October 16, 2004 6:30 AM   Subscribe

A Cunning Stunt [Macromedia Flash]
posted by Pretty_Generic (26 comments total)
Ouch. Was that real? In freeze-frame the nose of the blue car and the tires indicate heavy braking, the victim is bent over the hood, and the background through the windows of the blue car is correct.
I sure hope it is a fake made by guys with good attention to detail.
posted by bashos_frog at 6:50 AM on October 16, 2004

I want those ten seconds of my life back.
posted by neckro23 at 7:01 AM on October 16, 2004

You'd only waste them anyway.
posted by ed\26h at 7:23 AM on October 16, 2004

"Even putting aside the fact that if it was real they probably wouldn't put their names to it, it is clearly fake. It is obvious he's not directly in line with the oncoming car. Further investigation showed that there's a transparent step in the middle of the road that he steps on. Watch for when his shadow crosses it and you'll see it best, but once you know its there it stands out like a sore thumb."

"Given that the first is fake, the second stunt is probably also staged. (How ironic if not.) In this one, it looks more like he's in line with the car and frame by frame didn't reveal much besides a blur. Then I happened to notice the parked car closest to the camera on the left. Watch for the man's reflection in the window. It disappears just before the car hits, suggesting the man standing there is just a video insert at that point."

[Not my comment, posted by request]
posted by TheophileEscargot at 7:35 AM on October 16, 2004

well, whatever. I laughed.
posted by crunchland at 7:38 AM on October 16, 2004

This thread has one credulous bozo.
posted by Pretty_Generic at 7:43 AM on October 16, 2004

Not my comment, posted by request.

Give the Comic Book Guy there an account! I would like to read about how he's smarter than everyone without having to remember to go back to his site (which I won't). We need more smarmy folks.
posted by Mayor Curley at 7:55 AM on October 16, 2004

I would like to take this opportunity to comment about the joke about the chicken crossing the road. I find it very hard to believe that any chicken would recognise the boundary beween the pedestrian walkway and the road surface, and also would not be aware of the fact that the road has 'another side', or even that the road exists as a distinct entity. Chickens are simply not that intelligent - a chicken would only cross a road by a matter of chance, and not by choice. Therefore, it is my opinion that this joke should be struck from the record, as the humourous content of the joke fails due to factual inaccuracy.
posted by chrid at 8:45 AM on October 16, 2004

I got this from the B3ta email. It's a superb one this week, just work your way through it.
posted by Pretty_Generic at 9:02 AM on October 16, 2004

What a stunning cunt.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 9:05 AM on October 16, 2004

I don't get the cunning part. And I was expecting some nudity with that link.

Oh well, I'll go back to watching Randy Johnson kill the bird with his fastball (warning, self link), I think that's pretty indisputably real.
posted by fenriq at 9:59 AM on October 16, 2004

chrid, the chicken did indeed cross the road. Someone had to show the possum that it could be done.
posted by ae4rv at 10:05 AM on October 16, 2004

Ouch, you made me snort soda out my nose.
posted by caddis at 10:34 AM on October 16, 2004

i wish that would really happen to all those Jackass guys.
posted by amberglow at 10:36 AM on October 16, 2004

i wish that would really happen to all those Jackass guys.

Yeah. Those guys deserve death, or at least paralysis. What, with their stunts and all.
posted by Kwantsar at 11:47 AM on October 16, 2004

that seems about right--how many deaths and injuries have they been responsible for?
posted by amberglow at 3:03 PM on October 16, 2004

posted by tirade at 3:53 PM on October 16, 2004

My lord, I have a cunning stunt that cannot fail...< \baldric>
posted by uosuaq at 4:18 PM on October 16, 2004

Why should they be treated differently than other manufacturers of product? They know that kids imitate what they see on tv.
posted by amberglow at 4:25 PM on October 16, 2004

Because a product malfunctioning and hurting someone is the fault of the manufacturer, while a dumbass hurting themselves doing something stupid is their own fault. Seems pretty straightforward. In any case, manufacturers of faulty products are sued, not run over by cars, as you seem to be advocating.
posted by Nothing at 4:57 PM on October 16, 2004

posted by specialk420 at 5:06 PM on October 16, 2004

you are all just getting silly now
posted by DenOfSizer at 5:49 PM on October 16, 2004

muh, wtf, specialk420? I'd hit it, but wtf?
posted by notsnot at 9:06 PM on October 16, 2004

Didn't this special effect get old when they used it in the 1998 movie Meet Joe Black?
posted by ZachsMind at 10:09 PM on October 16, 2004

That's the first case I've ever seen where getting hit by a car makes a guy freeze (as in frame), statuelike and slide forward. 56,000 people could have spent their collective 6.5 days of valuable time doing so much more. Like killing kittens with a hammer, for example.
posted by squirrel at 12:02 AM on October 17, 2004

Oh, cry me a river. I bet you all would yell "I saw his lips move!" at a ventriloquist's show.

notsnot: I think specialk420 was making the insinuation that Laura Ingraham is a spoonerism for the title of this topic's movie.
posted by 4easypayments at 12:24 AM on October 17, 2004

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