I could tell you that Volvo Trucks has released a new model of big rig with “world first technology” called the Volvo FM. I could explain how Volvo designed the truck to be lighter and more fuel-efficient or how it equipped the vehicle with advanced safety systems and high-tech wireless data transfer. Or I could explain that Volvo Dynamic Steering offers new trucks with precision control unprecedented in vehicles of this class. But my guess is you don’t care about any of that.
My guess is you just want to see Jean-Claude Van Damme perform a mind-ripping split while standing on the side-view mirrors of two speeding tractor-trailers while Enya sings you into a trance-like state. Because really, who doesn’t want that?
Volvo claims the stunt is totally legit—no CGI or fancy effects were used (aside from Van Damme’s superhuman groins). The best part of the whole thing? When the technician explains to Van Damme that the trucks will be driving backward.
H/T Matt Mirandi
TODAY IN SLATE
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.