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2007-03-29 03:36:30 AM  
That's pretty funny. Imagine him trying that in NYC. That bell would be crammed up his ass after the second take.
 
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2007-03-29 04:03:05 AM  
The best one was the kid stocking candy bars in a store. That's some serious Pavlovian response, there.
 
2007-03-29 04:15:25 AM  
abdul: That's pretty funny. Imagine him trying that in NYC. That bell would be crammed up his ass after the second take.

no sh*t, huh. i was laughing at the video, but i think someone doucheball trying that in nyc or philly would be much funnier.
 
2007-03-29 04:24:20 AM  
What about cowbell? How do they respond to it?
 
2007-03-29 04:41:47 AM  
abdul: That bell would be crammed up his ass after the second take.

the funny part would be continuing to hear it ring as he limped off.
 
2007-03-29 05:33:55 AM  
If only people were that courteous here in America. Outside of small towns, you rarely see it.
 
2007-03-29 07:41:16 AM  
Its called being polite and having common courtesy and respect for others. Americans have never grasp that concept well.
 
2007-03-29 08:02:23 AM  
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2007-03-29 09:24:08 AM  
Politeness sure. But they will also run your ass over and not look back.
 
2007-03-29 09:29:50 AM  
Americans have heard of bikes?
 
2007-03-29 09:31:40 AM  
Reminds me of that one jerk in Uptown who was riding his bike on the sidewalk and saying "no brakes!". My response should have been "no liability!"
 
2007-03-29 09:35:09 AM  
Wow, yeah, great. They're being courteous. Whoever thought this was "trained to obey a bike bell" probably never holds open doors for women, helps people pick up things when they drop them, or notices when they're violating traffic laws when they walk across a street.
 
2007-03-29 09:49:52 AM  
I agree with ichiban. If I hear a bell, I'll look and then move. I also hold doors for people, and let people merge when I'm driving. Common courtesy is a good thing, people. It keeps you sane in city life.
 
2007-03-29 09:53:32 AM  
That's funny.

I did a similar experiment through the streets of Liberal New York City.

I walked behind people and called out "Tony Snow has cancer" and nearly every one called back "I hope he dies a horrible cancerous death!"
 
2007-03-29 10:36:13 AM  
andbruno:
exactly, you'll look then move.

This guy was not on a bike. sometimes he was in ridiculous situations in which a bike didnt make sense, like on an escalator, or in the store.

it's just something that happens so often, they move to the side. yes its out of courtesy, which the Japanese are known for, but its mostly a trained response. that's what makes it amusing. notice the lack of asinine tag, or dumbass tag. its just interesting.

/holds doors open all the time
//picks up peoples stuff sometimes to
///is a college student, couldn't care less about who is stopped when i cross the street, i gotta get to class.
////is submitter =D
//slashies!
 
2007-03-29 10:55:34 AM  
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一番パヴロフのいせい!
(Number1 Pavlovian skill!)
 
2007-03-29 11:10:18 AM  
Now we know their weakness. It's time to STRIKE!
 
2007-03-29 11:34:19 AM  
Svengali4Life: Now we know their weakness.

Lack of a substantial military force?
 
2007-03-29 12:16:47 PM  
secretagentwang: Svengali4Life: Now we know their weakness.

secretagentwang: Lack of a substantial military force?

Godzilla!!!!!
 
2007-03-29 12:35:09 PM  
That's pretty funny. Imagine him trying that in NYC. That bell would be crammed up his ass after the second take.

Well seeing as bikes are banned from sidewalks in NYC (thank God) and the cops will ticket you for riding your bike there, this really couldn't be an issue.
 
2007-03-29 12:47:35 PM  
i want to visit japan someday. im guessing the cost of a ticket would be insane though =(
 
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2007-03-29 02:27:46 PM  
ltdanman44

About $800, if you time the purchase just right.

While you are at it, spend a couple hundred bucks on a voucher for a JR rail pass. They sell it much cheaper to foreigners than what it costs in Japan, and it lets you get just about everywhere for a single flat rate, including the Shinkansen (bullet train) between Tokyo and Osaka.

There are one or two places where you might have to spring a couple hundred yen to ride on a line not owned by JR, but for the most part it gets you everywhere that matters.
 
2007-03-29 02:30:56 PM  
ichiban: Wow, yeah, great. They're being courteous. Whoever thought this was "trained to obey a bike bell" probably never holds open doors for women, helps people pick up things when they drop them, or notices when they're violating traffic laws when they walk across a street.

Did you watch to the end? He rang the bell on an escalator and the guy moved over. That's no longer being consciously courteous. That's Pavlovian response.

Hell, anyone would move over if you're on the street and hear a bike bell. But would you move over on an escalator? Or inside a grocery store? The point of the video is that bikes are so common on the streets of Japan that reacting to the bell is no longer a voluntary response. It just happens.
 
2007-03-29 04:38:29 PM  
This works because they run into you if you don't get out of the way. I wasn't accustomed to this when I visited Japan and was cussed at more than once for not moving out of the way fast enough. After a few times I started hearing the bells that I hadn't heard before. Intersting how this happens though.
 
2007-03-29 04:51:48 PM  
lol, i love how everyone is like "its just courtesy"

is it FARKING COURTESY when your in a FREAKIN store and you move when you hear a bike bell?


do you REALLY EXPECT to have a bike run into you inside a store?!?!

this is NOT courtesy, this is basic pavlovian conditioning.

as is EVERYTHING ELSE in your life, all human responses are "this happens, so you act this way"

it all depends on how you grew up.
 
2007-03-29 07:14:28 PM  
Having driven my bike through grocery stores on a regular basis during my younger and stupider years, I'm getting a kick out of these replies.

Still miss the pre-Guiliani NYC, where a bike rider who got clipped by an opening car door would then got punched in the head by the car's occupant for farking up the door.
 
2007-03-29 07:33:49 PM  
Eh..... it's a bike bell.... that's what it's for.

Common courtesy/politeness, but it's about efficient/clean short distance travel through cities as well.

Bike - most efficient form of transport evar invented.
 
2007-03-29 09:16:54 PM  
What is this bell everybody is talking about? The only thing I noticed is that all the cute Japanese women were wearing clothes. Which made it kind of lame.

/Gomennasai!
 
2007-03-29 10:34:13 PM  
All snark aside, that was pretty friggin' awesome, right there.
 
2007-03-29 10:37:06 PM  
Courtesy my ass! They just don't want to get run over by the "courteous" bike riders. In my experience, bike riders are the least courteous, most self-absorbed ass farks on the face of the planet.
 
2007-03-29 11:08:28 PM  
reminds me of how you can find magic in every day items!

...jk. i hate life.
 
2007-03-30 01:00:23 AM  
Yeah, there are pretty much no bike paths in Tokyo. If you hear that bell, it's move/look behind you or your getting your ass ran over.
 
2007-04-02 12:10:20 PM  
Before I die, I would like to start a cult of some kind. What we have here in Japan is a society that values the whole over the individual more so than the United States (it would seem). This is manifested through their strict social code, in which social structures like marriage, respect for elders and conformity to a shared identity are more adhered to. Now, who here can tell me exactly why - without reverting simply to obvious manifestations like shame (think positively rather than negatively) - Japanese society is like this.

I know you people are superstitious so your reward will be this: If I do run a successful cult, I will one day track you down and give you money some of the money I have amassed. Now, you have two possibilities: I might be lying but I might also be telling the truth. You have no grounds to say which is more likely.
 
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