We know it's not Photoshopped: Wrecking ball smashed van in New York City - but is it real?

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Time to play "Guess the authenticity!"

the latest soon-to-be viral video shows a van getting housed on a New York City corner. It wanders seemingly accidentally through a construction zone to meet the business end of a wrecking ball (can a ball have an end?).

Anyway, boom goes the minivan and then starts the debate that's tearing our society apart in the Internet age: Is it real or not? Prevailing sentiment in most comment fields is that this is fake. It was not on the local New York news and only seems to exist in YouTube land. The logic from one Digger:

Obviously a scene filmed for a movie...

• you can hear the director yell cut

• a normal wrecking ball would drive right through the car, not stop after hitting it (i.e. fake, lighter ball)

• you can see the hydraulic attachment to the bottom of the van that causes it to flip

• PA on walkie-talkie saying "Sara, stand by".

• Guy saying "That was right on target"... obviously he had been standing there watching the scene being set up.

Most believe it to be a marketing campaign, either for a movie currently filming, or, more improbably, for Astro Boy, which is advertised on the side of the bus that pulls through just after the big bash.

Either way, you can beat fun at the ol' ball car park.

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This is what I believe about this video:
- The guy is saying "oh my god" not "cut".
- The "Sara, stand by" seems to be to the person driving the wrecking ball.
- Is not a hydraulic attachement on the car, is part of car... maybe got broken when it got hited by the ball.
- The ball is stoped after hiting the car, you can see there is a second cable attached to the ball.

If you have any idea of what a film set looks like, you would know off the bat that it was staged for something being filmed.

1) The wrecking ball is too light for something like this - secondly, why would someone be filming this at random, and just happen to catch it on camera?

2) There is a hydraulic mechanism on the bottom of the van, thats why if flips so much, so fast.

3) There is a group of people standing off to the side, in the background.

4) Everything else in the video that makes it obvious that this was a staged film shoot.. -.-

you can see a guy with a camera in the back whereing a light colored shirt

Who doesn't love an Internet-fueled Photoshop conspiracy?

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