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October 26, 2011 12:15 AM   Subscribe

People Are Awesome (2011 Vers. SLYT)
posted by growabrain (41 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
Where is People are Quadraplegics?


Many of these are dangerous flukes.
posted by taff at 12:25 AM on October 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


And the award goes to ..... Guy Doing Doughnuts In Sports Car In Living Room!!
posted by mannequito at 12:26 AM on October 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


If I put my hand under my armpit and squeeze, I can make a funny sound. That's as extreme as my body gets.
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike at 12:27 AM on October 26, 2011


I'm not a sports person, so forgive me – but who was the guy being interviewed who caught the baseball? Because that was awesome.
posted by taz at 12:31 AM on October 26, 2011 [4 favorites]


Where is People are Quadraplegics?

... there are a few that don't have endings.

My personal fave is the bowling one where the guy gets the strike in the wrong lane. That's the kind of trick I could pull off.
posted by philip-random at 12:31 AM on October 26, 2011


These are the clips that are left on the floor of the editing suite shared by America's Funniest Home Videos and The Worst Things To Ever Happen To People.
posted by tumid dahlia at 12:41 AM on October 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


That definitely isn't a 303.
posted by b1tr0t at 12:41 AM on October 26, 2011


The music. Stop. The music.

And what, no human catapult?!

Which reminds me of my hatred for gasoline-powered recreational vehicles. Enough with the obnoxious use of finite resources to move your fat ass around.
posted by alex_skazat at 12:42 AM on October 26, 2011


These are the clips that are left on the floor of the editing suite shared by America's Funniest Home Videos and The Worst Things To Ever Happen To People.

I see it as a monkeys on typewriters kind of thing. With the Earth's population growing and the number of video recording devices out there increasing rapidly, you're bound to catch something awesome on video, but it's also increasingly likely that someone will get seriously hurt in the process. There will always be more garbage than epic wins and epic fails, though.
posted by daniel_charms at 12:45 AM on October 26, 2011


Seems like there's a few fakes in there, which kind of ruins it. The baseball catch is fake for sure, it's a Gillette ad.
posted by theyexpectresults at 12:45 AM on October 26, 2011 [6 favorites]


Enough with the obnoxious use of finite resources to move your fat ass around.

If there's some infinite resource that will obnoxiously move my fat ass around, I'd love to hear about it. Because the only thing better than living room donuts in an AC Cobra is infinite living room donuts in a magical perpetual motion machine AC Cobra.
posted by The World Famous at 12:54 AM on October 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


I donno if the light sabers were photoshopped, but the ball shots all benefit enormously from editing.

There are many that require spectacular skill and/or guts of course, but I doubt any hold a candle to Ueli Steck free climbing the Eiger in 2h33m, which I presume gets the 3sec clip at 4m03.5.
posted by jeffburdges at 12:56 AM on October 26, 2011


I could watch cute little Asian guys do parkour all day.
posted by Mooseli at 12:58 AM on October 26, 2011


The baseball catch is fake for sure, it's a Gillette ad.

I say this again:
Fucking marketers...the scourge of the planet.
posted by hal_c_on at 1:01 AM on October 26, 2011 [3 favorites]


I wish they would add this one to the mix
posted by growabrain at 1:05 AM on October 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


MUTE!! most annoying soundtrack to youtube clip ever.
posted by mary8nne at 2:28 AM on October 26, 2011


People Are Awesome

Well, I disagree entirely with the premise. Half of those people are just doing backflips, and that's not what makes people awesome.

My friend Bob was awesome because he drove me to work that day my car broke down. My elderly neighbor, Mrs. McGuilgan, is totally awesome because she was willing to babysit on the day we wanted to go to the movies. Pete is an awesome human being because when I had to move that Ikea cabinet into the house he was like, "Dude, let me help you move that big box into your house." No questions asked. He just did that. Pete is awesome.

These are all awesome people, and they deserve their own YouTube video.

