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#1 Apr 10 2013 at 8:44 AM Rating: Good
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The Hermit was apprehended just in time for Human Interest Wednesday.

This guy has been living in a make-shift camp in the Maine woods for 27 years. He's been living off other peeps for the most part, burglarizing camps and cabins. This is a story from 2005 about the Hermit. He's been rather successful - probably because he's not been greedy.

Last week the Hermit was captured. He looks like an Asylumite doesn't he?

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Christopher Knight went into the central Maine wilderness 27 years ago. He built a hut on a slope in the woods, where he spent his days reading books and meditating.

There he lived: re-entering civilization only to steal supplies from camps under the cover of darkness. During those nearly three decades, he spoke just once to another person — until he was arrested during a burglary last week

I don't really like talking to people much, but man I think I'd have gone pretty nutty having no conversation at all with other humans.

Edit - Oops - here is the breaking story of his capture.

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Oh, Maine news, will you ever cease to amuse me? Probably not.
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I don't really like talking to people much, but man I think I'd have gone pretty nutty having no conversation at all with other humans.
I got pretty nutty not being able to take a real shower for like two months in Iraq.
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If you can just swim in a lake instead it wouldn't be so bad. Except for winter.
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Too bad the Hermit wasn't Peter Brady.
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That's actually a pretty interesting article. He never made a fire, and camouflaged his camp from both ground and air searchers. He was caught because one warden made it his personal mission to apprehend the legendary hermit, and set up an alarm system in a camp dining hall that he reasoned must, at some point, be burglarized again. Sure enough, a month later it was, and the silent alarm alerted the warden who showed up in the middle of the night and arrested him as he left the hall.
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That's actually a pretty interesting article. He never made a fire, and camouflaged his camp from both ground and air searchers

Yeah, a ****** game warden couldn't find a camp "strewn with bottle caps and batteries" for 20 years. I think you underestimate how hard he looked or overestimate how good he was at it.
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It's sad as it seems the Hermit had no people (family, friends, etc) to notice that he went missing nearly three decades ago.
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That's actually a pretty interesting article. He never made a fire, and camouflaged his camp from both ground and air searchers

Yeah, a sh*tty game warden couldn't find a camp "strewn with bottle caps and batteries" for 20 years. I think you underestimate how hard he looked or overestimate how good he was at it.

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Knight went to great lengths to make the camp invisible from the ground and the air, even covering a yellow shovel with a black bag. Knight never had a fire, even on the coldest days, for fear of being detected. He covered shiny surfaces, like his metal trash cans, with moss and dirt and painted green a clear plastic sheet over his tent.

Hughes, who spent eight years in the U.S. Marines and 18 years with the warden service finding and tracking experienced woodsmen, marveled at Knight's meticulousness.

Knight, who led Hughes and Perkins-Vance to his campsite, carefully avoided snow, stepped on rocks when he could and even avoided breaking branches in thick growth. Knight usually put on weight in the fall so he would have to eat less in the winter and thus avoid making treks for food and risk leaving prints in the snow.

"Every step was calculated," Hughes said.


Seems like he was pretty thorough.
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Seems like he was pretty thorough.


Right, because the warden who was responsible for him for 20 years and didn't notice him said he was "wicked good at hidin". Ringing endorsement of his woodcraft.

ETA: Hopefully this will make an SNL Maine Justice. Nothing's better than watching those sketches with Nexa saying "I don't understand this!" over and over.

Edited, Apr 10th 2013 2:27pm by Smasharoo
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In before the made-for-TV movie.
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In before the horror/slasher movie, starring Gary Busey.


Edited, Apr 10th 2013 2:33pm by Shaowstrike
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I hope it stars Tony Danza as the warden.

Edited, Apr 10th 2013 2:33pm by lolgaxe
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I hope it stars Tony Danza as the warden.

Edited, Apr 10th 2013 2:33pm by lolgaxe
Bill Pullman portrayed a Maine Warden in Lake Placid - he was smart and didn't even attempt the accent.

I'm guessing the whole thing will be seen on a North Woods Law episode by next month.
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I was slightly more impressed until I read that he stole all of his food and didn't hunt or even fish.

Seriously? WTF were you doing for twenty years, squatting under a tarp in the cold?
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Well the article said he watched a mushroom grow for 4 years. I'm sure that ate up his time quite a bit.
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Well the article said he watched a mushroom grow for 4 years. I'm sure that ate up his time quite a bit.
I'm picturing someone doing that, but softly humming the original Mario theme.
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Too bad the Hermit wasn't Peter Brady.



Or this fellow:
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Or this fellow:


Did you just confuse Chris Knight with Lazlo Hollyfeld?

You're dead to me.
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Shame this was not in the UK, we would reward him with land

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And I'm with Jophiel on the entire stealing food thing. That really shows a lack of imagination by the OP's Hermit.
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Aren't there any "squatter's rights" that would apply?
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Or this fellow:


Did you just confuse Chris Knight with Lazlo Hollyfeld?

You're dead to me.

I've lost all hope of understanding.

This fellow is a young Val Kilmer. Smiley: confused

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I was slightly more impressed until I read that he stole all of his food and didn't hunt or even fish.

Seriously? WTF were you doing for twenty years, squatting under a tarp in the cold?


He said that fishing was "too much work" for him to do. No sympathy from me. I just hope he doesn't end up on public assistance when he gets out of jail.
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He said that fishing was "too much work" for him to do.
The guy played ninja for three decades and fishing was too much work? Smiley: laugh
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Or this fellow:


Did you just confuse Chris Knight with Lazlo Hollyfeld?

