When YouTube arrived at the beginning of this millennium, viral videos were not so different from what had long entertained us on You've Been Framed: adorable pets, funny kids, and painful accidents. And so we have faceplant gifs and faceplant supercuts and now, a scientific journal article based on a faceplant video on YouTube.
But have we learned anything, other than the hazards of showing off on camera? As Koerth-Baker finds out when speaking to other experts about the recent paper, the video is far too jankey and the frame rate too slow to prove any useful physics. But better video can be to study injury biomechanics—like footage of NFL players tackling each other at full speed.
We can't, after all, subject people to faceplant injuries for the sake of science. But we can, perhaps a bit dispiritingly, do so for the sake of entertainment. In any case, do check out the full piece at Boing Boing. [Boing Boing]
Top video: Faceplant supercut