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March 28, 2012 2:29 AM   Subscribe

Because sometimes you just want to watch a huge tire roll down a hill
posted by clearly (64 comments total) 37 users marked this as a favorite

 
I enjoyed that much more than I thought I would.
posted by chillmost at 2:36 AM on March 28, 2012 [36 favorites]


Same here.
posted by princelyfox at 2:40 AM on March 28, 2012


via Boing Boing?
posted by oneswellfoop at 2:40 AM on March 28, 2012 [6 favorites]


For the first 30 seconds, it was just a bunch of guys pushing a large tire up a hill. After that, it developed into a story of depth and gravity.
posted by GenjiandProust at 2:41 AM on March 28, 2012 [38 favorites]


gravity, yes, but also rebounding energy!
posted by oneswellfoop at 2:50 AM on March 28, 2012 [5 favorites]


Very tiresome.

(I'll get my coat)
posted by numberstation at 3:00 AM on March 28, 2012 [11 favorites]


I just got tired.
posted by fairmettle at 3:00 AM on March 28, 2012


A once in a lifetime opportunity for those kids. When they are 55, as they tell that story yet one more time, that tire will be twice as big, the hill twice as tall, and will involve good looking girls and sex.
posted by HuronBob at 3:02 AM on March 28, 2012 [14 favorites]


That's how they roll.

Got to love how the guy holding the camera is trembling with joy.
posted by colie at 3:07 AM on March 28, 2012 [4 favorites]


So glad they didn't decide to have someone riding inside.
posted by Meatbomb at 3:15 AM on March 28, 2012 [4 favorites]


That touched something primal in me.
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike at 3:17 AM on March 28, 2012 [3 favorites]


It was a goodyear.
posted by starman at 3:22 AM on March 28, 2012 [14 favorites]


They're treading on wheely rough ground with this, and it's all downhill from here.
posted by datter at 3:51 AM on March 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


We rolled a couple boulders down the sides of mountains when doing archaeology work. They didn't have quite as much bounce as this tire did though.
posted by novenator at 3:54 AM on March 28, 2012


Every single fish in that lake pooped simultaneously.
posted by orme at 3:56 AM on March 28, 2012 [9 favorites]


Boy, did Luis ever pick a bad day to take a nap in that big old tire that's been sitting around.
posted by Homeboy Trouble at 4:10 AM on March 28, 2012


So glad they didn't decide to have someone riding inside.
posted by Meatbomb at 3:15 AM on March 28 [+] [!]


But at the same time, I'd quite like to have seen that work.

Worth it just for the absolute joy of the kids involved when it works.
posted by MattWPBS at 4:23 AM on March 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


Thank you, that absolutely made my day.
posted by emmling at 4:45 AM on March 28, 2012


The guy's only job in this endeavor was to hold the camera, and despite the tire not moving for the first 30 seconds, he failed at centering the shot. Makes me glad he wasn't pushing, because then someone might have been hurt by his incompetence.
posted by explosion at 4:46 AM on March 28, 2012 [7 favorites]


Ah, the prequel to Rubber.
posted by kmz at 4:59 AM on March 28, 2012 [7 favorites]


I could practically hear that tire going "wheeeeeeeeeeeeee!".
posted by lucidium at 5:18 AM on March 28, 2012 [9 favorites]


BOYS.

wait, I'm a boy

wait, this is awesome

carry on then
posted by mightygodking at 5:29 AM on March 28, 2012 [4 favorites]


At Tijuana University, there were four students taking Organic Chemistry. They did so well on all the quizzes, midterms and labs, etc., that each had an "A" so far for the semester. These four friends were so confident with the finals approaching that the weekend before, they decided to go down to Acapulco and party with some friends there.

They had a great time. However, after all the hard partying, they slept all day Sunday and didn't make it back to Tijuana until early Monday morning - the morning of their final exam! Rather than taking the final then, they decided to find their professor after the exam and explain to him why they missed it.

They explained that they had gone to Acapulco to do some research in the MNU (Mexican National University) archives for the weekend with the plan to come back in time to study, but, unfortunately, they had a flat tire on the way back, didn't have a spare, and couldn't get help for a long time. As a result, they only just arrived now! But they had quite the story to tell about the tire, and a mountain, and rolling, and a lake.

The professor thought it over and then agreed they could make up their final exam the following day. The guys were elated and relieved. They studied hard that night - all night - and went in the next day at the time the professor had told them.

