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Some Russian online communities like to take on unusual challenges. Courtesy of English Russia.
posted by Lord_Pall (30 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite

 
Do all Russian men wear red underwear?
posted by miss lynnster at 11:36 PM on December 17, 2007 [1 favorite]


Yes.
posted by dhammond at 11:42 PM on December 17, 2007


I mean, that's what I've heard.
posted by dhammond at 11:43 PM on December 17, 2007 [2 favorites]


Do all Russian men have access to those big rifles? Because if they do, they can all wear pink frilly panties if they want.
posted by Dr. Curare at 12:22 AM on December 18, 2007 [2 favorites]


Seriously, miss lynnster, I was going to ask the same thing. I read the staged description over and over thinking I had to have overlooked that bit.

Nope.
posted by gummi at 12:23 AM on December 18, 2007


My question exactly. Of course, these are props, and not just what these 10 random Russian guys actually had on under their pants. Is it, perhaps, that in Russia red boxers are particularly comical, or associated with cuckoldry?
posted by mumkin at 12:31 AM on December 18, 2007


May I second miss lynnster and third gummi and fourth mumkin on the whole красная underwear thing? I can? Спасибо!

Seriously, though, are we missing something here?
posted by barnacles at 12:50 AM on December 18, 2007


So is this what happens when you don't have access to a photo editor?
posted by asterisk at 12:52 AM on December 18, 2007 [1 favorite]


Bold proposal, I know...but perhaps the original instructions were in Russian and have been not fully translated?
posted by vacapinta at 12:54 AM on December 18, 2007


Yeah, I was about to say... I'm betting the original instructions specified the red underwear. That would explain why the first guy is wearing a red bathing suit instead of underwear and why one guy has pink underwear. He was trying, at least.
posted by puke & cry at 1:00 AM on December 18, 2007


Vacapinta, you dare to propose the unthinkable? I imagine the original instructions are somewhere at en.cx, but I have no Russian skills. Anyone?
posted by mumkin at 1:01 AM on December 18, 2007


I couple of the zombie ones made me chuckle due to the bystanders. I can only imagine waiting to cross the street while a guy with a roaring chainsaw is shadowing a bandaged dude with a knife in his back in the crosswalk.

Willing to bet showing up in any big American city with a running chainsaw will get you tazed at best.
posted by maxwelton at 1:56 AM on December 18, 2007


So these are the people behind Rule 34!
posted by divabat at 2:03 AM on December 18, 2007


Here's the thread on en.cx.
posted by flatluigi at 4:01 AM on December 18, 2007


Oh, and here's the English version of the en.cx site. From what I can make out from the creative English on the About page, it's similar to ARG -- people are given tasks to play a game in real life. The photo stuff was a task in one of the games.
posted by flatluigi at 4:07 AM on December 18, 2007


this is great.
posted by sgt.serenity at 5:20 AM on December 18, 2007


A zombie is not a mummy. Fucking Russians.
posted by uncleozzy at 5:38 AM on December 18, 2007 [2 favorites]


I like this a lot. Although I was a little disappointed in the vehicle pyramid challenge. It seemed such a herculean task, but it transpires that there is a shitty old car sat on the back of a truck on most Russian streets, and all you have to do is throw your little brothers trike on top, and Bob's your Uncle.

Bah.

You can just see the headlines if the first challenge is recreated in the West, though, just after the first drunken fool drops off the balcony:

"Subversive Russian 'game' deemed evil. "Must be stopped" states Government".
posted by Brockles at 5:43 AM on December 18, 2007


Didn't you get the memo? Russia isn't subversive anymore since Putin started killing Muslims.
posted by FelliniBlank at 5:52 AM on December 18, 2007


In Soviet Russia, picture Photoshops you!
posted by kcds at 7:43 AM on December 18, 2007


Eh, not much in the way of creativity. You see one submission and the rest are damn near the same thing.
posted by JJ86 at 7:50 AM on December 18, 2007


Didn't you get the memo? Russia isn't subversive anymore since Putin started killing Muslims.

I think that memo has been countermanded due to Putin's tendency to carry out executions of his enemies on British soil.

Now tell that waiter to fetch me some caviar and blinis, with a side order of pickled cellphone.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 9:21 AM on December 18, 2007


That is great. Ditto on the red underwear.
posted by LobsterMitten at 10:35 AM on December 18, 2007


As it happens, the first challenge is also an illustration of current US-British-Russian relations.

In other words, we're all wearing the red underwear now.
posted by dhartung at 11:13 AM on December 18, 2007


en.cx reminds me quite a bit of a game that's a significant element in cstross' latest, Halting State (which I commend to your attention if you like that sort of thing). I see that there's a US branch of it, but it appears to be for Russian-speakers only.
posted by mumkin at 12:06 PM on December 18, 2007


...erm, which I meant to follow with "Does anyone know of a similar thing that's more accessible to English speakers?" I would say we'll be seeing more and more of this, but really, are people still doing flashmobs and whatnot? I've never even dragged my sorry ass to a meetup, much less hung from a balcony in my boxers for you faceless Interweb entities.
posted by mumkin at 12:15 PM on December 18, 2007


Why can't Metafilter be more like English Russia? They seem much cooler than we are. They do stuff. We just insult one another in increasingly clever ways, flame out, then drink too much at meetups. Why can't we have challenges? Staged photography? Maybe treasure hunts? Ooh! Ooh! Pickup basketball? Costume contests?
posted by msali at 1:46 PM on December 18, 2007 [1 favorite]


A zombie is not a mummy. Fucking Russians.

What's the difference? They are both animated dead.
posted by hellphish at 2:05 PM on December 18, 2007


Mummies may be zombies, in that they are animated dead, but not all zombies are mummies. To be a mummy you have to, you know, have been mummified.
posted by mumkin at 2:48 PM on December 18, 2007


Mumkin is 100% right.

It's easy to assume a zombie is just like a zombie.. right up until the zombie CHOMPS YOUR FUCKING HEAD!


Know your Undead! It's not just a good idea, it's the law.
posted by Lord_Pall at 2:51 PM on December 18, 2007


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