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Thursday, June 5, 2008

Lunchtime Quickie

posted by on June 5 at 12:59 PM

If memory serves me correctly, Werner Herzog once said, at a Seattle Art Museum screening a couple years ago, “The only actual objective documentary, is one made by a security camera - the cameras you find in most gas stations or convenience stores.”

I think he meant also include the ones in office spaces, offices with lots and lots of cubicle walls and various blunt objects lying around, like the one in this silent movie gem…

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Wow, those new fangled wireless monitors must be really expensive!

Posted by happy renter | June 5, 2008 1:12 PM

What industry is that office part of?

Posted by Bellevue Ave | June 5, 2008 1:15 PM

And where (state and city) did this occur?

Posted by Gidget | June 5, 2008 1:25 PM

Here's the same Russian skit, filmed from a different angle:

Posted by Just Sayin' | June 5, 2008 1:30 PM

The youtube has a link to another video with sound. It sounds russian?

Posted by huh | June 5, 2008 1:30 PM

Hoax. Next.

Posted by Suck-airs | June 5, 2008 1:31 PM

There's actually cellphone footage of the same event with sound. Look it up.

As for the location- according to the Something Awful forums, somewhere in Russia.

Posted by Jay | June 5, 2008 1:32 PM

Bad day in the Stranger offices, eh?

Posted by violet_dagrinder | June 5, 2008 1:32 PM

that's Dan Savage, actually, after he got his period. Uh, I mean after he ate those beets...

Posted by KELLY O | June 5, 2008 1:38 PM

Come on. I'm sure most of us have at least thought of doing something like that at one time or another. It's something I'd consider doing were it not for fear of prisons and mental institutions. Just being honest:)

Posted by Michael Bolton | June 5, 2008 1:54 PM

It seemed pretty real to me. Maybe I'm gullible. But I just don't think a hoax could have captured the reactions of the other co-workers so believably.

Posted by PJ | June 5, 2008 2:00 PM

"Excuse me, I believe you have my stapler..."

Posted by Brad | June 5, 2008 2:24 PM

Wha tha? Did somebody FINALLY stab him at the end?

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | June 5, 2008 2:25 PM

>>>It seemed pretty real to me. Maybe I'm gullible. But I just don't think a hoax could have captured the reactions of the other co-workers so believably.

It seems real to you for twenty people to stand there fully exposed while someone throwing CPUs and partitions for a full three minutes whne there are numerous doors where they can exit??

Posted by Hartiepie | June 5, 2008 2:28 PM

The other-angle vid with sound makes it sound like they hit him with a Taser.

I think it's fake. But who knows?

Posted by rick | June 5, 2008 2:29 PM


I think people probably had a sense that they weren't so much in danger that they had ro run. They were probably enjoying watching him freak out. But then again the whole thing seemed less believable to me after a second viewing.

Posted by PJ | June 5, 2008 2:34 PM

I prefer the ones made by ATMs.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 5, 2008 3:11 PM

Oh ho ho... I just googled "ATM videos" and forgot about good old "ass-to-mouth." Oops...

Posted by Gary7 | June 5, 2008 4:11 PM

It's a fake. It's obviously staged because in the first few seconds you knew exactly where to look. Really, ask yourself honestly - were you surprised that the guy walking in with the white shirt was in the action you KNEW was inevitable? You didn't know what the action was going to be but I bet you knew where it would happen in the frame. This kind of thing never happens off to the side of the frame - it's always screen center.

Posted by loushka | June 5, 2008 8:04 PM



Posted by LT L | June 5, 2008 8:19 PM

Weird follow up – apparently those videos are part of some kind of viral ad campaign, filmed to promote the movie Wanted, by the Russian director Timur Bekmambetov (who also did those Nightwatch movies). He cops to it on his blog here:

Here’s one of the clips in context:

Posted by punk'd | June 10, 2008 6:17 PM

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