December 19, 2006

You Tell 'Em, Granny

If upon looking at this video your immediate reaction is to assume it’s some kind of lame skateboarding stunt tape, think again.

This video is so much more than that.

Sure, it begins with one skater filming his skating buddies doing some decidedly unexciting tricks on a quiet afternoon in the park, but soon after, it takes an unexpected turn.

The screech of brakes. A car slamming to a halt. The skater holding the camera realizes something’s going on and pans over, only to see a quite unexpected sight:

An old woman standing in the middle of the crosswalk in front of a now stopped convertible. Just… standing there.

The driver of this vehicle, instead of getting out and attempting to assist the elderly lady (who appears to be about 97) decides to go the polar opposite route of classy gentleman and starts blaring on his horn.

This startles the woman out of her sleep immediately.

Yes, that’s right, you read that correctly. And if you didn’t notice it the first time you watched the video, go look at it again. This old bird was taking a snooze, standing up, in the middle of the road.

And apparently, instead of being any cause for concern, this is actually more of a huge inconvenience to the driver of the convertible, who not only honks at her but begins aggressively revving his engine in some sort of “I’m gonna run you over, you old hag” kind of threat.

Realizing what’s going on, the woman snaps to and prepares to move on, but not before almost as an afterthought winding up with her hand bag and clubbing the front bumper of the man’s car, an act that would have been hilarious in and of itself even if it hadn’t somehow released the guy’s airbag – which it did.

The old woman walks away without saying a word. The obnoxious douche bag sitting there trying to figure out what to do with the airbag in his face says so much more than that.


And while we’re on the subject of gem Internet videos, I recently had the good fortune to come across a classic clip I first saw a few years ago but had since forgotten. This thing needs no introduction – just make sure you watch it all the way to the end. Pretty much goes from irritating, cheesy, unwatchable news segment to sadistically hilarious in a matter of seconds. We’ve been watching this non-stop for the past 24 hours or so here at OCC H.Q. and each time it somehow manages to induce physical pain from laughing so hard.


Blogger Frank G Yak said...

Fantastic Fantastic post -- 4 thoughts

1. Great job by the camera getting the thing on tape, some good shots, i especially liked granny once again entering screen at the end.

2. Looks like this may have taken place in Europe, not that means anything, but it seems as if the license plate on the car is european.

3. From your post I am led to assume that the OCC would have exited the car and assisted the old woman across the street. I'm not saying you would have been an asshole and pushed the gas and continued to pound the horn ... but you would have gotten out of the car?

4. Loved the clip so much gonna go watch it again

2:50 PM, December 19, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Honestly, this is pretty much the most hilarious thing I have ever seen. I've already watched it 10 times.

11:37 PM, December 19, 2006  
Blogger abe said...

Maybe the funniest thing I've seen on YouTube, with the possible exception of "Little Superstar" dancing.

2:27 PM, December 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, this would be hilarious if it wasnt obviously staged.

Damn y'all are gullible.

Check the camera work. Not credible.

Yeah, Im filming my douchebag buddies who cant come close to actually skating. Dont land any tricks, Danny, because we want it to look real, like we are just some regular schmoes out here.
Of course it starts 2 seconds before the event happens too. Show me 5 miuntes of skating first and I'll be more apt to beieve it.
Why would the guy have to screech to a halt on a well lit street with a person IN A CROSS WALK? You can see her from a mile away. Maybe if she was in the middle of a fast moving road around a blind corner, but on this street there is no way the driver would have not seen her till the last second and screeched to a halt.

As one astute observer noted, the camera work is amazing! too amazing....
There is a little shakiness to give it credibility but come on, the pans and the zooms are a litle too perfectly placed and perfectly timed and capture the unfolding action too exactly perfectly to not be completely rehearsed.
And of course the players all have hteir costumes. The quintessential old bag lady shrouded in layers of coats and the jerk-off business guy in his button down shirt abd silver mercedes who is in such a rush, even though this takes place on a neighbor hood street with no traffic where no one would be in a rush to do anything.

No one would ever react to an old ladyin the street like that. Maybe, at rush hour in manhattan, but probablynot even then. But definiely not on a street like this. But it should come as no surprise that this was filmed on an empty street because you cant REHEARSE on a busy intersection in manhattan!
That pretty much covers it. Funny? yes. A gem? hilarious? No. There are plenty of pre-written comedy sketches that are funnier.

11:11 AM, December 26, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

watching it again, its more obvious.

the lady's arousal out of her sleep? too exagerated.

the notion that she would fall asleep while crossing the road? come on..

ANd on the uniform tip, I forgot the douchbag's undone tie and sunglasses. of course..

And on his exagerated douch baggieness, the little "lets move it granny" mini honks as she begins to walk? funny, but not believable.

why am i writing his much?
sick in bed with nothing to do.

11:17 AM, December 26, 2006  
Blogger The OCC said...

Prof -- you are not the first person to question whether or not this is staged. In fact, you're about the fourth person in a row who has suggested it.

And I'll give you credit because no one else went to the lengths you did to dissect the nuances of its alleged stagedness.

And while I will allow that it might very well be staged, I'll also add that it's damn hilarious regardless. And until I hear otherwise, I'm assuming it's real, because I also still believe in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy (as played by Eddie Murphy).

Thank you and good day.

5:16 PM, January 02, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay. Fair enough...

But I am not sure who you are waiting to hear from about the legitimacy of this footage. Your parents, I guess.

And I differ with you on whether this remains funny if not an actual occurance in the reality of the real world.

But the reason I am wiriting is to point out one more obvious detail of fakery that I can't believe I didn't mention before. A purse sets off an airbag but when I bump other cars while parallel parking and hit homeless people wandering in the street doesn't?

Why am I writing this much again? I am home sick once more..

And I apologize for my drunken beligerence the other day. I was a little out of control.

1:42 PM, January 11, 2007  

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