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Nation's Top Safety Agency Sounds Alarm on #InMyFeelings Challenge

The Drake-inspired viral challenge has seen the nation's youth fling themselves out of moving vehicles.

Protecting their reputation as the nation's foremost wet blanket, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is out with a new warning about the #inmyfeelings challenge.

Initially spawned by a video of social media star Shiggy dancing in the street to Drake song "In My Feelings," this latest hashtag challenge took off as celebrities such as Will Smith and Ciara put out similar videos "doing the shiggy" in unusual locations.

As these things tend to do, the challenge started to take on a more extreme dimension, with people uploading videos of themselves not just dancing in the street but actually jumping out of moving cars.

A number of people managed to pull this off flawlessly. Others did not.

Nevertheless, the videos are a stirring display of risk-taking and bravery many had thought beyond our current crop of fragile, sheltered youths. As these videos have gotten more exposure, however, they've also attracted a fair amount of finger-wagging from police, media, and safety regulators the world over.

"It's just super dangerous," said Methuen, Massachusetts, police chief Joseph Solomon. "It's only a matter of time before someone is sucked under the wheels of the car or dragged, or the driver who's out there recording it with their phone hits someone crossing the street."

Three "social media influencers" were reportedly arrested in Abu Dahbi for performing the challenge. Egyptian officials have threatened anyone attempting it with a year in jail.

On Monday, the NTSB's chief of safety advocacy, Nicholas Worrell, gave an interview to The Blast where he declared in no uncertain terms that jumping out of a vehicle in pursuit of a viral video is just not worth it.

"There's a time and place for everything, but our nation's highways and roadways are no place for the #inmyfeelings challenge," said Worrell.

The agency later tweeted out the article with an additional warning.

It is true that jumping out of a moving vehicle is a dangerous and inadvisable activity. Yet despite the videos of people tumbling out of cars, running into poles, or otherwise executing a less than perfect shiggy, it's not at all clear that anyone has actually been seriously injured or died from participating in the challenge.

Warnings from the nation's top safety watchdog thus feel both overdone and potentially counterproductive. Nothing gets teens' self-destructive juices flowing more than telling them they aren't allowed to do something.

So while the NTSB's heart is no doubt in the right place, its time is probably better spent investigating the mercifully few plane crashes we have, not fanning the flames of the latest viral craze.

Photo Credit: EDMOND SADAKA EDMOND/SIPA/Newscom

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  • Cynical Asshole||

    *shrugs* Sounds like natural selection at work to me.

  • Giant Realistic Flying Tiger||

  • Rich||

    "YOU!! Out of the gene pool!"

  • perlchpr||

    "Think of it as evolution in action."

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    I wanna see Christian do it. Come on, Christian, don't be a wet blanket.

  • sharmota4zeb||

    Yeah, that lady wasn't very wise. She gets out from behind the wheel of a moving car and gets hurt. The guy, on the other hand, started his video in a standing position outside of the car. I read once that the rate of car accidents increased after car manufacturers installed seat belts, because seat belts made it possible for the same driver to cause accidents on multiple occasions.

  • Don't look at me.||

    Barbara: Nice rack.

  • End Child Unemployment||

    That's how you get clicks!

  • Cynical Asshole||

    That's the truly important takeaway from this story.

  • Eddy||

    So what, Morticia Adams had a nice rack, too.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

  • Don't look at me.||

    Oh yeah, don't get me started.

  • Eddy||

    You do get that that was a pun, right?

  • Overt||

    In as much as the entire purpose of the NTSB is to ensure that motoring is safe, I don't see how it is "overdone" to tweet out to people that jumping out of a moving vehicle is unsafe. They aren't cracking down on anyone. They are telling people to think before engaging in a potentially dangerous activity. Overdone would be the CDC opining on Gun Violence as if it had something to do with disease.

    Honestly it feels like the Reason staff were like "this whole #InMyFeelings challenge is blowing up virally. How do we get a piece of the click action on a libertarian website? Oooh, let's just object to some government agency saying its unsafe. NATCH!"

  • I'm Not Sure||

    I would imagine these two groups...

    1. People who need to have it explained to them that jumping out of a moving car is dangerous
    2. People who are unlikely to be convinced not to jump out of a moving car by having it explained to them that it's dangerous

    would have a lot of overlap.

  • Cyto||

    Probably true.

