Uploaded April 2013, over 4,000,000 views and copied several times. Apparently verified by Belarus police. Commenters say this was covered on CNN and ABC, those bastions of truth and journalistic integrity.
Comments are depressing. Skepticism, critical thinking, are very good things we agree. We're all for them. But then we reach a point where everything we see is fake and nothing bizarre is possible, and nobody ever does win any lottery ever. If stupid people doing stupid things never survived, then we'd all be geniuses by now this late in our evolution. If seemingly impossibly good luck never happened then we'd all be dead or never born. On the contrary, we are alive now and advanced as far as we have precisely because our ancestors did incredibly risky things and survived, and were amazingly lucky at times, and many times did die along the way doing careless things fraught with danger and still do die doing them (after procreating sufficiently to assure survival of our species)
But comments are depressing for the knee-jerkness of them. The comments that are automatically dismissive. The comments that chide, instinctively it seems, or at least habitually, for lack of critical assessment or for lack of education that fail themselves in their own critical assessment and are studded with errors that education is provided to fix, and how they devolve to off topic nationalism loaded with stereotyped preconceptions, often wrong, themselves media driven.
"Russians drivers are insane"
It's Belarus, not Russia. Big difference to a Russian but no difference at all to American commenters.
"Stupid Americans don't know the difference between Russian and Belarus."
That was an Australian commenter, not all stupid comments in English are American."
"Stupid t.v. watchers, haven't learned anything about gravity."
Did you mean Newton's three laws of motion? Those would seem as important as gravity. At lest the commenter got the Newton part right. Just enough education to be arrogant, to know about gravity. I too wonder about such things as, say, how fast a bullet drops when shot straight out of a gun, the same as if simply dropped, except calculated over distance depending on the caliber and force of the gun? Let's see, what are Newtons ideas again, relating to this motorcycle accident besides gravity?
1) a body in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state (like a planet) unless an external force acts on it (like smashing into a car that is also moving)
Something like that.
But here the motorcycle is accelerating and smashes into a car that is also moving, the two vehicles with different masses. The x factor is force.
2) Something about the relationship between mass (m) of an object and its acceleration (a) and force (F)
F= ma That's it.
Here we have two of them with differing masses and differing accelerations and then I suppose force is the unknown being challenged. Why the man didn't fly in front of the car and be killed if the video were real is the question. Rule 1 would take affect, a summersault would affect forward momentum somewhat, don't you think? The difference in accelerations and the difference in masses upon impact, and then deceleration, braking of the car after the hit, are the vectors to be charted. Luck, skill, and agility, bodily protection, are variables not reliably chartable.
3) Every reaction has equal and opposite reaction such as pool balls making it possible to position a ball in specific spot thus setting up the next shot.
Those three things taken together make it possible for the video to be real by a long shot, referring to firearms or pool again (but not photography), long shots actually are sometimes successful. My long shots are not often successful but long shots using firearms and pool cues do sometimes occur, thus snipers and pool sharks, and in this case, circus act gymnastic agility. One can assume for every 100 or so times this motorcycle crash trick is tried, 99 or so fail catastrophically, and then on the other hand the whole world sees half a dozen or so Russian (or Belarus or whatever) automobile video cam recordings of a meteorite exploding in the atmosphere, and what are the chances of that being recorded before insurance scams made Russian car video camcorders as necessary as insurance coverage? Zero, that's what. So this could happen and it is not so easily automatically dismissed as faked.