Believe What You Want, We’re Not Buying this Birdman


When the first person submitted this story to us, we ignored it. Ditto for the second and third. After we got at least a dozen emails with this link, we’re still not buying it but, hey, you decide for yourself. Is it real?

Dutch mechanical engineer Jarno Smeets take off and fly just by flapping wings of his own invention. Want to know more about it? Read the story at gizmodo.com.

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73 Comments

  1. Smoky Mountain Cabin

    March 20, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    I just flew in from the Netherlands… and boy are my arms tired!

  2. TyWanon

    March 20, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Nice Flap Job, Icarus

  3. cigarsNscotch

    March 20, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    All the girlies say I’m pretty fly….for a white guy.

  4. fitzyMFNcent

    March 20, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Well David Blane has a new trick in the works

  5. CarlosCordero

    March 20, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    A video of Germans and they’re not fighting or pooping… FAKE!!!

  6. vegascable

    March 20, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    From up high I saw a little boy sticking in finger in a dyke wearing wodden shoes.Where she got those shoes I have no idea.

  7. TBVickroy

    March 20, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    *cough* bullshit! *cough*. And is that the myrtle beach mermen’s new reliever??

    • b_cham

      March 20, 2012 at 10:55 pm

      @TBVickroy if that was DJ Bluray then I’m Lary Lazerdisc.

  8. RichFromGeorgia

    March 20, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Faker than Mark Zito.
     
    /Zing!

  9. cigarsNscotch

    March 20, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    I believe I can fly. I believe I can touch the sky…..I just don’t believe that he can.

    • celtringham

      March 20, 2012 at 9:46 pm

       @cigarsNscotch great line good sir!

  10. blumanta

    March 20, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    He was only in a coffee shop ,and felt like that ..    bullshit

  11. Franklin97

    March 20, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Are these guys in Amsterdam? Damn they have good shit over there.

  12. Halfastronaut

    March 20, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Where the fuck was this guy when Balloon Boy coulda used a hand?

  13. HoneydewWilkins

    March 20, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    And his alcoholic stepfather never beat him again…The end.

    • shortbusdriver

      March 20, 2012 at 10:38 pm

       @HoneydewWilkins excellent “Radio Flyer” reference
       

  14. Pool Keepers Son

    March 20, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    he was pulled by a car of some kind you can see the tracks at 0:58……BUSTED

    • TyWanon

      March 20, 2012 at 11:46 pm

      @Pool Keepers Son –great catch on the tire tracks……Daedalus would be so proud, that his fucked up son never listened

  15. b_cham

    March 20, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Dear God, make me a bird so I can fly far far away.

    • Cletus from Brooklyn

      March 21, 2012 at 8:00 am

       @b_cham Doesn’t she get the Aids later?

  16. HollyGothic

    March 20, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    He sounds out of breath because he’s being blown on a golf course in the last scene.

  17. yotaruvegeta

    March 20, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    I was going to say “What idiot would say this is fake?” Apparently, 68 percent of you do. What?? Why would this be fake? He flew for a few feet? You think this is impossible? You’ve ever seen hang gliding? This is just hang gliding with wing flapping.

  18. TyWanon

    March 21, 2012 at 12:11 am

    ATTENTION PEOPLE OF WEST VIRGINIA..MOTHMAN WARNING..HIS POWER IS VERY POWERFUL, HE MAY KNOCK BRIDGES DOWN!! be prepared–have your Scuba gear ready, have your pizza and chinese food ready

  19. tommy o

    March 21, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Normally, I would say it’s fake… but the music in the video makes me believe anything is possible. 

  20. FLprodriver66

    March 21, 2012 at 1:34 am

    The Wright Brothers tried this even before they came up with the idea to add a seat and bicycle pedals…Boy are these Dutch behind with their inventions!!!

  21. The Real Big Ed

    March 21, 2012 at 6:23 am

    Man, I’d hate to be walking under that guy when nature called.

  22. TwizzlesMcNasty

    March 21, 2012 at 7:32 am

    If this is real i need to start losing wieght and working on my cardio.

  23. Cletus from Brooklyn

    March 21, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Not as impressive as this…
     

  24. Pistol Pete

    March 21, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I will always believe a flying Dutchman

  25. cal5000

    March 21, 2012 at 11:23 am

    That looks fucking exhausting.
    No thanks.

  26. Midnight Rider Daddy

    March 21, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Play Freebird Man! Freebird !

  27. Midnight Rider Daddy

    March 21, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    He shit on my car ! fucking asshole

    • FanBoy1

      March 21, 2012 at 12:15 pm

       @Midnight Rider Daddy damn you beat me to it. Nice.
       

      • Midnight Rider Daddy

        March 21, 2012 at 12:17 pm

         @FanBoy1 HAH! almost fell over ourselves getting to that gag.
         

