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iPod aids rescue of lost hunter

updated 05:20 pm EST, Mon November 20, 2006

iPod aids rescue

A 25-year-old Vancouver man who wandered off into the woods near Corvallis found himself lost Thursday after he and his mother split up to hunt for mushrooms. The man failed to hear his cellular phone ring as he foraged because he was listening to music, but eventually realized that he was lost with no means to find his way back to his vehicle. A search through the underbrush by workers from a nearby sawmill turned up nothing, and Benton County emergency rescue authorities were called to the scene as night fell, according to the Oregonian. Rescuers talked to the man on his cell phone in an attempt to locate him by his description of the landscape, but discovered his location by the bright glow of his iPod, which led rescuers directly to his location. The man suffered a sprained ankle, but said he was relieved to be back home and thanked the volunteers who tried to find him.




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  1. zl9600

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    if he had heard his phone

    Um, wasn't the iPod to blame for him not hearing his phone ring in the FIRST PLACE???

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    depends on the spin

    I wholeheartedly agree with zl9600 - I had to re-check the headline while reading the article, cause I thought the story was going to pan out the negative way for the iPod.

    Well - what a douchebag. He should get a phone that vibrates.

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    plus...

    ... one more thing. English isn't my first language, so forgive me if I'm wrong, but - since when do you HUNT for mushrooms? With rifle and all? Ah, I guess COLLECTING mushrooms isn't good enough for some...

  1. Timetheus

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Hunting Mushrooms

    "Hunt" carries many meanings - some by metaphorical extension, I suppose. To quote the Dictionary:

    1 [ trans. ] pursue and kill (a wild animal) for sport or food in the autumn they hunted deer • (of an animal) chase and kill (its prey) • [ intrans. ] try to find someone or something by searching carefully • [ trans. ] (of the police) search for (a criminal) : the gang is being hunted by police • ( hunt someone down) pursue and capture someone.

    Anyway that's what we call it here in the Midwest at least. Sorry for the grammer lesson, but I thought I'd stick up for MacNN's linguistic ability for once.

    -Timetheus

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: depends on the spin

    I wholeheartedly agree with zl9600 - I had to re-check the headline while reading the article, cause I thought the story was going to pan out the negative way for the iPod.

    Man gets lost listening to music, then is "saved" by the glow of his iPod? Or, how someone can be so stupid as to get lost in the woods foraging for a fungus.

    BTW, how would hearing the phone have helped him? Would he have magically been able to get back at that point? And what point was that? And what would someone say to him: "Hey, bob, where are you? Oh, you don't know, well, come back to the car".

    But, then, I'm in the camp that if you go into the woods, its up to you to get back out. Idiots going out unprepared, without the proper clothing, food, drinks, supplies, let along checking the freakin' weather forecast, and then we the people have to pay for all the rescue crews to find the idiots.

    Well - what a douchebag. He should get a phone that vibrates.

    It doesn't help if he doesn't turn on the vibration. And depending on the phone (my Samsung c***-piece is barely noticable when it vibrates that most of the time I don't even feel it).

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Then again

    Maybe this should be an indication that all people going into woods should carry with them a Microsoft Zune. No one's going to spend too much time listening to that.

  1. LordJohnWhorfin

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Listen to Timetheus

    His grammer is as gud as his spehlin, at leass dat's wut his teacha sez in da midwest, wurd! Seriously now, hunting mushrooms? I'm asking you. At any rate... What a douchebag ;)

  1. chadpengar

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    yes, hunting for mushroom

    Come on folks! MacNN/IpodNN did not say "hunt mushrooms." They said "hunting for mushrooms." That is entirely correct and proper. Same reason we say "Hunt for Red October" and "Easter Egg Hunt." To hunt for something is to search for it. Timetheus is right in that regard. Now, MacNN/IpoddNN screwed up the headline, as "hunter" by itself usually denotes someone out stalking a game or non game animal to kill it. "Ipod aids rescue of lost mushroom hunter" would have been OK.

  1. mymacluvsme

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    hunting - nope

    I think this is not hunting. It is gathering.

  1. ecrelin

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    hunting yes, nitwits

    if anyone here has ever looked for morels like I do in the spring it can hardly be called gathering. You gather things that are obvious and readily available, you hunt for things you have a hard time finding. So enough from you inane armchair fungus gatherers. I thought no cell providers allow phones that are not GPS enabled for the 911 capability. Where was that? This kid is certainly a jackass, if his battery died the ipod would've been his downfall not his savior. Not very newsworthy to begin with as he would've been found anyway and was not really in any kind of danger, geeezus…

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