It's a slippery slope eh.
January 10, 2017 11:53 AM   Subscribe

Doughty Canadian woman tries to get in her car after an ice storm. [infectious laughter, familial mockery]. (h/t Miss Cellania)

Since my mums laughter is such a significant part of the videos success, we have decided to release her laughter as a ringtone in the iTunes Store so people can download it, for further enjoyment! Ringtone available soon - "Canadian Driveway Ice Hysterics".
posted by Johnny Wallflower (66 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
oh my god I want to be friends with the laughing lady SO HARD
posted by phunniemee at 11:58 AM on January 10 [9 favorites]


Ah, the ol' slippery-dip. This is why you buy a pair of spring-grippers to put on your boots, darn goof. Give your head a shake.
posted by the uncomplicated soups of my childhood at 12:04 PM on January 10 [7 favorites]


Amazing laugh!

As an aside, was as anyone else concerned that the person drove off in obviously icy conditions without chains on the tires? You could see the car sliding even at low speeds when the brakes were applied. (I've watched hours of car crash videos and one common theme is how people are completely over-confident when driving in snowy/icy weather).
posted by greenhornet at 12:05 PM on January 10 [9 favorites]


there isn't a bag of sand somewhere?
posted by GuyZero at 12:05 PM on January 10 [4 favorites]


MUST WATCH WITH SOUND UP!!

When I hear the words "MUST WATCH WITH SOUND UP!!", that's when I reach for my mute button.
posted by thelonius at 12:05 PM on January 10 [11 favorites]


was as anyone else concerned that the person drove off in obviously icy conditions without chains on the tires?

In some parts of Canada tire chains are actually illegal - they plow, salt and sand the roads a lot and chains are pretty bad for the road surface.
posted by GuyZero at 12:06 PM on January 10 [36 favorites]




This made me a little sad, because even though I know that the falling woman was laughing along with the laughing woman, laughing woman was definiately laughing at falling woman.

Anyways. Here's my Chewbacca Mom chaser.
posted by sparklemotion at 12:16 PM on January 10 [10 favorites]


MUST WATCH WITH SOUND UP!!

Don't believe these pretty lies.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 12:18 PM on January 10 [1 favorite]


My company is situated on the edge of the city on a plateau that sees a lot of weather in the winter time. As a consequence, we all are mandated to receive Slip Simulator Training. Although unlike the preceding video, you're also carrying a cup of coffee in one arm, a cabbage patch kid in the other, walking against a shop fan, while your co-workers hoot and pelt you with tennis balls.
posted by endotoxin at 12:24 PM on January 10 [30 favorites]


Uff-da!
posted by Bob Regular at 12:25 PM on January 10 [4 favorites]


was as anyone else concerned that the person drove off in obviously icy conditions without chains on the tires?

As said above, most places in Canada don't allow chains to protect the roads. I'd be more concerned about the lack of snow tires, though less than half of drivers have them. On roads like that they're a real boon, something like 2/3rds the stopping distance.
posted by bonehead at 12:27 PM on January 10 [1 favorite]


Do you want your dad to fall over? Because that's how you make your dad fall over.
posted by Sing Or Swim at 12:32 PM on January 10 [7 favorites]


Counterpoint: 100 car pile up on icy Highway 401 in Ontario.

Jan 7. No one died. Safe to watch. Snow tires are good.
posted by spitbull at 12:32 PM on January 10 [1 favorite]


Yaktrax, though not 100%, do help.
posted by Bee'sWing at 12:34 PM on January 10 [1 favorite]


Counterpoint: 100 car pile up on icy Highway 401 in Ontario.

The guys recording the video seem a little too eager to have a crash, but yeah, those people were driving way too fast. Sadly that's normal for the 401.
posted by GuyZero at 12:38 PM on January 10 [2 favorites]


As a consequence, we all are mandated to receive Slip Simulator Training .

This is amazing and I wish to know more about your particular job duties that apparently involve regular tennis ball assaults.

Counterpoint: 100 car pile up on icy Highway 401 in Ontario.

