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Massive Multi-Vehicle Pileup Caught on Video

PileUp

A snow storm in Forest Lake, MN, caused a massive multi-vehicle pileup this morning that was caught on video.

The storm that caused all the havoc produced from 6-7 inches of snow, and the temperature quickly plummeted once the storm subsided heading rapidly for the nasty side of zero degrees Fahrenheit.

Car Smashes into Grocery Store Hitting Baby Carriage – Video

OMG!…This action packed video shows a car smashing into a Publix grocery store and mowing down five adults and a baby carriage in the process.

Most of the action takes place within the first six seconds of the vid. About 50-60 seconds into the video you will be able to see the car cruising through the store still taking out store displays along the way. At 1:45 into the video several shoppers and store employees lift up one side of the car to free an 83-year-old man who was pinned under the vehicle.

Although you cannot see the details because everything happens so quickly, this video depicts a violent scene of five luckless victims and a baby carriage being wiped out by the speeding auto, which was traveling about 50 miles per hour according to witnesses. Why would anyone be driving 50 mph in the parking lot of a Publix grocery store?

Do not watch this video if you are squeamish.

Ten people including a baby in the baby carriage were injured during the accident which occurred Saturday, April 14th, in the central Florida town of Palm Coast.

The driver, 76-year-old Thelma Wagenhoffer, was charged with careless driving after she drove her 2004 Toyota Camry through the entrance of the Publix grocery store plowing her vehicle into a crowd of people and store displays.

Investigators determined that the car’s brakes were working properly, which may rule out mechanical problems as a cause. However, the car is a Toyota Camry, which has a history of autos accelerating by themselves. This video may prove that Toyotas still have problems with sticking gas pedals. Amazingly, it is difficult to believe that no one was killed in this incident, especially the baby in the baby carriage.

Neighbors claim that Wagenhoffer is normally a good driver, and that she would not answer her door to speak to reporters.

“Yeah, its bad…it’s a bad deal…its really got her tore up,” said one neighbor who declined being identified. “She never said a word. I don’t think she knows what happened to tell you the truth. I think she just had a bad experience, bad accident, bad day.”

Longleat Jungle Monkeys Dismantle Mercedes – Video

Nearly 100 Macaque monkeys descend upon a Mercedes estate wagon and begin to dismantle and tear up as much of the vehicle as they are able. The Macaques are residents of Monkey Jungle in the Longleat Wildlife Park, Wiltshire County, in Southwest England.

Monkey Jungle has been closed to the public recently while the primates’ enclosure was redeveloped. The staff placed the Mercedes into the enclosure ahead of the grand re-opening this very weekend with a purpose of getting the monkey’s used to being around cars once again.

From the results of the experiment, it seems that the Macaques still have a long way to go before their behavior approaches anything resembling proper manners.

The simian imps rapidly removed wheel covers, rearview mirrors and comcletely tore apart any luggage they could get their hands on.

Have a look:

It seems that any park visitors may be in for some serious macaque trouble once the Monkey Enclosure re-opens, judging by the likes of this experiment.

Longleat safari park opened in 1966 and claims status as the first such attraction outside Africa.

 

Mel Gibson Smashes Car, in Trouble Again

Actor, director and movie producer Mel Gibson smashed his 2008 Maserati into a Malibu hillside on Sunday evening, landing the celebrity in hot water with the police and the media again.

Mel has had nothing but negative publicity the last few weeks over his child custody battle with ex-girl friend Oksana Grigorieva, and this fender bender will not help his image any.

Strangely enough the California Highway Patrol (CHiPs) states that Gibson was not under the influence at the time of the accident, a fact that astounds virtually anyone who has recently followed Gibson’s exploits in the news.

“He doesn’t know how his car drifted,” said CHiPs Officer Miguel Luevano. Despite the fact that his car had to be towed from the scene, Gibson was uninjured.

In a 2006 arrest for a DUI Gibson launched an oral diatribe against the arresting officer that included anti-semitic remarks. Gibson is currently under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for domesitc violence.

Dad Saves Baby’s Life in Near Death Accident – Caught on Video

Andrew Leich miraculously saved his 4-month-old son Hayden’s life when a driver, who had suffered a heart attack at the wheel, lost control of her vehicle and, while traveling around 45 mph (70 km/h), plowed into a group of pedestrians on the sidewalk in Penrith, West Sydney, Australia.

