Young Lovers Try to Elope to Africa

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25 Responses to “Young Lovers Try to Elope to Africa”

  1. BackwardsDog says:

    Wonderful! What a cute story.

    I am sure the kids had to hear quite a bit from their rightfully shocked parents after that adventure.

    The story makes me smile. True BB gold I says…

  2. Anonymous says:

    ‘The Holly Tree’, anyone?

  3. rb3m says:

    This renews my hopes on today’s youth :) They have the ambition, just need some work on the execution.

  4. Ernunnos says:

    In a world of Nerf-coated children, that warms my heart. Young love and initiative in one story? Doesn’t get much better than that.

  5. Talia says:

    Adorable. Those kids have heart and spunk.

  6. OM says:

    …Of course, the question is begged as to not only why Africa, but *where* in Africa?

  7. Maxi Malone says:

    This story has all the makings of a Disney movie.

  8. Takuan says:

    dibs on the movie rights

  9. arkizzle says:

    Ha, I was thinking of a far less kind ‘spunk’ joke. Yours was nicer.

  10. arkizzle says:

    ..I wanted to visit other worlds.

    But did you ever actually pack a bag and make travel arrangements? These kids win by a mile, for the sheer fact that they were on their way!

  11. Micah says:

    Of course, the question is begged as to not only why Africa, but *where* in Africa?

    No, the question is not begged.

  12. Brock says:

    All these articles say that the kids brought along a “lilo”. What the heck is a lilo?

  13. nanuq says:

    “No, the question is not begged.”

    Sheesh, I’ve been totally misusing that phrase. This is a real blow to my pedantry status.

  14. cha0tic says:

    Inflatable beach bed thingy Brock.

  15. Kieran O'Neill says:

    #11: Nanuq: Welcome to the world of the correct. :)

  16. GuidoDavid says:

    And:
    It happened at 0740 on Monday, while the boy’s mother was still asleep.

    Both of his parents have been charged with endangering their child. He and his four-year-old brother are now in protective custody.

    #13 was very right…

  17. Anonymous says:

    Apparently, a lilo is an air-mattress.

  18. Anonymous says:

    If anything, this is practically the operating definition of Free Range Kids, in my book. The kids went on their own, had an adventure, suffered no particular mishaps, and were protected from serious harm and/or misfortune (and illegal emigration) by adults. I would expect they also learned that one cannot simply walk into Afr…I’ll stop.

    In America there’d have been a state of emergency, the kids would’ve been taken into the care of the state for at least a few days while the parents had their lives examined under a scanning electron microscope, and commentators on all sides blowing huge amounts of hot air out their asses on national “news” television about all sorts of horseshit, from whether the cops were pedos to the MASSIVE negligence of the parents.

  19. tinyhonkshus says:

    That is so amazingly Erich Kaestner. I don’t want to read any details so I can imagine it awesomely.

  20. Daemon says:

    These kids think small… I wanted to visit other worlds.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Polygamist, pedophilic, Afro-Germanic marriage. I blame teh gay.

  22. Takuan says:

    sounds like a job for the Pedofinder General!

  23. human remains says:

    First time i read this on a news site I read it as “3 german children tried to travel to africa so they could tie A knot in the sun” instead of “tie the knot”
    I thought it was one of those adventures you had when you were a kid, trying to get to the centre of the earth or dig to australia.

  24. MarlboroTestMonkey7 says:

    And on the other side of the world:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090106/ap_on_re_us/odd_boy_driver

    WICOMICO CHURCH, Va. – A 6-year-old Virginia boy who missed his bus tried to drive to school in his family’s sedan — and crashed. His parents were charged with child endangerment…
    The boy, whose name wasn’t released, missed the bus, took the keys to his family’s 2005 Ford Taurus and drove nearly six miles toward school while his mother was asleep, police said.

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