Thought for the day

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who as the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. [Theodore Roosevelt]

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

How Not To Clean A Window

The following photographs have at least a few things in common:
1. They all feature human beings cleaning windows; human beings born, presumably, with brains.
2. They all illustrate a total lack of common sense on behalf of the cleaners in question, more often than not because they’re unable/unwilling to muster the time/money/brainpower necessary to do the cleaning safely.
3. They all make me depressed and strangely exhilarated. I’m sure you’ll experience a similarly thrilling level of discomfort.
Hold on tight.
Above: An old lady does the unthinkable and cleans her window from the comfort of the sill, in what looks like snowy weather.
Above: An intelligent chap, determined not to be beaten by the unreachable, rests his ladder on a ledge barely deep enough to hold it.
Above: 400ft up, on the 34th floor of a hotel in Dubai, a bright young man cleans a window and proceeds to make all onlookers instantly queasy.
Above: This guy’s barely even gripping the building as he unprofessionally attempts to cut corners.
Above: Words can’t describe just how insane this is.
Above: Numerous students at Liaoning University in China decide to dice with death simultaneously and clean their windows with reckless abandon.
Above: Vintage window cleaning insanity from 1985.


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