Top Ten Internet Videos Countdown: #3


  1. #1 Zeno
    November 28, 2009

    A commenter over at YouTube says that this is taken from a Dutch commercial — an ad for snow tires in the form of a fake newscast. I’d like to think that’s true.

    On the other hand, I’m grossed out by the commenters there who say (a) it’s true and (b) so funny! They’re sickos (or pretending to be).


  2. #2 Marc
    November 28, 2009
  3. #3 Greg Laden
    November 29, 2009

    If you watch this over and over again a hundred times backwards you can easily tell it is fake. It helps to hold the monitor upside down.

  4. #4 David Mabus
    November 29, 2009

    greg laden, you think you are safe, you are deadly wrong…. Kicking in the heads of atheists one at a time… PZ, I thought the Morris Police Department was going to save you from the wrath of God…

    David Mabus

  5. #5 gwen
    November 29, 2009

    Looks like ‘David Mabus’ has been released from whichever mental institution he had been residing in.

  6. #6 The Science Pundit
    November 29, 2009

    My blog got hit by the Mabus bug too. I guess I’m moving up in the world.

  7. #7 Roland Smith
    November 29, 2009

    It is a fake. It was part of a viral commercial for winter tyres that was leaked by the blog (page in Dutch, obviously). The full clip runs 44 seconds not 29, and you see the “victim” walking back into view after the “accident”, telling how good it is to get winter tyres.

    For those of you who are not familiar with Dutch TV, the “victim” is a well-known weather reporter called Piet Paulusma, who every day presents the weather for a Dutch TV station on location somewhere in the Netherlands.

    I don’t recall it ever having been shown on TV here in the Netherlands. It would probably have been considered too gruesome. It certainly isn’t very tastefull!

    At the time it was pretty obvious it was fake though. It was presented as breaking news, but you can clearly see snow in the video, and at the time it was sunny and dry at the location where the “accident” supposedly happened.