For Alexander Tarasov – a Russian laborer who often films his baffling antics to upload to his YouTube channel – life is too short to not be having fun. And by “having fun” we mean “filling a bath with plaster and jumping in to see what happens.” What could possibly go wrong? Well, at this rate, life may end up being way shorter and less fun than Alexander ever expected.
Pranks and stunts can be rife on building sites, but with the array of dangerous tools and materials that are easily to hand, stunts like Alexander’s are not always going to be the brightest of ideas.
Half-naked and ready to bathe, our hero begins mixing plaster in the bath and makes it pretty obvious that he’s ready to jump in. You half expect him to light some candles.
When the mix is ready, he shows the camera his safeguards against any potential problems: a hammer, a chisel and a cell phone. We suspect that some common sense and a good talking-to might have been better options, but to each his own.
Incidentally, Alexander’s other videos include a half-naked plastering tutorial and, bafflingly, a documentation of him wrapping himself from head to toe in electrical tape and eating a watermelon. Yeah, we’re as confused as you are.
Next, as he settles into the bath, there is a minor flash of apprehension – though that could just be the cold plaster catching his crown jewels.
Alexander now seems to get a little giddy as he starts covering himself with armfuls of the wet plaster mix. It’s weird.
Then, not satisfied with just sitting in plaster – because, who would be? – Alexander covers himself from the neck down, as if he’s just hopped into a rejuvenating mudbath.
At this point everything is going great. Alexander rolls and wallows around like a happy little hippo.
He then reaches over to move the camera, and it becomes pretty apparent that he is alone, just like in many of his other videos. He must get pretty bored at work.
The plaster then begins to harden, possibly quicker than Alexander anticipated. In a brief moment of panic he instinctively reaches for the hammer.
Alexander is a man who wears his worries on his face, and his new expression belies his earlier confidence. Maybe this wasn’t such a good idea after all…
The plaster seems to be rapidly solidifying, and Alexander struggles to suppress visual signs of pain.
Eesh, the plaster is preventing his body heat from escaping, so amid the strain and the panic, Alexander is also beginning to stew. He reddens and visibly perspires.
Now real panic sets in. At this point the plaster around Alexander’s neck is almost fully set. Worryingly, it is stifling his breathing.
He seems to realize that he has cemented his own fate and may well be heading towards his very own Darwin Award.
This is the look of a man who has just broken through his self-imposed concreted coffin, no longer destined to go the way of the dodo.
Still, he isn’t out of the woods yet. Alexander starts pulling the plaster from around his neck to relieve his pain.
After the builder takes in a few gulps of air, the relief is tangible as he is able to breathe properly again. Much longer and he may not have had the energy to dislodge himself.
Alexander reaches for the hammer and chisel and manages to chip the rest of his body to freedom. He is obviously exhausted and a little shaken up.
All that is left now is for Alexander to smile and show off the cast of his feet. Two weeks later he died trying to see how many nails he could swallow without dying. Not really, but keep an eye on the news. We wouldn’t be surprised.