A waste of oxygen

Every day, we meet people we don’t see eye-to-eye with.  We watch news programs and listen to talk radio debating everything from steroid use to budget deficits.  One of our most sacred rights in America, in fact, is our ability to hold and express all of these varied positions.

Normally, I’m a pretty big proponent of diversity and tolerance, but sometimes, wrong is just wrong.

No, I’m not talking about this morning’s shooting in Colorado.  I’m talking about a staggering number of drivers in Florida that can only be considered sad excuses of human beings.  I saw this yesterday in a Gizmodo article, which described an experiment set up by Mark Rober to see if people would actually swerve out of their lane on a highway in order to run over a rubber decoy of a turtle, snake, or spider.

As you might expect, most drivers simply drove right on by, but a full six percent of them swerved off the highway to hit the decoys.  Not only were these mouth-breathers putting themselves and other drivers in danger by swerving in the first place, they also demonstrated a fairly stunning level of psychological dwarfism by going out of their way to kill an animal just because it was there.

I don’t know about you, but when I hear about a lone gunman blowing a gasket, I’d love to know what went wrong, but I’m able to rationalize it as an isolated random act.  But six percent of the drivers we pass by every day?  Out of roughly 200 million drivers, that’s a full 12 million knuckle-draggers that are clearly missing a couple lug nuts.  Personally, I can’t think of a better argument for stem cell research than to figure out which chromosomes these poor souls are missing.

A couple more interesting factoids: 89% of the psychopaths were driving SUV’s, and rubber animals unlucky enough to show up near a road leading to a local gun club were almost twice as likely to be run over as their counterparts on the main highway.  I’m sure that’s just a coincidence though, right?

Go watch Mark’s video to see the whole experiment unfold for yourself.