Hearne: KU Students Fly Down Mountain, Through Fire & Into Potter Lake

Good, clean fun alert…

Slot this one atop on your "Don’t try this at home"  to-do list. From the Lawrence Journal World‘s Andy Hyland comes the followingg newsworthy nugget from the bucket list of Totally Ridiculous Things College Kids Do.

Perhaps you’ll recognize it from your young adulthood past.

"While walking on campus on Friday, I happened on one of those little moments that ensures that walking around a college campus is never dull," Hyland begins.

"A small group of students had come up with an inventive way to celebrate Stop Day. Namely, they were taking bikes up to the very top of the hill near Memorial Drive, and then were riding them down the hill to a ramp, and then jumping into Potter Lake."

For the uninitiated, that’s some serious downhill, cross country sledding.

"Oh, and also, they were using lighter fluid to light the ramp on fire," Hyland adds. "A good way to get a reporter’s attention is to set something on fire and then use it to leap into Potter Lake."

Turns out the "event" if you will is called Ramp Day and has been going down for some six years, according to a KU student Hyland interviewed.

Turns out the KU jackasses are Christian types into "responsible fun," and at one point included former KU basketball player Christian Moody.

"At first, the group had ‘Float Day’ where they all used floatation devices to swim in Potter Lake," Hyland writes. "And wasn’t that gross, especially before the lake was dredged?"

"Super gross," the kids shot back.

But even the harrowing bike banzai ride got a little "too boring" until the fire element was later added.

Hey, in the world of good clean fun it beats the heck out of binge drinking and fraternity hazing

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9 Responses to Hearne: KU Students Fly Down Mountain, Through Fire & Into Potter Lake

  1. the dude says:

    And that’s this week’s news in
    Lake Woebegone, where if the basketball team is not playing there is no news…

  2. paulwilsonkc says:

    Nothing says “good Christian fun” like….
    riding a bike down a hill, off a ramp and into the eternal Lake of FIRE!!

  3. the dude says:

    Where do bad folks
    go when they die?
    They don’t go to heaven where the angels fly
    They go to Potter Lake of fire and fry…
    won’t see them again ’till the fourth of july…

  4. paulwilsonkc says:

    Dude, Longfellow would kill for your MAD poetry skills…
    You make me proud.

  5. the dude says:

    I didn’t write those lyrics,
    the Kirkwood brothers did, i just inserted Potter into them.

  6. paulwilsonkc says:

    Dude, Im still going to claim YOU wrote IT…
    and heap praise UPON you!!

  7. chuck says:

    That is an hilarious picture.
    You just KNOW things are gonna escalate. Lighter fluid, beer, college kids, speed, you can see how this looked ok on paper, then…

    15 minutes after this picture was taken, some one said, “Hey! Ya know what would be cool? If we douse Jeff in Lighter fluid…”

    Hilarious picture though. Funny stuff.


  8. paulwilsonkc says:

    This reminds me of the old Arkansas line….
    Hey, Bubba, hold my beer and WATCH THIS!!!!!

  9. mermaid says:

    Oh that brings back memories…
    How about training- sitting in the bridge with my head 3 inches from a train going by- oh my god anything could have flown up and killed me in an instant- but god it was fun!

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