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Viral Comets: Truck Saves Plane

January 22, 2020

Greetings Children! *Exhaling exasperatedly* I-I am beside myself. If you recall, last time I deconstructed the popular “Miss Ping” video. Well the creators responded, in full force! They tried to prove me wrong by re-making the video using a more voluptuous girl and all the same techniques with slight alterations. And to show how confident they are they published the new video at half the resolution of the original. This is now a matter of honor. I vow that I will not rest until I’ve debunked every single- *gasp as beeping is heard* I almost forgot! It’s not too late. We don’t wanna miss this. A comet. Not just any comet. A viral comet. You see, most viral videos burst into social consciousness and then disappear just as quickly into the annals of pop culture history. Leaving us to wonder what we ever liked about the Numa Numa kid or planking. But some videos mostly ones about fake accidents, conspiracies, or alternative medicine claims come back again and again. Take for instance the truck saves plane video, this astonishing news excerpt shows a daring rescue of a plane whos landing gear is jammed. It’s been around for years, and is obviously fake, but continues to be posted by random people and believed by random others. Join me on “The Ship of Outrage” to explore the ridiculousness of this, and other, Viral Comets. To understand the nature of this viral comet we must go back in time to the moment of its birth in the year of our lord, twenty hundred and eleven. *yells comedically as he falls* Even back then when the video first appeared there were those who questioned its authenticity. (Non-believer)”This video is an illusion” But the powerful majority of un-discerning viewers disagreed. (Powerful majority of un-discerning viewers)”Blasphemy! All internet videos are real! Recant! Or face punishment for your skepticism” (Non-believer)”I will do no such thing, it is fake and you would see this too… if only you’d open your eyes. The plane, she has no airline markings. Just like the news graphics have no station ID! The Contrast of the plane and its shadow is visibly different from the background. All the people look like Costco catalog models, and even though they are describing a harrowing near-death experience from minutes earlier They speak with the ease and clarity of an infomercial testimonial, lit perfectly at an airport terminal. The hero guy pimps the trucks technical features and the truck itself looks like a shiny showroom vehicle… after a freaking 400 ton plane smashed onto it! And also, there’s a disclaimer at the very begining that says the whole thing is not real. What are you stupid?” (Powerful majority of un-discerning viewers)”Oh snap!” It’s just a grass roots viral ad. Originally posted on an innocent YouTube channel by the multi-national advertising agency, TBWA. But you won’t find it there now. The campaign is long over and a crazy plane accident is no longer “on message” for Nissan. But do a search and you’ll probably see the video posted as recently as a couple months ago by some random user. Real or not, it’s a lasting viral hit. And we all need a little dose of “attention” every now and then. Oh yeah. That’s the stuff. But I wouldn’t get too hung up on the fact that people repost the video as their own. You see, this ad itself is not original. It’s premise and main visual set piece already existed in another video posted on the web back in 2000. It’s an independent short film entitled “405”. A funny and exciting action piece about an airliner making an emergency landing on top of an unsuspecting SUV. And it advertises… nothing. It’s just cool and creative. What took dozens of executive account co-executive associate producers in charge of executive accounts hundreds of thousands of dollars to create by hiring the visual effects vendor of “Firefly” and “Battlestar Galactica” Was done more convincingly, and in a more entertaining way by a couple of indie film makers in three months on their home computers a decade earlier. But the life cycle of a web meme is always the same… “405” is arguably the worlds first successful internet viral video. Having been seen and shared by millions five years before YouTube was even conceived. And even though both its creators went on to careers in visual effects, the film became just another viral comet. Obscure enough for a corporation to completely lift its idea for a commercial while random YouTube users continue to post it as their own. Some even collecting ad revenue which I don’t think goes to the film makers. All of this can be avoided if you make it a habit to always go to the source. When you see an interesting video trending, don’t follow the clickbait link to an embedded player and cite some pointless blog article. “Present company excluded” Instead, search for it yourself and go to the oldest existing post. You’re more likely to find the original creator. Reward them with your views. And see the video in its original context. Or you might find something even better. Then relax take a deep breath- *loud inhale, choking sounds, then gulp* -and enjoy the creativity. *outro music begins playing* But now I’m afraid it’s time for me to go kids, a graduate student in Wyoming is browsing the Templeton Foundation’s website. Remember, love with your heart, use your head for everything else! Captain Disillusio-


  • Reply Alia Machesky July 15, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    I was born in 2011!