The vehicle sent most of the pedestrians flying, but it pinned Andrew and Hayden to the front of a real estate broker’s office, as shown in the photo above. Andrew and Hayden are highlighted inside the circle in the photo.

Leich says he will never forget the miraculous moment when he saved his son. “I don’t have to be reminded of it, it’s more or less the first thing that comes up in my mind straight away. It just goes ‘ting’ first thing (when I awake in the morning),” he said.

Leich had no time to think and said he reacted instinctively to protect Hayden as the car bore down upon his family. Moments before the car hit them, Leich had managed to turn slightly shielding Hayden from the power of the collision.

“I can take the hit, that’s what I was thinking, I can repair, there’s no way he’s gonna repair,” said Leich. “So I thought if they hit the back of me, that’s fixable. He’s not fixable.”

Michael Ball, the owner of the real estate office the vehicle crashed into was also on the sidewalk beginning to enter his office when the incident unfolded. As he saw the vehicle hurtling toward him he jumped back out of its path, thereby saving himself, but he also witnessed the entire accident. “It was amazing that he actually didn’t let go of the child at all,” said Ball. “The whole time he had his son in his arms and just didn’t let go.”

Leich’s instincts were correct because Hayden survived the ordeal without a scratch.

The accident occurred on July 2, 2008, but the video was just released this week. Leich was walking with his son, his mum, Caroline Leich, and his father, David Leich.

In the video Leich states that after he realized his son was unharmed, he immediately worried about his parents. In the photo above inside the highlighted circle, Leich’s mum, Caroline, can be seen flying by after being struck by the runaway car.

Both Caroline and David Leigh were rushed to the hospital in critical condition, but they have since recovered after spending months in the hospital. Leich and the car’s driver’s injuries were not critical in nature, and they too have recovered.

Leich now feels happy every time he looks at his son. “He’s lucky to be here, but in a way… he wasn’t meant to go that day, neither was mum, neither was dad,” he said.

Citations

1) “Crash video of father saving baby emerges.” 9News. http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/1050641/crash-video-of-father-saving-baby-emerges. Retrieved 5/17/2010

2) “Miracle Crash.” A Current Affair – MSN. http://video.au.msn.com/watch/video/miracle-crash/xupdmdx. Retrieved 5/17/2010

Fool Torches Car at Gas Pump – Caught on Video

    A motorist pumping gas at a Kentucky gas station unintentionally set his car on fire in Versailles, Kentucky, which is near Lexington. The motorist was fortunate to escape uninjured.
      No he wasn’t smoking and his cell phone did not spark the fire either, but he did enter and exit his vehicle repeatedly while pumping gas. That is all that it takes to set your vehicle and yourself ablaze while pumping gas.

        The police officer in the video explained how you might set your vehicle and yourself on fire just by entering and exiting your vehicle while pumping gas. According to News.Discovery.com leaving your car running while pumping gas can also start a fire.

        Why and how? “Because a running car generates heat and heat can induce the separation of charges in the atoms or molecules of materials. Separation of charges in the atoms or molecules of materials causes static electricity, an accumulation of charges that desperately needs to discharge. Frequently that discharge feels like a little shock. But if you’re near flammable gasoline fumes, that little charge can spark a flame.” That is straight from Discovery News at http://news.discovery.com/tech/car-catches-fire-at-gas-pump.html.

        The signs on the gas pumps telling you to shut down your engine and not to re-enter your vehicle while pumping gas are there for a reason. But it seems there are still a few folks who need to learn the hard way.

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        Funny Midas Auto Repair Radio Scam

        The following podcast touches home because we have all been there. The auto mechanic makes his pitch and we usually do not know enough about auto mechanics, so we don’t know whether to believe him or disbelieve him.

        Podcast-It’s like watching a video with your eyes closed!

        Give a listen:

        You know you can never have too much headlight fluid on hand. You just run of out of that stuff so quickly.

