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What kind of person are you? In an election year, there is a lot of talk about the 99% and the 1%. But a NASA engineer wants to know if you are part of the 6% or the 94%.

NASA scientist Mark Rober, who is known around YouTube for creating interesting science experiments on his own time, recently took a rubber snake, tarantula and turtle out to a busy road to see how many drivers would go out of their way to run them over. How many of us are given to sadistic behavior?

Mind you, Rober did not put the fake critterati in the middle of the road. He actually placed them on the shoulder. The point of Rober's experiment was to see how many drivers would literally go out of their way to kill a living thing that was posing no threat to them.

The result: 60 out of 1,000 cars that Rober monitored veered out of their lane to kill something. Yikes.

Rober, being a scientist, knew he needed a "control," so he also placed a visible leaf on the shoulder, as well.

Rober admits that the majority of the kills were of the tarantula. He suggests tarantulas need better public relations. If you take the spider out, the kill rate was 2.8% down from 6%.

Check out Rober's video above, and see if you can be honest about what group you would be in.

Speaking of roadkill, do you know what you should do if you are confronted by a deer, dog, coyote, or other critter that runs out in front of your car?

As much as we at AOL Autos love animals, we have to admit that the best course, if you can bear it, is to hold steady and hit it. Why? It is a terrible idea to suddenly swerve while traveling above 60 mph and above on a highway. There are thousands of terrible road accidents that take place every year when a car driving at high speeds veers suddenly to avoid an animal. This is how cars flip over, and wind up hitting other cars in an oncoming lane, or cause a chain reaction of car wrecks and injuries.

It is difficult to ignore the impulse to swerve to avoid an living thing in your path. But unless it is a person, you are better off trying.




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      Paula Revere
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've never seen a tarantula in the road, but turtles and snakes I see all the time. I actually stop the car and get them out of the road so they WON"T be hit.
      uniquebec
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think all 6% live in GA.
        janet
        • 2 Years Ago
        @uniquebec
        Just last night my son's fiance was saying the he will literally pull off the road to move a turtle away from the road. Damn, he lives in Georgia.
      CHARLES
      • 2 Years Ago
      Drive safely and don't hit anything, for it may be your life you save or someone else's life. A co-worker I once rode with always swerved to keep from hitting birds flying in front of our truck, I told him if it was our lives in danger or that bird's, for God's sake, pick the bird's, please!
      poppaspond
      • 2 Years Ago
      In Big River, Ca. we have Desert Torttoises that grow to weigh as much as 30 lbs and more. I stopped and put one on the road side. He was high centered in the road and could not move. Rattlesnakes and scorpions are a different matter. When they enter my patio, they soon become buzzard dinner.
        talkinturtles
        • 2 Years Ago
        @poppaspond
        i have to say there is a difference between swerving to hit one in the road intentionally and killing a rattler that invited itself to my home! and good for you for rescuing the turtle. many people will turn them over intentionally in the desert and leave them to die.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think what you did is a good first step in discovering people who get away with cruelty when no ones looking. Bravo
      dalienday
      • 2 Years Ago
      to all you go aheadand hit it people..the article talked about people swerrving ojut of thier way TO hit the creature....dont you jerks read?
      • 2 Years Ago
      i run over coons...
      jebutler
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just to add to the statement that it is better to hit an animal then swerve to miss it at high speeds, it is also better to keep your foot on the accelerator too. Braking will bring your front end down and the animal if large enough will probably hit your windshield. Hitting it direct will better deflect it over or away from the car. It is a pity a deer is killed this way but it is even worse when the human is killed too. No doubt, it is much better to kill then to be killed.
      cady00
      • 2 Years Ago
      Notice how all the people running them over were driving trucks. Even more proof that people who drive trucks are ********
      • 2 Years Ago
      A few days ago I stopped my work truck in the middle of a busy road to help a turtle across. He must have been boiling, because it was 100 degrees outside and he was well into the asphalt-paved area. He hissed at me at first, but when he got on the grass, he stuck his head out and went on his merry way. I hope he made it to his destination.
      JUDI
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is the world we now live in. I'm surprised that only 60 drove over something on purpose. That number should be much higher. I slow down for animals of any kind. People that don't are just ignorant, cruel and thoughtless bastards.
      NEAL
      • 2 Years Ago
      Real Cute genus what if some min van with 6 Kids and a mom came along and severed to miss your Cute rubber ******* Tuttle, lost control rolled the van 4 kids are throne and killed and 2 other are killed when the van raps around a tree and mom gets to live with gilt of killing them
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