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Have You Seen This? Japanese man attempts to 'defeat' massive fan

Posted August 7

THE WAREHOUSE — The Japanese as a whole have a gift for overly cheery and bizarre TV, commercial and video entertainment.

Personally, I sometimes want to hate the high-power energy and seemingly insane optimism that comes from Japanese game shows with unbelievable premises (like “Brain Wall,” a sort of human tetris game), and commercials that don’t relate to the actual product being sold (like this gum commercial with a giant cat.)

But the fact is, I can’t hate them. Their wonderful weirdness wins me over every time, almost without fail.

This particular Japanese man, who calls himself the “perfect man” in the video (according to its own translation), decided to pit himself against a 7500cc (equivalent to about 450 horsepower) industrial fan. Of course the results are ridiculous, and of course they’re supposed to be ridiculous.

First in the video, he simply walks in front of the fan and his body is blown over like a leaf, and then he tries a number of “devices” to “defeat” the blast of air coming toward him. From body balloons to umbrellas, this guy is not quite up to the “Myth Busters” standard of scientific experimentation.

That by itself is entertaining, but the hilarity factor is kicked up a notch with the subtitles he’s added. Not only do they translate what he’s saying, but there are also translations for the cartoony sound effects he’s added. It is golden.

As always, I hope that one day we’ll live in a society where there’s enough common sense in the world that I won’t have to say, “please don’t try this at home,” but it seems we are not there yet. So please, dear readers and watchers, don’t try this at home.

Martha Ostergar is a writer who delights in the ridiculous that internet serves up, which means she's more than grateful that she gets to cruise the web for amazing videos to write about. Follow her on Twitter at @monstergar.

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