how we frequently make terrible choices based on misinterpreted information
I recently saw a reddit thread about a Red Bull Rampage Mountain biking video here (also embedded at bottom). The armchair warriors within the reddit thread proceeded to tell everyone it wasn't as steep as it appeared because the GoPro video uses a fish-eye style lens.
This was my response:
ITT - People who have never mountain biked on anything even close to this steep in their life yet keep claiming that the fishyeye lens is overly exaggerating the risk, etc.
Trust me, it's 1000x more steep in person when your ass is actually on the bike, peanut gallery. If anything, the fisheye doesn't do it justice compared to reality. The hilarious thing is the people saying this crap about the lens would piss themselves on something half this steep.
No one has ever won the Rampage twice in a row because of injuries preventing it. It's hairy as hell.
This is the same course right here:
It really IS steep as hell and dangerous as hell. The only reason some of you think the fisheye exaggerates the risk is because your ass is planted firmly in a chair or sofa. You bastids.