Laugh out loud hilarious: Driving in Russia. Mrs Editor and I have recently been discussing our wild-assed fantasy about taking the Trans-Siberian Express from Moscow to Beijing. Based on this video, the train has to be safer than the streets. It’s 5:30 a.m. and I’m posting this story from Starbucks and all the other patrons are giving me strange looks because I’m laughing out loud as I watch this video. Do yourself a favor: Don’t watch it in public or people will give you strange looks, too.

http://youtu.be/AXz4P6EpX3s

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DefHarryMelon November 19, 2012 at 6:27 am

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This is a great and horrific at times compilation of traffic incidents. Remarkable how it can elicit the same responses as some awful movie scenes with no gore. The selections available after the vid include many more of the same sort, basically and a few of them are worth the time. Can’t hardly pause it, had to sit thru all 15 minutes because each scene is short and terrifying, then comes the next one. Happy Driving, America!

Big Al November 19, 2012 at 6:41 am

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I know now why the Russians built so many tanks.

PsychoDad November 19, 2012 at 7:56 pm

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Bravo, sir.

StrinaM November 19, 2012 at 7:32 am

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How many slow-speed crashes can you possibly have?? I love the one with the horse crossing in the crosswalk and the one where the two guys got out of their car and just walked away onto work.

sifi November 19, 2012 at 7:46 am

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Wonder how many were caused by vodka.

Not so silent November 19, 2012 at 12:15 pm

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After watching this I would guess about 95 percent….

theBeachBumConservative November 19, 2012 at 7:49 am

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I would love to take the Trans-Siberian. On my bucket list for sure.

Trickie November 19, 2012 at 8:16 am

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I only visit places where english is spoken, ( that leaves out california” )

flashingscotsman November 19, 2012 at 10:28 am

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Hey, I speak English. And enough spanish curse words to get along out in the world.

ooddballz November 19, 2012 at 10:31 am

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La Migre…all the Spanish I need to know.

flashingscotsman November 19, 2012 at 10:28 pm

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Aye Yie Yie! Quick! Hide in this trash can!

I'm With STUPID November 19, 2012 at 7:50 am

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Getting there is half the fun. Wonder how many were caused by sexual activity while driving.

poppajoe49 November 19, 2012 at 8:04 am

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My faves:
Horse in crosswalk, car covered in hay, Guy in crosswalk kicking a car, guy driving front end loader tearing up cars, guy trying to outrun trolley, Van with no rear wheel driving on road, two guys got out of their car and just walked away, guy passing a truck and sideswiping a cop car, dump truck with no front wheel!, guy walking up to stopped car and falling on the hood to make it look like he was hit.
I also notice that there seems to be alot of problems with trees and trucks.

ooddballz November 19, 2012 at 8:46 am

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Funny how “OH SH!T” sounds pretty much the same in any language.

Dan November 19, 2012 at 10:01 am

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I was somewhat amazed at the flying parts that seem to come out of no where – parts flying off cars? Reminds me of some of the early races in NASCAR. ;)

davidintexas November 19, 2012 at 10:18 am

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Waste of time.

Jim Stewart November 19, 2012 at 11:48 am

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Yes, but such an entertaining waste of time.

RobertW November 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm

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kinda like watching America’s economy.

Loved, loved, loved the flyovers. Russian AF navigation?

also, proof that capitalism will destroy a nation. back in the day there wouldn’t have been so much traffic, well, auto-motive traffic, horse- and goat-cart accidents maybe.

Progressive Hemrrhoid November 19, 2012 at 3:19 pm

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I’ve seen things like that just driving down Rt. 128.

PsychoDad November 19, 2012 at 8:00 pm

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RT 128? Out of Boston? I was gonna say that except for the helicopter, a lot of this could be Massachusetts. My wife says summer hasn’t officially begun for her until she sees the first tourist going the wrong way away around the Bourne Rotary (the Gateway to Cape Cod, for you gentiles.)

But what I really wanted to know, Why do so many of these cars have dash-mounted cameras? They’re way to steady and clear for phone cams! Surely these aren’t all cop cars we’re seeing from?

editor November 19, 2012 at 8:14 pm

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The Administrator and I were wondering the same thing today. His theory is that the drivers install them to prove who caused the accident. I thought maybe these were all dash-mounted police cameras, but that means the police are horrible drivers, too, because many of the accidents in this video were caused by the cars with the cameras. Any other theories?

CO2Insanity November 19, 2012 at 8:26 pm

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I’ve been thinking about doing a dash cam and one for the rear for backing up if nothing else. Better than running over a kid.

poppajoe49 November 19, 2012 at 10:09 pm

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My guess would be a combination of 2 options,
Cop cars with dash cams, plus sifi’s post, “Wonder how many were caused by vodka.”

RobertW November 19, 2012 at 10:57 pm

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maybe they’re state mandated. kinda like a holdover from the good ole kgb?

Missile Command November 19, 2012 at 6:50 pm

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LMAO!! That is a gem!!!

CO2Insanity November 19, 2012 at 7:02 pm

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Yannno the Starbucks CEO endorsed Obama. I spend my money on coffee elsewhere.

editor November 19, 2012 at 7:11 pm

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Understood. But I live so far out in the sticks that I’m stuck with slow satellite internet. I go to Starbucks just to use their internet access when I have to send or receive large files. But I buy my coffee (tea, actually) at local coffee shops.

CO2Insanity November 19, 2012 at 7:42 pm

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Peet’s Coffee!

editor November 19, 2012 at 7:56 pm

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Free commercial for my favorite local coffee hang-outs here in San Luis Obispo: Black Horse Coffee and Nautical Bean. For the first couple years of IHTM’s history, most stories were written at Black Horse.

poppajoe49 November 19, 2012 at 10:11 pm

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Denny’s, McDonald’s, and Home Depot.

flashingscotsman November 19, 2012 at 10:30 pm

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Anyplace that doesn’t have Tengo Wireless.

davidintexas November 21, 2012 at 6:15 pm

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Silly, shallow, waste of time.

editor November 21, 2012 at 6:26 pm

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Congratulations, DavidInTexas, you’ve successfully defined IHateTheMedia’s mission statement.