Monday, February 20, 2012

VIDEO: Watch The Ten Best Russian Dashcam Videos .. сумасшедшее дерьмо

Most are about 30 seconds..the best one is the last and runs 6 1/2 minutes. You may recognize 1-2 that I posted previously. This list comes courtesy of the editors of Jalopnik.

With Russians mounting video cameras on their car dashboards in an attempt to avoid the rising tide of insurance scammers, we've been treated to a slew of crazy driving antics captured on film. 

10.Without the video evidence, this is a simple clumsy rear-end accident. With the video, this is a simple clumsy attempt at insurance fraud and shifting the blame to an innocent party. The body language throughout is priceless.

9. A few years ago crash testers started to incorporate offset collisions to reflect how real-world accidents were often more complex that a straight impact into a wall. This is exactly the kind of impact they had in mind.

8. On the one hand, we're not sure what causes this truck to shed a tire — loose lugs? metal fatigue? something left off during a brake job? On the other hand, this is one sweet controlled landing. Kudos to an otherwise unlucky driver.

7. Incidents involving collisions and driver weirdness are not the only things caught on dash cams. This band of hoodlums in a properly bourgeois black Volvo give a whole new meaning to the term "beer run."

6. Sometimes the good stuff happens when the camera is facing inward. LOL

5. There's no reason for this to happen other than a driver with an irrepressible urge for a quick hoon. We wonder if this is just a standalone dose of brilliant control or if that curb can testify to repeated attempts that weren't quite as clean.

4. Usually dashcams are intended to catch other people in the act. In this car, it turns out to be self-incriminating, although the driver/videographer has a willing partner in traffic-slicing crime.

3. One near miss is usually enough for most people. Two in a few seconds beggars belief. Hard to tell if everyone's okay — that silver car looks like it's on the verge of rolling — but what we do see is a quick combo punch to the adrenal glands.

2. How do people usually react in a fender-bender? Ashamed? Slightly shaken up? Angry, but still at least somewhat controlled? We're not quite sure what's going on here, especially since the driver of the car in front was plainly at fault, but sometimes you gotta go with your feelings.

1. Every gearhead's deepest darkest daydream made real. Not really a "dash" cam, obviously, but for pure motorized Moscow madness it's unbeatable

JOKE: On Maneuvers

On a joint military exercise, three soldiers shared a tent. The conversation turned to food. "In the Russian Army, we get 2,000 calories per day," said the Russian.

The Englishman responded, "In the British Army, we get 4,000 calories a day."

The American bragged, "The US Army gives us 8,000 calories."

The Russian laughed. "Nonsense!" he snorted. "No man could eat that much cabbage!"
A motorist was mailed a picture of his car speeding through an automated radar post in Pendleton, Oregon. A $40 speeding ticket was included. Being cute, he sent the police department a picture of $40.The police responded with another mailed photo of handcuffs.

VIDEO: Valentine's Day Hero..Just Found This..Kinda Cute

Five-year-old boy lives as girl in youngest case of Gender Identity Disorder


With his blonde pigtails and purple tutu, Zach Avery, now five, has been living as a girl for more than a year - after he first refused to live as a boy when he turned three.
Little Zach was just three when he began refusing to live as a boy, instead choosing to wear pink dresses and ribbons in his long, blonde hair - because he has Gender Identity Disorder (GID).
And the primary school he attends in Essex has even changed the kids' toilets to gender-neutral Unisex in support of Zach since his official diagnosis last year, aged four.
Zach is one of the youngest in Britain ever to be diagnosed with GID - meaning he feels like he's a girl trapped in a boy's body.
Mum Theresa Avery, 32, said Zach used to be a 'normal' little boy who loved Thomas the Tank Engine, but suddenly at the end of 2010, he decided he wanted to live as a girl.

