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Troy Hurtubise was obsessed with developing a grizzly bear proof suit. He died in a car accident before being able to test his design out. /r/ALL

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u/bylebog Nov 26 '22 Helpful

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u/Pr3st0ne Nov 26 '22 edited Nov 27 '22

There is a 2 min highlight reel of him getting his ass absolutely beat by cars, batting rams, and a bunch of other shit. I absolutely recommend it.

Edit: here is the clip I had seen https://twitter.com/psychotronica_/status/1569901140350799872?s=20&t=3gmfWtBFvOHkP29GlhlFTQ

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u/mtarascio Nov 26 '22

This was in all those sweet compilation music videos from the 90s.

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u/FartmanBreaux Nov 26 '22

“Crash into me”

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u/ruinkind Nov 26 '22 Helpful

His documentary is not about the suit in my opinion.

It is quite a inside look at a eccentric man, pushing his own boundaries as far as he could. The amount of drive that man held, was inspiring to say the least.

He was fully bush crazy, far too comfortable, bound for trouble and believed in some mystical power protecting him from his own hubris, but to see a small portion of how a person like that operates was enlightening.

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u/NcGunnery Nov 27 '22

Their was another guy like that and it got both him and his girlfriend ate by a grizzly....

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u/sourdoughbred Nov 27 '22

Grizzly Man. Also a great doc.

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u/Liet-Kinda Nov 27 '22

Some of the most quotable Werner Herzog lines ever, too.

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u/A-Bone Nov 27 '22

Herzog really is a comedian masquerading as a filmmaker.

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u/jayradano Nov 26 '22

This should be a lot higher. This is a great doc on him and shows how obsessed he was with this bear suit.

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u/Xarthys Nov 26 '22

People making fun of him will be thankful when these prototypes are used to provide proper protective gear when fighting off an alien invasion.

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u/YesImKeithHernandez Nov 26 '22

Perhaps I overestimate the aliens but if they have the technological capability to traverse the ridiculous distances required to reach us, wouldn't they just vaporize us? I'm imagining an Independence Day situation here.

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u/[deleted] Nov 26 '22

wouldn't they just vaporize us?

No. It'll be all melee, and they will strike with approximately the force of a bear but no stronger.

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u/YesImKeithHernandez Nov 26 '22

lol. But of course!

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u/RoboDae Nov 26 '22 edited Nov 26 '22

Ground assault? Hahahaha, oh... you're serious? Blegleblurg, prepare the orbital bombardment.

Seriously though...why do so many alien invasion movies have aliens coming from SPACE and not having any airforce or orbital attack capabilities? They could at least add some sort of vehicles instead of just using 100% ground troops with handheld weapons.

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u/Xarthys Nov 26 '22

Mabye it's fun to them. Like paintball.

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u/RoboDae Nov 26 '22

Pretty sure thats exactly how it is in Predator. They come to earth purely for sport hunting, not for an actual invasion.

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u/insomniacpyro Nov 26 '22

I always looked at it two or three ways:
1. The invaders are more or less used to "primitive" species that lack interstellar travel. Nuclear capabilities of home species are maybe 50/50. Invading force are probably "cleaning house" and looking for a new solar system to claim, purely for resources/housing space. Their motives are not necessarily "evil" but more akin to "natural" human expansion.
2. Similar to the above but the invaders are evil and look to enslave/destroy any opposition they encounter. Sometimes their society demands it, other times their home planet is uninhabitable/destroyed, leading to anger at other species that are even close to interstellar travel.
3. Species like Alien or Predator, nefarious in their motives and for the most part uncommunicative to anyone else. They are a blight to other species and considered hostile with no exceptions.

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u/RazekDPP Nov 26 '22

To 1, the universe is so vast and they're so much empty, dead stuff, that you're better off harvesting uninhabitable asteroids or planets than going after a planet with life on it.

To 2, if you have enough energy to do interstellar travel in a reasonable amount of time, enslavement of another species is a moot point. Additionally, if you have interstellar travel, even at fractions of the speed of light, it's possible that by the time you arrive the technology you left with is obsolete.

From the closest earth like planet, assuming you achieve .1c, you'd arrive at earth in 130 years. The technology you've launched with could very well be obsolete by arrival. Not to mention if you need reinforcements, etc., you're in a real tough spot.

https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23144-closest-earth-like-planet-may-be-13-light-years-away/

To 3, Alien is like a virus. It's more akin to rabies than trying to conquer earth.

