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Desc:Real or Fake? POE viewers want to know!
Category:Stunts, Science & Technology
Tags:bird, man, Wings, flight, glider
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jreid - 2012-03-21
"Fake or not, doesn't change the fact that I cried."
~ bolmeteus, YouTube
Dread Pirate Roberts - 2012-03-21
Real, or fake, I don't care. That's way to vigorous a workout routine to travel 50 yards.
SteamPoweredKleenex - 2012-03-21
I'm going to err on the side of fake. Yes, this guy has an extensive blog and I think he's even given a TED talk, but those wings don't look at all like they're supporting his weight when he "takes off."
jreid - 2012-03-21

jreid - 2012-03-21
Oops I meant to say: LiveScience has some real experts weighing in and they all agree it's fakety fake fake.

Also the Gizmodo article they link to is great, having a bunch of CGI heavyweights simultaneously admire and tear the shit out of it:

http://gizmodo.com/5895235/cgi-experts-say-flying-bird-man-is- fake

Koda Maja - 2012-03-21
Icarus tag?
chumbucket - 2012-03-21
His transition to put his legs up behind him was where he decided that yeah he probably was actually flying at that point. (0:34)
EvilHomer - 2012-03-21
Now make one attached to a Rainbow Dash costume.
Konversekid - 2012-03-21
Based on how fake this and few other of his flight attempt videos look, I have a feeling this is a really in depth hoax. It seems to be working really well because he has made it into a number of popular science magazines, at least based upon his website.
TSR - 2012-03-21
He takes off from a reaaaly far shot, and then it cuts to a side view immediately after 'liftoff'... consisting of him wiggling little wingtips.

Ever seen a heron take off? It takes a bit more effort than that.

B. Weed - 2012-03-21
Some ILM guys weigh in on it (and say it's fake):

http://gizmodo.com/5895235/cgi-experts-say-flying-bird-man-is- fake
Binro the Heretic - 2012-03-21
If it were that easy, we'd have been doing this for centuries.

Fakety fake.
Old_Zircon - 2012-03-21
In their defense, maybe it wasn't until this decade that materials light and strong enough to do this were available.

Still probably fake.

Binro the Heretic - 2012-03-21
Lightness of the wings notwithstanding, imagine the muscle it would take to flap them hard enough to lift a man that size.

Also consider that it's not as though he's doing a pull-up or a press-up. His arms are spread wide, relying entirely on his pectoral and biceps for the downstroke.

While a physically fit man would indeed be able to exert enough force to lift himself in such a manner (imagine a gymnast lifting himself on the rings) it's not an action than can be repeated for long.

It's more likely he's being suspended by a cable attached to his back and the "flapping" merely provided forward propulsion.

TSR - 2012-03-22
On top of that, without flaps or any 'control surfaces' how the fuck would you even turn?

Old People - 2014-11-23
"Press-up". I love you Brits. The same people who "neck" beers.
And yeah, fake. Pretty basic physics that my friend recently explained to me and that I pretended I understood.

memedumpster - 2012-03-21
For some reason, presenting the fakey flying fiasco with such sincerity really pisses me off. Maybe because I love real flying so much. The monkey-eagle suit guy should have swooped in and smacked the back of his head.
hammsangwich - 2012-03-21
You guys missed the video where he got his bones replaced by light weight, helium filled tubes.
Wander - 2012-03-21
Holy shit those wings flapping look so incredibly fake, how did this fool anyone who has watched movies in the past 10 years.
SolRo - 2012-03-22
I'm betting he has a huge Truther following.

God this shit is so fake to anyone that has ever seen a bird take off or knows anything beyond facebook or pop culture.

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