I was in the vicinity of the 401 over the holidays and I am way too stoked for Heavy Rescue: 401. CLOSURE IS NOT AN OPTION.
posted by sparklemotion at 12:39 PM on January 10 [9 favorites]


One of my favorites: guy falling for 9 seconds while shoveling snow.
posted by msbrauer at 12:42 PM on January 10 [20 favorites]


Sometimes you just have to let gravity win.
posted by the uncomplicated soups of my childhood at 12:46 PM on January 10 [4 favorites]


I watched the whole penguin video and not one real penguin ambling around or falling over. I feel cheated.
posted by 80 Cats in a Dog Suit at 12:53 PM on January 10 [4 favorites]


Note that the older guy seemed to do fine wearing what look like slippers while propping her up. My guess is that she's not used to walking on ice. It's a skill, and according to endotoxin, apparently a taught one.
posted by sfred at 12:53 PM on January 10 [2 favorites]


That's a winter boot fail right there. Didn't we just talk about this?
posted by clawsoon at 12:58 PM on January 10 [7 favorites]


She's wearing fashionable boots on an iced incline. Most winter boots are just rubbish and she's likely driving to a destination with flat or indoor parking so it won't be an issue for her there. Or at least her mum won't be laughing at her if it is.
posted by zenon at 12:59 PM on January 10 [1 favorite]


Snow tires are good.

This.

I'm not sure people realize this but hockey pucks are often made from recycled tires. The reason the pucks are solid when getting smacked around is because they're cold on the ice and they become significantly more solid. That happens to the rubber on your wheels. So think of how long a hockey puck takes to stop and that's your all-season tires.

I put my winter tires on as soon as I get back from Thanksgiving and keep them on until tax day. I have never failed to be impressed as to how much better they make driving in snow and icy conditions.
posted by Talez at 1:00 PM on January 10 [1 favorite]


It's a classic Canadian story, really. Woman grows up, leaves home for warmer climes, comes back for Christmas, has forgotten her roots, falls down.
posted by saturday_morning at 1:00 PM on January 10 [27 favorites]


Tiny steps are the key! Tiny penguin-like steps.
posted by grumpybear69 at 1:01 PM on January 10 [5 favorites]


One of my favorites: guy falling for 9 seconds while shoveling snow.

I love that video but I feel like it's false advertising, because that guy did not fall down! He valiantly stayed upright!

From that penguin video: have you ever seen a penguin slip?

Why, yes, just this week.

I am here for all your slipping-pedant needs!
posted by lunasol at 1:02 PM on January 10 [8 favorites]


Tiny steps are the key! Tiny penguin-like steps.

Or look for the snow. Snow packed in treads on snow = good grip.
posted by Talez at 1:02 PM on January 10 [4 favorites]


It's a classic Canadian story, really. Woman grows up, leaves home for warmer climes, comes back for Christmas, has forgotten her Roots, falls down.
posted by saturday_morning


FTFY

I have never done an FTFY in my life but this was just too good to pass up.
posted by workerant at 1:06 PM on January 10 [10 favorites]


When I hear the words "MUST WATCH WITH SOUND UP!!", that's when I reach for my mute button.

Yeah, well, that's when I reach for my revolver.
posted by NoMich at 1:11 PM on January 10 [3 favorites]


The guys recording the video seem a little too eager to have a crash

How Canadian is that? A lot like the amused onlookers in the OP video, eh?
posted by spitbull at 1:14 PM on January 10 [3 favorites]


We are all walking
and falling
at the same

time
posted by spitbull at 1:15 PM on January 10 [11 favorites]




I am from Canada. The only part that gets no snow (in your face, Vancouver!), and yet I do not understand what is particularly amusing about this video.

It is sunny outside. The roads and sidewalks are free of ice and snow. There is green grass, and the snowdrops are starting to poke out. A few plum hybrids have started to bloom on schedule. I am going to take a winter walk.
posted by My Dad at 1:22 PM on January 10 [1 favorite]


I am in North Carolina. We had snow four days ago. People can still see snow, so even where the major state roads are obviously dry and the temperature is above freezing, people will still drive at no more than 20 miles an hour on them.
posted by ardgedee at 1:26 PM on January 10 [4 favorites]


Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night shall stay the suburban lady from the swift delivery of her turkey tetrazzini!
posted by drlith at 1:30 PM on January 10 [3 favorites]


I am going to take a winter walk.

