Trolley Problem
March 6, 2013 12:19 PM   Subscribe

Trolley Problem
A runaway trolley will run over five people. You have a chance to stop the trolley by shoving a fat man in its path. If your first question is not, "is it morally right to do so?" but "how fat does a man need to be to stop a trolley?" this short animation will examine these concerns.
Role: animator
posted by RobotHero (6 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

posted by cortex at 1:51 PM on March 6, 2013

Also previously. You should post an update since it's still open!
posted by XMLicious at 7:57 PM on March 6, 2013

I can tell for certain that I have gone completely sideways because as the nice video guy was calculating the weight the fat man would have to be to stop the train, I was thinking about how the blood and fats would maybe lube up the track, and make the trolley go faster.
posted by empatterson at 8:44 PM on March 12, 2013

Wow! That was very well done.

Hooray for our unstoppable Toronto streetcars!
posted by bonobothegreat at 7:47 PM on March 27, 2013

You didn't answer the question that has always bugged me: Why doesn't the fat man throw me in front of the trolly?
posted by chairface at 6:09 PM on April 8, 2013

The fat man's a patsy, a rube! He's in over his head, he's a mark, a square, he was born for the cowcatcher! If you don't throw a trolley at him, someone else will!
posted by cortex at 6:27 PM on April 8, 2013

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