He became obsessed with the girly kids' TV character Dora the Explorer and started dressing in girls clothing.
Parents Theresa and Darren Avery, 41, became worried by Zach's behaviour and took him to the doctors.
After numerous consultations and observations, he was officially diagnosed by NHS specialists with Gender Identity Disorder (GID), making Zach one of the youngest affected children in the UK.
Mum-of-four Theresa said: "He just turned round to me one day when he was three and said: 'Mummy, I'm a girl'. I assumed he was just going through a phase and just left it at that.
"But then it got serious and he would become upset if anyone referred to him as a boy.
"He used to cry and try to cut off his willy out of frustration."
Concerned Theresa and Darren took him to a specialist at Tavistock and Patman Foundation Trust in London.
At first his parents thought he may be autistic, but after several months a child phycologist diagnosed Zach, affectionately called Zachy, with GID.
The dedicated specialists explained to them that gender identity disorder is a conflict between a person's actual physical gender and the gender that person identifies himself or herself as.
Theresa said: "They told us that although he had a male body, his brain was telling him he was a girl."
And Zach's school - Purfleet Primary in Essex - has even turned their toilet block gender-neutral to support him.
Theresa added: "They have changed the toilets for Key Stage 1 pupils into Unisex instead of male/female and they address him as a girl, which is what he wants.
"When he gets a bit older, to Key Stage 2, then obviously the law changes and there will be more difficulties surrounding the bathroom issue, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it - it may be that Zach will use the staff toilets.
"We explained to the other kids at the school that Zachy's body was that of a boy but in his brain he was a girl. We said Zach was just happier being a girl than a boy.
"But the other kids haven't batted an eyelid, they've accepted Zach as Zach and there's been no problems at the school with bullying.
"The school has been brilliant and really, really supportive."
When he goes to school, Zach wears a girl's trouser uniform and black boots with pink trim, which his mother said is female but still neutral.
And mum said that although she misses her little boy, the family is very supportive of Zachy.
She said: "He just wants to be like a little girl and he's very happy with his long blonde hair, pink and red bedroom and a wardrobe full of girls clothes.
"He likes playing with his sister's old toys but he still loves Dr Who too and playing with his brother. And we still put some neutral clothes in his wardrobe if he ever decides he wants to wear them.
"We leave it up to him to decide what he wants to do - if he changes his mind and wants to be a boy again then he does, but if he doesn't, he doesn't.
She admitted: "I would love to have my son back, but I want him to be happy. If this is the route he wants to take - if this is what makes him happy - then so be it. I would rather him have my full support.
"People need to be aware of this condition because it's very common but even many family support workers have never heard of cases in children. There are people out there but they don't want to talk about it."
Figures from the Tavistock and Patman Foundation Trust clinic - the national body for GID - revealed 165 children have been diagnosed with GID this year.
A spokesperson at Tavistock Clinic in London said they were unable to comment on individual case, but only seven children under the age of 5 were diagnosed last year - making Zach one of the youngest.
The spokesperson said: "Tavistock Clinic had 97 referrals in 2009/2010; 139 in 2010/2011 and thus far this year 165 referrals.
"The trend in referrals has been up over the years - this may reflect greater awareness.
"We see children and young people up to the age of 18, from across the UK, who are experiencing difficulties in the development of their gender identity.
"This includes children who are unhappy with their biological sex. Some may be boys who prefer activities and role associated with the opposite sex, some may also identify as the opposite sex and vice versa for girls.
"In general when younger children are referred it is in relation to cross gender preferences in play, play mates and activities. It is more unusual for children of this age to express cross gender identification - that is the wish or belief that they belong to the opposite sex.
"The diagnosis of GID is made by the key workers working with the young person. We will also assess their general wellbeing. We remain in contact with young people often for many years.
"Our aim is not to predict or direct the outcome, but rather to support the young person in their general development as well as develop a trusting collaborative therapeutic relationship in which it is possible to openly explore their feelings about their gender."

VIDEO: Swedish man survived for two months in snowbound car thanks to 'igloo' effect


A Swedish man survived for more than two months in a snowbound car in temperatures as low as -22F (-30C) thanks to an "igloo effect". Peter Skyllberg, 44, was found on Friday by a passer-by near the northern town of Umea, just south of the Arctic Circle, He had been snowed into his car since at least December. Doctors explained that outside temperatures had been below -22F (-30C) over the period Mr Skyllberg had been in the car, but air trapped around the vehicle had formed a natural igloo. "It's not possible for humans to hibernate like a bear does," Dr Ulf Segerberg, the Chief Medical Officer at Norrland's University Hospital, in Umea.

"If you cool the body, of course the metabolism slows down, but I don't think he would have survived if that had happened. In the car he had very warm clothes, he had a warm sleeping bag, and as the car was snowed under, that would have made it more like an igloo. Down below the snow, you would normally have a temperature of around zero," he said. Dr Segerberg said it was not unusual for someone to survive such a period of starvation. "Starvation for one month, anyone can tolerate that if they have water to drink," said Dr Segerberg. "If you have body fat, you will survive even longer, although you end up looking like someone coming from a concentration camp." He estimated that Mr Skyllberg could have lost more than three stone of his body weight over the period.

Earlier police reports suggested Mr Skyllberg was in "really bad shape" when he was found. He conceded that it was incredibly rare for someone to survive for so long outside in the cold Swedish winter. "This is a case in a lifetime. Every winter we have people who have frozen to death. But a case like this, with someone caught outside for such a long time, is very rare, because it's very rare that you are not missed by anyone, which seems to be the case in this instance." Mr Skyllberg has so far declined all requests for interviews about his ordeal. "The patient only wants it to be known that he is feeling well and is being well-treated in the hospital," the hospital said.

VIDEO: Rats Laugh When You Tickle Them

Scientists listened to animals playing and they noticed something that appeared to them to be laughter. They studied this behavior for couple of years before acturally realizing that it is laughter.

Soon they got a device which transformed higher frequency sounds to frequencies our auditory system can hear.

So they developed a way to ask these rats if they liked being tickled and the answer was definite yes!

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VIDEO: Dog snores as his cat companion gives him a massage.

VIDEO: Yellow Lab Picks Up Three Tennis Balls At Once

Zoe the yellow Labrador has a special talent. She can pick up three tennis balls at once. The best part is when she gets all three in her mouth, she appears to be making a big smile.


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