        The following is a transcript of the radio skit for those who like to read along:

        MD: Hello?
        A: Hi, is Michelle Depalma there please?
        MD: this is her
        MD: Hello?
        A: Hi, is Michelle Depalma there please?
        MD: this is her
        A: Hi, Michelle, Alan here from Midas auto care.
        MD: Hi, Alan
        A: Hi, uh, looking at your car, you brought it in for an alignment and a tune up.
        MD: Yes I did.
        A: yeah, we found a few more problems here, just preventive maintenence, just wanna run ’em by you see what you think.
        MD: okay.
        A: Just making sure you want these done. First of all the headlights: the headlight fluid is a little low, we’re gonna need to top that off
        MD: Alright.
        A: and it’ll probably be, it depends: do you want the halogen fluid or the regular fluid.
        MD: Umm….well how much do they run?
        A: well, it’s about 10 bucks or 30 bucks…it’s a question of quality really; I really wouldn’t skip out, I’d go with the halogen.
        MD: the halogen is better?
        A: yeah.
        MD: okay…and you said that was a bout $30
        A: yeah. each headlight.
        MD: each headlight? so…$60.
        A: yeah.
        MD: okay, we can go ahead and do that.
        A: okay, I’ll mark that off, good call, Michelle. Okay, Tires…I don’t even know how this happened, this is weird. Somehow the left tires got on the right and the right tires got on the left, so you want us to switch those back around for you?
        MD: Um, yeah, is that dangerous?
        A: oh yeah. I mean, be thankful the front weren’t on the back and the back on the front. That could cause a real headache.
        MD: Oh gosh!
        A: well, sometimes the servicemen get confused if you’ve had it in for service recently.
        MD Well how much is that gonna cost?
        A: That’s gonna be about $50 per tire
        MD: Per tire?
        A: But we don’t need to do the spare, that we can leave alone.
        MD: yeah, we don’t need to do the spare…so $100?
        A: Yeah $200.
        MD: Oh $200
        A: yeah, $50 a tire and you’ll be thankful. Imagine you’re going down Southfield and whammo you hit a pothole? big problems. yeah
        MD: okay, alright we can do that
        A: And the biggest problem here, uh, my guy checked it out, I don’t know, last time you were in for service, how long do you think it’s been since you’ve had your car checked out.
        MD: ummm, I don’t know, maybe a month ago?
        A: yeah, I don’t know how this happened, maybe when you parked it in a mall or maybe in service, someone removed the transmission.
        MD: the transmission?
        A: yeah, it’s just gone.
        MD: don’t you need that to…
        A: well you …it improves gas mileage, but…you really probably need one. You want us to install one for ya?
        MD: well, yeah, if I really need one, but how much is that gonna cost me?
        A: well, it’s gonna be a bit, I’d actually get 2 for this kind of car
        MD: okay, 2? how much is that gonna be.
        A: How often do you drive in reverse?
        MD: umm…I guess just when I back out of my driveway
        A: okay, can you park in the street maybe?
        MD: yeah, I could probably do that.
        A: okay, because no reverse function that’ll save you a few hundred right there.
        MD: oh it will?
        A: yeah, especially if you’re getting 2 transmissions.
        MD: ok.
        A: so, there’s one last thing, and this is purely cosmetic, and I don’t know if it matters to you, we noticed in your car that the cigarette lighter was missing?
        MD: yeah it is
        A: we can throw that in no charge, we can throw that in
        MD: oh really?
        A: yeah, do you want that. That’ll just be $70 installation, but we won’t charge you for the cigarette lighter.
        MD: oh …okay, well…how much is everything going to be together.
        A: uuh…let me run up a total here …let’s see, we’ve got the tires, halogen fluid, lighter installation, 8, 3, 6, carry the 2..and add that in there, labor..okay, this is great, not too much damage in there, we’re talking $2443,
        MD: Oh my god
        A: and that’s great because the cigarette lighter you have in there is not a very expensive one.
        MD: oh, well, I need to call my dad to see if I can borrow some of the money
        A; sure
        MD: …to help pay for it. Could I call you back?
        A: yeah, actually we might have someone here who can help you when you call back
        A’: yeah, when you call us back can you call us at the new Q95. This is Mojo in the morning and you’re the victim of a phone scam.
        MD: OH!

        More Funny Automobile Bloopers and Misadventures – Videos

        When folks get behind the wheel these days, look out! Whether it is because of stupidity, carelessness, drunkenness or cell phone texting, people are screwing up more and more these days when they hit the roadways.

        Although many of the accidents that are caught on film result in tragedy, we prefer to dwell on the funny incidents because humor is a lot more fun than a broken neck.

        VW micro buses were all the rage back in the 1960’s and ’70’s. They have been around since then, but they simply have not been all that popular. In the late 1960’s they were a status symbol, a sign that you were a part of the hippie generation because many of the flower children drove across the USA in a VW micro bus.

