the largest major city near the 03/11/11 earthquake`s epicenter. It`s possible that it`s a different earthquake (in which the case the OP likely purposefully mislabeled this) or it could be an aftershock.

    If the latter is the case, however, I`ll note that this woman and her child have likely lived through the initial quake - which, if true, would make what she did all that more remarkable, in my opinion.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    April 8, 2012 at 6:59 am

    "aftershop" ?

    my bad... `after shock`
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    deathcab4aj Female 30-39
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    April 8, 2012 at 7:16 am
    I don`t see how her reaction is different than any other mother`s......if she gets mother of the year for this one, then we are in big trouble!
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    RobSwindol Male 30-39
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    April 8, 2012 at 7:46 am
    Meh. I would think that I real MOTY candidate would have done something more to protect her child. Seems to me like she was more intent on preventing him from screaming than actually keeping him safe.
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    April 8, 2012 at 7:58 am
    "Seems to me like she was more intent on preventing him from screaming than actually keeping him safe."

    I was feeling the same thing.

    I feel like she should have calmly picked him up and walked out into the street, or at least to a door frame.
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    Wowummwow Male 18-29
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    April 8, 2012 at 8:22 am
    In that area the magnitude was not even close to 9.0. Anything above 5.5-6.0ish would have moved the plates around and knocked over the pitcher of water.

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    jtrebowski Male 40-49
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    April 8, 2012 at 8:37 am
    This brought tears to my eyes. I grew up in Tokyo and went through a lot of earthquakes. I wasn`t afraid of them until we went through some big enough that I could see the fear in my parents eyes. Kudos to this mom. And for those of you pooh-pooing her...you don`t know what you`re talking about.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    April 8, 2012 at 9:31 am
    As far as the info provided goes:
    >This was the "big quake" it had been going for some time when the friend started filming.
    >It is over 100km (70 miles) from the 9.0 `epicenter` so yes, it`s not "9.0" in that city.
    >She was doing what other folks were doing AND keeping her little one calm.

    She`s a good mother and stayed cool in a terrifying event. Good for her!
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    diylobotomy Male 18-29
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    April 8, 2012 at 9:55 am
    That`s some damn good parenting, ma`am.
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    jamie76 Male 30-39
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    April 8, 2012 at 10:36 am
    so instead of seeking cover under the table to avoid any possible falling objects, they just sit there?

    she cannot be from an earthquake state.
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    jamie76 Male 30-39
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    April 8, 2012 at 10:37 am
    also, that was more like a 5.0 (been through many earthquakes here in Cali).

    9.0 are city destroyers, don;t care which city, it pretty much will make it look like every zombie movie out there minus the zombies (maybe).
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    Wraithsshdw Female 18-29
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    April 8, 2012 at 10:47 am
    @auburn While getting under the table would not have been a bad idea, it`s a myth that door frames are any better than any other place in a building unless you are in a very old, pre-modern-building codes house. And going outside is just about the stupidest thing you can do in a country like Japan. In other countries, maybe not so much, but here? Definitely. I work in Japan, specifically with kids, and have had a little training on EQ survival. She did, mostly, the right thing. Staying calm and getting INSIDE are the best ideas. Buildings in Japan are specifically designed to weather these kinds of things. The telephone poles, power lines, billboards, moving cars, etc. outside? Not so much. Debris is the number one killer, and you`re much more likely to get hit outside.

    As a woman who probably had no idea about any of that, following the locals is a good default. When in Rome... and from what I could see, they weren`t crawling under anything either. Probably wasn`t a 9 there.
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    whapitoot Male 18-29
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    April 8, 2012 at 10:49 am
    Stupid cameraman couldn`t keep the shot still.. Amateur...
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    MICASS Male 60-69
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    April 8, 2012 at 11:09 am
    In response to all the bitchy comments, READ the title, CALM is nothing to do with making or keeping safe!! Most of you would run screaming or crap yourself in an earthquake!! To jtrebowski.... I agree your comments.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    April 8, 2012 at 1:32 pm
    I guess they like their salad tossed
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    murrymalty Female 18-29
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    April 8, 2012 at 3:01 pm
    jamie76
    Male, 30-39, Western US
    1256 Posts Sunday, April 8, 2012 10:37:37 AM
    also, that was more like a 5.0 (been through many earthquakes here in Cali).

    9.0 are city destroyers, don;t care which city, it pretty much will make it look like every zombie movie out there minus the zombies (maybe).


    oh yeah it was definatley a 5.0, i`m from cali i can tell from the pixels.

    Magnitude 9.0- near the coast of Honshu

    you gimp
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    piperfawn Male 30-39
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    April 8, 2012 at 3:16 pm
    and not a single dish was broken.
  31. Profile photo of ShudBWorking
    ShudBWorking Male 18-29
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    April 8, 2012 at 3:40 pm
    Why aren`t they taking cover?
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    Toomuchcoffe Male 30-39
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    April 8, 2012 at 4:18 pm
    I was in Tokyo when it happen, Thought I was going to die. I cant Imagine the force near Sendai. Thats one hell of a mother
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    den3jlb Male 18-29
    364 posts
    April 8, 2012 at 6:17 pm
    The love for your child craps all over your fear of am earthquake.
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    Zeegrr60 Male 40-49
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    April 8, 2012 at 7:33 pm
    Bravo!
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    SilverThread Male 30-39
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    April 8, 2012 at 8:19 pm
    I`ll see your Tiger Mom and raise you this lady.
  36. Profile photo of DemonicVixen
    DemonicVixen Female 18-29
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    April 8, 2012 at 10:02 pm
    @ ShudB

    If she went outside, many people were probably panicking, cars were going everywhere, buildings and power lines were probably falling. Yeah, not the best idea to stay in side, but because the most populated areas of Japan are heavily retrofitted for huge earthquakes, she was in the safest place possible.
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    iceblack Male 18-29
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    April 8, 2012 at 10:31 pm
    Somebody give that woman a medal... And a new kitchen!
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    drawman61 Male 50-59
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    April 9, 2012 at 9:52 am
    And right after this she screamed "Hellooo, still waiting for my fries here".
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    redfeldblood Male 13-17
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    April 9, 2012 at 1:56 pm
    cool mom
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    TheShgn2 Male 13-17
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    April 9, 2012 at 3:05 pm
    "If she went outside, many people were probably panicking, cars were going everywhere..."

    Japanese people don`t panic. If you remember the interviews of Americans that were there, a lot of them said they were surprised there was no panicking or looting. It`s a giant taboo for them.
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    braskey123 Male 30-39
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    April 9, 2012 at 10:16 pm
    +1 TheShgn2

    Japanese culture doesn`t know the meaning of panic... This woman has clearly been in country long enough to have acquired this quality.
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    cheakincheat Male 18-29
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    April 10, 2012 at 11:11 am
    didn`t u saw the waitress . she was like " good the milk shake is done "
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    TrivialSteve Male 40-49
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    April 10, 2012 at 3:08 pm
    Living in California all my life, I`ve been in a number of quakes, including both the 1971 Sylmar Quake and the 1989 Loma Prieta quakes. It is absolutely amazing how long the Japanese quake lasted. That must have been terrifying to kids.
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    PTPete Female 30-39
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    April 11, 2012 at 1:55 pm
    Another native Californian here--->DAMN that lasted so f`ing long!

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