I have fun with these.
Real or Fake #6: Batting Practice
Now, the folks in the comment sections seem convinced this is fake, but the support for their answers is a little weak. (As opposed to most comment-section heroes who usually make much more nuanced arguments.)
What say you? Real or fake?
If you are curious, here’s all of my previous real-or-fakes.
Have fun with these, some of which seem just a little too amazing to be true. Maybe.
Welcome back to another edition of Real or Fake. This one, I would say, is certainly more believable than any of the earlier versions, although, that certainly doesn’t make it real.
In this video, if it is to be believed, soccer legend David Beckham puts three consecutive soccer balls into three different trash cans each located what appear to be 40ish yards away.
Check it out.
Now, I certainly don’t want to say anything to sway your judgement, but I will say really talented folks who have dedicated years to their craft are capable of some pretty remarkable things.
But, that, as with my other observation, does not make this real.
So, what say you? Real? or Fake?
It has been a while since I’ve posted an additional installment to my “Real or Fake” Collection, but when I see videos like this, I just wonder what everyone else sees when they watch it.
So, a man jumps out of a plane at several thousand feet with no parachute and slips through a 3 x 5 hole in the roof of a warehouse to land on a trampoline where a crowd of perhaps 100 wait to celebrate his victorious descent.
If this is a hoax, the sell job is pretty elaborate: the tech team on the in the control room, the steering device, the slow-motion replay… It sells well. I suppose that is why the video went viral.
But I’m not sold.
First, this stunt is awfully high-risk. Like, it either works, or the stunt man isn’t getting up.
Second, no rehearsal for this technology that is probably seriously tricky to get right. I suspect this guy would have wanted to see a trial drop with a test dummy at least once before he jumps.
I envision that first test drop going sort of like this:
Third, can some of my physics friends verify my skepticism over the meager bounce the man shows once he lands? One minute at free fall? That’s a lot of kinetic energy. A lot. That’s all I’m saying.
All right, your turn.
What do you think? Real or fake?
If you are curious, here are my other posts in the “Real or Fake” collection.
Life-Saving Baseball Catch
Ski Jump Luge
So, here is another incredible video. If the video is to be believed, then the person is flying, what appears to be, about 100 yards and landing in a swimming pool. Truly amazing!
But, here is the deal: since I first saw this video (about 3 years ago or so), questions about its authenticity have been loud and frequent. So, I am posing the question to the logicians out there. Remember from the baseball video I posted on July 23rd, just because it is incredible and just because it is improbable, does not mean it is a fake.
So, what do you see in the video that supports it being real or fake? Examine it. Find real evidence to support a real conjecture.
Post your thoughts in the comments.
After watching the video (for me, I had to watch it about 5 times before I really put together too many coherent thoughts other than, “what the heck?”) we need to decide whether or not the video is real or fake?
Remember, the fact that it is incredibly improbable doesn’t mean this video is fake. What makes makes something improbable is the same thing that makes it possible. That is, improbability is measured by having a many, many more different outcomes than the one in question. But the one in question, still could occur.
So, this video could be real. It could also be fake. Do you see anything in the video that would be evidence of either one? Direct proof might not work in this case.
So, which is it?
State your thoughts in the comments.