Today's Schadenfreude Special: Winter Wonderland Edition

Submitted by: squrlz4ever 1 month ago in Funny


Snow, bald tires, and a short temper are a bad combination.
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Male 4,244
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Male 1,432
He could have backed out of the spot haha
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Male 755
I made brussels's sprouts with butter and a new jalapeno garlic. They were delicious. Discuss.
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Male 6,092
toetagmodel2 That does sound yummy, as a matter of fact.
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Female 4,732
What amazed me the most is how this guy films him suffering, and laughs and doesn't go and help him out. Also, same goes fro all those guys that drove past him.
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Male 6,092
emmettyville Yes, Monk was saying much the same thing below.

I was thinking it over, and it's finally occurred to me why some are immediately responding with "Why didn't he help?!" and some aren't. It's a reflection of life in the city. This video takes place in a major city and having lived in central Philly for years, I can tell you that people don't help others out nearly as often as they do in rural communities.

There's a reason for this: When you are surrounded by hundreds of people and other animals on a daily basis, most of whom you don't know and will never see again, you quickly suffer Good Samaritan fatigue. On a snowy or icy morning on my way into work, either by cab or on foot, if I were to have stopped to assist every person in some degree of need, I would never have gotten to work. The city norm--partly out of a need to simply function--is to not jump in and help someone out unless you know him.

Now I live in a rural area. Were someone to be in a similar situation out here, I can guarantee every other passerby would be offering assistance. Heck, I've even had drivers slow down while I'm running in the rain and ask me if I wanted a ride home. (Then again, they may have thought I looked tasty and were planning to put me in a deep-fat fryer. As a squirrel, you can never be too careful.)
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Female 4,732
squrlz4ever I wasn't just me. I was sitting here watching this, and while it was on, 4 people walked past me separately, stayed for 20 seconds or so and said "why doesn't someone help him?" and then walked off.
I don't know about the city country thing though, I used to live in the city, and have always been kind, now live in the country, and there are heaps of assholes here...
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Male 6,092
emmettyville Perhaps this is some kind of moral test. Kind of like that white-and-gold or blue-and-black dress a while back. Those who say, "Why isn't he helping?" go to Heaven, and those who laugh go someplace else.

I'm gonna burn!  O.O
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Female 4,732
squrlz4ever there must be room for rodents in heaven.
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Male 6,092
emmettyville Well... maybe someday I'll find out. All I know is there's a persistent rumor that Dog Heaven is the same place as Squirrel Hell.
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Female 4,732
squrlz4ever if gods supposed to be all 'loving' etc, how the hell does that work for animals that eat each other, and for humans in heaven? 
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Male 273

He just doesn't know how to drive a Jeep.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Il8DDRiXjTo

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Male 6,092
abetterworld They need a whispered disclaimer at the end of that ad: "Car in this commercial had good tires. Driving a Jeep with bald tires will mean your vehicle won't be able to do jack shit in snow. Your mileage may vary."
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Male 4,236
I keep spare pieces of carpet in the trunk and a mini-shovel.  Carpet under tires = traction when stuck.
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Male 6,092
kalron27 That's a good tip. Another technique is carrying some cat litter, as Daegog suggests--or even better, some sand (which won't turn to a muddy clay, as cat litter can).
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Male 484
in the UK we possibly get it worse.  Not snow, of course we get less snow, but there is the issue, we have snow so infrequently that people are totally and utterly inept in it.

I struggle to understand how people can have no idea, no clue whatsoever, of how badly snow will affect the handling of a car.  They cannot get started, they cannot go round corners, they cannot maintain a safe separation distance, they certainly cannot stop and they cannot route plan how to avoid areas that are likely to be impassible.

I drive a Range Rover on all season tyres.  They aren't anything like as good as snow or winter tyres but they have a decent tread and perform ok.  Providing you don't try to be Colin McRea on a rally stage you can quite happily potter around on significant levels of snow without too much fuss.

But...  the driving I see when it snows....  People allow no room for error - they treat it like rain.  They have no concept that even on gritted roads, you might get a section of compacted snow or ice so you have to treat the whole road as icy.  And when did people stop 'doing their bit'?  Clear the ice and snow from your bit of the world and then everyone can get their cars out in the morning.
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Male 6,092
wibble4321 I'm with you on all of that.

One thing I was taught many years ago in driver ed is how little contact your car has with the road. The contact surface of a tire is about the same as a man's shoe. A grown man of 180 lbs has two of those contact surfaces for traction. A large car or SUV weighs about 5,000 lbs and has the equivalent of just four shoes' contact with the road. That isn't much at all, obviously, and just a little change in the road surface or the speed of the vehicle can have enormous consequences.

When I see knuckleheads flying down wet or icy roads at unsafe speeds, it is obvious to me they've never stopped to consider this fact.
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Male 4,771
Silly noobs.

In the winter time, you should just keep a 10 pound bag of cat litter in your car and this will not happen to you.
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Male 1,136
4 wheel drive is no replacement for lack of skills.

This guy is going to kill someone - odds are it won't be himself, though.