  • Reply byw July 19, 2019 at 1:12 am

    No one thought it was weird that a truck's suspension that's built to take probably 1,000 lbs was supposed to have supported an entire airplane without budging an inch?

  • Reply apb 134 July 26, 2019 at 11:35 pm

    That Niel DeGrass Tyson impression was GOLD

  • Reply Krackalackin619 July 31, 2019 at 7:56 am

    Was this just a viral ad for buckyballs??

  • Reply Isaac Newton August 1, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Lmao, the video length is just perfect…

  • Reply Bishwa jit August 1, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    I saw this video in 2019
    And searching if it's real.and find yours

  • Reply Jacob Reichert August 3, 2019 at 8:47 am

    why does he sound like Cesar from JJBA battle tendency. lmao

  • Reply mzzzyy August 4, 2019 at 6:57 am

    5:33 nice shadow

  • Reply Derf ? August 4, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    I think that was Boeing 727…
    It looks realy like it… But i can be wrong
    [*] for all boeing's 727 :c

  • Reply zakura ayame August 5, 2019 at 11:53 am

    With CD's skills, I must assume the enlarged eyeballs in the glasses was an editing trick, since the glass didn't seem thick enough to cause that degree of magnification

  • Reply ISLIPPEDONMYBEANS ! August 5, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    Do you ever get sick of cleaning silver goop out of your Pinna and External Auditory Canal?

    Googled ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Watzetzface August 8, 2019 at 2:01 am

    I always knew this one was fake. I explained it that the truck would not be able to hold the plane at all. It would actually run right through it. Then there is the trucks speed. It just wasn't going fast enough. Never saw the fictionalization claim. That is funny.

  • Reply AkiRa22084 August 15, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    A plane should have crashed on you at the end ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply Russell Moore August 16, 2019 at 7:51 am

    Looking at his eyes through the glasses in the beginning literally gave me a migraine.

  • Reply Jackson Stein August 17, 2019 at 1:19 am


  • Reply Deady DeadSh0t August 18, 2019 at 6:59 am

    That ending scared the crap out of me.

  • Reply Rafael Suprayogi August 19, 2019 at 11:30 am

    Weight : Am i a joke to you?

  • Reply Angelo Duenas August 19, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    5:34 Your marbles don't cast shadows
    Ha! I have outwitted you! And now I can just scroll through the other 1.1k comments and hope they didn't notice the flaw. ๐Ÿ˜ž

  • Reply A Robloxian August 20, 2019 at 11:00 am

    my father fell for that video……Weird……I knew the video was off when i saw it

  • Reply Francois Dastardly August 21, 2019 at 8:59 am

    Captain GENIUS !!

  • Reply Emily Rose Lacy-Nichols August 22, 2019 at 3:35 am

    What have you done with Neilโ€˜s ship of the imagination?!
    Brilliant video!!! You hit all the beats perfectly!

  • Reply Nicholas Bos August 23, 2019 at 12:17 am

    Where can I get those glasses at 0:35

  • Reply Werkhs August 25, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Hahaha those glasses

  • Reply Heath Craig August 27, 2019 at 1:36 am


  • Reply Stattycat August 27, 2019 at 2:35 am

    I like how he doesnโ€™t care about the comeback of the fake stunt

  • Reply Rody's games September 1, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Thats an strong truck

  • Reply MindDrift September 1, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    Yes! Yes! Yes! The old style! I miss it!!!

  • Reply Ethan Hunt September 1, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    Oh man, i laugh and laughโ€ฆ Lol

  • Reply Tunquenino September 1, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    Love COSMOS

  • Reply Mystery Man September 1, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    The Templeton Foundation is a very, shall we say, interesting one. I had to do a little research into it for the debate it sponsored. Boy, was that fun literally talking about how they really want one side to win.

