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In Russia, speed bumps are just a suggestion
Only chumps pump brakes for a hump.
When learning to drive, I can recall being scolded by my dad for taking a speed bump too hard. “It’s bad for the car,” he said, or something—I wasn’t paying attention. To be honest, I was daydreaming of a world in which people are a bit more cavalier with their vehicles (and lives).
Turns out that place is Russia, where speed limits are more like suggestions than laws, and any obstacle designed to slow you down is a challenge, if not an invitation to play action hero.
Not sure which is more satisfying—that the drivers here think nothing of catching some air, or how the dudes behind the dash cam give out an excited “Yes!” every time they do.
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'