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We are going to start with the disclaimer: do not try this at home. Ever.

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Russian dash cam captures close call

A driver in Russia barely escaped the path of a tornado as it tore through their garage and went on to damage 470 more homes.

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Often dashcam footage from Russia shows some of the worst driving imaginable, but this is an exception. The Volvo truck driver in this video definitely earned himself a drink or two at the end of the day after making it through this potentially horrific crash. As do the folks at Volvo that engineered those brakes.

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There may not be tanks, jet fighters or meteors in this Russian dash cam video, but it does offer a high-speed chase, some car-to-car combat and Benny Hill-like hijinks, all while answering that age-old question: which is mightier in a fight, the knife or the shovel? There's even a bit of unintentional ghost riding thrown in for good measure.

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Car nearly disappears into chasm

If dashcams have proven anything, it's that driving in Russia is dangerous. It's not just con artists, out-of-control trucks, or dramatic car accidents drivers must avoid. The street itself can suddenly become a danger.

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Man's getaway much worse then his crime

Russians use dash cams to protect themselves from fraud and to as evidence in case they have to go to court after a crash. This driver probably wishes there wasn't proof of this embarrassing drive.

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Dash cam captures lesson on safety, ensuing crash

A Russian dash cam captures a father instructing his daughter on what to do during a car accident, a lesson immediately put into practice when a speeding motorcycle rear-ends another car right in front of them.

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You just never know what your dash cam is going to capture on an average day in Russia. Take these drivers, who were motoring along in the Russian city of Dyatkovo, minding their own business, when out of nowhere, an Opel Zafira took off like a 747 leaving LaGuardia.

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After the Good-Samaritan-fest that was the last Russian dash cam video, it's back to our regularly scheduled program of scamming and madness. This time, it's a woman who attempts to pretend she's been hit by a car and rendered unconscious, the same tired con-job that happens to be one of the primary reasons that Russians probably perform more surveillance on themselves than the state does.

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In addition to accidents, cams also capture acts of human kindness

Russian dashcams have brought us footage of everything from giant meteors to phony car accidents.

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Woman fakes being hit, but the driver has it all on camera

Have you ever wondered why every great dash cam video comes from Russia? Wonder no more. This dash cam footage found on autoevolution.com captures the kind of fraud Russian drivers deal with every day.

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The camera has no favorites, takes no sides - it captures whatever's in front of it, good or ill. We're used to seeing the ill side of Russian streets through the lenses of ubiquitous dash cams, but there's plenty of good to go with it if a video from YouTube user ArkadiYM93 is any indication.

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Russian cameras catch explosion

A huge geyser shooting straight out of the ground beneath a parking lot, tossing rocks and pavement high into the air while damaging cars in the process

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These days, it seems like the internet runs on the fuel of Russian dash cam videos. From clips showing meteors falling from the sky to plane crashes and close calls, it almost seems as if every driver on Russian roads is filming at all times. As it turns out, that's nearly true. According to Wired, several factors have culminated in the current explosion of dashcam videos. Those include everything from shady traffic cops to insurance scammers to the design of the legal system itself. Combine tho

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Chicken Little would have lost his cookies, yet the Russian driver in this video appears to have kept his wits about him despite the unannounced arrival of a massive fireball falling from the early morning sky – a spectacular event caught by an automotive dash cam – that injured nearly 1,000 people in Siberia.

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