7 Examples of Urban Entertainment That Could End in Disaster

Posted on September 09, 2010
Views: 33,965

Subscribe to our newsletter


If you've read the article about examples of rural entertainment that could end in disaster, then you already know that living in the country can be a lot more dangerous than you might think at first. But you city folk shouldn't get too comfortable; there's just as much chance of pratfalls and precariousness in the things people do to ward off boredom in urban environments as in rural ones.

That's not to say that you should let worrying about what you or someone else does for fun in the city keep you safe at home with the windows barred and the doors locked; in the case of some of these types of entertainment, that would actually be worse for your health and well-being. Just keep these facts in mind next time you say that you're bored and there's nothing to do, and don't look so harshly on relatively tame activities like watching a movie and drinking yourself into a stupor in your living room.




Running on a treadmill can get kind of boring. Even running around your neighborhood isn't the most exciting thing in the world after the 70th or 80th time. So why not turn your city into an ever-changing adult jungle gym? Parkour, also known as free running, is the art of running, bouncing, tumbling, and leaping around pretty much every surface (horizontal or not) in your city.

It looks super-fantastic awesome when you see other people do it. And in the videos they also make it look pretty easy. Therein lies the problem: the crack in the façade of the activity that makes the whole thing fall apart. Parkour looks easy in the videos because these people have spent years perfecting their techniques. Not only is the average person likely to break bones when jumping off a ledge 15 feet above the ground or faceplant when trying to run up a wall; there's also a high likelihood of harming innocent bystanders. Basically, anyone's body becomes a weapon when it's flying uncontrolled through the air at several miles an hour. Just imagine how bad you'd feel if you tried this out and a stranger ended up breaking your fall with his or her neck. Less injured, perhaps, but guilty nonetheless.


Flash Mobs

flash mobs

Real mobs form when a bunch of people get really angry about something, and in general aren't a lot of fun, though you can sometimes get a free, smash-and-grab stereo out of the deal. Flash mobs take all the anger out of the equation and replace it with fun, giggles, and oddness. Flash mobs have been known to sing, dance, and pretend like they've been cryogenically frozen (in time!)

But here's the thing: a mob is a mob. Get enough people together doing and thinking the same thing, and it's a recipe for disaster. Sure, in videos like this

and this

they make the activity look light-hearted and fun, reinforcing our belief in the joy inherent in the human spirit. But how long will it be until someone decides to make a flash mob that actually performs some of the more traditional "mob" activities, such as carrying torches and pitchforks and ravaging the countryside?


Filmed Pranks

filmed pranks

Pranks are great fun, but usually only for the people not getting pranked. And even though, in some cases, they ruin a perfectly good relationship by making false statements on the Jumbotron at a Yankees game, they tend to result in little less than permanent mental scarring and broken hearts.

Here's where it can go really, really wrong. Some people get really, really mad when they're pranked. Shooting mad, even. And some of those people have guns. Like the delightful fellow in this video clip.

You might think that you're safe outside of post-communist Russia. You might also want to think twice before you torment strangers.


Outdoor Movies

outdoor movies

What could be better than seeing a first-run movie or one of your old favorites surrounded by the sounds of nature (or at least, as close as you can get to nature in a park in the middle of the city) and other people making out?

Well, for one thing, watching movies outdoors is just plain uncomfortable. Our bodies aren't made for spending a long time hunched over in the grass, even with baguettes and warm brie to sustain us. And what happens if the movie is terrible? It gives a perfect excuse for forming a mob, and not one of those happy-go-lucky ones mentioned above. Because when you've got a field packed full of college students and bums with no money to do something better than get eaten by bugs while trying to make out during a movie on a screen obscured by ambient light, you've got a group just waiting to get into a fight.

Page 1 of 4

Latest Articles

15 Myths About History You Probably Believe

15 Myths About History You Probably Believe

It turns out that a lot of what you were reading in history textbooks was wrong, and some of the things you believe are either skewed by false information passed down through the...

8 Prettiest Nations in Europe

8 Prettiest Nations in Europe

It might be hard to tell the difference between women in Europe, but every man with a keen eye will tell you exactly why these nations have the prettiest women.

13 Things You Didn’t Know About the Lord of the Rings Movies

13 Things You Didn’t Know About the Lord of the Rings Movies

The Lord of the Rings will go down as one of the greatest movie trilogies in history, and this year Peter Jackson’s follow-up trilogy The Hobbit will be coming to a close as...

13 Crazy World Records You Won’t Believe People Bothered to Set

13 Crazy World Records You Won’t Believe People Bothered to Set

These are the people who work on breaking and re-breaking world records that no one in their right mind would ever even consider as a legitimate thing. You know, the records that...

13 Famous Fictional Characters You Didn’t Know Were Based on Real People

13 Famous Fictional Characters You Didn’t Know Were Based on Real...

Through all mediums of entertainment - music, movies, books, and so forth - we get attached to the truly great, fleshed out characters who just jump off the page or screen and...

14 Painfully Awkward Family Photos You Have to See to Believe

14 Painfully Awkward Family Photos You Have to See to Believe

No one likes sitting down and taking family photos. After all, it’s always such a weird feeling to have a photographer posing you just a little too close to your siblings and...

13 Incredible Pictures You Won’t Believe Were Done in Pencil

13 Incredible Pictures You Won’t Believe Were Done in Pencil

Throughout time, people have produced incredible art. It’s amazing what people can do with various mediums, from oils, to charcoal, and even, amazingly, the simple pencil. While...

12 Homes for People Who Never Want Visitors

12 Homes for People Who Never Want Visitors

Sometimes, solitude is an absolute delight. It’s okay to be social and friendly most of the time, but now and then you just want to have some time to yourself. And let’s not...