Friday, July 08, 2005

Jim Jones Sheep

As funny/crazy as this story is, it's also kinda sad. Good thing for me I have no heart, no compassion and no love for stinky Turkish people:

450 Sheep Jump to Their Deaths in Turkey

ISTANBUL, Turkey -- First one sheep jumped to its death. Then stunned Turkish shepherds, who had left the herd to graze while they had breakfast, watched as nearly 1,500 others followed, each leaping off the same cliff, Turkish media reported.

In the end, 450 dead animals lay on top of one another in a billowy white pile, the Aksam newspaper said. Those who jumped later were saved as the pile got higher and the fall more cushioned, Aksam reported.

"There's nothing we can do. They're all wasted," Nevzat Bayhan, a member of one of 26 families whose sheep were grazing together in the herd, was quoted as saying by Aksam.

The estimated loss to families in the town of Gevas, located in Van province in eastern Turkey, tops $100,000, a significant amount of money in a country where average GDP per head is around $2,700.

"Every family had an average of 20 sheep," Aksam quoted another villager, Abdullah Hazar as saying. "But now only a few families have sheep left. It's going to be hard for us."

5 Comments:

At 1:31 PM, Blogger hoobs said...

perhaps david koresh was reincarnated as a sheep and is back to his old tricks. nothing like a good sheep/suicide cult joke.

 
At 2:00 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

I went with Jim Jones, but Koresh works better I guess, people are more familiar with him and his moronic cronies...anyone for a Hale Bopp comet joke?

The funny thing is I watched that Branch-Davidian made-for-TV movie with Tim Daly from Wings as David Koresh, and I can't shake that image.

 
At 2:39 PM, Blogger Wooglin said...

Jumping off a cliff as opposed to drinking laced cool-aid is a much better way to go. It's more dramatic although less tasty.

 
At 3:20 PM, Anonymous John Howard said...

I like how those Heaven's Gate loonies were all wearing Nikes. Also, thier leader had a name similar to the Texas QB at the time, Major and Marshall Applewhite, which I always thought was amusing.

 
At 3:33 PM, Blogger poophopanonymous22 said...

"there's nothing we can do. They're all wasted". Heres a thought Nevzat, stop getting your sheep drunk.

a billowy white pile, sounds like my apt on a saturday night

hiiii ohhhhhhhhhhhh

 

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