Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 12:55 pm

How to Hop a Freight Train

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On a related note, this Ask MetaFilter thread on how to hop a freight train is both cautionary and dangerous, in that it provides exactly everything you know: how to do it (and how not to — never jump on a moving train, apparently) and the dangers involved in doing it — both in terms of risk to life and limb (which is significant) and in terms of what happens when the authorities catch you at it. This whole thing strikes me as just nuts — too much risk for too little reward. Injecting heroin seems sensible by comparison. But there’s enough romance in it, apparently, to ensnare enough people willing to give it a try.

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