He placed them in separate rooms and handed each of them a test booklet, (which was out of 100 points) and told them to begin. The first problem was worth five points. It was something simple about free radical formation. Cool, they all thought in their separate rooms, "this is going to be easy."

Each finished the problem and then turned the page. Question 2 (for 95 points): Which tire?
posted by netbros at 5:30 AM on March 28, 2012 [34 favorites]


My brother and I did this with a car tire in front of our house, which was at the top of a hill. The joy of playing with it and watching how well it rolled on its own gave way to terror when it got away from us and headed down the 200 yard hill straight towards a neighbor's house. I can remember being amazed at how the tire seemed to ignore our feeble efforts to stop it with a stick and being impressed with how high the tire bounced after hitting the curb at the bottom of the hill.

Fortunately, that event ended without any damage.

It was probably one of the best physics lessons I ever had.
posted by notmtwain at 5:34 AM on March 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


we rolled a tire down the mountainside
it rolled on down
it rolled on down
a crazy beautiful bouncing ride
it rolled on down
it rolled on down
it made us happy, don't you see
it rolled on down
it rolled on down
that tractor tire, we set it free
it rolled on down
it rolled on down
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:51 AM on March 28, 2012 [4 favorites]


Ok, oi a scale from 1 to 10 this is about a 2...
*bounce number 1* - ok a 4, solid 4...
*bounce number 2* - Wow... make that an 8!
*bounce number 3* - Wheeeeeeee!
posted by RolandOfEld at 5:53 AM on March 28, 2012 [3 favorites]


So glad they didn't decide to have someone riding inside.
posted by Meatbomb at 3:15 AM on March 28 [+] [!]


Eponysterical?
posted by HeroZero at 5:55 AM on March 28, 2012 [8 favorites]


Once when I was doing army service, we were stationed on an outpost on top of a hill. Our commanding officer had a genius plan to make a bunch of old truck tires disappear by having us fill them with rocks and practice building defensive positions about 100m down the hill. Some of the guys thought it would be easier to just roll them down there - it turned out much easier, as at the end we had enough tires for about half as many positions as planned.
posted by Dr Dracator at 6:03 AM on March 28, 2012


The height was incredible. I know those things have to be tough, but that last bounce would have caused a momentary energy change way beyond anything it was designed for. And it kept going!
posted by CaseyB at 6:04 AM on March 28, 2012


[watches video]

Hm. Load of lads larking about. Am I allowed to enjoy this? What are they going to do, of which I should disapprove? Risking their own or someone else's life and limb? Environmental damage? Reckless action consuming resources of which there is a crying need elsewhere? Asserting hegemonical entitlement they're too stupid to perceive as such? What?

[keeps watching video]

Can't really spot the opportunity for snark. Perhaps there is none. Blimey, that's some bounce. This is fun! Oh, and another even more bouncy bounce! I hope it doesn't hit anything... what if there's a road or something at the bottom... oh, no, it's a lake, which being by a mountain will be used to large things falling in it...

[finishes watching video]

That WAS fun! And they weren't even listening to $unlikeable_band. I must have missed the snark opportunity. Perhaps there is none? Or is that too much to hope for? Am I even hoping for that - surely there's SOMETHING?

[reads the blue, first 19 messages]

It could happen... it could happen...

[reads explosion's post]

Aaah. Mefi does not disappoint.
posted by Devonian at 6:13 AM on March 28, 2012 [2 favorites]


Great. More shit in the ocean.
posted by stormpooper at 6:19 AM on March 28, 2012 [2 favorites]


Man I was all down 'n shit from reading about India stifling Tibetan protests at Hu Jintao's visit, but now I'm all like :D
posted by Mooseli at 6:29 AM on March 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


Great. More shit in the ocean.

I think it's a lake.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:31 AM on March 28, 2012


Great. More shit in the ocean.
posted by stormpooper at 9:19 on March 28 [+] [!]