And Mrs. McGuilgan does do a mean backflip.
posted by twoleftfeet at 3:06 AM on October 26, 2011 [9 favorites]


Shouldn't the video be titled "People Are Flippin Awesome"?
posted by orme at 3:42 AM on October 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


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posted by pracowity at 3:54 AM on October 26, 2011


People are awesome at editing movie clips to make it look like they're awesome (or playing them backwards so it looks like they're solving rather than messing up a Rubix Cube)? The original People are Awesome is far better and true to its title (and its soundtrack won't make your ears bleed).
posted by The Ultimate Olympian at 4:25 AM on October 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


Actually, watching that again, it's got a fair bit of editing skullduggery in there too. Maybe I was thinking of this. Sorry. I get my "What the f*ck is he doing, he's not going to... oh my god he DID!" video compilations mixed up sometimes.
posted by The Ultimate Olympian at 4:27 AM on October 26, 2011


Where is People are Quadraplegics?

Here's your Paraplegic. Being awesome.
posted by arzakh at 4:31 AM on October 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


Someone should come to my house and videotape me googling really hard to find things - I'll be SURE to get into PEOPLE ARE AWESOME 2012!

p.s. I kind of want one of those flying squirrel suits.
posted by pazazygeek at 4:44 AM on October 26, 2011


Why didn't I get the memo about the water jetpack? Holy Hannah. I need to rent one of these immediately.
posted by uncleozzy at 5:05 AM on October 26, 2011


Trick shot videos are more a demonstration of persistence than skill.
posted by RhymesWithToaster at 5:35 AM on October 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


Beyond any snidery I could contribute, I like this video. People and being human is awesome.
posted by rmmcclay at 5:47 AM on October 26, 2011


People are not awesome

Danny MacAskill is awesome.
posted by brand-gnu at 5:48 AM on October 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


Needed more Frank Yang. Lots more Frank Yang.
posted by Sternmeyer at 6:30 AM on October 26, 2011


The full versions of some of these are astounding. For example, the skating ice diver. Not only amazing feats, but wonderful video too. His whole feed is great. I think he has appear on The Blue. The BMX rider (left as an exercise to the reader) is also astounding.

I am not so impressed by the trick shots. A couple are fake looking (the golf ones), and most are indeed just perseverance and a lot of takes. Still, some great stuff in there.
posted by Bovine Love at 6:41 AM on October 26, 2011


I wonder how much of the hair, skin, and muscle is removed from your legs while using that waterjetpack.
posted by SharkParty at 6:52 AM on October 26, 2011


Why didn't I get the memo about the water jetpack? Holy Hannah. I need to rent one of these immediately.

Apparently Mario Sunshine was a documentary.

Also these are all men.
posted by shakespeherian at 7:00 AM on October 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


Well, of course they are all men, the 'Women Are Awesome' bikini contest is on disc 2.
posted by TheRedArmy at 7:30 AM on October 26, 2011


For balance, I'm just going to leave a few clips of recent lady rock climbers.

Steph Davis

Jacinda Hunter

and mostly recently

Alex Puccio
posted by _superconductor at 7:36 AM on October 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


I also forgot to add Anna Stöhr, the 2011 Bouldering World Champion.
posted by _superconductor at 7:39 AM on October 26, 2011


Fun to watch, but I rather wish the fellow/gal who edited these all together had included actual links to the original videos, without which the editor would've had nothing to do. Attribution, people, attribution!

I did recognized Danny Macaskill on the mountain bike there, though, and figure you should watch some of his amazing trials work in some rather lovely scenery.
posted by introp at 8:20 AM on October 26, 2011


Once again, altruism loses out to backflips.
posted by thivaia at 9:34 AM on October 26, 2011


We already knew women were awesome. We need these video's to remind us that men can be awesome too.
posted by Bovine Love at 9:36 AM on October 26, 2011


About 1 minute in, I had the same observation as shakespeherian: all men. I spent the next three minutes looking for 1 woman and I didn't spot a single one.
posted by Hop123 at 9:36 AM on October 26, 2011


The baseball catch is fake for sure, it's a Gillette ad.

Aw man. That was the only one that wasn't a standard thing parkouristas/soccer players/snowboarders/gymansts do, editing out the other 999 tries, or people jumping off of things.
posted by cmoj at 9:53 AM on October 26, 2011


On the other hand men can't make entire human beings emerge from their genitals.
posted by shakespeherian at 10:46 AM on October 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


The baseball player is Evan Longoria, but it's staged.
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats at 11:49 AM on October 26, 2011


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