The devil made me do it

I swiped this from Michelle over at Motley News. I’m a bad person. But right now, I’m not sorry. I’m laughing too hard.


16 thoughts on “The devil made me do it

  1. Very funny, but I’m suspicious. I think this was a set-up. Two clues:

    1. The action is speeded up. I think the traffic was actually moving slowly. The emergency flashers are about double speed.
    2. How did someone just happen to be shooting (do we still call it “shooting”?) video out the windshield at just the right angle as this guy passed?

    1. I took those as brake lights, not emergency flashers. As for the camera, lots of people use dashcams. I understand in Russia everyone has them as people try to protect themselves from lax law enforcement and corrupt courts.

      1. You’re right, I hadn’t thought of a dash cam, and I am aware of their ubiquity in Russia. But I think they are rare in the US, and the guard rail looks like our design. Unfortunately I can’t make out any license plates.

        There’s good reason why Russians have dash cams. I found this interesting (and amusing?) start to an article on it:

        In Russia, everyone should have a camera on their dashboard. It’s better than keeping a lead pipe under your seat for protection (but you might still want that lead pipe).

        The conditions of Russian roads are perilous, with insane gridlock in cities and gigantic ditches, endless swamps and severe wintry emptiness on the backroads and highways. Then there are large, lawless areas you don’t just ride into, the police with a penchant for extortion and deeply frustrated drivers who want to smash your face.

        Psychopaths are abundant on Russian roads. You best not cut anyone off or undertake some other type of maneuver that might inconvenience the 200-pound, six-foot-five brawling children you see on YouTube hopping out of their SUVs with their dukes up. They will go ballistic in a snap, drive in front of you, brake suddenly, block you off, jump out and run towards your vehicle. Next thing you start getting punches in your face because your didn’t roll up your windows, or getting pulled out of the car and beaten because you didn’t lock the doors.

        These fights happen all the time and you can’t really press charges. Point to your broken nose or smashed windows all you want. The Russian courts don’t like verbal claims. They do, however, like to send people to jail for battery and property destruction if there’s definite video proof. That is why there’s a new, growing crop of dash-cam videos featuring would-be face-beaters backing away to the shouts of “You’re on camera, fucker! I’m calling the cops!”

        Dash-cam footage is the only real way to substantiate your claims in the court of law. Forget witnesses. Hit and runs are very common and insurance companies notoriously specialize in denying claims. . . .

        Also, you’re right about the lights – I think they could be brakes as easily as flashers. The messed up timing confuses the issue.

... and that's my two cents