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Old 29th November 2012, 06:57 AM   #1
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Hilarious Australian Train Safety Ad

The Guardian reports a video made by the Australian Metro warning people not to find any "dumb ways to die" around the trains.

I don't know how effective it will be but it made me laugh a lot with their run-down of hypothetical Darwin-award-winning behaviour. Please watch:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/vide...s-to-die-video
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Old 29th November 2012, 07:23 AM   #2
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Wonderful, thanks for posting.

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Haha, that is fantastic
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The youtube comments remind me of this place, instead of enjoying a cute little cartoon, people are bitching about references to North American animals in an Australian advert
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I love this so much! The song might hit #1 at this rate.
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That was hilarious..
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I didn't really see it as all that funny. I think it's sad there's the need to equate such stupid ways to die with the very real dangers associated with their service.

Clever as it maybe, the video is essentially saying "wake-up you morons".
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Old 29th November 2012, 09:04 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by The Don View Post
The youtube comments remind me of this place, instead of enjoying a cute little cartoon, people are bitching about references to North American animals in an Australian advert
I wonder if this was done by an American ad agency. The rattlesnake surprised me a bit, as Australia has no shortage of indigenous venomous snakes. I suppose you could also substitute crocodile for grizzly bear.
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Old 29th November 2012, 07:11 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by DGM View Post
I didn't really see it as all that funny. I think it's sad there's the need to equate such stupid ways to die with the very real dangers associated with their service.

Clever as it maybe, the video is essentially saying "wake-up you morons".
Yes, it's saying, "wake up you morons" and it is funny.
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They should have said "so many STUPID ways to die. Dumb means unable to speak.
Australia also does not have any grizzly bears. Not to mention rattlesnakes.
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Old 29th November 2012, 07:22 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by angrysoba View Post
The Guardian reports a video made by the Australian Metro warning people not to find any "dumb ways to die" around the trains.

I don't know how effective it will be but it made me laugh a lot with their run-down of hypothetical Darwin-award-winning behaviour. Please watch:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/vide...s-to-die-video

Love it.


Though now I have an earworm. Grr.

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Originally Posted by angrysoba View Post
Yes, it's saying, "wake up you morons" and it is funny.
Spot on. Sad to say, people in Melbourne die every year by doing stupid things around trains. If you are going to have a public safety ad, it's a pretty good idea you make one people will watch.
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Old 29th November 2012, 07:43 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by rjh01 View Post
They should have said "so many STUPID ways to die. Dumb means unable to speak.
Australia also does not have any grizzly bears. Not to mention rattlesnakes.
Tram safety posters have been based around rhino imagery for a while.
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I didn't really see it as all that funny. I think it's sad there's the need to equate such stupid ways to die with the very real dangers associated with their service.

Clever as it maybe, the video is essentially saying "wake-up you morons".
Well this is the country that gave the world the 'Drink. Drive. Bloody idiot' campaign. 'Wake-up you morons' is actually toning it down a bit.
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They should have said "so many STUPID ways to die. Dumb means unable to speak.
Australia also does not have any grizzly bears. Not to mention rattlesnakes.
The word 'dumb' has a colloquial meaning in widespread use throughout the entire English-speaking world.

If you're going to be a tedious pedant you could at least have the courtesy to do your homework.
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I didn't really see it as all that funny. I think it's sad there's the need to equate such stupid ways to die with the very real dangers associated with their service.

Clever as it maybe, the video is essentially saying "wake-up you morons".
Why yes, yes it is!!! And I suspect they had a reason or three to think that!!!
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Why yes, yes it is!!! And I suspect they had a reason or three to think that!!!
There's nothing much more idiotic than cars driving around level crossing barriers, yet you see it happen regularly. I'll pull up a few you tubes of this happening.
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In fact, "mute" is the preferred term for someone who is unable to speak, precisely because dumb also means stupid.
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I wonder if this was done by an American ad agency. The rattlesnake surprised me a bit, as Australia has no shortage of indigenous venomous snakes. I suppose you could also substitute crocodile for grizzly bear.
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I can't put my finger on it, but grizzly bear seems to work better for some reason.
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Originally Posted by rjh01 View Post
They should have said "so many STUPID ways to die. Dumb means unable to speak.
Australia also does not have any grizzly bears. Not to mention rattlesnakes.
So what? There are no lions in Britain. No unicorns, either.
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I first saw the video on YouTube about a week ago. Currently has almost 29 million views.
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Originally Posted by Corsair 115 View Post
I first saw the video on YouTube about a week ago. Currently has almost 29 million views.
Looks like I'm late to the party once again.
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Looks like I'm late to the party once again.