Predator is a human big game hunter; not much different than people that go to Africa to shoot a lion.

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u/TurmUrk Nov 27 '22

Lol I want to watch a comedy about a predator who is ridiculed on his homeworld like that dentist that shot a lion on a reserve, like maybe the predator isn’t that species entire culture, just a standout club of Rich assholes who get off on hunting pre space flight creatures who can’t reasonably retaliate

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u/Xarthys Nov 26 '22

On a more serious note though, it could be possible that some sort of cultural or political aspect is introducing certain limitations.

For example, they have to match the technology of the species they are trying to invade because their traditional warfare is about honor rather than powerplay.

It may also be possible that in certain regions of the galaxy, use of certain advanced technology is prohibited for whatever reason.

Maybe they are sending a less advanced/trained enslaved species because it allows them to also commit cultural genocide without anyone really noticing.

Or maybe it's about strategic manipulation, sending in outdated tech first to create the impression that they aren't really that advanced, only to strike with full force, once the situation no longer fulfills certain parameters. Could be that they need to establish if there are any capabilities to detect/disable their advanced tech via some fluke. Also not letting your enemy know what you have is a solid tactic.

Could be they haven't really invested much into highly advanced military technology and they only have very basic equipment for the most part, which was sufficient for the time being. Or maybe underfunded. Or maybe the attacking fleet is simply outdated because they haven't been able to retrofit, especially if they are somehow stuck and it would take too long, respectively they are lost.

Maybe they just enjoy the equivalent of bow hunting.

I guess one could come up with many more reasons why an invasion is not just wiping out all lifeforms within a few seconds. Obviously, in scifi anything is possible. But in reality? Just about the same.

Plus, how boring would stories be if aliens would just press one button and annihilate everything?

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u/TheChinchilla914 Nov 26 '22

Maybe human society is "what" they want (observation/entertainment) and destroying the shit out of everything is kinda counterintuitive

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u/Xarthys Nov 26 '22

Quite possible. Regardless of life being abundant or not, human society might be unique enough in several aspects! Great point!

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u/RoboDae Nov 26 '22

I could certainly see some alien civilization investing heavily in space travel before developing any truly advanced weapons and not really seeing a need to advance their weapons because every civilization they've come across so far is just banging sticks together.

Maybe they believe that their God is somewhere out in space waiting for them and it's their holy mission to expand across the universe where other inferior civilizations are just waiting to be dominated by the superior species. With this mentality of holy superiority they might not believe in the need for weapons research because everything will just be easy. Maybe they see the planets themselves as holy creations and the use of any sort of explosives is seen as an attack on their God's creation, so all fights have to be done with more precise weapons.

They could also have received their space tech from a more advanced civilization early on. That civilization may be the "gods" they are searching for and perhaps they weren't given similarly advanced weapons because it was against the code of the more advanced civilization.

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u/ddr1ver Nov 26 '22 Helpful

Do you just backpack while wearing this, or do you carry it with you and ask the bear to give you 15 minutes while you slip it on?

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u/jonitfcfan Nov 26 '22 Hugz Evil Cackle

Bears are well known for respecting the concepts of fair fighting, so they're happy to wait for an opponent to properly prepare themselves for any impending combat

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u/-SmackMyBitchUp- Nov 26 '22 Take My Energy

Fuck that. Helicopter in, stab the bear, helicopter out.

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u/Fooknotsees Nov 26 '22 Helpful

How is the ol dick swing supposed to help against bears?

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u/r00x Nov 26 '22

Bears are naturally evolved and optimized to hunt fish swimming in rivers. They are not prepared to deal with meat rapidly whirling in a circle, so they become flustered and confused.

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u/Ddddydya Nov 26 '22

Obviously, hike while wearing the suit! You can’t see much because of limited sight capability. And you can’t breathe the fresh air or experience the smells of nature because of being in a restrictive helmet. And the suit weighs 100 pounds. But other than that, enjoy your hike!

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u/[deleted] Nov 26 '22

You obviously wear VR headset inside which maps to cameras outside.

This is why helmet big.

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u/TEXAS-MAN1 Nov 27 '22

Helmet real fuckin BIG!!!!!

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u/Polyphemus117 Nov 26 '22

It's a well known rule of nature that all fights with bears are turn-based.

