man doing backflip off car

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Florida man has brush with death while backflipping off a car

'My boy almost lost his life smh.'

 

Jay Hathaway

Internet Culture

Published May 12, 2017   Updated May 24, 2021, 2:34 pm CDT

“My boy almost lost his life smh,” tweeted Florida resident “Tommy from Broward” earlier this week. And he’s not wrong: His boy did a backflip off of a parked car, and it ended up mere inches from disaster.

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It wasn’t because he didn’t stick the flip—he did, barely—but because he almost stumbled off the curb and directly into traffic. He barely avoided a car speeding by.

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If he hadn’t caught himself with his hands, this would be a very different video. He almost went from Twitter to LiveLeak, which has a much looser policy toward footage of death.

The video, taken by Tommy’s friend @regaljuice, went epidemically viral on Twitter, with tens of thousands of likes and retweets. And, of course, everyone was ready with jokes and reaction GIFs:

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https://twitter.com/po_thepioneer/status/862121786691002377

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The best, though, was from Tommy himself, who jokingly called his very lucky friend “Lil Flip” (like the rapper).

https://twitter.com/TommyFrmBroward/status/862431412275875840

The internet is used to Florida residents doing dumb things, but it somehow never gets old. At least this one didn’t end in tragedy.

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*First Published: May 12, 2017, 6:05 pm CDT