FYI, this works best on central Canadians if you also go windsurfing/fishing this afternoon, then get a couple night runs down the slopes, "just because you can".

Meanwhile we've got a snow advisory tonight and a parking ban is in effect. I miss Vancouver (& the islands) sometimes.
posted by bonehead at 1:42 PM on January 10 [2 favorites]


Watched to make sure that what looked like hot dish made it into the car. It did.

Turned it off. People are expendable. Hot dish must be preserved.
posted by maxsparber at 1:59 PM on January 10 [6 favorites]


Phyllis Diller is alive and in Canada??
posted by MtDewd at 2:31 PM on January 10 [1 favorite]


I don't think it's hot dish in Canada. It's just a casserole.

I was in the vicinity of the 401 over the holidays and I am way too stoked for Heavy Rescue: 401. CLOSURE IS NOT AN OPTION.

sparklemotion, thank you for that highly entertaining and informative link.
posted by quaking fajita at 2:48 PM on January 10 [1 favorite]


I don't think it's hot dish in Canada. It's just a casserole.

I don't know. I've only ever been to Niagara Falls, and I couldn't hear anything anyone was saying there.
posted by maxsparber at 2:52 PM on January 10 [5 favorites]


I have a pair of YakTrax that I've used for a total of five miles, all in the Grand Canyon on steep slops. If I never use them again (which I will) I'll still consider that a very well spent $30.
posted by azpenguin at 2:54 PM on January 10 [1 favorite]


This is my other favorite ice slip video: polar bear mascot can't stand up.
posted by bendy at 2:55 PM on January 10 [11 favorites]



I am in North Carolina. We had snow four days ago. People can still see snow, so even where the major state roads are obviously dry and the temperature is above freezing, people will still drive at no more than 20 miles an hour on them.


I am also in North Carolina. And yes, most of the roads are fine (though my driveway was a nightmare until late this afternoon), but the sidewalks are such a complete disaster here that I fell twice (painlessly, humorously) on the three block walk (in sensible boots) to my eye doctor this morning and at one point, literally pulled myself along using a chain link fence because I could not stand up again I'm sure it was hilarious, so hilarious, that I halfway expect someone to forward me a "Crazy Lady Falls Down Repeatedly" YouTube video with an Dude, is this you? over the next few days.
posted by thivaia at 3:41 PM on January 10 [3 favorites]


I have a pair of YakTrax that I've used for a total of five miles, all in the Grand Canyon on steep slops. If I never use them again (which I will) I'll still consider that a very well spent $30.

My YaketySaxTrax don't help me stay up, but they do make it far more entertaining when I fall down!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 4:08 PM on January 10 [9 favorites]


I am going to take a winter walk.

... and I may be some time.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 4:20 PM on January 10 [9 favorites]


> This is my other favorite ice slip video: polar bear mascot can't stand up.

Previously
posted by ardgedee at 4:36 PM on January 10


ordinary socks over shoes are surprisingly good snow shoes
posted by Sebmojo at 4:36 PM on January 10 [3 favorites]


I'm not saying this is only due to snowfall: My house is near the corner and has been getting a bumper crop of plowed snow. But this morning I wasn't able to see over the snow rampart in front of my house. And I'm 6'5". I'm sure you get "snow" you northern Americans, but not what we'd call snow.

(If only it hadn't been a horrible cycle of snow -> freezing rain -> mild weather -> repeat in Ottawa the last month. There's a lot of snow but it's crap.)
posted by ~ at 4:41 PM on January 10 [2 favorites]


I'm sure you get "snow" you northern Americans, but not what we'd call snow.

We had a snow berm like that a couple of years ago, but last winter and this winter so far have been lame.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 5:30 PM on January 10


“ It's a skill, and according to endotoxin, apparently a taught one.”

Notice he takes care to step on the rougher/snowier patches, sometimes even taking a large, lunging step to get there. And when he can't do that, it's tiny shuffling steps. Those are the sort of skills you pick up after years of falling, preferably in childhood.
posted by traveler_ at 7:02 PM on January 10


Here in southern Norway it's raining on top of the icy ground at the moment, and I pity my friends and coworkers from warmer climes.

