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Teesa
07-21-2004, 11:59 PM
I saw a video clip where a guy is blowing up an inflatible raft. His son jumps on the raft causing the guy's head to explode. It looks so real, but it doesn't seem plausible. Anyone know if this could really happen? Thanks!

Telemark
07-22-2004, 12:07 AM
Wouldn't the air go into the guy's lungs or stomach? Why would you think his head should explode?

SandWriter
07-22-2004, 12:08 AM
Anyone know if this could really happen? Thanks!

Hey Teesa,

We saw the same video at work. We came to the following conclusions.

1) The valve on most blowup boats is a one way valve, so the air wouldn't even flow out of the raft after the kid jumps on it.

2) Supposing that the valve failed, the size of the tube would limit the amount of air coming out, and the weight of the child wouldn't be enough force to cause any damage.

3) Supposing that the valve failed and the kid weighed more and the tube could have let more air out, then the cheeks or lungs would blow out before the sinus's would blow out.

4) Supposing that the valve failed, the kid weighed more, the tube could let out more air, the cheeks held together, the lungs held together, the man just had some sort of surgery where his sinuses and/or skull were fragile, then yes, it could happen.

5) But what are the chances that all that happened, AND someone was videotaping at the same time?

So we concluded that it was staged, but we also agreed it was funny.

Bryan Ekers
07-22-2004, 12:09 AM
This wouldn't have been a cartoon, would it?

Teesa
07-22-2004, 12:09 AM
Wouldn't the air go into the guy's lungs or stomach? Why would you think his head should explode?

I didn't think this up myself, I actually *saw* a video clip of a guy's head exploding. It didn't look fake, so I was wondering if this was even remotely possible...

Teesa
07-22-2004, 12:12 AM
Bryan--it wasn't a cartoon

SandWriter--it just looks so real *shudder* Not like the guy was really a dummy or something. Plus, I think it was from the "Faces of Death" series--aren't those supposed to be real?

Bryan Ekers
07-22-2004, 12:16 AM
Bryan--it wasn't a cartoon

I really think you need to double-check.

SandWriter
07-22-2004, 12:16 AM
SandWriter--it just looks so real *shudder* Not like the guy was really a dummy or something. Plus, I think it was from the "Faces of Death" series--aren't those supposed to be real?

The man's lungs would blow out before his head exploded in such a dramatic fashion.

I don't know where it came from, but I have seen many websited debunking some of the scenes from faces of death. Like this one for example...

http://sptimes.com/News/102600/Weekend/Lifting_the_mask_from.shtml

Padeye
07-22-2004, 12:17 AM
Not really plausible. Things burst at the weak points under pressure. The weak point in this case would be the subject's mouth on the inflation tube. There could be severe injury but there are a lot of things that would let go before a head would explose. You'd get the Dizzy Gillespe cheek thing but serious damage points might be eardrums and lungs.

SandWriter
07-22-2004, 12:18 AM
[QUOTE=SandWriter]...websited... [QUOTE]

websiteS that is...

pkbites
07-22-2004, 12:19 AM
It's fake. But it's really funny. (knowing that it's fake makes it funny). It is a good hoax video, though.

Teesa, you gotta stop believing what you're seeing on stileproject.com .
Much of it is fake......but fun!;)

Teesa
07-22-2004, 12:26 AM
pkbites--I got it from Kazaa, but it did indeed say stileproject.com on the video ^^;

Thanks everyone! I feel much better now *lol*

Revtim
07-22-2004, 08:32 AM
I really think you need to double-check.I've seen it too; take my word for it, it was not a cartoon, but a clever live-action bit. Just a joke video made for people to email to each other for amusement.

clayton_e
07-22-2004, 10:44 AM
I saw another short film called "Bus Dodge 2000" or something like that..

A guy starts in front of the camera, runs in the direction of a street, passes in front of a car (which barely misses him but doesn't swerve even one inch, my only bit of evidence that it is fake) then tosses himself onto the ground as a bus zips just a hair above him. He quickly jumps back up and runs back in the direction of the camera.

Fake. I know. How was it done, though? Anyone else see it or can find it? I think its been long since deleted on my pc.

Revtim
07-22-2004, 11:16 AM
Anyone else see it or can find it? I think its been long since deleted on my pc.
http://myjokemail.com/content/modules/mydownloads/singlefile.php?cid=1&lid=149

Revtim
07-22-2004, 11:57 AM
I found the origin of the video mention in the OP.

It's from http://theviralfactory.com/. Click Gallery, and it's the last one in the left column, "Headrush".

If you click "see case study", you'll read that it was created as a "viral" marketing technique.

Bryan Ekers
07-22-2004, 01:30 PM
I've seen it too; take my word for it, it was not a cartoon, but a clever live-action bit. Just a joke video made for people to email to each other for amusement.

I know, I'm just heaping on the condescension.

Shade
07-22-2004, 02:15 PM
It doesn't look real to me. It doesn't look faked - in that I don't see obvious cuts, etc - but it doesn't look real: you'd expect blood, not sawdust, surely?

Earl Snake-Hips Tucker
07-22-2004, 02:31 PM
I saw a video clip where a guy is blowing up an inflatible raft. His son jumps on the raft causing the guy's head to explode. It looks so real, but it doesn't seem plausible. Anyone know if this could really happen? Thanks!

It probably wasn't backflow from the air in the raft; rather, it was more likely a case of the Hyper-Cerebral Electrosys. (http://mit.edu/~mkgray/head-explode.html)

As you can see, this has been documented a number of times.

spingears
07-22-2004, 02:46 PM
It probably wasn't backflow from the air in the raft; rather, it was more likely a case of the Hyper-Cerebral Electrosys. (http://mit.edu/~mkgray/head-explode.html)
As you can see, this has been documented a number of times.

The link to Matthew K. Gray's home page at: <http://boardgamestuff.com/gray/homepage/>
clearly states that this is a hoax.

Aside from that, the inflation nozzle will not pass sufficient air to cause any signifigant physical damage to the facial structure. Now inserting an air pressure hose nozzel could very easily. High pressure air is a dangerous tool not a toy.

Earl Snake-Hips Tucker
07-22-2004, 02:52 PM
Um, gee, thanks for setting the record straight. I'm not sure anyone would have figured that out.

Revtim
07-22-2004, 03:00 PM
Why is there still debate over whether it is real or not? I provided a link to the actual creators of the video in my last post, where it is clearly stated it was created as a marketing technique.

KP
07-22-2004, 03:55 PM
Wow, all that 'scientific' analysis, and no one wondered why the *boat* wouldn't pop before a bony skull would explode clean off the neck? I bet a lot of us have even *seen* an inflatable pop in use or during inflation.

Rikster
07-22-2004, 10:54 PM
I remember some years back in those strong man contests they would blow up old fashion water bottles. I was said if you lost control it would blow back and burst your lungs. It looked tough considering how thick the rubber was on those

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