Eponysterical?
posted by Multicellular Exothermic at 6:31 AM on March 28, 2012 [6 favorites]


That video made me miss being twelve. Spending my time doing silly, sometimes dumb, and usually unproductive things was so much fun.
posted by cribcage at 6:56 AM on March 28, 2012


That video made me miss being twelve 29. Spending my time doing silly, sometimes dumb, and usually unproductive things was so much fun.
posted by Fizz at 6:57 AM on March 28, 2012


For some reason, this reminds me of that old tire-shop ad, where "if you don't like it, you can just return it", so the guy throws it through the window...
posted by FlyingMonkey at 6:59 AM on March 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


She went a step too far
She had to let it go
And it rolled back down
And it rolled back down
And it rolled back down

posted by Nomyte at 7:19 AM on March 28, 2012


I like to think that since it's inflated on a hub, that this bobbed right to the surface and they retrieved it so they could roll it back down the hill a few dozen times before responsibly storing it away for the next tire-rolling day in the near future.
posted by empyrean at 7:29 AM on March 28, 2012


Any idea where specifically this is? The video description and the youtube account don't give much in the way of clues.
posted by HeroZero at 7:32 AM on March 28, 2012


Can't really spot the opportunity for snark.

Well, if they didn't fish it out after, they're litterbugs. And so might not be moral enough to join the army and burn women, kids, houses and villages.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 7:42 AM on March 28, 2012 [3 favorites]


Dude. How can something so fucking simple be so fucking awesome?!

Most of humour time (which I carefully allot in 15-minute segments) is typically filled with discussing the latest witticisms of my political cronies while I sip port in my library, but then along comes big tire + big hill and I can't stop smiling.

I don't know if I'm happy I can still enjoy the simple things or disapointed in my cave man humour impulses.
posted by Phreesh at 7:43 AM on March 28, 2012


Memories of being 12 and generally mischievous. My buddies and I would have done the same thing with that tire, but first we would have to have followed the cardinal rule of boyhood: See if you can jump your BMX over it.
posted by WinnipegDragon at 7:56 AM on March 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


That was awesome.

Reminds me of the time my brothers and some friends lit a bale on fire and rolled it down a hill into a slough. Unfortunately for us bales aren't as bouncy as tires and it didn't quite make it. Even more unfortunately for us it started the stubble field burning which precipitated us rushing back home to get a tractor and a plow.
posted by AElfwine Evenstar at 8:05 AM on March 28, 2012


Great. More shit in the ocean.

I think it's a lake.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:31 AM on March 28


Don't mean to derail but just out of interest when I first saw this I presumed it was the ocean and not a lake. Appreciate surface of the water is very calm but the terrain pushes me towards thinking ocean. Am I missing something obvious that says lake?
posted by numberstation at 9:01 AM on March 28, 2012


A once in a lifetime opportunity for those kids. When they are 55, as they tell that story yet one more time, that tire will be twice as big, the hill twice as tall, and will involve good looking girls and sex.

It was a goodyear.


It was a very goodyear
For giant tires
That rolled down a hill
We lived for the thrill
And somehow didn't hurt ourselves
When I was approximately twelve
posted by saturday_morning at 9:06 AM on March 28, 2012 [3 favorites]


My first thought was an abandoned quarry/mine, the water being in the old pit.
posted by defcom1 at 9:11 AM on March 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


A once in a lifetime opportunity for those kids. When they are 55, as they tell that story yet one more time, that tire will be twice as big, the hill twice as tall, and will involve good looking girls and sex.

Alas, you are showing your age. With the exception of the girls and sex their youthful hijinx have been captured and frozen in time for all to see. The YouTube generation will never know the pleasure of misremembering its past.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 9:16 AM on March 28, 2012 [4 favorites]


Don't mean to derail but just out of interest when I first saw this I presumed it was the ocean and not a lake. Appreciate surface of the water is very calm but the terrain pushes me towards thinking ocean. Am I missing something obvious that says lake?

Check out the shots just after the tire hits the water. The camera pans up a few times and you can see the other side of the water.

Could be an inlet, but it looks pretty lakey to me.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 9:21 AM on March 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


It's so pure - no hidden intent, no agenda. Just a lot of work, awesome air time, and a fucking splash.