That being said, on ice studded tyres are the way to go: http://www.consumerreports.org/content/dam/cro/news_articles/cars/Nokian-Hakkapeliitta-8-studio-10-2015-II.png

Unfortunately they're slightly less good on bare asphalt, and tend to wear down the roads faster. The best winter car I've ever owned though was my old VW T3 (Vanagon in the US) with Syncro 4WD and diff locks front and rear, fitted with studded tyres.
posted by Harald74 at 11:38 PM on January 10


ordinary socks over shoes are surprisingly good snow shoes

Sounds awesome. If you have socks 10 sizes too big lying around the house.
posted by msalt at 12:29 AM on January 11


I hope they are in one of those suburbs without sidewalks because otherwise they are being really lousy neighbours.
posted by srboisvert at 5:38 AM on January 11 [1 favorite]


Someone needs to figure out instant thrust reversal (while still in forward motion) for cars, like they have on jet engines. Electric motors ought to be able to manage something impressive with instant full torque available.
posted by spitbull at 6:00 AM on January 11 [1 favorite]


I'm sure you get "snow" you northern Americans, but not what we'd call snow.

According to the Google, Ottawa averages 88 inches of snow a year. My hometown in the northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan averages 150 inches of snow per year, and that pales in comparison to my mom's hometown in the western Upper Peninsula of 210 inches of snow per year.
posted by NoMich at 6:15 AM on January 11 [3 favorites]


Ottawa averages 88 inches of snow a year. My hometown in the northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan averages 150 inches of snow per year

Yeah, but those are 88 Canadian inches.
posted by grumpybear69 at 6:17 AM on January 11 [7 favorites]


"Way too dangerous to walk out here! I'd better drive."
posted by BitterOldPunk at 7:09 AM on January 11 [3 favorites]


was as anyone else concerned that the person drove off in obviously icy conditions without chains on the tires?

As GuyZero mentioned, the road is probably salted and is not icy. Not as good as a dry road, but it's orders of magnitude less dangerous than an iced-over driveway.
posted by Quiscale at 7:39 AM on January 11


"Way too dangerous to walk out here! I'd better drive."

I've been walking around after a snowstorm for a few days,. The roads are mostly fine, by now. The sidewalks? Not so much. The system is rigged against pedestrians! No one clears them, and they also get partially buried from road plowing debris.
posted by thelonius at 7:55 AM on January 11 [3 favorites]


I'm sure you get "snow" you northern Americans, but not what we'd call snow.

Pretty sure Buffalo would like to argue with you on that front. Plenty of Americans get lake effect snow from the Great Lakes too.
posted by maryr at 10:30 AM on January 11



I am from Canada. The only part that gets no snow (in your face, Vancouver!), and yet I do not understand what is particularly amusing about this video.

It is sunny outside. The roads and sidewalks are free of ice and snow. There is green grass, and the snowdrops are starting to poke out. A few plum hybrids have started to bloom on schedule. I am going to take a winter walk.


Really? Up here in Burnaby we have a few patches of snow, and SFU was closed a bunch this winter as we got ACTUAL* snow.

That said, it was nice going back to Ontario for a few weeks and experiencing a real winter. It has been a while, and I was glad to see that after a couple of days I could still walk around outside at -8 with my jacket open and not feel cold, as long as the wind wasn't too bad.

(Also yes, as other said. Ontario bans chains as you should know how to stop on roads. Weird that BC needs them, and I've heard claims it is due to Ontario not having any steep hills, but have you seen the grades on some of those roads on the Escarpment? At least a few of them are as steep as anything in BC.)



*As someone from Ontario I'm qualified to judge actual snow vs what people in Vancouver call snow.
posted by Canageek at 11:50 AM on January 11


Pay attention: the old guy didn't fall down.
posted by mule98J at 12:45 PM on January 11 [1 favorite]


Canageek: That said, it was nice going back to Ontario for a few weeks and experiencing a real winter. ...walk around outside at -8

Buddy. Buddy.

[Albertan living in Ontario walks away shaking head]

[waiting for Yukoner to trump me]
posted by clawsoon at 2:18 PM on January 11 [1 favorite]


Yeah, Albertan winters go beyond real into 'terrifying' and 'brutal'
posted by Canageek at 2:30 PM on January 11




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