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Desc:With David Attenborough
Category:Educational
Tags:attenborough, hunt, bushmen, persistence, kudu
Submitted:Smellvin
Date:12/12/08
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zatojones - 2008-12-12
amazing

also, I'm glad I own a rifle
baleen - 2008-12-12
Sitting here eating a pastrami sandwich from the corner bodega I now thoroughly want to kill myself and return my spirit to the ground so that maybe someone else can make better use of it.

Cap'n Profan!ty - 2008-12-12
I don't think that's necessary. Without you, the wily pastrami would overrun the corner bodega and destroy its delicate ecosystem. Won't someone think of the cheese!

Midnight Man - 2008-12-12
For when you're out in the kalihari huh

fermun - 2008-12-12
Humans rock at running. Reminds me of the man vs. horse race:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_versus_Horse_Marathon
RoyCastle - 2008-12-12
looks great, i'm gonna play some world of warcraft now, maybe get a pizza delivered later
The Hierophant - 2008-12-12
This hunter is so much more impressive than my 80 hunter.

Randroid - 2008-12-12
Counterpoint: hot dogs.
Killer Prunes - 2008-12-12
Beautiful
bias - 2008-12-12
sublime
SecretJunk - 2008-12-12
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Simian Pride - 2008-12-12
That man has earned his dinner.
godot - 2008-12-12
Our meat will never in our wildest dreams taste as sweet as the kudo's will to the hunter.
Camonk - 2008-12-12
Psht. Nice Nike running shoes, "bushman." Totally fake.
zatojones - 2008-12-12
at first I was like "wow that looks difficult" and then i saw his sneaks i was like "shit imagine it's 1000 years ago and you're doing it barefoot"

TeenerTot - 2008-12-12
Shaka Zulu ha disdain for shod running. He and his warriors ran barefoot. Or so the mini-series had me believe.

Cap'n Profan!ty - 2008-12-12
When you've been marginalized into the desert littoral by motherfucking Tswana-speaking dickheads and your lifestyle virtually criminalized unless you're willing to go die in the diamond mines, you learn to adapt. What a lot of folks never quite realize is that the Juu/!Kung and related groups of people never chose this environment, but god dammit, if this is what it's come to, they are going to fucking rock the motherfucking house.

But basically the Angolan, Botswanan, and Namibian governments treat them pretty shittily.

Cap'n Profan!ty - 2008-12-12
As for the shoes, well shit, if you're gonna bring in one piece of technology, make it a good one. Fuck "The Gods Must Be Crazy," that's racist bullshit.

citrusmirakel - 2008-12-12
Exactly!

Who the hell didn't know all of this already?

Helena Handbasket - 2008-12-12
Cap'n I love you (and by you I mean African history) forever and ever.

And David Attenborough, I love him too, forever and ever.


DerangedGoblin - 2008-12-12
How does he get it back?
Mad Struggle - 2008-12-12
That's what the other two guys are for. He makes them carry it back, because he's the fucking MAN.

DerangedGoblin - 2008-12-12
But I mean they're way far back. Isn't he like miles away. Does he go back to them and then go back again to the animal and then go with them as they take it back? I'm not saying that's not the cas,e just that if it is, it's like 10 times more amazing to me.

Baldr - 2008-12-13
They were tracking the kudu based on a couple of animal footprints in the desert and deduction, sherlock fucking holmes style. You think they can't track their friend when he's wearing the air jordans he got from some trader?

DerangedGoblin - 2008-12-13
Fair point, I'll shut up.

Mad Struggle - 2008-12-12
5:45 onward
Triggerbaby - 2008-12-12
I think maybe I'll start saying grace before meals.
chumbucket - 2008-12-12
I think businesses like Costco, Dunkin Donuts and 7Eleven have now discovered the last untapped market on earth
CaptainJesusHood - 2008-12-12
These stars are for the "Meals Made Easy" microwavable dinner ads that perched aboved the video while I watched it, cruelly mocking the hunters' efforts with their promises of affordable, tasty meals in less than 5 minutes.
FeeFiFoFoTheFifeFifeBrown - 2008-12-12
This kind of shit is amazing but makes me kind of sad.

