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  1. Thanks. I've looked in the paperwork for jumpers worldwide sticky but didn't see anything about Ukraine or Hungary. Time to start emailing DZ's
  2. I'm taking a trip to eastern Europe this June and plan to take my rig for some fun on the weekends. I plan on jumping in: Ukraine, Czech Republic, Hungary. Anyone jumped in these countries and know if I need additional insurance? I'm a USPA member and will be jumping all my own gear. If I do need insurance, any suggestions on who I should use. Never jumped outside of the US before. Thanks.
  3. Awesome, thanks. Also, I only have a USPA A licence (over 100 jumps total, just never put in for a B). Do you know if there are any restrictions or will it likely be a "jump with an instructer to feel you out/ recurrency jump" fix?
  4. Hey, Killing some time around London this summer before heading back to the good ole USA. Anyone have any recommendations for fun jumper friendly DZs in that area? The Dropzone list of DZs is a bit outdated and most recent reviews are over 3 years old. Hoping to pick a place early so I can get in contact/ fill waivers/ do the ole US to UK jump law thing before I get there and not waste time sitting on the ground. Thanks for any suggestions.
  5. Little Billy was looking sad so his dad asked him what was wrong. Little Billy said, "Daddy, why do people hang horses?" "Nobody hangs horses Billy" his father said. "Who told you that people hang horses?" "I heard mommy on the phone with her friend and she said her new boss is hung like a horse" ... A friend of mine is a little person. He came to me distraught the other day. He had just joined a nudist colony but they kicked him out after only 2 days. Apparently he just kept getting in people's hair. ... What's the difference between a pregnant woman and a lightbulb? A man can unscrew the lightbulb. ... What do you get when you mix LSD and Birth Control? A nice trip without the kids.
  6. The good folks at Merriam-Webster might disagree: Definition of theory plural theories 1 : a plausible or scientifically acceptable general principle or body of principles offered to explain phenomena ·the wave theory of light 2 a : a belief, policy, or procedure proposed or followed as the basis of action ·her method is based on the theory that all children want to learn b : an ideal or hypothetical set of facts, principles, or circumstances —often used in the phrase in theory ·in theory, we have always advocated freedom for all 3 a : a hypothesis assumed for the sake of argument or investigation b : an unproved assumption : conjecture 4 : the general or abstract principles of a body of fact, a science, or an art ·music theory 5 : abstract thought : speculation In this case, the colloquial term "conspiracy theory" is being used as "abstract thought/ speculation" of an "unproven assumption/ conjecture" for "the sake of argument or investigation". Also, it's just for fun. People don't actually believe this crap. Except the bit about the Lizard people. That is 100% FACT!
  7. Cursory fact check Snopes is great and all, but who fact-checks the fact-checkers???
  8. Did "THE BEATLES" ever REALLY exist???? Surely by now, you would have heard of that conspiracy theory that Paul McCartney died and was replaced by a body double. Heck, you might even be aware of the claim that there’s a different universe in which The Beatles never broke up. But there’s an even crazier one out there, one claiming that the band was instead made up of clones. The website The Beatles Never Existed appeared in about 2011, and exists to push one ‘simple’ theory; The Beatles (as they were presented to us) never existed. “This site is here to expose the actions of those who exploited these young men – in whatever form they actually appeared to us – and defrauded us their fans,” the site claims. “It is to defend the honor of everyone involved who did not take part in it willingly.” “It has become apparent to us in this extensive and painstaking research that there were never just four individual people known as ‘John’, ‘Paul’, ‘George’, and ‘Ringo’ who comprised one Rock & Roll band known as ‘The Beatles’, and rose to fame as the world’s first supergroup,” it continues. “For all intents and purposes as far as we can tell, no one such group ever existed.” In case you’re getting ready to write off this theory as pure fiction, the website even puts forth four aspects of proof. See, since there’s no way to definitively prove that The Beatles were clones, the website relies solely on four physical aspects of the members; height discrepancies, different eyebrows, ears, and teeth. The height discrepancies aspect of the proof claims that Paul McCartney managed to grow a number of inches within the span of just a few months. Just look at these photos, people, there’s no way that there’s any other reason for why Paul McCartney might appear shorter in the photos on the left. Case closed, The Beatles were clones. Image from The Beatles Never Existed showing height discrepancies of the members But the ‘proof’ doesn’t stop there. No, there’s also the proof that Paul McCartney’s eyebrows have varied over the years, as well as the fact that his teeth and hair changed as well. While we’re not even going to tackle the problem with the proof that comes from McCartney’s hair changing over the course of one year, you might be thinking, “do they have proof that relates to any of the other Beatles?” Yes indeed, in fact they believe that there’s proof relating to all three ‘versions’ of John Lennon as well. Using photos from The Beatles’ White Album and their 1963 record With The Beatles, the theory claims that John Lennon’s facial figures change so much that the only logical explanation is there must have been up to three different John Lennons used throughout the group’s history. Image from The Beatles Never Existed showing John Lennon Image from The Beatles Never Existed showing John Lennon We’re through the looking glass here, people. The research that has gone into this theory makes us wonder if this is indeed the work of some individuals who truly believe this, or whether this is some sort of hoax that has managed to gain more momentum than first planned. If anything though, this theory does help to put the ‘Paul is dead’ theory to rest. After all, how can Paul McCartney have died if he never existed in the first place? We’re not sure if anyone managed to ask Paul McCartney about this when he visited Australia in December. But if they did, we hope they didn’t take no for an answer, because that’s exactly what a Paul McCartney clone would say.
