If you've ever watched Bugs Bunny cartoons, it's likely you're familiar with scenes of Bugs scurrying in a panic off a cliff, only to look down and realize he's about to fall hundreds of feet. It's a fun cartoonish optical illusion, where the laws of gravity only apply after Bugs has obliviously been suspended in the air.
And while that's certainly not how gravity works in real life, there are times where you realize you're in danger in one all encompassing moment, and you're left to choose to fight the danger or flight your way out of there.
In a popular Reddit thread, people shared the moments they immediately registered danger and got themselves to safety, and it's a testament to just how much our brains want to help us survive.
So, I was walking to my school, and there's this little street with two lanes that leads onto the highway that you need to pass to get to my school. I usually wait til everyone has passed since no one respects the yield, but that day, the guy in the right lane actually yielded which was awesome, so I made my way across. Suddenly as I passed through the right lane and entered the left lane, before my mind could process anything, my body just straight up stopped moving.