  • Reply Teho Plays September 2, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    huffing paint

  • Reply Volley Fire September 6, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    Dude, thunderbirds did it first

  • Reply Rahul Gosavi September 8, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    AHAHAHAHAHAH C O S M O S !!!!! "Ship of outrage"!!! Lmfaoo THIS MAN IS A GENIOUS

  • Reply Notes and Nerds September 8, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    a few years late to the show. Your gimmick at the end. Intentional? I recall an old episode of "Amazing Stories" in 1985. The Main Attraction. A boy that, in this story, was struck by a meteor that made him magnetic. The irony…no pun intended there, ironically…okay, that pun was intentional…was that a girl that was the class nerd was struck with a portion of same rock. The twist being the portion she was struck with was polar opposite to his.

    Anyway, every time I see this stunt…that is what I recall.

    By the way…been binging your stuff. Love the content.

  • Reply Avi Mehenwal September 21, 2019 at 10:06 am

    I love your videos ๐Ÿ˜€ Your channel is rewarded my subscription ๐Ÿ™‚ Cheers

  • Reply Abraham Jin September 21, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    Wait a minute… that video was called 405??

  • Reply Really Random September 22, 2019 at 10:17 am

    This is amazing

  • Reply origionalwinja September 23, 2019 at 2:23 am

    that video was a ripoff of "the 405" comedy video. i dont know a single person that thought any of these were real…im losing faith in humanity

  • Reply Paytrapicly September 25, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    Hehe the cosmos show remake

  • Reply Nexos XV September 27, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    They are so confident that they produced it at half the quality


  • Reply Illuminator September 27, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    I see no comet.
    However, with face recoginition, it should take only minutes to establish the identities of all people in your video.

  • Reply Rishab Tirupathi September 29, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    oh its that show by neil degrasse tyson

  • Reply unknown Knife September 30, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    What happened to these

  • Reply John Tailing October 3, 2019 at 12:53 am


  • Reply RaMeJ Animations October 5, 2019 at 6:03 am


  • Reply RD Siddarth October 6, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    That's actually a truck ad

  • Reply Magik Coffee October 7, 2019 at 11:39 pm

    Youโ€™re like the exact opposite of Shane Dawson ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Reply FireMage October 8, 2019 at 11:49 am

    Buckyballs! I threw mine in the garbage disposal as a kid after reading about them being 'life-threateningly dangerous.'

  • Reply not me October 8, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    Loved the cosmos parody

  • Reply Yung Washcloth October 9, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    4:34 the dildo song

  • Reply JomoArtz October 9, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    Just what to say that I don't care but you forgot the shadows at the magnet part and magnets would not part like it is shown in the bit

  • Reply Juan Mena October 10, 2019 at 10:15 am

    HoLy sHiT ThAt BoIlEr Is asS BiG AsS a FrIDgE

  • Reply OOF October 10, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    3:26 hold on did captain d just parodic Bucky balls becoming illegal

  • Reply Steve Kay October 10, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    Oh my goodness I hope you didn't choke on those magnets at the end of your video.

  • Reply Thatrust? October 11, 2019 at 6:22 am

    1:22 let me guess, it was a truck ad?

  • Reply Richard Santalone October 12, 2019 at 12:42 am

    1:29 the ship of outrage is goddamn funny

  • Reply Amolix October 13, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    Holy crap I was 7 when I first watched this

  • Reply Doot Mc. Doot October 14, 2019 at 3:06 am

    I too, like magnets

  • Reply N R October 15, 2019 at 11:31 am

    How much did those glasses hurt to see thru

  • Reply EpicDudeLee MrCringe October 15, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    "Matter of honor"
    Puts on silly glasses

  • Reply Fearless123 October 16, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    At 4:34 if you pause the second most viewed that week is "The Dildo Song". Im not kidding

  • Reply Fireflash October 17, 2019 at 6:13 am

    The premise is actually from Thunderbirds ;P

  • Reply Tanner Brown October 17, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    can we just appreciate that the video was 6:09

  • Reply Ristanrammann , October 18, 2019 at 12:34 am

    You are my most favoritest

  • Reply Michael Murphy October 18, 2019 at 1:15 am

    This is way too good for YouTube.

