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2014-01-10 01:51:53 AM  
"That'll buff right out."
 
2014-01-10 02:56:26 AM  
The hood had a chance at surviving relatively unscathed, had it not got sucked under the train after having been thrown clear of the van.
 
2014-01-10 07:21:15 AM  
So that's what I've been doing wrong! The trains just couldn't see me all those times!
 
2014-01-10 07:21:28 AM  
That happened how many years ago?
 
2014-01-10 07:42:37 AM  
Allow Gizmodo to demonstrate their fresh perspective on something that happened 10 years ago.
 
2014-01-10 08:00:06 AM  

The Muthaship: That happened how many years ago?


LeoffDaGrate: Allow Gizmodo to demonstrate their fresh perspective on something that happened 10 years ago.


So this was the Season ~8/9 episode where the conclusion was, "if you're going to destroy a car with a train, always wear a high-visibility jacket"?
 
2014-01-10 08:08:16 AM  

UNC_Samurai: The Muthaship: That happened how many years ago?

LeoffDaGrate: Allow Gizmodo to demonstrate their fresh perspective on something that happened 10 years ago.

So this was the Season ~8/9 episode where the conclusion was, "if you're going to destroy a car with a train, always wear a high-visibility jacket"?


It was a good bit.  Other than Hammond making all the lip smacking noises when he thinks he's said something funny (but hasn't), I enjoy the show.
 
2014-01-10 08:19:57 AM  

LeoffDaGrate: Allow Gizmodo to demonstrate their fresh perspective on something that happened 10 years ago.


Yeah seriously.  That Top Gear PSA is freakin' ancient.

/not that the footage of the car getting demolished isn't still cool
 
2014-01-10 08:54:39 AM  

HMS_Blinkin: LeoffDaGrate: Allow Gizmodo to demonstrate their fresh perspective on something that happened 10 years ago.

Yeah seriously.  That Top Gear PSA is freakin' ancient.

/not that the footage of the car getting demolished isn't still cool


Think it's because it's only just been stuck on YouTube.

Published on 9 Jan 2014
 
2014-01-10 09:15:48 AM  
A question to the Brits out there, wtf is the big deal about the high visibility jackets while driving, that was brought up several times in the video.
 
2014-01-10 09:20:17 AM  

dennysgod: A question to the Brits out there, wtf is the big deal about the high visibility jackets while driving, that was brought up several times in the video.


It's a joke about safety recommendations made by the European road safety organizations I believe. Immediately across the channel in France, for example, foreign drivers are required to have one in their cars.
 
2014-01-10 09:20:20 AM  

HMS_Blinkin: LeoffDaGrate: Allow Gizmodo to demonstrate their fresh perspective on something that happened 10 years ago.

Yeah seriously.  That Top Gear PSA is freakin' ancient.

/not that the footage of the car getting demolished isn't still cool


The guy behind the Slow Mo Guys filmed it.
 
2014-01-10 09:37:47 AM  
Help! I've drawn a gentleman's sausage on a storm drain!

img.fark.net
 
2014-01-10 09:51:02 AM  

unyon: The hood had a chance at surviving relatively unscathed, had it not got sucked under the train after having been thrown clear of the van.


Try standing next to the tracks when a train goes flying by. Even standing behind the barricade, you feel the air trying to pull you in while at the same time trying to blow you away. I makes for a nice adrenaline rush when you're heading between bars.

Also, I know for a fact that if a train hits a person, they get caught up on the front and then thrown about 100 yards AFTER the train finally stops.
 
2014-01-10 09:52:33 AM  

UNC_Samurai: The Muthaship: That happened how many years ago?

LeoffDaGrate: Allow Gizmodo to demonstrate their fresh perspective on something that happened 10 years ago.

So this was the Season ~8/9 episode where the conclusion was, "if you're going to destroy a car with a train, always wear a high-visibility jacket"?


No, this appears to be a newer segment. They ran another one into a train because of elderly driving.
 
