You’re not helping. Why is that, Leon?

Nathan Weaver is a student at Clemson University. He decided that he wanted to help turtles cross the road.

Weaver put a realistic rubber turtle in the middle of a lane on a busy road near campus. Then he got out of the way and watched over the next hour as seven drivers swerved and deliberately ran over the animal. Several more apparently tried to hit it but missed.


“They seem so helpless and cute,” [Rob Baldwin, Mr. Weaver’s professor] said. “I want to stop and help them. My kids want to stop and help them. My wife will stop and help turtles no matter how much traffic there is on the road. I can’t understand the idea why you would swerve to hit something so helpless as a turtle.”

Sounds a lot like Weer’d Beard and ducks.

(Even though it turns out this was on FARK, I wanted to post it anyway to provoke an emotional response from my younger brother, who should update his blog, damnit. Seriously. He loves that scene from “Blade Runner”.)

2 Responses to “You’re not helping. Why is that, Leon?”

  1. Weer'd Beard says:

    I’ve pulled over to carry a turtle across a busy road.

  2. stainles says:

    I would be surprised if you hadn’t, Weer’d.

    I’ve never run over a turtle to the best of my knowledge, as I usually don’t drive where there are turtles. I wouldn’t risk my own life to save a turtle by swerving, and I wouldn’t be horrified if I accidentally ran over one, but if the situation came up and I could do it safely, I would help one across the road.