This clip went around the blogosphere a few months ago, but it’s new to me, and if you haven’t seen it — you really must. It’s video of some tunnel in Russia that becomes iced over, and when cars and trucks hit the icy patches, things go completely and nonlinearly berserk.

I really shouldn’t laugh while I watch this stuff — people are probably being hurt in some of these collisions — but man alive, it’s demented. I have played video games in which the whole goal is to engineer car collisions and never achieved wreckage like this.

I think part of what makes it so gripping is how the cars’ skidding comes completely outta nowhere. One minute, they’re trundling along in a perfectly straight line; then next minute, zing, they’re sliding along in a perfect, Tsuchiyan drift.

(Thanks to AllanDuke1 for this!)

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