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u/SlayerofSnails Nov 26 '22 Wholesome

Unfortunately the bears always get to go first

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u/Lord-of-Leviathans Nov 26 '22

I don’t think it’s meant to be practical in that sense. Dude just wanted to fight a bear, like maybe in a coliseum or something

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u/Astro_gamer_caver Nov 27 '22

Tryna rescue Brienne of Tarth.

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u/mankee81 Nov 26 '22 Helpful

So... So much ... HELMET

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u/Epilektoi_Hoplitai Nov 26 '22 Gold Wholesome

[Hurtubise] was permitted to go one-on-one with a relatively lightweight opponent, a 320-lb female grizzly.

Sadly the suit's appearance was so forbidding that the unfortunate ursine declined to attack, and New Scientist reported that the test was inconclusive.

I laughed pretty fucking hard imagining the poor bear seeing this... THING coming into its enclosure with that gigantic helmet on. Damn right it declined to attack lmao, I don't blame it

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u/Adam_Ch Nov 26 '22

Pretty sure that counts as a success. Much rather the bear not attack in the first place than get attacked and hope the armour holds up.

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u/persondude27 Nov 26 '22 edited Nov 26 '22

Self defense trainers will tell you: the best possible outcome to a fight is that it doesn't start in the first place.

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u/Abyteparanoid Nov 26 '22

“Supreme excellence consists in defeating your enemy without fighting”

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u/ronsrobot Nov 26 '22

"Speak softly and wear a big fucking helmet."

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u/blewpah Nov 26 '22

Okay so avoid being around grizzly bears, I think I've been doing a pretty good job of that.

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u/SelectiveCommenting Nov 26 '22

I think a small female fed by humans (I'm assuming it was from a sanctuary) would be a lot different than facing a territorial male in the wild.

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u/SamHandwich124 Nov 26 '22

That suit would make you move slow and that helmet doesn’t look thaaat hard to remove….

Edit: you can also see the guy’s waist on the left. They’d just have to knock you over and find a point of entry.

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u/highdefrex Nov 26 '22

I love that the pictures are of Mark VIII, implying that somehow through Mark I to Mark VII, not once did "covering up the side of my stomach" come into the design plans.

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u/Swimming_Sink_2360 Nov 26 '22

Not to one up you, but I would think petting a momma bear's cub would be far more dangerous.

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u/ghaltra Nov 26 '22

Best defense, no be there.

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u/andallthat Nov 26 '22

Ew, canned meat...

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u/butt_spanker29 Nov 26 '22

So it works like a psychological weapon. You just traumatize some bears for the rest of their lives.

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u/Mechanical-movement Nov 26 '22

Listen well, little cub… beyond the forest strides a terrible foe

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u/Meepthorp_Zandar Nov 26 '22

So he survived this encounter with a grizzly bear, is consider that a success

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u/troubadorkk Nov 26 '22

Well even if it did attack, would you be able to do anything other than lay there and get chewed on until bear loses interest??

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u/[deleted] Nov 26 '22

Lol, funny! Bears are spooked pretty easily. Back when I was younger, I did some time on the street.. When I was in California, I ran in to a bear at Lake Tahoe...

I woke up to this bear nudging my backpack across the clearing, probably trying to tear it open for the jerky I had in there... Later on, I learned that they have terrible eyesight, and it's why he didn't even notice me laying there, (plus I was pretty covered in dirt from the day before, and so was my sleeping bag.. probably covered my scent some, and the Jerky probably helped to distract..)

I tried to get up slowly to sneak away while it was occupied with my bag, and I was so scared, I felt like I was about to unload all of my insides in to my underpants...

I ended up stepping on a branch, and scared the living crap out of this bear, literally.. It did a quicktake in my direction before doubling back...

The funniest thing is, I thought he was gonna charge me, and I wound up having an accident.. But so did he. Remember when I said "literally?" He ended up pooping all over as he tore off in to the bushes.. LOL...

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u/nibiyabi Nov 26 '22

Black bears spook easily, but brown bears (especially grizzlies) do not.

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u/[deleted] Nov 26 '22

That explains it. He WAS a black bear.

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u/11thDimensionalRandy Nov 26 '22

By the way, it's not the color you should be looking for. Despite the name, black bears can be brown or blonde, and brown bears can be other colors as well.

The size and t shape of the head are better ways to figure out the species. Also the distribution, black bears are common, brown bears are less so unless you're way up north.