  9. Alright folks, grab your tinfoil hats, some non-GMO popcorn, and your favorite alkaline beverage. I want to hear your best conspiracy theories. I'm a big conspiracy theory nut, so extra points if they are believable (i.e. no "the royal English family is actually lizard-like aliens wearing human costumes and the founding faction of the illuminati). Even more points if you actually believe in your "conspiracy". So first up: Dr. Dean Lorich An acclaimed trauma surgeon (Lorich) was found dead, with a knife in his chest, by his 11-year-old daughter Sunday (10DEC2017) in his Park Ave. apartment, police said. Lorich was part of the team of doctors sent to Haiti in 2013 to provide humanitarian relief following the earthquake that killed hundreds. He also became the lead whistle blower after learning of the corruption in the Clinton foundation that "funneled billions of dollars in international aid intended for disaster victims" (15% to Haitian politicians, 80ish% to Clinton foundation, and less than 1% to actual disaster relief). A fact that has been left out of most "mainstream" news regarding his death. Police were originally called to investigate an assault, and found Lorich had bled out with a knife wound "near his heart". The death was ruled a suicide by police investigators. Sooo... first off, an acclaimed surgeon couldn't even find his own heart? Also, as a medical professional, he would have known plenty of more effective cut points (femoral artery?) if he really wanted to use a knife, and would have had access to far more efficient means if the ultimate goal was suicide. Sounds more like someone got "suicided" to shut him up to me... NOTE: although the first example may be taken as a political post, this thread is not intended to be political in nature. Any conspiracy theories will do (mind control, aliens, etc). Please do not move this to the Speaker box area as those people are crazy (that coming from a conspiracy nut) and I don't want this to turn into another "russiagate" thread.
  10. I'm told diarrhea is hereditary..... Apparently it runs in your jeans.
  11. A blonde, brunette, and a redhead are stuck on a deserted island. The nearest civilization is a 50 mile swim to the next island. The brunette, fed up with the island, decides to go for it and starts swimming towards humanity. She makes it 15 miles before she gets too tired to go on, and drowns. The next day the redhead, equally fed up, decides to make the swim. Being of stronger stock (redhead) she makes it 20 miles out before getting tired, and drowns. The third day, the blond decides she too is fed up, and starts swimming. She makes it 25 miles out before realizing she is too tired, and swims back to the island.
  12. Man walks in to the pharmacy and walks up and down the aisles. The sales girl asks if she can help him find anything, to which he responds "I need a box of tampons for my wife". She tells him which aisle and he walks off. A little later he comes up to the register with a large bag of cotton balls and a ball of string and sets them on the counter. The girl looks at the man with a confused look and says " sir, I thought you were looking for tampons". The man looks back and says "last week I sent my wife here for a carton of cigarettes but she came back with a tin of tobacco and a box of rolling papers". "She said I'd have to start rolling my own since it was sooooo much cheaper" he added rolling his eyes". "The way I see it, if I have to roll my own, so does she"
  13. OK First "Joke Of The DAY" post! Been working my way through about 60 pages killing time in here in Afghanistan so I figured I should probably contribute! Here it goes: A man walks into a bar carrying a burlap sack. He sets the sack on the bar and orders a drink. The bartender pours him a drink and notices something in the sack moving and says to the man “Sir we don’t allow animals in the bar”. The man says “Ain’t no animals in there” and continues to sip his drink. The bartender says “look partner I see something moving in that burlap sack, if it’s not an animal show me what’s in the sack, otherwise ill kindly ask you to leave”. The man looks at the bartender and says “OK”, opens the sack, and takes out the contents. He first takes out an old timey oil lamp, then miniature grand piano complete with a matching bench, then a small person about a foot tall. The small person looks around the bar, shrugs, then sits on the bench and begins playing. The bartender looks on with a dumbfounded look and the man begins to explain. “See that old lamp there? There’s a genie in that there lamp. He’s real old and hard of hearing, but if you rub that lamp he’ll grant you one wish, anything you want” the man said as he takes another drink. In a flash the bartender snatched up the lamp, gave it a rub and sure enough a genie pops out and said “what is your wish?”. The bartender hurriedly says “I want a million bucks” and poof, the genie disappears and the bar is filled with ducks. Wood ducks, mallards, … other ducks (I don’t actually know any other types of ducks) fill the bar. The two men are literally up to their waist in ducks. The bartender is shocked and confused and looks at the man who, despite all the quacking and feathers flying about, looks calm and unsurprised as he sips his drink. “What the hell” the bartender yells at the man. “I told you, that genie don’t hear too good” the man says, “Do you honestly think I asked for a 12 inch pianist”?
  14. Looking at getting a new (or new to me) canopy. Pretty set on a crossfire. I figure with the new crossfire 3 coming out there will be few crossfire 2's hitting the used market soon. Is the Crossfire 3's performance that much better than 2's that it justifies paying full for a new wing? I'm not a swooper, nor looking to get into that for a while if ever. I just want something that is fun to fly. I have no problem paying full price for a new wing, but if I can get pretty much the same thing used and have a dozen or so lift tickets for the same price I'd just as soon go for that. So basically, is the crossfire 3 better than the crossfire 2 and how? Thanks in advance for any input.