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Is this a good colour for ski helmets?

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Presumably if you don't want anything to hit your head, then it's a good idea if your helmet is a disgusting colour.

I mean, would any bird or flying machine come anywhere near you if your helmet is this colour? Or am I getting over-technical?

Anyway, what's the safety verdict on this?

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This is an early photo of the BASI display team rehearsing for their opening routine at the Aviemore Winter Games circa 1980. Unfortunately the event was cancelled through lack of interest. It's believed that David Goldsmith is one of the participants.
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"Will you stop following me around"
"What do you mean? Ever since you speared my through the left eye with one of your poles, I've not really had too much choice"
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The helmet colour actually reminds me of the best Billy Connolly story I know, which is about Creme de Menthe, 'green hughie'*, the late Hughie Green (the obnoxious smarmy game show host of the 1960s), and the Pope.

Anyway, carry on.

*the meaning of this phrase will be revealed on demand.
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"The teleportation device had hit some teething problems"
or
"The boffins were working on a new method for making pea soup"
or
"Thrilling experiments were in hand to add pea DNA to the human genome"

(Yup, I've heard the Connolly one)
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"The camouflage worked brilliantly until Henry's Aunty Margaret insisted on Safety First and wouldn't let them out without head protection."
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The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds would find this inadequate.

But, then, we all knew it was about avoiding eye contact.
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...I'm not sure what I was drinking last night, but I feel a bit green around the gills.
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The earthlings will never guess that we are using their ski poles as antennas.
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Here's that Billy Connolly story, as I recall it (with skiing update):

Two Scotsmen in Rome (both wearing luminous green ski helmets, as it happens) go into a bar.

First Scotsman to barman: "Get me two pints o' heavy."
The barman fails to understand.
"Two pints o' heavy."
Barman: "We no have heavy."
Scotsman: "OK, what does the Pope drink?"
Barman: "Creme de Menthe."
Scotsman: "All right, fetch me two pints of that."

I can't really tell the rest of this joke in print, because it demands a strong Glaswegian voice, some very unpleasant gutteral sounds, and the words "Ralph" and "Hughie" shouted, in the form of the two Scotsmen violently throwing up....

....green Hughie.

You have to hear it, really. It's extremely funny. Anyway, back to those appalling green helmets.


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"Creme de menthe, that's what the Pope drinks. It's nae wonder they carry him aboot in a chair!"
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Caption - The Goldsmiths on Holiday
"Jackie went along with it as usual even though she really did think David had gone too far with the partner look this time."
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comprex wrote:
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The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds would find this inadequate.

But, then, we all knew it was about avoiding eye contact.


Actually, bird attacks on cyclists are very common in Australia, when the magpies (which are somewhat different from the European magpie, and a lot more aggressive) are establishing their breeding territories. The only defence against this used to be a wild flailing above the head with a bicycle pump (or similar implement) until some bright spark came up with the idea of sticking two large eyes (plastic stickons, or transfers) on the top of the cycling helmet. The birds apparently think that this is some nasty predator eyeing them up, and give the wearer a wide berth.

In fact, this is just copying nature. A number of butterflies and moths have evolved large "eye-spots" on their wings, which use the same principle of deterring predatory birds.
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Does this work for seagulls? One attacked me on my morning run today...it had four or five goes at knocking my head off before giving up!!
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Another fascinating thread diversion. Do seagulls have any aerial predators ? You'd have a hard job looking like a killer whale, homphomp. Here's a bird forum which indicates it's a common and serious problem but doesn't give a protective measure. You don't need to register. And from the BBC proposing a big stick and a helmet. Other relevant links from this page incl perhaps a contribution from a snowHead ?
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Whilst I have yet to be dive-bombed (shouldn't be too long living in Brighton), I do find their incessent squawking and destruction of bin bags extremely annoying. Surely we should consider a cull as it seems every rooftop has its fair share of "flying rats".
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I've often wondered why the evolutionary niche of "aerial piranha" hasn't been filled. The nearest I can think of are swarms of midges Shock
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Ah yes, the aerial piranha: a fearsome flying fish which devours whole streets of TV antennae (and even satellite dishes, I'm told)
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kuwait_ian wrote:
You'd have a hard job looking like a killer whale, homphomp.

It's my tendancy to look like a killer whale...especially after a winter of beer and fondue....that drags me out at six in the morning to be attacked by seagulls!!
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It may be that they think they will be seen if they end up in an avalanche!!
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I think they'd melt the snow around their heads if they were in an avalanche.
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