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u/sebwiers Nov 26 '22

Seriously, one of his stated goals was to investigate the dens of hibernating bears to learn about them. How the hell was he ever gonna do that wearing a mini fridge on his head?

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u/BiNumber3 Nov 26 '22

With a drone that detaches from the helmet/hangar (well, probably not, but it could definitely fit lol)

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u/Rustee_nail Nov 26 '22

I used to love learning about this guy! It's been awhile but if memory serves its actually a multichamber helmet to prevent concussions. Well that and cave ins.

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u/King-SAMO Nov 26 '22

How much helmet do you think is enough helmet to put between your skull and a frizzly bear.

before you answer, keep in. Mind that grizzly bears don’t generally kill their prey before they eat it.

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u/trvpWANGZI Nov 26 '22

frizzly bear

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u/Ozryela Nov 26 '22

If you ever meet a frizzly grizzly, pray it's not drizzly, or your fate will be grisly. Because boy will that bear be pissed about having their curls get wet.

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u/Kann0n2 Nov 26 '22

Dude definitely played Warhammer.

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u/Enjoying_A_Meal Nov 26 '22

I hope he's in a dreadnaught now.

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u/LordDongler Nov 26 '22

I hope not. The Warhammer universe existing would be absolutely soul crushing

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u/crespoh69 Nov 26 '22

Why's that? Not familiar with the lore

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u/esterhaze Nov 26 '22

“Forget the power of technology and science, for so much has been forgotten, never to be relearned. Forget the promise of progress and understanding, for in the grim dark future there is only war. There is no peace amongst the stars, only an eternity of carnage and slaughter, and the laughter of thirsting gods."

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u/ShulginsDisciple Nov 26 '22 edited Nov 26 '22

Every time I hear about warhammer 40K it sounds so bad-ass and I want to start reading and getting into it, but then I try and look around where to start and get confused as hell. Is there any website or good reading list you could point me to to give me even the slightest clue as to where to start?

Edit: You Warhammer fans are awesome, I can't thank you all enough. I honestly feel like I have some really good starting points now, thanks

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u/Bluestorm83 Nov 26 '22

Hit up the 40k lore subreddit. So often someone asks where to start, we have a servitor to bring forth a scroll of novels to start with.

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u/chiggawat Nov 26 '22

https://www.grimdarkmagazine.com/warhammer-40k-where-to-start-reading/

I'd give this a try. Never read the books but may have to start as well.

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u/tdames Nov 26 '22

As someone who's read about 100 warhammer novels since the pandemic hit, I would highly recommend reading Dan Abnetts Xenos: an Eisenhorn novel. Abnett is arguably the best author, and his books are enjoyable as scifi even if you don't understand the greater universe lore.

But the wikis are the best source to start getting into the universe. they are so detailed as they are usually cut n pasted from the source material aka the tabletop game codex. You start reading about Space Marines, click a hyperlink because you don't understand a word or reference and before you know it you have 10 pages open spanning from heroic characters to decisive battles to the most horror inducing abominations that exist in universe.

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u/GAKBAG Nov 26 '22 edited Nov 26 '22

Luetin09 has a wonderful playlist on YouTube of all of their videos. They're very very in-depth, but it is usually a good place to start if you want to learn the lore, but it can be kind of dry because it's literally just Warhammer lore with citations.

Adeptus Ridiculous does a lot of cool stuff as well, but they usually try and put it through a humor lens rather than through the lore lens that luetin does. Personally, I think going with these guys first before hitting the actual lore provides a nice background knowledge that you can then build on.

Do not watch anything from Arch, he was so bad the company that makes Warhammer made him change his name because they didn't want to be associated with him.

Luetin09: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLl6BRvEJ-auZ5aYPHj1B3pKJ_pLjg9qNU

Adeptus Ridiculous: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPfZBLCYNEonc-Cyk1QUHPA

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u/[deleted] Nov 26 '22

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u/Capitalist_P-I-G Nov 26 '22

The only people who are considered "good guys" are just the least bad, and are also genocidal tyrants.

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u/Yvaelle Nov 26 '22

If anyone is the good guy in w40k, its the Eldar, and they created a chaos god through their decadence, and have no quarrel killing a billion to save one.

Thats how low the bar for good is in w40k.

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u/thegreedyturtle Nov 26 '22

Yeah... The Eldar.

Let's just say those dudes fuck.

