Why Jaywalking Is a Crime

Have you ever wondered why people driving cars get really angry, aggressive, and flip you off when you’re trying to cross the street on foot or or by bike? There’s a reason for that. In this episode of Adam Ruins Everything. . .

Adam reveals the derogatory origins of jaywalking and explains how the auto industry made it illegal.

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In Adam Ruins Everything, host Adam Conover employs a combination of comedy, history and science to dispel widespread misconceptions about everything we take for granted. A blend of entertainment and enlightenment, Adam Ruins Everything is like that friend who knows a little bit too much about everything and is going to tell you about it… whether you like it or not.

Hat tip to Gena Berglund (@genab61) who alerted my attention to this most excelent video.


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6 Responses to Why Jaywalking Is a Crime

  1. Will November 7, 2015 at 10:58 pm #

    So much so that someone almost ran me over while I was crossing with the light in Lowertown this afternoon. The driver just kept speeding into the turn and I slammed the window to alert him as he was busy looking somewhere behind him for something. He actually left the car in the intersection, came out, and threatened to break me like I was “breaking his car,” somehow. The worst thing is, I know while the letter of the law is with me, it isn’t in reality. Just stay at the scene, say you didn’t manage to see a 6’4″, 300 pound man right in front of you, and walk away.

    What can be done about this state of affairs?

  2. GlowBoy November 10, 2015 at 10:38 am #

    I’d love to watch that video, but it is not true that I can watch it “for FREE!” as claimed. A pay-TV subscription seems to be required. When I’m asked to select a TV Service Provider, somehow I don’t see *my* provider — THE PUBLIC AIRWAVES — listed.

    • Matty Lang
      Matty Lang November 11, 2015 at 12:24 pm #

      Weird. It plays just fine for me. Perhaps try copying the link to it on Youtube by clicking on the title in the video player and give it a shot over there. There may be a pre-roll ad you have to sit through, but there shouldn’t be any tv provider subscription required.

  3. Mark November 11, 2015 at 11:59 am #

    That blew my mind. Shocked…..but not shocked.

    I am in Atlanta this week. No surprise its the background to the walking dead.

  4. GlowBoy November 11, 2015 at 10:39 pm #

    OK, errr … silly me, I was following the bit.ly link (which resolves to trutv.com, which does demand pay-tv credentials) rather than just clicking the embedded YouTube window.

    Anyway, good stuff. Nothing new to those of us who pay attention to these issues, but a really good, entertaining summary and one I’ll recommend to people who aren’t on the same wavelength yet.


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