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How Can You Miss a Six-Foot Rabbit?

When it’s a pedestrian in California.

The report is here, via The Invisible Gorilla, the new blog for the new book by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons.

A “dangerous stunt” indeed; almost as dangerous as actually crossing the road! Though I dare say this has less to do with inattentional blindness than the typical failure — due to lack of interest or legal understanding — of drivers to yield to pedestrians. Though per the “safety in numbers” effect, it might help if the rabbit were joined by many other giant rabbits, in which case we’d probably have other things to worry about than crosswalk compliance.

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11 Responses to “How Can You Miss a Six-Foot Rabbit?”

  1. Paul Johnson Says:

    What else do you expect out of Californian drivers? They define the “received license from Cracker Jack box” crowd.

  2. Opus the Poet Says:

    A big part of the problem is the car-head thinking that refuses to recognize the “unmarked crosswalk” that exists at every intersection and only allows for pedestrians on the road in marked crosswalks.

  3. Josh R Says:

    Also invisible to the motorists, the freaking phalanx of motorcycle cops 20 feet behind the rabbit on the cross street. Good grief, doesn’t anybody have ANY situational awareness anymore?

  4. wvcycling Says:

    Of course people are going to act like buffoons when they feel nice and safe in their two ton steel boxes. Glad to see this foolish ‘rabbit’ bringing some unexpected chaos to the roads for the drivers to hopefully be aware of.

  5. Alan Says:

    Opus:
    People respect marked crosswalks where you are? That’s progress.

  6. Opus the Poet Says:

    Well, not really, but there is more respect for the marked crossings than there is for the other kind. When you cross in a marked crosswalk you get yelled at but usually there’s no profanity. Unmarked crossings you get profanity usually in the first 2 words, no later than the second sentence.

  7. Don Says:

    I’m going to say it, and I’m going to get flamed.

    I went out and bought a cheapie video camera off of E-Bay. And I started to record my drives around Staten Island, NY. While doing this for a week, I made a mental list of things that I saw and hoped to catch on video.

    The list was way in favor of bicyclists (who don’t realize that in NY, they have to stop for red lights and stop signs), then pedestrians (amazing how many cross not in marked or unmarked crosswalks and don’t even look), and finally cars (and not even SUVs too boot).

    Problem is the stupid camera missed 99% of this because I need a camera with wide angle view.

    SO, if anyone can suggest or point me to a cheap videocamera that is small enough to mount inside a car with a wide angle lens, post here please.

  8. Don Says:

    Some of the things that I remember, for those that may challenge me.

    Bicyclist run red light at corner of morningstar rd, and richmond terr.

    Bicyclist riding on sidewalk, causing pedestrians to move. (would need side angle for this one, LOL).

    Pedestrian crossing Richmond Ave in middle of roadway, without looking.

    (All 5 days) Students get off city bus, cross in front of bus (at bus stop across from school, so not in marked/unmarked crosswalk) and obviously not looking nor checking.

    Mother and two little children walking down street in middle of the roadway.

    Vehicle wise.

    One idiot riding shoulder on West Shore XWay during bad traffic.

    Lots of lane changes with no signal.

    I think that about summed up my list.

  9. fred_dot_u Says:

    It’s not particularly cheap, but a rather good camera is the ContourHD model line. With the 1080p versions now on the market, the 720p versions have dropped by about a hundred dollars. eBay is a good source for those and the quality is top notch.

  10. Josh R Says:

    There are a lot of people who do stupid shit that’s against the law and has the potential to get them hurt or killed. Everybody could use more education about the rules of the road, and you’ll never find me arguing otherwise. However, in my book drivers get far less of a pass because they’re the ones in control of a couple thousand pounds of metal traveling at great speed. They have more capacity to inflict damage, therefore they have more responsibility to act in a safe manner.

    I’m not letting anyone off the hook, still totally wrong to walk out into the street without looking or run a light on a bike, either action could get you killed, but doing either of those things in a car can get someone else killed, and therein lies the difference.

  11. Adam Says:

    Good job rabbits don’t make music videos:
    http://k-popped.com/2010/04/rain-violates-traffic-law-in-mv-love.html

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