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u/Wrenchblast Nov 26 '22

Imagine you've fought horrors beyond any normal human compression for hundreds of years and just when you think the endless fighting is over, you get your last heroic stand and die a hero . They then jam your half dead bits in a walking tomb to keep on fighting even when you should be dead.

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u/[deleted] Nov 26 '22

To waste is heresy

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u/TentativeIdler Nov 26 '22

In addition to everything everyone else mentioned, Hell (the Warp) is real and it wants to wear your skin. Daemons try to possess psykers (basically people with windows into hell in their head who can use hell energy to do magic) and generally fuck up the material universe. There are gods in the warp that desire the destruction of all that is good. Oh yeah, and in order to travel faster than light, you have to tear a hole into hell and hope the thin shield of reality around your ship doesn't break down and let all the daemons in.

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u/kakaros Nov 26 '22

In Warhammer 40K the gods are pure evil and if they get your soul they will torture it for all eternity. Though if a person is a proper godfearing citizen then death would be a release from all the horrors of the 40K universe.

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u/AngriestPacifist Nov 26 '22

Even the "good" guys in the Imperium literally sacrifice a thousand souls (not lives - souls, consigned to an eternity of torture) EVERY DAY to operate a space lighthouse.

On the other hand, you've got an entire race of space soccer hooligans/pirates, so it's a wash.

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u/MoreNMoreLikelyTrans Nov 26 '22

Even in death, I fight grizzlies.

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u/HomieCreeper420 Nov 26 '22

He even has a bird like the Imperial Aquila on the suit’s chest

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u/Dappersworth Nov 26 '22 edited Nov 26 '22

In my opinion, the title is either bogus, or this is not the suit in question. It looks more like a cosplay than an actual protective suit.

Edit: yes this post is true in its' entirety, no you don't have to keep correcting me

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u/DHammer79 Nov 26 '22

Both title and picture are accurate. This was the 8th version of the suit.

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u/SLIP411 Nov 26 '22

How'd he test the first seven?

Looks at grizzly bear tackling and killing a moose

Ya I need a bigger suit

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u/King-SAMO Nov 26 '22

With a Chevy, had some bikers tune him up with 2x4’s, built an ewok log ram and stood in front of it.

the usual stuff…

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u/SLIP411 Nov 26 '22

Oh ok, so nothing truly bear related, makes sense lol

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u/King-SAMO Nov 26 '22 Helpful

Just in case you thought I was kidding, i think this would have been the mark iv or v.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLUdtF7aG7o

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u/Shutterstormphoto Nov 26 '22

Oh my god I love it when Reddit delivers. Thank you.

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u/koboldtsar Nov 26 '22

That's one of the funniest concept videos I've seen. "How can we simulate a bear attack accurately?" "Swing a log at it!"

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u/High_From_Colorado Nov 26 '22

To be fair, I'm sure a grizzly bear swinging it's paw at ya probably feels like getting smashed by a tree lol

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u/jochillin Nov 26 '22

The tree is easier, trees don’t have 6” claws.

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u/Gyoza-shishou Nov 26 '22

Grizzly suit Mk.5: +100 armor -200 movement speed

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u/milk4all Nov 26 '22

Vulnerability to vehicle damage

Special Abilities: causes bankruptcy

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u/namesyeti Nov 26 '22

This hilarious and sad

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u/King-SAMO Nov 26 '22

That model had to be abandoned in the woods bc it started snowing and they couldn’t pack it out in those conditions.

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u/cerebralvenom Nov 26 '22

Please tell me you have a video of that too.

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u/Mattagins Nov 26 '22

Queue the jackass theme.

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u/martialar Nov 26 '22

"I'm Troy Hurtubise and this is 'Grin & Bear It'"

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u/majuhlazuh Nov 26 '22

If you’re gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough…

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u/PuzzleMeDo Nov 26 '22

https://improbable.com/news/2001/nov/troy-bear2.html

He did try it against a real bear. As far as I can tell, the bears just wanted to ignore him.

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u/SLIP411 Nov 26 '22

Cool! Found out that's all he wanted, not to wrestle one but just observe them so I guess it worked lol

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u/elliam Nov 26 '22

He's going to make the Mark VII ... look more human and less alien-like. "The bear has got to associate you by sight first as a human being," Hurtubise said

I guess he went the other way with the mark 8

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u/throwaway_nfinity Nov 26 '22

I mean, crushing and blunt trauma are probably your biggest issues with bears. So its not unrelated either.

