So, there's this video doing the rounds at the minute. It features a youthful chap with a hat, and a skateboard, climbing up the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam and trying unsuccessfully to skate down one of the bridge's cables. The bridge itself is 456-foot-high. Now, anyone who thought dropping in on this could be considered a good idea would not only have to have balls of spaceship titanium, they'd basically have to have spaceships for balls (because they'd have left the earth's atmosphere, or something like that).
When the drop-in grind goes wrong, and it does go horribly wrong, the skater falls into the Nieuwe Maas river and the friends watching down below scream extremely loudly. Rather worryingly, for everyone involved, their screams sound pretty authentic. Although, as you'll see in our brief discussion underneath the video, that doesn't by any means rid the footage of potential "FAKE" labelling.
We've seen handheld footage like this before and, such is the nature of the internet, a lot of these videos have turned out to be works of total fiction. Interestingly, and perhaps rather tellingly, the Dutch authorities say that they received no report of the incident and that a fall from this height would almost certainly have resulted in death for the skater involved.
I mean, let's look at it again for a second. Let's look at it with our eyeballs, and our novelty magnifying glasses, and our binoculars, and our night-vision goggles if needs be. Everything about this seems completely and utterly preposterous, doesn't it?
Of course if this is actually legitimate, and we've convinced ourselves it isn't, please feel free to put us cynical turnips back in our place and accept our heartfelt apologies. It just seems a little bit too outlandish, a little bit ridiculous; a little bit like a thing that didn't actually happen. What do you think?