2014-01-10 09:54:10 AM  
...oh. No, it's the high-visiblity jacket one. IT IS EARLY AND I HAVE NOT WOKEN UP YET I AM POSTING WITH MY DREAMS ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
 
2014-01-10 10:06:19 AM  
But that was just with the engine. What about with a full freight train, would the damage be that much greater?
 
2014-01-10 10:10:25 AM  

Gosling: ...oh. No, it's the high-visiblity jacket one. IT IS EARLY AND I HAVE NOT WOKEN UP YET I AM POSTING WITH MY DREAMS ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ


You would think they would post new content.

Well...you'd be wrong.
 
2014-01-10 10:10:35 AM  
This clip is posted on their YouTube page, along with lots of other old, short clips.
Some say their producers smell of elderberries and that the two things they know about online marketing are both wrong.
 
2014-01-10 10:20:48 AM  

Mikey1969: Also, I know for a fact that if a train hits a person, they get caught up on the front and then thrown about 100 yards AFTER the train finally stops.


Sorry Mikey, but you are incorrect.

You see, one of my great joys in life is finding videos of trains hitting things. I have a Word document in which I keep links to the best of the best. You would be surprised at how many duplicates are out there, each degraded in quality the further removed from the original, but that is neither here nor there.

Now I'm not saying by any means that what you describe could not happen. Indeed, how many people have you actually seen get hit by a train after all? One? Fifteen? Thirty-seven? Generally speaking, however, a person hit by a train traveling in excess of 40 MPH or so is going to literally bounce off the train in a rather spectacular fashion and the body will typically be found along the right of way some distance behind where the front of the train has eventually stopped.

Sorry, but a statistical sample of one shopuld not be the basis for your theory regarding your stated "fact".
 
2014-01-10 10:26:09 AM  

Pinko_Commie: HMS_Blinkin: LeoffDaGrate: Allow Gizmodo to demonstrate their fresh perspective on something that happened 10 years ago.

Yeah seriously.  That Top Gear PSA is freakin' ancient.

/not that the footage of the car getting demolished isn't still cool

Think it's because it's only just been stuck on YouTube.

Published on 9 Jan 2014


That segment is on the TopGear official youtube channel, posted 3 years ago.  Pretty sure that episode is even older than that.
 
2014-01-10 10:30:54 AM  

phlegmmo: "That'll buff right out."


Shakes tiny fists of rage. Shoulda known that would be in the position it is.
 
2014-01-10 10:59:12 AM  

UNC_Samurai: The Muthaship: That happened how many years ago?

LeoffDaGrate: Allow Gizmodo to demonstrate their fresh perspective on something that happened 10 years ago.

So this was the Season ~8/9 episode where the conclusion was, "if you're going to destroy a car with a train, always wear a high-visibility jacket"?


they must be on season 1743 considering that a "season" is about 4 shows now

speaking of which, when is the next season due?  it's been a while
 
2014-01-10 11:01:07 AM  

inner ted: UNC_Samurai: The Muthaship: That happened how many years ago?

LeoffDaGrate: Allow Gizmodo to demonstrate their fresh perspective on something that happened 10 years ago.

So this was the Season ~8/9 episode where the conclusion was, "if you're going to destroy a car with a train, always wear a high-visibility jacket"?

they must be on season 1743 considering that a "season" is about 4 shows now

speaking of which, when is the next season due?  it's been a while


23 days, 3 hours, 58 minutes, and 05 seconds until the next season of Top Gear starts on February 2nd.
 
2014-01-10 11:06:05 AM  

Old_Chief_Scott: Sorry, but a statistical sample of one should not be the basis for your theory regarding your stated "fact".


Have you not read Mikey's work in the past?

He comes into threads on a regular basis and posts some complete and utter nonsense, stating emphatically that it is a well settled scientific known.

Often, he will hang around and defend it ad nauseam.

Stay tuned.....
 
2014-01-10 11:09:42 AM  

thecactusman17: dennysgod: A question to the Brits out there, wtf is the big deal about the high visibility jackets while driving, that was brought up several times in the video.