Just like love.
posted by four panels at 9:48 AM on March 28, 2012 [4 favorites]


I shed a tear. Such a glorious afternoon for these gentlemen!
posted by TurkishGolds at 9:48 AM on March 28, 2012


This is exactly what the Internet was made for.
posted by slogger at 9:56 AM on March 28, 2012


All right, now get down there and fish that shit out.
posted by darksasami at 9:57 AM on March 28, 2012


Senseless fun knows no boundaries! Very cool.
posted by birdhaus at 10:28 AM on March 28, 2012


They don't have rubber tires in Russia.
posted by monospace at 10:32 AM on March 28, 2012


heh heh. heh heh heh heh heh.
posted by ninjew at 10:51 AM on March 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


"WOO-HOO!! Uh, ok guys, I didn't quite get that on camera. Go get the tire and let's try it again!"
posted by Greg_Ace at 11:08 AM on March 28, 2012 [1 favorite]



Alas, you are showing your age. With the exception of the girls and sex their youthful hijinx have been captured and frozen in time for all to see. The YouTube generation will never know the pleasure of misremembering its past.


hmmm.. I have never considered this... I'm now smiling because my undocumented hijinks will never be eclipsed by the puny youtube video pranks you damn kids are attempting.. except, of course, this tire thing!
posted by HuronBob at 11:24 AM on March 28, 2012


russian teenagers sivaeb and daehttub show something REALLY difficult
posted by pyramid termite at 4:19 PM on March 28, 2012


Conservation of energy.

Conservation of angular momentum.

Two great conservation laws that conservate great together.

(I love this universe.)
posted by BrashTech at 4:55 PM on March 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


We showed up to the hill in the hopes that the soggy, slushy weather hadn't yet spread to The Best Sledding Hill Ever. We were sorely disappointed. It was all mud and ice patches, with the occasional hopeful patch of snow still hanging on.

In my hometown The Best Sledding Hill Ever was on the property of a local university. It was an unreasonably, dangerously steep hill that dropped perhaps two or more stories and abruptly leveled off against the long side of a practice football field. On the other side of the football field was a 10' chain-link fence, then a tiny two-lane street, then into a cozy neighborhood of student houses and families. The Best Sledding Hill Ever was not only dangerously steep, but it was dotted with trees, giant rocks, and pits that made sledding on it even more exciting.

So the three of us showed up to this hill with our sleds and weren't quite sure what to do next. Walking here had been a pain in the ass because of all the slush and we weren't ready to go home yet. We slid down on the mud a bit, but gave up pretty quickly.

Then we saw the tire. Like I said, this was a practice field. Not used for games, it was way too scraggly for that, but appropriate for training. And there was the tire that the football players flipped.

We looked at the tire. We looked at the hill.

It took nearly an hour to get that tire up the hill. We went along the side, where there was a more gentle grade. We fought against the stumps and branches and ice patches. We did not expect the task to be quite so hard, so by the time we got halfway up we were totally unwilling to give up.

Finally, finally we were at the top. We positioned the tire upright. We carefully aimed it down what looked like the clearest path. A tree or a rock or a pit or even releasing it slightly angled would probably cause it to fall over halfway down, but after all the effort we sure were going to try.

Release! We cheered. The only word I can come up for its movement is "majestic". It seemed to move so slowly and with such a stately air that we couldn't believe it wasn't tipping. But it rolled right over the rocks, through the pits, over the trees . . .

Over the trees?

It crushed a tree.

It wasn't a big tree, but it definitely just crushed a tree without even wobbling. That was cool. Cool and scary.

But it would have to stop. It would have to lose momentum. It couldn't possibly continue across the whole field. It still looked like it was moving so slowly. Now it was at the football field! And it was rolling. And it was rolling. And it was across the field. There was the chain-link fence. The fence was taller than the tire. Surely the chain-link fence would stop it.

The fence was barely a bump. It bowed in half and the tire continued towards the street. At that moment I realized we were going to be arrested, because the tire was headed directly to the wide face of a house. Given what it did to the tree and the fence, it wouldn't be pretty. We screamed for it to stop. We prayed nobody was in that living room. I thought about my recent college acceptances and how it would be all for naught because I wanted to roll a tire down a hill.

A telephone pole saved us. The tire glanced off the side--knocking the damn pole off kilter--and began to fall. Still rolling forward--still aimed at the house--until slowly it tipped to the side and settled five feet from the wall.

We booked it. Left the tire on the lawn, the chain link fence bowed half-over, the off-kilter telephone pole. That day was the day that "momentum" went from an equation on a white board in physics class to a very real, and very terrifying force of nature.

Respect the tire.
posted by schroedinger at 5:04 PM on March 28, 2012 [9 favorites]


I wish I could favorite this more than once.
posted by asuprenant at 11:09 PM on March 28, 2012


Antics like this make me think American rednecks our losing their edge.
posted by chairface at 11:38 AM on March 29, 2012


Am I missing something obvious that says lake?

How about the title of the video? "Huge Tire Bouncing Downhill Into Lake"
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