Look where you're going, look behind you.
October 24, 2015 8:14 AM   Subscribe

 
This is delightful.

I especially like the real-sounding backwards chatter and cheering, and the part where a couple old folks stroll backwards across the track.
posted by grobstein at 8:24 AM on October 24, 2015 [3 favorites]


This is outstanding.

grobstein is right, the non reversed people really give this a weird vibe. Like somebody living their life backwards.
posted by Sphinx at 8:34 AM on October 24, 2015 [2 favorites]


Bizzaro language. Lots of Orange. Convivial atmosphere.

No reason to think that wasn't Dutch.
posted by humboldt32 at 8:38 AM on October 24, 2015 [19 favorites]


this video has riled up my mind grapes.
posted by poffin boffin at 8:49 AM on October 24, 2015 [9 favorites]


.awesome was That
posted by davelog at 8:58 AM on October 24, 2015 [3 favorites]


That's pretty much my full-tilt forward technique.
posted by mazola at 9:04 AM on October 24, 2015 [5 favorites]


Yeah, it's both interesting and embarrassing how much their running-backwards form resembles my own running-forwards form.
posted by KathrynT at 9:13 AM on October 24, 2015 [4 favorites]


I laughed louder than I should have watching this.
posted by Joe Chip at 9:15 AM on October 24, 2015


We come from a very, very silly species
posted by town of cats at 9:16 AM on October 24, 2015 [24 favorites]


Now I'm fascinated with the idea of a race where the goal is to start the race in such a way where you and everyone else reach the goal as close together as possible.

Also, you people need to get your ears checked because the audio is clearly not reversed and people are speaking English.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 9:24 AM on October 24, 2015 [8 favorites]


My calves ache just watching the odd, heels-up running technique of most of those people.
posted by Greg_Ace at 9:25 AM on October 24, 2015


Yeah, watching the runners' leg motion made me moderately uncomfortable.
posted by pickles_have_souls at 9:25 AM on October 24, 2015 [1 favorite]


Tiny steps.
posted by Jode at 9:26 AM on October 24, 2015


Hilarious. They look really paranoid. Is someone following me?
posted by Acey at 9:28 AM on October 24, 2015 [5 favorites]


Now I'm fascinated with the idea of a race where the goal is to start the race in such a way where you and everyone else reach the goal as close together as possible.

Sheep dog trials. They even get corralled in the "starting" pen at the end.
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 9:28 AM on October 24, 2015 [1 favorite]


I liked watching backwards-running Santa running forward.
posted by cynical pinnacle at 9:29 AM on October 24, 2015


My understanding is this is how they did the mocap for the xenomorphs in Aliens: Colonial Marines.
posted by cortex at 9:35 AM on October 24, 2015 [5 favorites]


I really like the kind of swaying strutting waltzy turn that everyone "begins" with! So graceful!
posted by ChuraChura at 9:38 AM on October 24, 2015 [6 favorites]


I've always argued that just because we experience time as linear doesn't mean time is linear whatsoever.
posted by Sphinx at 9:44 AM on October 24, 2015


This clearly belongs here: Bob Hund - Istället för musik: förvirrning.
posted by effbot at 9:46 AM on October 24, 2015 [1 favorite]


That's pretty much how I look when my 1 1/2 year old granddaughter is chasing me.
posted by Grumpy old geek at 10:09 AM on October 24, 2015 [15 favorites]


What a nail-biter finish! What was that, like a 30-way tie for first?
posted by dr. boludo at 10:32 AM on October 24, 2015 [7 favorites]


!og meht ta kool
posted by lagomorphius at 10:54 AM on October 24, 2015 [2 favorites]


So strange! Like, they're all running away from something, but they need to be super-awkward and delicate about it, but everyone's cheering? Like they invited the china shop to the bullfight accidentally, instead of the bull.
posted by mhoye at 11:37 AM on October 24, 2015 [6 favorites]


hipsters
posted by philip-random at 11:45 AM on October 24, 2015


I think this is dipping into the uncanny valley, but just for fleeting instants here and there as the runners form gets strange.

Had I reflected on this, I wouldn't been surprised by the fact that they all appear to win simultaneously.

Presumably before the start of the race, people started in their own time. The last 3 to start were late because they had to endure a strange ceremony where they gave away some trophies they had sitting around, ejecting dust on their mantels.

Were the people alongside the track standing there with empty cups in case the runners felt too hydrated and wanted to expel excess water or gatorade?
posted by Sunburnt at 11:50 AM on October 24, 2015 [10 favorites]


Where's the fanfic version where they're looking back at zombies chasing them?
posted by Reasonably Everything Happens at 11:56 AM on October 24, 2015


I love the hands raised in enthrallment at the "beginning" of the clip. "A pirouette, hand wave, and a smile, and wheeee....we're off!"
posted by but no cigar at 12:16 PM on October 24, 2015 [7 favorites]


This is way cooler than it has any right to be -- I'd love to present it unprefaced to a bunch of YouTube-naive 5th graders (not that I believe I'd ever be able to find such a group), ask them what was wrong with it, and see if anyone would get it and how long it took.
posted by jamjam at 12:36 PM on October 24, 2015 [4 favorites]


I liked the surprise cameo appearance by Santa Claus. Did not see that coming (going?).
posted by scalefree at 12:48 PM on October 24, 2015 [2 favorites]


Metafilter: they invited the china shop to the bullfight.
posted by Segundus at 1:16 PM on October 24, 2015 [2 favorites]


It's like aliens have taken human form and are attempting to mimic how they run, but couldn't quite get it right.
posted by Pryde at 1:17 PM on October 24, 2015 [4 favorites]


To me it looks like little kids running. "Daddy! I'm running! I'm in this sports thing and I'm running. Are you watching daddy? See, I run! Are you still there daddy?"
posted by Joe in Australia at 1:42 PM on October 24, 2015 [2 favorites]


Everything about this
posted by Potomac Avenue at 5:53 PM on October 24, 2015 [1 favorite]


Was anyone else expecting to hear Judas Priest in the backwards audio?
posted by childofTethys at 6:21 PM on October 24, 2015 [1 favorite]


I had to stop watching it because, about halfway through, it started to look to me like everyone was just running normally and it freaked me out.
posted by meese at 8:17 PM on October 24, 2015


Now I'm fascinated with the idea of a race where the goal is to start the race in such a way where you and everyone else reach the goal as close together as possible.

Motorcycle training slow speed race.
posted by five fresh fish at 12:20 AM on October 25, 2015


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