It's a joke about safety recommendations made by the European road safety organizations I believe. Immediately across the channel in France, for example, foreign drivers are required to have one in their cars.



In France all cars must have a hi-vis vest along with warning triangles, a breathalyzer and if memory serves spare bulbs and if you need glasses to drive a spare pair of glasses. In Germany drop the breathalyzer, vest and glasses but you need to have a first aid kit.

But yes it's a joke about the overzealous implementation of Health and Safety laws. No one wants to take the responsibility of assessing the risk of a certain action so you get Daily Fail fodder.
 
2014-01-10 11:20:22 AM  

SansNeural: inner ted: UNC_Samurai: The Muthaship: That happened how many years ago?

LeoffDaGrate: Allow Gizmodo to demonstrate their fresh perspective on something that happened 10 years ago.

So this was the Season ~8/9 episode where the conclusion was, "if you're going to destroy a car with a train, always wear a high-visibility jacket"?

they must be on season 1743 considering that a "season" is about 4 shows now

speaking of which, when is the next season due?  it's been a while

23 days, 3 hours, 58 minutes, and 05 seconds until the next season of Top Gear starts on February 2nd.


i look forward to all 2 episodes
 
2014-01-10 11:24:12 AM  

Old_Chief_Scott: Sorry Mikey, but you are incorrect.

You see, one of my great joys in life is finding videos of trains hitting things. I have a Word document in which I keep links to the best of the best. You would be surprised at how many duplicates are out there, each degraded in quality the further removed from the original, but that is neither here nor there.

Now I'm not saying by any means that what you describe could not happen. Indeed, how many people have you actually seen get hit by a train after all? One? Fifteen? Thirty-seven? Generally speaking, however, a person hit by a train traveling in excess of 40 MPH or so is going to literally bounce off the train in a rather spectacular fashion and the body will typically be found along the right of way some distance behind where the front of the train has eventually stopped.

Sorry, but a statistical sample of one shopuld not be the basis for your theory regarding your stated "fact".


The most interesting part about this is that you use a Word document to keep track of this and not a more appropriate, efficient means.
 
2014-01-10 11:33:11 AM  

The Muthaship: Have you not read Mikey's work in the past?


I haven't been around much lately. Thanks for the tip.


daveinsurgent: The most interesting part about this is that you use a Word document to keep track of this and not a more appropriate, efficient means.


The Word document allows for a descriptive paragraph about the video to accompany the link. I only collect the finest examples of items being demolished due to an impact from a train. Shaky video? Not included. Poor video resolution? Not included. Only the finest specimens are added to the collection. As such, the document is a mere five pages long and quite manageable in its present form. I appreciate your concerns, however, and would be open to discussing alternate methods o storage with you.
 
2014-01-10 11:49:23 AM  
The train is more than halfway through the vehicle before it begins to move.

Did Top Gear cut the frame or something?
 
2014-01-10 11:49:38 AM  

Old_Chief_Scott: The Muthaship: Have you not read Mikey's work in the past?

I haven't been around much lately. Thanks for the tip.


daveinsurgent: The most interesting part about this is that you use a Word document to keep track of this and not a more appropriate, efficient means.

The Word document allows for a descriptive paragraph about the video to accompany the link. I only collect the finest examples of items being demolished due to an impact from a train. Shaky video? Not included. Poor video resolution? Not included. Only the finest specimens are added to the collection. As such, the document is a mere five pages long and quite manageable in its present form. I appreciate your concerns, however, and would be open to discussing alternate methods o storage with you.


With such a complex dataset, you should totally be using a relational database.  A natural language interface for queries is also recommended.
 
2014-01-10 12:06:32 PM  

SansNeural: Pinko_Commie: HMS_Blinkin: LeoffDaGrate: Allow Gizmodo to demonstrate their fresh perspective on something that happened 10 years ago.

Yeah seriously.  That Top Gear PSA is freakin' ancient.

/not that the footage of the car getting demolished isn't still cool

Think it's because it's only just been stuck on YouTube.