  • Reply Logan Joseph October 18, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    You destroyed their channel lol

  • Reply Tristate October 19, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    love the cosmos parody

  • Reply Tech Help Portal October 20, 2019 at 12:12 am

    I wayched 405 on YouTube

  • Reply Life of Nick October 20, 2019 at 4:30 am

    Love the cosmos spinnoff

  • Reply Akhilesh Rajbhar October 21, 2019 at 3:28 am

    This world is an Illustration…

  • Reply Jonny Glendinning October 21, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    IM DEAD IM HONESTLY DEAD! He did a spoof of cosmos!!!!

  • Reply Win090949 October 24, 2019 at 8:46 am

    The truck doesnโ€™t have a shadow

  • Reply Black Fang October 28, 2019 at 11:53 am

    So THIS is where the Buckyballs Challenge comes from!?

  • Reply NoobGaming October 29, 2019 at 1:33 am

    The COSMOS scenes were so exact to the TV show it blows my mind… Good work CD.

  • Reply k e y e f s i November 1, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    i need more youtubers like this ๐Ÿ™

  • Reply Random Boss November 6, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    It's fake
    The truck would break apart cuz of the weight of the plane, one tire itself can break the pickup truck. Easy.

  • Reply Edzitis November 25, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    Now I know

  • Reply Kay December 3, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    O O O H S N A P

  • Reply Dat Stoplight December 9, 2019 at 7:08 am

    5:04 Either its my computer or those magnets look… offf

  • Reply Abhi345 December 17, 2019 at 5:34 am

    Well shit… I used this as a part of a project back in 6th grade… UMMM

  • Reply RAID SHADOW LEGENDS December 17, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    The truck would be rekted

  • Reply Large Chonky Nugget December 22, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Nigga eats magnets

  • Reply Jason Ye December 23, 2019 at 12:53 am

    He kirby or something?

  • Reply Bryan Beck December 23, 2019 at 10:45 pm


  • Reply skollaxer December 26, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    5:53 haters will say itโ€™s fake

  • Reply Spy boys December 29, 2019 at 7:48 am

    The story style is just like cosmos story

  • Reply Deep oza December 29, 2019 at 10:49 am

    Is your makeup also a VFX ??????๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Reply Electric Sway December 30, 2019 at 1:02 am

    RIP Captain D, 5:54

  • Reply LilKubs January 1, 2020 at 3:25 pm


  • Reply Uncle Phil January 4, 2020 at 11:45 am

    That water heater is twice the size of your body, are you 2.5 feet tall?

  • Reply chill shears January 5, 2020 at 3:13 am

    the fictionalization part killed me

  • Reply Barry Allen January 5, 2020 at 9:21 am

    Hi dad.

  • Reply Finley The Cat January 10, 2020 at 3:41 am

    Lol you gave someone drugs for a box of buckyballs

  • Reply Daniel Astillero January 10, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    C O S M O S

  • Reply Corey January 11, 2020 at 4:53 am

    I remember all the crazy Nissan Frontier ads. There's one where people freak out as the truck tumbles down a wicked tall cliff, then it just drives away. They all looked really good for the time they were made.

  • Reply Seaworth January 12, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    This reminded me of some planes with no markings back from 2001

  • Reply Swastik Pathak January 13, 2020 at 3:32 pm


  • Reply Bastian Meerhof January 18, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    One things that also us fake that truck can probely only lift about 7 tons maybe less vut that plane wais way way more like hundreds of tons

  • Reply helperbot 2000 January 21, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    ah buckyballs

  • Reply Coolkat Gaming YT January 21, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    You have to like this if you read this title as "Viral Comments: Truck saves plane"

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