        They were usually painted in psychedelic colors and were major players in the automotive experiences of the hippie generation.

        Volkswagen did not forget how popular their micro bus was back then, and a few years ago the company previewed a concept car based on that micro bus from the ’60’s and ’70’s.

        If the above photo is any proof, the concept car made it all the way to the production line. Yes, it appears from this photo that the bus is back.

        The design makes perfect sense in these days of high priced gasoline and is certainly a sign of the times. You can be sure this new VW only sips the petrol.

        Almost everyone who sees this photo says it’s cute. That means that women drivers would be the natural market for this vehicle. You could watch for more of them at a VW dealer near you. But the problem with that is that Volkswagen insists that they know nothing about the vehicle.

        Even in Germany, the closest vehicle you can find similar to this car is the VW Fox, which is nowhere as cute as this car is. If you like it, call Volkswagen and tell them you want to buy one. If they built one, they must have built others that are out there…somewhere.

        Now, for our first video–you know what kids do. They build a ramp that they can use to jump things with their skateboard, and naturally they leave it in the street in front of their house. Kids will be kids and they don’t understand that bad things are likely to happen when something like this is left in the street.

        The driver never noticed the skateboard ramp in the street and…well, watch and see for yourself:

        Oh too bad! The car did not actually tip over. But, we all know that this scenario could have gone a lot worse.

        Just imagine how the driver must have felt. He’s tooling along, probably talking on his cell phone, maybe late for an appointment, and, if he is like most drivers, his mind is anywhere but concentrating on what’s right in front of him. Suddenly his car rides up on only two wheels just like in a stunt car show. Wouldn’t that be a shocker!

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        In the next vid we have an Evel Knievel wannabe let his buddy drive a car over his forearm because that’s not really gonna hurt is it? Naah! Of course not!

        Well, I cannot understand how that hurt the kid’s arm. Let’s see…drive a 3500 pound vehicle over a human arm? That shouldn’t hurt, should it?

        Wait till this kid gets to school to tell his buddies what he did. “You drove the car over your arm? No Way!”

        “Yes, Way! Check out the video pal. See! And I’m still alive. Of course, my arm’s in a cast, but so what! Now I’m an Internet hero.”

        Well, we all know that a broken arm is a small price to pay for immortality on the Internet. I can see the high school class year book now. “Mike Smith: Let Jonesey drive a car over his forearm. Most likely to become the next Evel Knievel.”

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        Okay! I feel guilty about the car in the first video not tipping over so I’m going to try to make it up to you…maybe.

        In the next video what could possibly go wrong. The driver is entering a fenced location through a steel gate, and people enter premises like that through steel gates every day. What could go wrong?

        What indeed! Watch!

        Lady! Next time try to remember to keep the shiny side up!

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        We have saved the best for last, at least in our opinion. In our last video, a young woman attempts to fill her car with gas, which is usually a simple procedure. But today it isn’t.

        For those of you who are unfamiliar with Laurel and Hardy movies, this is the type of situation that Stan Laurel and Ollie Hardy used to get themselves into constantly. Most of their humor consisted of sight gags very similar to this one.

        I have watched this video several times and I still laugh out loud every time I see it.

        Did you notice at the very end of the clip she is still struggling with the hose trying to bring it back again to the wrong side of the car. If only she would turn her car around, all would be fine, but she doesn’t seem to understand that.

        Try Funny Automotive Bloopers and Misadventures I

        Funny Automotive Bloopers and Misadventures

        Our video depicts a female bus driver who unwittingly sets out to experience an off road adventure, but she is not in an SUV. No, she is driving a bus, but it is still an adventure and it is definitely off road.

        When I first watched the video of this woman bus driver, I suspected that it was fake. The bus must drive right over one or two cars parked in the parking lot for this video to be authentic, and that alone screamed of unlikely authenticity.

        However, after watching it several times, I noticed that other vehicles which were in the first part of the video, when the camera was aimed where the bus was headed, were also in the second half of the video. Those vehicles were the same color, shape and size plus their location was the same too.

        Sadly for the bus driver, this video appears to be real. But it probably no longer matters to her because it is unlikely that she is still working at that job. Would you keep her on after seeing her drive in that video?

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        Perhaps Parachute and Hang Glider Bloopers?
        Japanese Baseball Humor?