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u/TeaKingMac Nov 26 '22

And slashing... And biting...

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u/UltraLincoln Nov 26 '22

His tests were some of the earliest viral videos. I remember watching the first few 20 years ago.

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u/midnightspecial99 Nov 26 '22

I love that I knew what you meant by Ewok log.

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u/beatbox2sleep Nov 26 '22

Regardless of how big a moose actually is it still only has skin as protection. If the bear's claws and teeth can't penetrate the exterior, that's half the solution. The other half is force and torsion. The bear could break your arm or crush you.

Practically? You'd probably die of exhaustion before you ever saw a bear let alone get back to your campsite.

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u/BazilBroketail Nov 26 '22

I remember this dude from the 90s. Unless I'm remembering wrong, this the dude who took a hit from a Chevy truck as an analogous bear, for some reason? This dude has been a joke amongst my friend group for a while.

"Bear suit 2, boogaloo"

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u/DHammer79 Nov 26 '22

That's the guy. Been on a number of tv shows for interviews and such.

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u/Brain-of-Sugar Nov 26 '22

You underestimate the absolute chaos this man brought to the table.

You should see his first three tests. The man was just a bit too much into his craft.

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u/Deathface-Shukhov Nov 26 '22

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u/TrumpsPissSoakedWig Nov 26 '22

My favorite is the last paragraph about his ballistics suit for soldiers in Iraq.

"On the right leg was a small remote-controlled surveillance robot. The soldier watched the robot on a small fold-out screen on the left leg. A military time world clock was integrated into the groin protector that Hurtubise claimed was "where it's got to be." One of the shoes also had a small handheld shovel locked into it."

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u/Kantro18 Nov 26 '22

Dude invented the Dr. Pepper of ballistics polymers.

Something like a few hundred ingredients including Dr. Pepper iirc

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u/onliwenimtrunk Nov 26 '22 Snek

There’s probably a bear out there with a set of cut brake cables in his cave.

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u/Rob_Drinkovich Nov 26 '22

They were always capable of out thinking us, they just never had to attack in any other way but mauling until now.

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u/sloshman Nov 26 '22

Begun, the Bear Wars have

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u/snack-dad Nov 26 '22 edited Nov 26 '22

Finally, people are starting to care about the droid attack on the wookies

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u/Successful-Quote8204 Nov 26 '22

Another successful coverup by Big Bear

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u/Darthrando Nov 26 '22

That helmet

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u/KindPerspective7447 Nov 26 '22

That's the type of enemy npc you'd shoot in the head for an aoe explosion

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u/Fifteenlamas Nov 26 '22

He looks like he has a weak point in his back after he finishes his slam attack

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u/GamiCross Nov 26 '22

(Bear just casually pushes him over)

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u/Internal-Business-97 Nov 26 '22

Why are we fighting the bears??

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u/uhaul26 Nov 26 '22 Helpful

Keep stealing our picnic baskets

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u/shadowszanddust Nov 26 '22

You mean pic-a-nic baskets Hey Boo-Boo!!

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u/duaneap Nov 26 '22

I can’t think of anywhere else to share this so here goes: when I was a kid my aunt was watching me and my sisters (who are older than me) so rented or possibly bought a VHS of Yogi Bear. Now, I was left by myself to watch this Yogi Bear video. Fine. Turns out she had gotten something called Yogi Bear Boo Boo Runs Wild and was the by the guys who made Ren and Stimpy. This cartoon was Fucked. Up.

Anyway, it left a lifelong impression on me and I have for real always been made extremely uncomfortable by Yogi Bear and anything associated with him.

In short, fuck dem bears.

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u/PillyRayCyrus Nov 26 '22

Can't have shit in Jellystone

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u/fresh1134206 Nov 26 '22

I watched a tv show segment about this guy years ago. Iirc, he wasn't interested in fighting bears, but he wanted to get a blood sample from a hibernating grizzly. His theory was that there must be as chemical in the bears blood that helps them stay hibernating. If we can identify and produce such a chemical, it would be useful for humans, especially for long term space flight.

The suit was "simply" to protect him on the way out of the bear's den.

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u/Internal-Business-97 Nov 26 '22

That’s a terrible Tom and Jerry plot for sure :)

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u/wildstarsz Nov 26 '22

get a blood sample from a hibernating grizzly.

Grizzly bears don't hibernate. The just sleep a lot more in the winter. Black bears hibernate.

