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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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      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm taking a Statistics class right now so thinking of math makes me sick, but this video is awesome! Thanks for making my day better :D
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would avoid hitting anything, and I have stopped traffic to allow rabbits, possums, etc. to cross. I quit dating someone once because he hit a rabbit on purpose. There is no excuse for what these 60 scum of human beings did.
      Melanie
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would run over a tarantula or snake in a heartbeat. But would go out of my way not to kill a turtle, raccoon, squirrel, rabbit, deer, etc...and by the way...I have gone out of my way not to hit them.
        flamealchroy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Melanie
        Going out of your way to hit any living creature for the hell of it is just wrong. It doesn't matter what it is.
        fluteprincess
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Melanie
        You know....... their lives aren't less valuable just because you don't find them "cute". As someone who's worked with wildlife (and zoo animals) for a long time, I HATE crocodiles, alligators, and sharks. They disgust me and I don't like working with them. But I would never intentionally kill one unless it was trying to kill me first.
      Jules
      • 2 Years Ago
      Its scary how many freaks are out there!!!! If I saw this I'd yell at them! Of course you swerve to avoid ANY living thing if possible.
      Christie
      • 2 Years Ago
      if you go out of your way to kill any living creature that isn't a threat to anyone, you are a sick person.
      • 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
      • 2 Years Ago
      If a small child or a toddler, somehow happened to be on the side of the road, I wonder how many of those drivers would attempt to run over that child, if they thought they could get away with it?
      • 2 Years Ago
      sadists for sure - too many comic bookers go beserk - the joker crowd
      • 2 Years Ago
      to MurderOFCrows: Yoo Hoo! Umm, not talking about Colorado, just stick to the article, i'll over blow whatever i want, NOBODY, I REPEAT, NOBODY, SHOULD VEER INTO THE SHOULDER OF A ROAD TO KILL A CREATURE ON PURPOSE. GET REAL!!!!!
      cdrtblugs
      • 2 Years Ago
      Human nature to kill the weak & defenseless. Just look at all the children and young women that are murdered each year. No one goes after Mr. Corporate big shot (no matter how corrupt) or someone strong who will fight back.
      keithcllrn
      • 2 Years Ago
      6% saw the animals.....there are more sick people than that
      eb50tj
      • 2 Years Ago
      I saw some yoyo run over a turtle on purpose, so I rear ended him. When he complained I hit him again. Some people need a "reminder".
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