July 26, 2012 2 Comments
So, apparently, there’s a small percentage of drivers out there who clearly swerve to hit animals on purpose. Can’t say I’m that surprised, but it is sad and disturbing. Via Gizmodo:
Our friend Mark Rober from NASA makes some awesome videos, but this science experiment must be his best yet. He basically showed that six percent of the drivers out there are sadistic animal killers.
This is what he did:
• He alternatively placed a rubber animal—and a leaf as a control object—on the shoulder of a road: a turtle, a snake, or a spider.
• He watched one thousand cars pass by and annotated the drivers’ reaction.
The results are quite surprising.
He found out that 94 percent of drivers did what anyone in their sane mind would do: keep driving on their lane. Remember that the animals were on the road’s shoulder, way outside their driving path. They didn’t pose any danger whatsoever to the drivers’ safety.
On the other hand, six percent went out of the driving lane to run over the animals. Think about that: sixty out of one thousand drivers actually went out of their way to kill a living thing that didn’t represent any danger to their lives—and risking their own lives in the process, no less. Six percent were just cruel because they could be. For their own sadistic pleasure, I can only imagine.
I can understand the snakes, but anybody who would run over a turtle is just a psychopath. Some more fun figures:
Oh, and two more things:
• 89 percent of the 6 percent were SUV drivers.
• Mark repeated the study “on a smaller scale on a secluded road leading up to a gun club by my house. Turns out, if you’re a turtle, snake or tarantula, your chances are almost (but not quite) double of getting run over there.”
Well, as I’m not a fan of either SUV’s or gun clubs, I cannot say I’m surprised.