That Which Doesn't Kill Us


"That Which Doesn't Kill Us Makes us Stronger," a photograph contributed to the Boing Boing Flickr Pool by BB reader Monku!.



  1. “OMG! How dare that person endanger a child!”

    “OMG! How dare that person inflict shoes made by slave labor on that innocent child, forcing him to be a billboard for capitalist oppression of the Third World!”

    OK, that’ll take care of at least HALF the potential comments.


    You’re welcome!

  2. Now let me start by saying… Good for you son! It’s always good to see young people taking an interest in danger. Now a lot of people are going to be telling you you’re crazy, and maybe they’re right. But the fact of the matter is: Bones heal. Chicks dig scars. And the United States of America has the best doctor-to-daredevil ratio in the world!

  3. At least those third world slave labor shoes are protecting the child’s feet. The adult only get rubber slippers (which are entirely appropriate for riding a longboard, BTW).

  4. That’s awesome! But I wonder how they got the picture, it seems he’s about to run into the photographer. I guess it’s just a really good zoom lens.

    1. I imagine the adult on the board is carrying a lightweight boom with a small point and shoot on timer or a light DSLR with remote/timer. I’m just guessing because the EXIF data is not available, but that’d be my guess, because any other rig would be too heavy (at least for me and I’m a pretty strong guy).

      I could be wrong, but with the (somewhat) sharp focus on the subject and blurring of the everything else leads me to believe the camera is moving with the subject.

  5. One of my least favorite philosophical quotes of all time. Taken out of context as a single line, a platitude, it is ridiculous. That which does not kill us may make us stronger, or it could make us sick, depressed, maimed. Not everyone has the luck, resources or ability to benefit from adversity.

    1. …But it was excellent in the context of the opening screen of Conan the Barbarian. Crom!

      (I’ve Always enjoyed the variation: “That which does not kill us.. well.. doesn’t. Might even be good for us. Like Broccoli.”)

  6. This is just fantastic. Longboarding is one of the most wonderfully thrilling, fluid, alive experiences I have ever’s such a joy. I highly, highly recommend trying it! It’s so intuitive and invigorating Start small, on a hill gentle enough to just jump off, though!

    Glad he was able to share it with his son. I should note, for anyone too worried about safety, that’s a brake line he is holding in his hands, which makes the whole thing quite safe.

  7. timeline for my 3y/o riding for the first time on a big downhill with me on my bicycle
    1-says don’t go so fast as we approach the downhill
    2-screams the whole way down
    3-on approach “are we going to go faster and faster today?”
    4-informs me we will go faster today, rings the bell any yells toot-toot at pedestrians the whole way down

  8. That’s friggin’ adorable. I hope to get a similar face on my son at the sled hill if it ever gets around to snowing this winter!

  9. my son was actually just yawning or sneezing, I can’t recall.

    flosofl: correct, this was shot using a Nikon DSLR mounted on a mono pod.
    the camera was set to take a photo every few seconds.

    the board in question is made in venice beach out of a garage.
    E-Glide skateboards are great, bout 25mph top speed, 15 mile range.

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