    But his point remains. Simply saying "hey, that doesn't look like it is very safe" isn't exactly the jackboot of the state stomping on the face of liberty. And the time it takes to run a tweet through the bureaucracy is probably way more than is necessary, but I doubt they really invested much in the way of resources in this endeavor.

    Calling a simple tweet stating the obvious "overdone" is, to borrow a phrase, overdone.

  • JeremyR||

    Or better yet, abolish the NTSB. I'm pretty sure airlines and airplane manufacturers have a vested interest in figuring out why their airplanes crashed

  • Longtobefree||

    The NTSB is entirely devoted to opposition of the proven science of Darwin.
    Being stupid SHOULD hurt, and stupid people should NOT live long enough to breed.
    Dump OSHA and NTSB to solve the 'overpopulation problem'.

  • Giant Realistic Flying Tiger||

    Lemme guess. The OSHA and the NTSB saved you from your own stupidity, and you want to make sure that mistake isn't repeated.

  • DiegoF||

    Skenazy: (Closes browser.) Jesus fucking Christ. I ain't touchin' this one. (Turns to Britschgi.) All yours, kid.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    I am adding your comment to a totally different scene in my head.

  • ||

    Drake. I don't get it.

    Then again. I don't get a lotta things.

    Like pineapple on pizza.

  • DiegoF||

    Pineapple is the pizza equivalent of soaking nice crispy french fries soggy in a puddle of gravy and cheese curds.

    I presume your attitude toward Drake is an anti Toronto thing rather than out and out self-hatred and lack of patriotism.

  • Giant Realistic Flying Tiger||

    I like pineapple pizza and poutine.

    SUCK ME, SHITHEAD!

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Yeah, they are both great.

  • buybuydandavis||

    You are worse than Hitler *and* Stalin

  • DiegoF||

    Though I cannot get too smug, as you have held on to the integrity of your bagels far better than we have. Bunch of giant puffy Wonder Bread pillows is what you are apt to get these days.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    Drake: worst "singer" to come out of Canada since Celine Dion.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    [adds Cynical Asshole into "Beliebers" circle of "Taxonomical Chart of H&R Commenters" Venn Diagram]

  • Trollificus||

    He's an artist. He's led YouTube philosophers to ponder the question "Is it music if no musicians were involved in its creation?

    Drake is to music what jumping out of a car is to acting. (? Or not...)

  • sharmota4zeb||

    He's a North American Jew of African descent. What's not to get? High earning potential and good rhythm is a popular combination.

  • perlchpr||

    Warnings from the nation's top safety watchdog thus feel both overdone and potentially counterproductive. Nothing gets teens' self-destructive juices flowing more than telling them they aren't allowed to do something.

    Maybe they're hoping to rid society of the sort of people who think this is a good idea.

  • Trollificus||

    @perlchpr

    Can the idea somehow be spread that jumping from a moving car (or off a tall building), will bring about equality? If only there were some way to get the word out to unthinking twits. Oh, if only.

  • sharmota4zeb||

    We could have fake flights from New York to London and fill them entirely with aspiring revolutionaries who want to change the world by hijacking a plane. Is it evil to arrange a plane hijacking and have the pilot kill all on board by crashing the plane into the Atlantic if every passenger signed up to be a hijacker?

  • markm23||

    Where would you find the suicide pilots? I find that when I ask people to improve the human race by offing themselves, they become hostile and uncooperative.

  • ||

    Maybe someone can explain to me. What's with the moves and the moving car? And what was that chick supposed to prove?

    And get the fuck off my lawn.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    what was that chick supposed to prove?

    That teenage girls are clumsy?

  • DiegoF||

    Just saw both the Korean dude and the white chick. And I have to say I want nothing to do with you if you do anything to discourage this. Not ashamed to say I was entertained.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    We always highlight "stupid things" like this. Which is basically people trying to have fun. There is danger to it. There's danger to crossing the street. There's danger to skiing. I don't see a lot of anti-crossing the street or anti-skiing articles.

    People can mess it up, like that lady, but this is not even particularly extreme as a form of dangerous pasttime. People make snarky remarks, but really I don't think there's anything particular to note here.

  • majil||

    We need to raise the voting age to 26 years of age immediately .

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I like the idea of the NTSB investigating #InMyFeelings crashes.

  • Jerryskids||

    Nevertheless, the videos are a stirring display of risk-taking and bravery many had thought beyond our current crop of fragile, sheltered youths.

