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Netherlands soldiers form a human wall for brake test

Netherlands Soldiers Form a Human Wall for Brake Test

A hair-raising brake test was all caught on video ... and you definitely should not try this at home (or anywhere else).

Soldiers were recruited to test the emergency brakes on a military tank in the Netherlands.

WHDH reports the tank weighs 60 tons and was traveling at a speed of 45 miles per hour right toward the laughing soldiers right in front of it.

'Had the brakes failed,' KHPO reports, 'they would be nothing left of those hapless but well dressed humans standing in front of the tank.' So, are these people daring or reckless? That's up to you to decide.

Either way, a writer for Business Insider points out that if this video 'came out of the American armed forces, heads would be serving jail time.'

And of course, there were some skeptics. A writer for 2 Oceans Vibe notes that 'the tank test dummies look genuinely surprised that they didn't become roadkill .. . Which begs the very serious question, how certain were they that this stunt was actually possible?'

Thankfully, no one was hurt -- but we imagine the hair on the backs of their necks is still standing on end.

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Pat January 29 2014 at 12:54 PM

And they could not use dummies? Dummies!!!

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kwhodges January 29 2014 at 10:55 AM

It is reckless and the height of arrogance to risk lives for the purpose of a stunt.

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gypsidiver January 29 2014 at 6:05 PM

Wonder who they upset to get this duty??

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MIKE January 29 2014 at 6:29 PM

people with guts

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abrath8793 January 29 2014 at 10:42 AM

Well That was plain STUPID !! I have no doubt all of them signed a waver....just in case.

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meclaremont January 29 2014 at 7:07 PM

I have this "Mommism" that I say..."Stupid Is...Stupid Does"

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chuck January 29 2014 at 10:27 AM

brave or just plain stupid?

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pftaylor January 29 2014 at 10:26 AM

That was stupid. Shows the value that country puts on their personel.

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manitouharbor pftaylor January 29 2014 at 10:38 AM

Right...Just like having guys patrol a road that you know may be laden with IED's.....oh we do that?

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elendil3136 January 29 2014 at 7:26 PM

I promise that they tested this more than once to see what the actual stopping distance was. This was not the first time that they had tried this.

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jea509 January 29 2014 at 11:16 AM

100% real. Young and Dumb!

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