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German safety video — or forklift massacre??

You may have missed the teensploitation flick Final Destination when it came out a while back. The concept was quite neat: A teenage guy is about to board a flight with a bunch of friends, when he has a premonition that the plane will crash. He convinces his friends not to board, and the plane does indeed crash. But death doesn’t like being cheated — no sir! So death essentially “reclaims” all the kids who escaped, one by one, by subjecting them to seemingly random accidents. The thing is, the accidents are all hilariously complex, like Rube Goldberg machines; as the movie wears on, they become more and more obtuse until eventually it’s like getting killed by a Mousetrap-class contraption.

Which brings me to the German “forklift safety video” that’s been making the rounds online. It’s a rarity in safety literature, because: a) It illustrates people being severed in half, having their hands torn off, and blood coating the walls, yet b) it somehow maintains a Monty-Python-like sense of humor about it. The final death scenes are about as excellent as anything from Final Destination.

(Thanks to Gwin for this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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