I frequently use this space to report on various bad vacation choices people make. Mostly, I have focused on poor choices of location; pleasure boating in pirate infested waters, camping on islands where hungry polar bears out-number humans, that sort of thing. However, I feel compelled to also report on poor activity choices people make while on vacation. For example, there is nothing intrinsically wrong with a sight-seeing trip to the Farallon Islands, but when you throw scuba-diving into that mix...well, you've made a poor choice.
In that light, I present, for your edification, zorbing. What, you may ask, is zorbing? Zorbing is a "sport", recently become popular in Russia. Basically, it consists of allowing yourself to be strapped into a large plastic ball and then said ball is rolled pell-mell down a ski slope. Yes...I know. You just said, "What the fuck??", right? So did I. Nonetheless, it is a thing in Russia these days and, apparently, a very popular thing, indeed.
For those still unclear on this concept, the Los Angeles Times has helpfully posted a video that demonstrates the whole zorbing concept and, at the same time, shows why it is an egregiously bad idea: Don't try this at home and it's probably not a good idea to try it on vacation either.
Let's note: One man killed, another critically injured. Let's also note that the manufacturer of zorbs is quoted as saying, "It's all or nothing. They either survive or they don't."
You've been warned...