Consider, we are to these guys as those little dogs in rich bitchs' purses are to dire wolves.
Syd Midnight - 2008-12-13
After the apocalypse, these are the people who deserve to survive, because they're the ones who can restart the species themselves alone.

thirteen3seven - 2008-12-13
The video was worth five stars by itself, but consider your comment also five-starred, Fee.

Lauritz Melchior - 2008-12-12
Awesome! I saw this clip in an anthropology class a couple of years ago but seeing it again was just as impressive.
a flaming monkey - 2008-12-13
Remember The Gods must be Crazy? Damn I loved that film.
NoCode - 2008-12-13
Homo sapiens sapiens FTW.
Terminal Button - 2008-12-13
I suppose I'll be called stupid for this, but I can't help but think that this is impressive in one way, and kind of silly in another.

Impressive for the obvious reasons, silly in that there have *got* to be better ways of hunting animals. Pursuing a way of life, fantastic, do that, but hunting in such an ineffectual way seems more like ridiculousness for the sake of itself.

-2 because Attenborough is taking such great pains to praise their methods that he in fact makes them look worse for it. 2:10, for example.
godot - 2008-12-13
Is it really ineffectual? They got their dinner, with no broken spear shafts or blades. This is is the way humans evolved to hunt: no other savannah animal is hairless and sweats profusely - those traits would bring swift death to any creature that couldn't make a water bladder.

Today. most of the San Bushmen live in welfare camps or work diamond mines, and generally wear used clothes bindled up by the Salvation Army and sold overseas. I think its marvelous that a few still had enough knowledge (at the time this was filmed) to document our ancestor's way of life.


NoCode - 2008-12-13
Ineffectual?! This dude can figure out where a kudu is just by thinking like a kudu. Western hunters need scopes and binoculars to track their game and they use bottled synthetic piss to (usually unsuccessfully) try to bring the game to them.

He got his kudu. Mission accomplished. The man is the shit.

Syd Midnight - 2008-12-14
You dickhead.. this is his job, this is how he eats, how his family eats. If he had a job at a gas station, and ran through a parking lot at some point, then maybe it would be.. no, even then it would be the most badass form of hunting ever done by any human being ever. Sic theses guys on a pussy like Ted Nugent. "Hunt contest. Bare handed."

Hugo Gorilla - 2008-12-15
You're more of a "gatherer," aren't you?

Wombles - 2009-05-05
"...have *got* to be better ways..."
Astounding ignorance; how precisely does one living in the kalihari more easily obtain meat? Are you actually assuming they have the money to buy rifles, but choose not to? That is, of course, if the local authorities would even allow them firearms (probably not - they're a very marginalized group).

As for ineffectual, were it not for this method our species may well have died out before a single word was ever written.

Camonk - 2010-01-26
Yeah man, I'm sure some doughy internet dude from Mooselick knows more about living in the desert than these guys.

Fagwafer Deluxe - 2008-12-13
I cried at the end.
allcaps - 2008-12-14
I also cried.

Syd Midnight - 2008-12-15
So did he.. that's the saddest thing of all.

AgentOrange - 2008-12-19
Really, you cried?

Tuan Jim - 2009-02-21
The whole moment where he deduces which direction the kudu ran was amazing.

Also, there was something really poignant about the final moments of the kudu's life, the peaceful state it seemed to be in after it collapsed and the agony after the spear throw.

Not that I cried like a sissy watching, though, you sissies.
j lzrd / swift idiot - 2009-06-01
I am floored.
Angry Bear With A Laser - 2009-07-17
bwaaaaaaah
bac - 2009-11-20
That was (and I mean this literally) awesome.
kingofthenothing - 2010-05-13
I bet the Kudu's meat was more delicious than anything I have ever tasted.
Vaidency - 2010-10-22
I had always thought of humans as physically weak and unremarkable compared to most other large animals. This clip is kind of a revelation because I now realize that, with my mostly-hairless body, abundance of sweat glands, bipedal gate and water-carrying hands, I am actually a superbly-evolved desert predator. I'm more awesome than I thought I was.

But I'm still nothing compared to this guy.
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