    I suppose that's one way to look at it. On the other hand, maybe being fragile and sheltered all their lives has left them ignorant of the consequences of failure. It could be that they're not any braver than that lady that decided petting a lion was a good idea, could be they're just idiots.

  • 68W58||

    Yeah, I've got to wonder if Christian groks the concept of "bravery" as opposed to "foolhardy".

  • buybuydandavis||

    Evolution in action

  • Rockabilly||

    Hey huge government lovers...

    fuck you and fuck your feelings

    now go fuck off you fucking ass hat ass hole fucking losers

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Can't we just get kids to lie in the middle of a busy street down the center line like they used to in olden times?

  • DiegoF||

    LOL I remember that shit.

    And lo and behold we all made it through that era and turned out just fine. Most kids are not inordinately influenced by media, and can easily separate what they see onscreen from reality... So now if you'll excuse me, I have to get back to the concerns of mine. *Heh heh. Fire! Fire! Heh heh.*

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    I've never heard of this phenomenon that the young people are engaging in, but I do have some experience exiting moving vehicles... *ahem*

    In the first video, it appears that young wheezy started his promenade outside the vehicle, from a passenger side, and the vehicle was moving at the appropriate pedestrian speed: nearly fucking 0mph.

    As for the young Ms. Babs in the second video, the driver should NEVER exit a moving vehicle, and if you must, you gotta get that speedometer well under 5mph, because while speeds as low as 7 or 8 mph might feel like you can get out and walk, trust those of us with some uh... experience in these matters, you're going to end up plastered all over the road.

  • DenverJ||

    I guess it's better than eating Tide Pods...

  • Rich||

  • Eddy||

    "Half my target audience already screams in the streets, they may as well turn that to good use."

  • Eddy||

  • sharmota4zeb||

    That's a great video to view during Mad Pride Month. Only one neighbor noticed me screaming out the window. He looked away quickly. Jersey is like.

  • This Machine Chips Fascists||

    Is super dangerous worse than extremely dangerous? And what about incredibly dangerous? Has there ever been a hyper dangerous thing? Is that like being at ground zero in Hiroshima on a very bad day in 1945? I need some guidance from Archer or Kenny Loggins or some other TOP MAN.

  • Nardz||

    If someone hasn't laid "danger zone" over one of these videos, my faith in humanity will be lost.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    LANAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

  • IceTrey||

    "Has there ever been a hyper dangerous thing?"

    Yes. When Dark Helmet ordered Ludicrous speed.

  • Mickey Rat||

    A hundred years ago, on the Marne.

  • Wrath0fKahn||

    Dammit.. ohh.. this is a hard one. I hate social media idiots, but I also hate know-it-all safety authorities. I'm not sure who I should side with on this one.

  • Wrath0fKahn||

    Dammit.. ohh.. this is a hard one. I hate social media idiots, but I also hate know-it-all safety authorities. I'm not sure who I should side with on this one.

  • Trollificus||

    Tough call. One thing's for sure though-if I see a video of a know-it-all safety authority rolling out of a moving vehicle, I'll be pretty happy.

  • Eddy||

    To be fair, it doesn't take a know-it-all to advise against this particular stunt.

    That stuff should be dealt with by the Department of Well, Duh!

  • Eddy||

    In my day, we'd just go inside and play Zork.

  • Eddy||

    How do I start a social media trend of people sending me money?

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    Become a televangelist.

  • Eddy||

    I'd need a better haircut.

  • IceTrey||

    In high school I fell out of a van escaping a TP raid. It ran over my foot which luckily was flat on the ground.

  • Eddy||

    "social media star Shiggy"

    Just reading that phrase made me age five years.

    People are risking life and limb because of some popular guy I wouldn't know from the man in the moon.

    I may as well start shopping for gravestones and get that done ahead of all the other old people.

  • Eddy||

    Maybe I'll meet some of these young people buying gravestones for themselves, in case their stunt goes wrong.

    "For an inscription I'd like 'hold my beer and watch this.'"

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  • Mickey Rat||

    It's just that, if you want to go for a Darwin Award, do it somewhere where you don't involve other people.

  • Kivlor||

    I'm trying to figure this article out. Are we supposed to care that the NTSB tweeted out "hey, this is dumb behavior, please don't do it"? Or are we supposed to care about the Muzzies being draconian about it? I mean, if it's the response that other countries are having, then fine, but I'm having a hard time caring about this while the South African government is literally seeking to persecute white people for being white--something Reason continues to avoid despite the fact that this is a tremendous violation of civil rights.

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