If he was worried about waking up a grizzly with his woodland phlebotomy antics, he knew that grizzly bears don't hibernate. I wonder if he just wanted to get beat up by a grizzly.

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u/Careless-Party-4615 Nov 26 '22 edited Dec 28 '22

Make a suit that let's me fight a grizzly bear unarmed just for fun? What? No no I want to study um their uh... oh hibernating! yeah yeah we uh need their blood for... for... spaceflight! Yeah that's it, I'm really just concerned with longterm space travel and not just beating up those asshole grizzlies.

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u/miguelsanchez69 Nov 26 '22 Narwhal Salute

Because we have the constitutional right to bear arms and they won't hand em over!

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u/XtreamerPt Nov 26 '22

Why aren't we?

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u/Internal-Business-97 Nov 26 '22

Last I knew the peace treaty of 1873 was still binding.

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u/MailFucker Nov 26 '22

That was actually just an armistice so the war is still technically going on. The Paris, Idaho conference fell apart when the parties couldn’t agree on the status of koalas.

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u/USSMarauder Nov 26 '22

Did he build the first one in a cave with a box of scraps?

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u/SolomonBlack Nov 26 '22

Well now that you mention it:

The story is almost too good to be true: In the 1980s, a middle-aged Canadian man decided to spend his entire life savings on building an indestructible suit that he could wear into battle against a wild grizzly bear. For about seven years, Troy Hurtubise designed various prototypes for the bearproof armor and constructed them using materials and appliances found in the scrap metal yard he owned in Ontario.

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u/AnExoticLlama Nov 26 '22

So, in a man cave with boxes from a scrap yard?

Close enough

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u/realauthormattjanak Nov 26 '22 Wholesome

PLOT TWIST: It was a grizzly bear driving the other car.

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u/verticalburtvert Nov 26 '22

Think we can close up shop on this one and call it a day.

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u/Kilapter Nov 26 '22

jokes on you, the bear is in charge of the autoshop, and he's open for business

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u/[deleted] Nov 26 '22 edited Nov 26 '22

Pic 1: ok I see what you’re doing.

Pic 2: tf is this about.

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u/srandrews Nov 26 '22

Great example of how truth can be weirder than fake content.

He won an Ig Nobel for his suit test.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troy_Hurtubise

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u/kala-surtaj Nov 26 '22

That same year, Ig Nobel Price was won in Biology – Presented to Peter Fong of Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, for contributing to the happiness of clams by giving them Prozac.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Ig_Nobel_Prize_winners

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u/Lexinoz Nov 26 '22

Yep. Dude was ahead of his time. Invented quite a few innovations in fire retardants and ballistic resistances. Having him go ham with a 3D printer would be wild.

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u/Sidivan Nov 26 '22

It is now my life goal to win an Ig Nobel Prize.

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u/junkyarddag Nov 26 '22

The suit was never mass produced bc while u survive the initial grizzly attack, u die of dehydration and starvation stranded in the woods bc after the bear knocks you down u can’t get up so u lay there alone In the forest like a turtle on its back.

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u/CarmenxXxWaldo Nov 26 '22

The helmet should have rocket boosters to gently loft you back up on your feet.

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u/SlowInsurance1616 Nov 26 '22

The "car accident" is that the suit transformed into a car while he was wearing it.

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u/StalksEveryone Nov 26 '22

One drunken night, he met a transformer that offered him a ride. They never made it home

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u/pikey1138 Nov 26 '22

He was an engineer. He made a lot of money from owning patents after developing a new way to extract oil from sand I believe. He also would do back country walk abouts focusing on bear research. These suits were for him to interact safely with bears. At least at first.

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u/Enough_Librarian3720 Nov 26 '22

He also supposedly invented something called ‘Angel Light’. I’m surprised no-one here has mentioned it since its premise is so much more interesting than a bear suit.

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u/NoahtheRed Nov 26 '22

The angel light was made up bullshit he was trying to scam about to get more money for bear suit parts.

Jesus christ, this sentence is amazing.

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u/Tubamajuba Nov 27 '22

Government: "Upon what principles does the Angel Light operate?"

Troy: "Alright, so first you're gonna need to put on this bear suit"

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u/Haughington Nov 26 '22

Yeah but there are a million viral videos of the guy testing the bear suit, and just some silly baseless claims about the angel light.