As for kindness, the best thing someone could have done would be to take the man's keys until he learns how to drive.
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Male 6,092
punko Punko, you really made me laugh. Yeah, I'm leaning toward your side of the fence. As the videographer comments, this man goes into full-on road-rage territory. I really would hesitate before lending a paw.
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Male 7,843
i don't know what's worse.  That he couldn't get out quicker, or that the guy taking the video was too lazy to go out and give him a push.  A little kindness could have gone a long way, but apparently the video creator was thinking selfishly (maybe of youtube revenue).
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Male 4
monkwarrior 

Just joined, love the stuff coming out, just have a thought on this.. have you driven in snow like this, coming from the third most snowfall in the U.S. last I've seen. It's a circus everywhere cause people are inherently dumb. Ignorant. Whatever. And as soon as snow hits the ground it's either a free for all or people who can actually drive in it. Either way it sucks and you gotta deal.... hopefully better than this guy. Still laughing. Just back out!!!!
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Male 6,092
dutch2oo6 Hey, Dutch! Welcome to IAB. I'm delighted you took the plunge and made an account. Be sure to upload an avatar sometime in the next week or two so it'll be easier for everyone to recognize you and get to know you.

One thing this video definitely proves, in my opinion: In the snow, a two-wheel drive car with good tires is a lot better than a four-wheel drive car with bald ones.

Here's the IAB Welcome Wagon. It's customary that we pull it out when a new person comes aboard. *squeak squeak squeak squeak squeak*

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Male 6,092
monkwarrior Yeah, I'm kind of on the fence about that one. I suppose you're right and the videographer ought to have lent a hand, but as Roland has pointed out, when someone is screaming profanity at the top of his lungs, the natural tendency is to keep your distance.
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Male 7,843
squrlz4ever any intelligent person could see why: because he's stuck, and no one is helping him.  my natrual tendency would be to help because that much is obvious.
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Male 369
monkwarrior You are incorrect regarding "any intelligent person".  An intelligent person knows that any reasonable person, if not offered help, will first attempt  ask for help in a civil manner, barring a true emergency.  Blind rage is not a normal response to a situation.  In my life I have never witnessed when screaming has been productive in a non-life threatening situation.  I am always eager to help a person in need, but I grew up with a father who would explode over minor problems.  I learned early that I can't help someone after they have already gone into emotional tantrum mode.  Maybe after they calm down like a big boy.
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Male 7,843
Roland sorry, but a little kindness goes a long way.
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Male 369
monkwarrior Thank you for the cliche wisdom.  My point still stands.
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Male 7,843
Roland only to people who are stuck up with themselves, or who is too afraid to reach out and help another.  Thanks.
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Male 4,244
monkwarrior we all try to help you, but you refuse help
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Male 7,843
rumham i don't need help o'flotyhamie
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Male 4,244
monkwarrior many people in need claim they don't need help, i'm here for you brother
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Male 7,843
rumham good to know, i'll be sure to reach out if needed
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Male 739
monkwarrior Looks like they could have helped before it escalated.  Pretty sure most of us have probably lost our cool at one time or another.  
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Male 6,092
monkwarrior Well, good on you. Sounds like you have the heart of a Good Samaritan.
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Male 4,244
squrlz4ever yes if only we all could strive to be more like Monkwarrior then all the worlds problems go away
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Male 6,092
rumham I'm going to throw you for a loop here perhaps. People (and squirrels) are contradictions. While Monk can be maddening to debate with on here, I'm perfectly open to the idea that he could be more generous of his time, and more willing to help a person in need, than most of us.

I know my friendliness to Monk on some levels irks HolyGod and perhaps you find it inexplicable. I don't know what to say other than part of me finds parts of his personality relatable. Perhaps it's because I have some major reservation about society's current values, as does he.

Generally speaking, I'm able to find enough I like about virtually everyone on here that I can usually get along with them. There's one exception to that rule. Let's not name names, but I know you know to whom I'm referring. I sometimes try with that individual, but there are just so many layers of deceit there that I recoil.

But anyway: Yeah, I kind of get Monk, if you will. Granted, there are a number of topics I've learned to steer clear of. Beyond those, there's some good things: He likes animals, always speaks out against cruelty, and hates materialism and superficiality.

As for you? You're my go-to buddy for absurdist humor. :)
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Male 4,244
squrlz4ever you seem to be over-thinking tiny small things. everything is fluff. 
live now have fun now. be serious when your dead, i still upvote you and love your sense of easy speaking.  rock on. sorry i used to squirrel hunt. :O
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Male 6,092
rumham You remind me of a saying of David Lee Roth: "Don't sweat the little stuff. Everything is little stuff." Alas, overthinking things seems to be my nature.

I forgive you your squirrel hunting. You can make amends by tossing some unsalted peanuts to a local squirrel someday.
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Male 369
If he would have stopped screaming like a psycho maybe someone would have offered to give him a push.
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Male 392
He's not even stuck. A little fines and he's out in 2 seconds. Get angry, more attitude and more power turns no problem into a big problem. Turn the wheel right back up a foot turn wheel left and go or turn wheel left and back up and go down hill.
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Male 6,092
taxidriver I agree. I was shaking my head in disbelief the whole time. The driver seemed to have no clue as to how handle this. My favorite part was when he tells the motorist who gives him a courtesy "beep" for his own safety, "Fuck you!" LOL!
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