• Nov 2nd 2009 at 6:29PM
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One of Russia's most popular exports has been its version of roulette – you know, the kind where the player usually closes his eyes during the game and someone has a good chance of ending up dead. In this case it's being played in Sofia, Bulgaria, and the jouers are drivers and motorcyclists running red lights.

The point of the game is to get through a red light at high speed without hitting another car or pedestrian. Bets are said to have climbed as high as €5,000 ($7,370 U.S.), and even folks on the street are said to have placed bets and then watched the intersection to see if anyone bought the farm.

The first fatalities came in June, when a motorcyclist hit an onlooker. The Bulgarian police have been trying to stop the action, but it's hard to stay ahead of text messages among all those intersections in the capital. Be careful on the streets in Bulgaria, folks, and watch out for anyone yelling "Di di mao!" Hat tip to Andrew!

[Source: Reuters via RPMGo | Image credit: Emil Manolov via CC2.0]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      everyone always looks at me funny when I say it, but there are simply people in this world that do NOT deserve to be alive. Why should society take on a person as a burden or the harm they do, caused by their own stupidity, ignorance, mental issues, and such?

      Nobody wants to think about it or talk about it, but people that do this type of thing need to have a bullet put in their head before they hurt someone.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Inserting any foreign words you might know into an article jsut because it is about a foreign land is слаба журналистика. Belgarski for weak journalism.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Please Autoblog this is NOT the kind of thing that should be discussed or mentioned ! Just the mere mention of this dumb stunt is enough justification for these empty-skulls to carry-on doing this.
      Auto-related newsbit? Yes.
      Stupid? Yes.
      Ergo, does not belong on smart blogs like this one.
      Don't "spread" garbage; it's pollution.
      • 5 Years Ago
      He wins

      yes I know, know from bulgaria.
      still though, this is the most stupidest crap. It's one thing to put YOUR life in danger, It's completely senseless and Immoral when your putting innocent people at risk for your stupidity.

      In other news, Chuck Norris once played Russian roulette with a fully loaded hand gun...
      and won.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is just damn scary. I'm assuming that poverty is high in the area hence people willing to litteraly place their lives on the line for this. I hope they are able to put a stop to this sooner rather than later.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Poverty? Is that how you explain kids endangering others with reckless stunts? Poverty?

        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow please get your facts straight. What does poverty have to do with reckless drivers? I've seen people driving recklessly with super cars and they're rich enough, so why are they putting themselves in danger? Come on, your assumptions are way wrong.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's damn disgusting. Ah, humanity... Not looking too good sometimes.

      I'm half hoping most of these guys meet giant speeding snowplows and other various equally heavy, almost unstoppable momentum-loving vehicles. Where is Killdozer when you need it ? >:(
      • 5 Years Ago
      And that part of the world wonders why they've never won a major (recent) war...these must be the same kids who wear 5 polo shirts, collars up, hair all spiked up and fake tanned to death. Stupid is as stupid does...sheesh.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Care to explain what fashion and war has to do with people driving recklessly? I just don't see how they have something to do with people's driving. I see people driving recklessly in America with 100K cars and yet they're rich enough.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Russian roulette is when you put the gun to your own head, not to the heads of innocent people who happen by.

      This would be tried as first degree murder in the case of a death.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Awesome title for the post. :-D
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is why you do drugs, people.......to keep yourself away from such dangerous stuff..
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, thats one way to get those adrenalines rushing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am Bulgarian and fortunately i don`t live in our capital. These idiots are drug addicts, who are searching for money to buy drugs.
      They say the police is trying to stop them, because that "game" is playing only on 2-3 bigger streets, but how can someone stop a 15 year old civic going 200km/h...
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