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        Funny News Reporter Bloopers

        TV news reporters are responsible for some hilarious bloopers that usually just end up on the editing room floor without anyone getting the opportunity to laugh at them. Well fortunately, we have managed to rescue a select few. All of our videos are short, so please do not worry about your time commitment.

        You folks living in warm weather cities do not know how much fun you are missing by not getting any snow. In our first video the reporter is doing a story about the hidden dangers for kids when they hang around the snow plow. It is one of my favorites. Have a look:

        I have watched that one several times and I still laugh out loud every time I watch it.

        *****

        Remember comedian George Carlin’s skit about the seven words you cannot say on TV? When it comes to reporters, there are many more taboo words than just seven. The reporter in this next video mistakenly lets out a major slip of the tongue, and he gets a bit flushed because of his error. Watch:

        I certainly hope that Miss Nevada is able to get her tittle back. I think that it is a significant aspect to her charm. In fact I cannot imagine how she would look without it.

        Don’t you think that The Donald should give her tittle back? C’mon, Donald! Give that poor girl her tittle back. The nerve of some control freaks, wanting to keep the tittles all for themselves.

        *****

        You really have to feel sorry for the reporter in this next video. This poor girl never saw that train coming. As it says in the beginning of the video: No light fixtures were harmed during the making of this video. We don’t want the electricians’ union mad at us.

        I could be wrong, but I smell a law suit here. As for the medical condition of the reporter, I only know that she did not die. Wish I could tell you more.

        *****

        We have room for just one more blooper. It has nothing to do with reporters, but it fits in here very well.


        Somebody seems to have mistaken the house for the garage. This is happening all too frequently these days. What do you want to bet that the driver was texting someone at the time of the accident?

        Maybe it was about their horoscope. It might have gone something like this: “BFF. HORSCOP SZ SMTHNG DRAMATC ROUND NX CRNR.” Of course, they didn’t know it was the Jones’ doublewide.

        No, Mabel. That garage remote cannot lift the Jones house off its foundation, although the Dodge almost can. Next time drive around the thing, will you pulleeze?

        Imagine the poor Joneses sitting down to dinner. “Honey. Look who’s coming to dinner. It’s Mabel.”

        “Mabel, dear. So glad you dropped in. Maybe next time you could call first. George, I think the dog is trapped under the transmission…George! Where are you George? You’re under the transmission too? Do you think AAA handles something like this, George?…George?!”

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        Redneck Car Surfing Videos

        It is car surfing and it is huge on Youtube.com. Of course, it is not the brightest young men who are doing it. You might say kids with the classic redneck mentality are the ones who embrace it.

        Yes sir! I am going to get myself a $35,000 vehicle, saddle myself with $600 monthly payments, and then I am going to foolishly crash that truck into a phone pole. This is so much fun! Why didn’t I think of this before?

        Perhaps once this genius realizes the error of his ways, he will steal someone else’s vehicle to use for such pranks. However, that will not pay for his hospitalization expenses. Hopefully, he has good insurance.

        Below is another genius car surfer reportedly driving at 70 mph.

        Well, at least that one survived and didn’t even crash. Who knows how he braked the vehicle.

        Here is one more, and this one is slightly safer, but still very dangerous. I guess boys will be boys.

        Notice how the license plate is clearly visible in all of the videos. An enterprising police officer could quite easily go after these young men, if he wanted.

        Check out Saudi Arabian car surfing
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        Road Sign Bloopers

        Ah, the road sign is an integral part of automotive society. It is generally taken for granted and is usually not the subject of further study–unless, of course, it contains a glaring error. In which case, we all will take enormous delight in wallowing amongst the verbal sludge cast about during the ensuing debate over the merits of our highways’ road sign etiquette.

        You may have to study these examples somewhat to notice the error of the sign maker’s ways. But that merely adds to your pleasure once you discover the gaffe.

        Encountering such mistakes is quite rare in this age of digital signage because the sign makers make far fewer errors thanks to their spell checking software.

        Perhaps the second sign really has no error but is correctly directing the motorist to the location of the “Keap.” If you want to go to the “Keap,” turn right.

        My guess is that you really cannot get there from here anyway. But the more nagging question is, do you really want to get there?

        We will have to leave that debate to a different posting and limit our concern to the more political issue of: if you acquiesce to the sign’s command and do keep right, does that brand you as a right wing conservative, or merely label you as prudent? And, is there a difference between the two?

        More sign humor…