You are the first to start a thread about it though. And you did introduce the video to some people who hadn't seen it yet. Both good things in my book.
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There's nothing much more idiotic than cars driving around level crossing barriers, yet you see it happen regularly. I'll pull up a few you tubes of this happening.
Try being on the locomotive of a 10,000 ton train and watch it. Fortunately, I've never actually seen someone get hit...
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Australia also does not have any grizzly bears. Not to mention rattlesnakes.
Dumb ways to die don't just occur in Oz.
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How about a video that was inspired by Dumb Ways To Die, about Mars rover Curiosity's not so spectacular discovery:

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Ok a dumb way to die is to fly your plane improperly and decapitate yourself by flying it and landing it upside down. I would have prefered a cartoon about lots of real ways to die, like trying to get something out of an electrical outlet with a butter knife, or making toast while having a bath. ****, those crazy videos they showed us in grade one were more brtual than this! haha
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I wonder if this was done by an American ad agency. The rattlesnake surprised me a bit, as Australia has no shortage of indigenous venomous snakes. I suppose you could also substitute crocodile for grizzly bear.
Not many people could name off the deadly venomous snakes in Australia, but the rattlesnake has been made popular around the world in our movies, so most people know to to get freaky with one.
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To answer CORed's question above, it was an Australian advertising company responsible for some iconic Australian ads since the 60s (including "Louie the Fly" for the aged Aussies who might be here).

And believe it or not, we have heard of rattle snakes and grizzly bears. Fancy that.
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Not many people could name off the deadly venomous snakes in Australia, but the rattlesnake has been made popular around the world in our movies, so most people know to to get freaky with one.
That has got to be one of the most ridiculous reasons mentioned. While technically true, since most people (in the world) do not live in Australia. I would still expect most adult Australians to know the natural dangers of their own country.

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To answer CORed's question above, it was an Australian advertising company responsible for some iconic Australian ads since the 60s (including "Louie the Fly" for the aged Aussies who might be here).

And believe it or not, we have heard of rattle snakes and grizzly bears. Fancy that.
That's impossible. Australia is on the opposite side of the world from the US. In order for you guys to have such widespread knowledge of Americana there would have to some sort of way for instant communication between the countries, like some globe spanning lattice of tubes. I think not!!
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That has got to be one of the most ridiculous reasons mentioned. While technically true, since most people (in the world) do not live in Australia. I would still expect most adult Australians to know the natural dangers of their own country.
Too right cobber!

Fact is, I have animals just over my back fence that can kill me. I've killed three Eastern Brown Snakes in my time (yeah, yeah, I know they're protected). "Eastern Brown Snake" wouldn't quite scan as well as rattlesnake.
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How about a video that was inspired by Dumb Ways To Die, about Mars rover Curiosity's not so spectacular discovery:

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So what? There are no lions in Britain. No unicorns, either.
Yes there are.
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I think some here may be missing the point of the Ad, so I am going to explain it. Up until the railway deaths, the others are all so completely crazy they make you laugh. It's their craziness that matters, not their Aussieness (the Aussies don't have a manned space programme, as well as not having rattlesnakes or grizzlies but the population has probably heard of all these things). Then you come to three much more realistic types of folly associated with the railways and it juxtaposes those things with the fantasy ones, thus saying: 'you laughed, right? But this is what people really do on our railways! Can you believe it? Don't be one of them.' [/patronising lecture]

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Well said anglolawyer.

The important thing is that needless deaths on railways has been exposed.
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Well said anglolawyer.

The important thing is that needless deaths on railways has been exposed.
Are there other kinds of railway deaths ? Does Australia have the concept of needed railway deaths ?


Edited to add....

Yes, I know, as opposed to deaths that are accident not due to the dead person's folly
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Originally Posted by anglolawyer View Post
Yes there are.
Well, in zoos and "safari parks", but by that token there are also grizzly bears and rattlesnakes and...er...meese(?) in Australia.

And I notice you didn't correct me on the unicorns.
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Originally Posted by lionking View Post
Too right cobber!

Fact is, I have animals just over my back fence that can kill me. I've killed three Eastern Brown Snakes in my time (yeah, yeah, I know they're protected). "Eastern Brown Snake" wouldn't quite scan as well as rattlesnake.
The only way an eastern brown snake is going to kill you is if the ambulance takes 6 hours to get there or you're misdiagnosed. And that's the second most venomous snake in the world based on LD50 results. Even untreated the mortality rate is only 10-20%.

Now, that's not to say that it won't hurt like hell and put you in hospital for a few days, but the fact is the last time a death was recorded from an eastern brown was over 5 years ago, and that was from a young girl who was misdiagnosed.

http://toxinology.com/fusebox.cfm?fu...play&id=SN0533

Also, the most likely way to get bitten by an eastern brown? Trying to kill it.
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