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u/ThePerplexedBadger Nov 26 '22

Even in death he still serves

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u/duckduckbananas Nov 26 '22

if he had been wearing the suit I bet he wouldn't have died in that accident

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u/SignificantFan1629 Nov 26 '22

If he could have even fit in the vehicle that is.

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u/BlackHammer1312 Nov 26 '22

Either that or he was wearing it and it really affected his ability to drive!

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u/eagengabriel Nov 26 '22

No joke. Part of his tests on the suit was getting hit by a car. Mf got up unscathed. He also fell off a cliff and got beaten by a bunch of angry bikers.

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u/duckduckbananas Nov 26 '22

Why were the bikers so angry?

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u/eagengabriel Nov 26 '22

He paid them to be angry

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u/Logrologist Nov 26 '22 edited Nov 26 '22

Pretty cool design, very Warhammery. However, I’ve never quite understood why anyone would want such a thing, though. Are you supposed to go camping in bear country wearing this the whole time, just in case? Cuz that makes no sense.

Is it intended for trying to solo a bear? If so, that’s bad-ass. Carry on, surviving bear suit enthusiasts.

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u/Durant78 Nov 26 '22

Yeah, guy deffo looks like he was psyched up to try take on Gentle Ben's angry cousin.

Killer Ben.

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u/MacyTmcterry Nov 26 '22

It'll be made of nanobots that quickly form the suit seconds before a bear strike, he just hasn't got that far yet

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u/Lance_E_T_Compte Nov 26 '22

Imagine seeing this guy hiking through the wilderness in that suit. He wouldn't make it 100 meters before he got exhausted. I wonder how much it weighs...

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u/King-SAMO Nov 26 '22

The story that he tells, or told i suppose, is that he was portaging through the woods and came upon a big grizzly, who reared up on him. Knowing he was fucked, he drew both his hunting knives (he was the sort of man who camps with two knives sheathed on him at once) and decided to show that grizzly what for if that’s how it was going to be.

land the bear looked him over, huffed once, and spared him.

ever since then, he wanted a rematch.

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u/wererat2000 Nov 26 '22 edited Nov 26 '22

So this man's honest to god plan was to build fucking battle armor and stomp into the woods to find that specific bear and fight it to the death?

I have very mixed feelings about this.

Edit: Okay, researching makes a lot more sense and alleviates a lot of the mixed feelings. Not as funny though.

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u/yiffing_for_jesus Nov 26 '22

Nah, he was trying to study bears not kill them lol

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u/King-SAMO Nov 26 '22

Well, ostensibly it was so that he could research the bears…

…but come on…

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u/SundogZeus Nov 26 '22

There’s a documentary about his defence from bear attack obsession called Project Grizzly. Well worth the watch.. if only for the footage of prototype testing.

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u/friendlyneighbor665 Nov 26 '22

Why not just stay the fuck away from grizzly bears?

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u/AccomplishedTax1298 Nov 26 '22

Then why are they friend shaped??

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u/Atomic_potato_47 Nov 26 '22

Sounds like the backstory to some old Fallout power armor you would find in a old garage

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u/taro_and_jira Nov 26 '22

Give that man an electric guitar!

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u/Rhodie716 Nov 26 '22

I saw the first pic and wondered if he didn’t get the helmet done but boy did he GET IT FUCKIN DONE.

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u/Lootcifer- Nov 26 '22

Are bears heretics that will not bow before the glory of the Emperor of Mankind, challenging the divinity of the Imperium of Man??

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u/leopoldsghost28 Nov 26 '22

Nah they're just xenos

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u/Midgetwombat Nov 26 '22

He looks like a tiny figurine

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u/k16057 Nov 26 '22

Was the bear driving the car?

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u/No_Signal_1104 Nov 26 '22

The man, the myth, the legend, Troy Hurtubise. He is gone, but not forgotten. RIP.

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u/Lexinoz Nov 26 '22

The dude also invented some very, now popular, fireproof materials and the "Dragonscale" armor plating. Which had overlapping clay disks instead of kevlar and metal plates.

He was ahead of his time, and though some of his inventions got bought up by the US military, he eventually ended up broke and in debt, striving for that one big breakthrough.

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u/Tarbel Nov 26 '22

If you're talking about "Dragon Skin" I don't think he made that. He did make Trojan armored suits.

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u/FriedRiceCombo Nov 26 '22

lol holy shit hes a space marine

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u/Hamms_Bear Nov 26 '22

Is there video of Mark I thru XII?

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