You're dead to me.

I've lost all hope of understanding.

This fellow is a young Val Kilmer. Smiley: confused


Stop whatever it is that you're are doing and watch "Real Genius" immediately. It's probably on Netflix.

Edited for phone typingSmiley: mad




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Elinda wrote:
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Or this fellow:


Did you just confuse Chris Knight with Lazlo Hollyfeld?

You're dead to me.

I've lost all hope of understanding.

This fellow is a young Val Kilmer. Smiley: confused


Stop whatever it is that your are doing and watch "Real Genius" kmmediately. It's probably on Netflix.




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Stop whatever it is that your are doing and watch "Real Genius" kmmediately.
It's a moral imperative.
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No. Val is preserved in my imagination as Mad Martigan. Mustn't mess with it.
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Nah, he's whatever the character's name was from Top Secret.
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Nah, he's whatever the character's name was from Top Secret.
Top Gun?

Anyone could have played that part. Goose was pretty good though.
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Nah, he's whatever the character's name was from Top Secret.
Top Gun?


Oh **** no. Top Secret!


Want to know what I hate the most about Top Gun? That F'ing song. And having to hear it anytime anyone ever requested Berlin on the radio from that day forth. Gah!
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Highway to the Danger Zone? It's no House At Poof Corner but it's not that bad of a song.

I loved the movie, despite the lame-o cast.
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Highway to the Danger Zone? It's no House At Poof Corner but it's not that bad of a song.

I loved the movie, despite the lame-o cast.


That's Kenny Logins. Smiley: banghead The song he's talking about is "Take My Breath Away", the other well known song from that film.



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That there was more chemistry between Maverick and Goose than there was between Maverick and Charlie?
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That there was more chemistry between Maverick and Goose.....
They were a pretty cute couple - specially when the did 'Lovin' Feeling' together.


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And having to hear it anytime anyone ever requested Berlin on the radio from that day forth. Gah!

As opposed to hearing "No More Words"? We're not talking a very deep radio play catalog here.

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Want to know what I hate the most about Top Gun?
That there was more chemistry between Maverick and Goose than there was between Maverick and Charlie?

I googled Kelly McGillis the other day. She looks like a full-on old woman, whereas Tom Cruise's magic scientology potions are keeping him looking 37.

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Kelly is five years older than Cruise (according to Wiki). She doesn't look as bad as Carrie Fisher though - she really went to ****.

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She doesn't look as bad as Carrie Fisher though - she really went to ****.

Ya, she better get to work (or get some work done) before she puts on that slave outfit as a cameo in the next star wars movie...
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She doesn't look as bad as Carrie Fisher though - she really went to ****.

Ya, she better get to work (or get some work done) before she puts on that slave outfit as a cameo in the next star wars movie...


Here she is auditioning for the part of the daughter of Jabba and Leia

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And having to hear it anytime anyone ever requested Berlin on the radio from that day forth. Gah!

As opposed to hearing "No More Words"? We're not talking a very deep radio play catalog here.


Or Metro, or ***, or Masquerade, or .... Berlin had a recognizable style to their music. Take My Breath Away was a complete departure from a kinda high intensity new-wave style and into something more like your grandmother would listen to. It was a departure in terms of theme as well, sickeningly sweet, overdone romanticism, where the bulk of their music was more hard edge, in your face, and with a hint of sarcasm that didn't take itself too seriously. Why it was frustrating was because from that point on, you'd hear a DJ rattle off a lineup of bands coming up, you'd hear Berlin and think one of those other songs, but inevitably get Take My Breath Away instead. Ug. Not that I was a particular huge fan of Berlin, but I did like their stuff. But I hated that song. It's almost like someone approached them and asked them to do a serious love ballad, and after recovering from their laughing fit, they thought "Sure. This should be funny as ****. Let's waaaaaaay overdo it and be ridiculous". And it became huge.


It's what happens when a band that actually has talent (and really only modest talent at that) satirically attempts to mimic the formulaic studio approach, and accidentally does it 10 times better. Opps!
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Or Metro, or ***, or Masquerade, or ....

I don't remember hearing any of those getting airplay but you're obviously much more invested in Berlin trivia than I am so I'll let you have this one.
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Or Metro, or ***, or Masquerade, or ....

I don't remember hearing any of those getting airplay but you're obviously much more invested in Berlin trivia than I am so I'll let you have this one.

They must get tons of air time on the southern California pop stations.
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Refusing to play any Beyoncé frees up more time for Berlin! Smiley: laugh
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Or Metro, or ***, or Masquerade, or ....

I don't remember hearing any of those getting airplay but you're obviously much more invested in Berlin trivia than I am so I'll let you have this one.

They must get tons of air time on the southern California pop stations.

Something's gotta fill the void left by the lack of Beyonce.
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Three minutes too late!

Although, really, we both just telegraphed what Debalic was just being more subtle about. Neither of us should be proud Smiley: frown

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Or Metro, or ***, or Masquerade, or .... Berlin had a recognizable style to their music. Take My Breath Away was a complete departure from a kinda high intensity new-wave style and into something more like your grandmother would listen to.

I realize it's 1983 in your timeline, but most of the posters here aren't current on the state of early 80s music. Top Gun came out in '86. I was 14. Many posters here weer probably busy being conceived. You know who they know who listens to Berlin? Their grandmothers. Also, apparently, you, but they don't know you're stuck in that parallel 1983 dimension.
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