The New York Times has a mind-boggling — yet completely unsurprising — article about vacationing idiots and their gadgets. It used to be that people would just dangle themselves over the edge of the Grand Canyon (sometimes falling in) or lean up against a cage of raging baboons to get that “special” photo. But now that everyone’s armed with digicams, smartphones, and GPS units, there’s a whole new world of bad behavior to explore.
The national parks’ history is full of examples of misguided visitors feeding bears, putting children on buffalos for photos and dipping into geysers despite signs warning of scalding temperatures.
But today, as an ever more wired and interconnected public visits the parks in rising numbers — July was a record month for visitors at Yellowstone — rangers say that technology often figures into such mishaps.
People with cellphones call rangers from mountaintops to request refreshments or a guide; in Jackson Hole, Wyo., one lost hiker even asked for hot chocolate.
Goddamn, people are stupid!