    • OllieInChicago

      March 21, 2012 at 12:16 pm

       @Midnight Rider Daddy If it’s white, it isn’t shit.

  28. FanBoy1

    March 21, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Hope it doesnt shit on my Car.

  29. ecupirate

    March 21, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Hicks will be highin and try to fly one time

  30. harlequincy

    March 21, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Isaac Newton was full of shit!

  31. ElectricDave

    March 21, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Fred is just hoping wings will catch on so he is no longer pressured by drawing his shitty hands

  32. Beer

    March 21, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Didn’t Steve miller fly like an eagle?

  33. harlequincy

    March 21, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Warren Worthington III?
     

  34. SpongeSteve

    March 21, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    the only thing more annoying than this fake video is Dan Perlman’s ridiculous accent

  35. SteveAsher

    March 21, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Why is this so crazy?  Marty McFly will hoverboard in just 3 years, has to start somewhere.

  36. OllieInChicago

    March 21, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Amelia Airhead. 

  37. ecupirate

    March 21, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    He does not have the speed to lift off

  38. Cletus from Brooklyn

    March 21, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Does his flapping count as pushups?

  39. bmqq316

    March 21, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Maybe he drank a bunch of Red Bull.

  40. Pool Keepers Son

    March 21, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    he was pulled by a car of some kind you can see the tracks at 0:58…..

  41. ElectricDave

    March 21, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Fake as FUCK, the side shoot of him flapping his arms looks completely photo shopped

  42. Adam from IL

    March 21, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    my evidence is from :34 to :44 it looks fake as fuck

  43. cgiWizard

    March 21, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    you can see the CGI kick in around 0:32 when the camera is shaking.  Keep Avatar in your mind between 0:34 – 0:45, the ‘cartooney’ motion of it is obvious to anyone that is familiar with CGI.

  44. SteveAsher

    March 21, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Ya, he’s not moving fast enough, his legs would just dangle.

  45. ecupirate

    March 21, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    YOu can see the rope at 27-30

  46. Yuuuck

    March 21, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Seriously?  Why  the shit are we even debating this?

  47. jare215th

    March 21, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    yeah watch his legs and the flap above it, it moves by its self

  48. Assy

    March 21, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    If he really stuck his legs out straight he would have turned upright. Fake. His legs would have to hang since lift is “supposedly” generated at hus back and none at the feet.

  49. hachizzle

    March 21, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    testflight 13/14 looks way more fake- check it out- plus every shot of it “working” the camera always pans down first then pulls up and the wings look way different.

  50. TheBlancoNino

    March 21, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    fake. when he lands, the helmet-cam makes it look like he’s staring down at the ground. but the wide shot shows him standing up and looking straight ahead. 

  51. zecket

    March 21, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Here’s an alternate version of the video (13/14):
     

     
    Check the video near 1:49 the camera awkwardly cuts down when they need to switch between the real guy and the CGI guy.  Also, there’s a black box that miraculously appears on the right wing next to the big “S” logo in the CGI version that’s not there in the real one.

  52. Usedtobefast

    March 21, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Total BS. Video angles show amateur editing, and altitude gain is unrealistic.

  53. SteveAsher

    March 21, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    I like the word fjord…

  54. DeepSpaceMoonRocks

    March 21, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    The biggest question in my mind is whether he got his inspiration from Seal or Steve Miller.

  55. BadIdeaSociety

    March 21, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    I don’t believe this because, simply, if someone was able to do this there would be no end to the news media showing up to film him. I may be wrong and we will see another demo on some news program in the next week, but I sincerely doubt that this would work.

  56. chipnicodemus

    March 21, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Those wings look like a pair of UCB Fred’s hands that he draws. 

  57. OllieInChicago

    March 21, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Pegasus, more like Pegashit.

  58. Assy

    March 21, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Also, the range of motion of a birds wings to generate lift is MUCH greater than this pair of rigid wings can achieve in order to get a 180lb human 60+ feet in the air this quickly. Maybe an assisted prolonged glide if he jumped from a bldg, but never a take-off like this. 

  59. MikekWackbag

    March 21, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    No way.  Humans don’t have the chest muscle mass to pull this off.  People have been trying it for THOUSANDS of years.

  60. Shaggyballz74

    March 21, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    23% of the people that watched this video will vote for Rick Santorum

  61. JWedbetter

    March 21, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    The best part is when he shits on the bus window.

  62. TheCheeseStandsAlone32

    March 21, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    I believe its real hard! You can hear the motor on take off, once he got height he had to flap those wings to stay up. I would have done a dive bomb head first about half way through. My wings are out of shape, my beak is in the shop.

  63. HerbWhiteside

    March 21, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Duck Season!

  64. porcupineracetrack

    March 21, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    don’t touch his kids or he’ll abandon them