This video is mindblowing!
And sadly, totally fake.
Rebecca Watson over at Skepchick does a great job of explaining why this is a nothing more than a superbly-produced shoe ad, and points out some clues that the video may not be on the up-and-up:
- All men are wearing the same brand (Hi-Tec) head to toe. Why?
- There’s a close-up of the Hi-Tec running shoe with a description of its waterproof abilities. Since when does being waterproof=flotation?
- They are all mega-hot. Why?
- The filming is beautiful and uses licensed music. Who paid for this?
- THEY ARE FULL-GROWN MEN WALKING ON FRESH WATER; THIS IS PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE
- At one point, they use jet skis to increase their land speed before hitting the water. This makes no sense. Would holding onto a truck’s back bumper make you run faster?
- NO SERIOUSLY THEY ARE MEN WALKING ON WATER
She devotes the majority of her article to edu-ma-cating people on how to use google skeptically. Googling “liquid mountaineering” only brings up videos of the water-walking. “Liquid mountaineering fake” or “true” or “hoax” bring up many hits explaining the awesome, but fake, nature of this advertainment.
I was totally looking forward to violating some laws of physics today, but it appears it is not (yet) meant to be.
Thank you, WordPress!
Thank you, WordPress, for posting me yesterday on Freshly Pressed, the front page of wordpress.com I had a heck of a lot of fun watching my stats page freaking explode all day long. Flatlining usually isn’t a good thing, but I went from an average 15-20 views to over 1350 views yesterday. That makes my day-to-day graph look like this:
I could have sworn there was more up-and-down on that thing yesterday… See that little bump on May 7th? That was previously the most exciting, traffic-filled day of my blog’s history at a whopping 86 views. Wow. I had 44 comments, replies and trackbacks on “Happy Nerd/Geek Day and Towel Day” compared to my usual 0-3 per entry. Again, all very exciting. Thank you to everyone who visited, and to WordPress for the visibility.