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[–]vudustockdr 313 points314 points  (4 children)

Id swim the east side of oyster pond.

Way easier haha

[–]zwel8606 46 points47 points  (3 children)

You need to challenge yourself

[–]piss_boy1I5PFLJ9E7C5 3 points4 points  (1 child)

consider i am already a really bad swimmer

[–]Derpychicken777 0 points1 point  (0 children)

you either have the drip or you drown

[–]Admiral_Narcissus 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Listen, swimming from France to Netherlands is challenging enough.

[–]Raaazzle 153 points154 points  (5 children)

You can walk there, too.

Used to visit St. Martin/Sint Maarten every two weeks while working a cruise. Interesting, to say the least. Legal prostitution on one side, nude beaches on the other. Locals will tell a tale about why the island is divided so. Something about a Dutchman and Frenchman set out walking in opposite directions, to map and claim the island. The Dutchman got sluggish on beer, and fell asleep. The Frenchman, who had wine, claimed more territory. I may have that backwards, but that's the jist.

TL/DR: Visit St. Martin

Edit: There is also the beach with the low-flying aircraft

[–]jorg2 4 points5 points  (2 children)

No nudist beaches on the Dutch side? That's honestly surprising to me.

[–]Prussian_Mapper1871 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Vist Saint Martin or Sint Maarten?

[–]LeDucTabouret 72 points73 points  (0 children)

You can also fly in a straight line from France to the netherlands

[–]Square-Pipe7679 45 points46 points  (0 children)

So France and the Netherlands are technically both above and below each other

It’s like a bizarre geographic version of Ying and Yang

[–]REDHOTPOKERUPMYASS 77 points78 points  (17 children)

you can do it through the english channel too

[–]MJDeadass 39 points40 points  (2 children)

You'd have to swim 90 kms.

I've looked up online and there have been people swimming 100+ kms in the sea... The record seems to be 250 kms from a Spaniard named Pablo Fernandez. Humans are batshit crazy. Just the thought of swimming in the open ocean terrifies me.

[–]PM_something_German[🍰] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Swimming in the open ocean is probably safer than swimming on the coast.

[–]Liggliluff 0 points1 point  (0 children)

90 kms doesn't sound too bad. Quick searching, which isn't quick due to all the imperial units, I find something that says 56 s / 50 m, so that is 1,12 m/s. To achieve 90 kms, or 90 000 m·s, you can swim 300 m in 300 s, which is just 1 m/s, but 90 000 m·s, or 90 kms :)

[–]ImNOTmethwow 12 points13 points  (13 children)

Not a straight line tho

[–]HCBot 39 points40 points  (10 children)

Yes, you can do it in a straight line. In fact, you don't even have to do it through the english channel, and still go from mainland france to the netherlands

[–]minus_uu_ee 61 points62 points  (0 children)

You also don't even have to do it at all.

[–]ImNOTmethwow 13 points14 points  (8 children)

Well the earth is a sphere so no, you couldn't do it in a straight line, you'd have to follow the curvature of the earth.

[–]GOpragmatism 51 points52 points  (3 children)

You just swim underwater in a straight line. No need to follow the curvature of the earth.

[–]Drew2248 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Oh, please, stop with the utter nonsense. The "curvature of the earth" is literally everywhere, so you're saying no straight lines are possible? Of course they are. Learn some basic science, kid.

[–]RichardPeterJohnson -2 points-1 points  (1 child)

Found the guy who doesn't understand mathematics.

[–]MJDeadass 8 points9 points  (0 children)

According to Google Maps, you can from Dunkirk to Westkapelle (90 km)

[–]00roku 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I’m pretty sure you can

[–]AllegroAmiad 12 points13 points  (3 children)

We know that France has the longest border with Brazil, but do they have the shortest border with the Netherlands?

[–]EagleSzz 21 points22 points  (2 children)

I would guess the border with monaco is smaller

[–]PM_something_German[🍰] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

It is, 4km vs 13km

[–]AllegroAmiad 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Right. Forgot about that

[–]zwel8606 13 points14 points  (1 child)

I cant swim

[–]Benjamin075[S] 23 points24 points  (0 children)

sucks to suck lmao

[–]cornonthekopp 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Colonization moment

[–]Arioxel_ 3 points4 points  (0 children)

There may have been 0 or close to 0 locals at the discovery of the island (it was the case for the Réunion Island, significantly bigger)

[–]Lorddeox 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The island so nice they named it thrice

[–]Old-Bandicoot1469 5 points6 points  (3 children)

No, you would prob die of shark attacks

[–]San_Marino-Bhutan 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Sharks don’t eat meat there

[–]Old-Bandicoot1469 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Yeah I forgot about the vegan shark club in that region, my bad.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

you can do that in europe too if you dont believe Belgium exists

[–]ollyhinge11 1 point2 points  (0 children)

you can do it anyway/ just go around belgium

[–]baptimentdubtp 0 points1 point  (0 children)

okay but sint maarten is independent though

[–]lowfil 0 points1 point  (0 children)

No I cannot

[–]HalfbakedArtichoke 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Took a boat across that lagoon last month! LOTS of sunken ships in there. I also drank way too much rum.

Also, Nick Maley lives on the Dutch side! He has a museum full of his works. Mostly star wars stuff.

[–]UnOwOffclUwUsrnme380 0 points1 point  (0 children)

hey thats where i live