Published on 9 Jan 2014

That segment is on the TopGear official youtube channel, posted 3 years ago.  Pretty sure that episode is even older than that.


and here it is posted on the BBC Youtube channel April 14 2008

and there's a redlit link in the Farkives showing it submitted on April 14 2007.

so yeah, old video is old, and keeps resurfacing.
 
2014-01-10 12:14:09 PM  

SansNeural: With such a complex dataset, you should totally be using a relational database.  A natural language interface for queries is also recommended.


It's really not all that complicated.

I use the objects being hit by trains as the basis for my categorization, such as "Train vs Truck", "Train vs Passenger Vehicle", "Train vs Animal", etc. Under these general headings are brief descriptions and the link to the video. I suppose that with the proliferation of video recording technology (Hold your God damned phone sideways you morans!) I may eventually have to add a table of contents and perhaps break things out in to separate chapters but for now things are quite manageable.
 
2014-01-10 12:21:32 PM  

LeoffDaGrate: Allow Gizmodo to demonstrate their fresh perspective on something that happened 10 years ago.


No, this is new, apparently from the upcoming season, which will start in the next couple of weeks (maybe 2 Feb 14, according to finalgear).
 
2014-01-10 12:22:08 PM  
It's now the flattest minivan...........in the world.

i1.mirror.co.uk
 
2014-01-10 12:44:42 PM  
That wasn't even a train, just a single engine-car.
 
2014-01-10 01:31:06 PM  
A Jaguar on rails hitting a caravan would be good.
I think they have the parts.
 
2014-01-10 01:49:31 PM  
This would make a great reality TV show.


One of the very few I would watch...like Mythbusters.
 
2014-01-10 03:24:50 PM  
Top Gear outdid themselves with the Robin Reliant Space Shuttle.
 
2014-01-10 03:36:08 PM  

studebaker hoch: Top Gear outdid themselves with the Robin Reliant Space Shuttle.


"I really hope that this one works."
 
2014-01-10 03:52:45 PM  
Not made by Top Gear, but still funny:  Clarkson Island.  I think they showed a clip of it when the comedian who made it was the Star in the Reasonably Priced Car.
 
2014-01-10 10:32:35 PM  
Hats off to this thread.

gyazo.com
 
2014-01-10 11:03:02 PM  
Top Gear recently revealed who "The Stig" was.  He took off his helmet, everyone applauded wildly and.....  end of show.   So, who the fark was the Stig?  Some formula 1 guy?

Thanks
 
2014-01-11 01:06:44 AM  
2007 called and wants it video back
 
2014-01-11 01:09:34 AM  

cnocnanrionnag: Top Gear recently revealed who "The Stig" was.  He took off his helmet, everyone applauded wildly and.....  end of show.   So, who the fark was the Stig?  Some formula 1 guy?

Thanks


Not sure if serious...

If you're referring to the Michael Schumacher appearance, that was simply a ruse, and a few years old ruse at that.  The REAL Stig is a F1-quality driver, or drivers as the case may be, but in truth, he is several personalities depending on the needs of the segment at hand (re: the segments in Africa, U.S.A., etc.).
 
2014-01-11 07:48:52 AM  
I don't get the High Visibility Jacket comment. What good would that have done? Or does it mean something other than what it sounds like?
 
2014-01-11 09:49:34 AM  

abhorrent1: I don't get the High Visibility Jacket comment. What good would that have done? Or does it mean something other than what it sounds like?


Clarkson likes to make fun of the UK Health and Safety regulations.  He's being sarcastic when implying that a high visibility jacket could stop a train wreck, or something.
 
2014-01-11 11:02:21 AM  

SansNeural: abhorrent1: I don't get the High Visibility Jacket comment. What good would that have done? Or does it mean something other than what it sounds like?

Clarkson likes to make fun of the UK Health and Safety regulations.  He's being sarcastic when implying that a high visibility jacket could stop a train wreck, or something.


Oh okay. Thought maybe is was British slang for a harness/seat belt or something. I don't watch the show. All I've ever seen are the clips on fark.
 
2014-01-11 06:38:35 PM  
 
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