The Invention of the Parking Meter

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The Invention of the Parking MeterThis is a short pilot mokumentary from the satirical series The Unauthorized History of Inventions by Izzy Abrahami and Erga Netz.

You might think that the parking meter was invented in 1935 by Carl C. Magee in Oklahoma City, OK. but when you watch the documentary you'll be shocked to learn that the Parking Meter was actually found in the Sahara Desert, in the 15th century.

It had since a bizarre history, which is revealed in this mokumentary.

Izzy Abrahami, as the nutty professor, exposes the long history of politicians exploiting their people.

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Comments and User Reviews

  • dickie ticker

    Is he nuts?

  • ez2b12

    All I'm going to say is, I don't get it. Watched about twenty minutes and gave up.

  • Collette

    me neither

  • http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/about/ Vlatko

    The audience is the best judge. But folks just keep asking their documentaries to be posted. They have to be prepared in case their work is not appreciated as they hope to.

  • ez2b12

    To each thier on. Someone may enjoy this, just not me.

  • betty

    i liked it :P its completely wacky

  • James Jackson

    This is a story that had to be told. Luckily I was able to grasp its profound subliminal message and it opened my mind. Thanks. I learned a lot I did not know.

  • http://www.antv.nl Erga

    Unfortunately, you viewers were misled to think that 'The Invention of the Parking Meter' is a serious, scientific, historical documentary, while in fact, it's a satirical Mokumentary.

    The text that you should've read is this: (and I hope it'll be amended soon!)

    This is a short pilot mokumentary from the satirical series The Unauthorized History of Inventions by Izzy Abrahami and Erga Netz.

    You might think that the parking meter was invented in 1935 by Carl C. Magee in Oklahoma City, OK. but when you watch the documentary you'll be shocked to learn that the Parking Meter was actually found in the Sahara Desert, in the 15th century. It had since a bizarre history, which is revealed in this mokumentary. Izzy Abrahami, as the nutty professor, exposes the long history of politicians exploiting their people.

  • james

    Silly!Entirely too silly!!

  • Larry_Moe

    The most important message conveyed in this documentary: White censorship box < Black censorship box.

  • http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/about/ Vlatko

    The introduction of this film was amended according to suggestion of @Erga.

  • stephen cohen

    When I was running the Discovery Channel for Europe, I tried to get the American parent Channel to buy this programme. Izzy Abrahami and Erga Netz had invented a brand-new genre of comedy documentary.

    Sadly, the Americans did not get the joke. Now, almost 20 years later, the world can see what Discovery missed.

    I only hope that some far-sighted commissioning editor will come up with the money to let them make the rest of the series. I am particularly looking forward to the history of the trouser pocket.

  • ez2b12

    @ Stephen

    Sorry Stephen but this will never go over in America. I am from the US and can tell you that our sence of humor is different than the English. English humor is too subtle for Americans. Those comedies that are not too subtle are too silly. It seems you guys go from one extreme to the other. From Monty Python and Mr. Bean (too silly) to The History of the Parking Meter (too subtle) Americans like thier comedy just sophisticated enough not to seem silly but with an imediate pay off, meaning the punch line is easy to get and comes right after the joke. You guys did have a brilliant comedy that i can not remember the name of, it had the Mom and daughter living together. The mom was this groupy-party animal type that had a friend that lived in the building and got into all kinds of trouble with her. They where always drunk, the mom and the friend. Its on the tip of my tongue but I can't remember it. Absolutedly Fabulouse that's it, now that was funny. Something we could relate to (the party animal mom and her friend staying drunk and never growing up) but still was entertaining and not boring.Doon't get me wrong, a few Americans like English humor. But the majority sadly to say are not intelligent enough to get most of it. Besides we live in a world of instant gratification- a world where if you do not understyand that's o.k.- the government will right it out in crayon for you- don't worry about an education- just keep your head down, consume what we tell you to, buy our bs policies and procedures, and everything will be o.k.- Sad but true. The avergae person I meet from Europe has more education, has a better understanding of morals and ethics, and are much-much-much more patient than Americans. We are not a bad people, but we have let bad people take control of our government through our own indifference to politics. They have waged a campaingn to dumb down the average American, and been very successfull.

  • http://www.easyrider-excursions.nl Batya ten Brink

    Thanks, Erga, for sending me the mokumentary. It was obvious to me from the very beginning that this is a comic satire. I think Izzy is a real genius and this movie is so fresh and innovative. Way-to-go!

  • Tom

    I hadn't laughed so hard in a very long time. Ibrahimi is a class act. Comedy really is in the timing and the delivery and this guy really knows how to do it. The thing that gets me in particular is that I generally don't like sarcasm and satire but this is so out there and so imaginative that all my resistance and insecurity just melted away and I laughed. I don't know much but I do know that that takes talent. Thanks for posting it Vlatko and thanks for sticking around to add comments Erga.

    @ez2b12, for someone who doesn't get it, you seem to be quite insightful on the reasons why this would not appeal to the USA sense of humour. It is okay to like something which isn't liked by most others in the country you were raised up in.

    Anyway, Cool Hand Luke eat your heart out! :D

  • nick_kcin

    I thought it was quite entertaining if maybe a little too cryptic, the barking meter joke was pretty good though. I felt like I didnt get it the whole time I was watching but still it makes a good point so I guess I did get it. very weird and worth watching if you want something a bit different

  • Margaret

    Netflix is so liberal they stick!

  • Shane

    I just can't seem to get English humor at all. I get bored of it very easy, 15min in and I had to stop.

  • Type6

    I don't get it. I don't mean to be disrespectful to the makers, but I don't think many people will find this funny, I really don't.

  • Tom (369.tommo@gmail.com)

    Type6,

    I did find it funny because it was so unusual. If more like this came out, I would soon tune out as well. I think you are right though, I don't think most people would find this funny either. There is a reason why fringe comedy is on the fringes. Few people can relate to it in any way. Suffice it to say, even though I personally found it funny, I agree with you that most people would not. Better to say that so that people don't go in with an expectation that it will appeal to most people. It won't.

  • Courtney

    "the inventions of man were always meant for the benefit of man"

    lol

  • Torrque

    @ ez2b12 Nice to see another fellow American awake to these facts! Bravo!

  • john

    Excellent documentary, thank you, though I am still waiting for a movie about the invention of what seems to be more profitable than the barking meter, about the invention of time.

    Thanks for reading.

  • Anonymous

    so lame!

  • toddy

    @vlatko and izzy and erga thank you for a wonderful mockumentry, I may be one of the few Americians that can appreciate British style humour. @ ez2b12 if Monty Python and Mr. Bean are too silly for you( you forgot to bring up Benny Hill another comedic genius a little raunchy , but still funny as can be) then i'm sorry to hear that. Now if you excuse me I must do my silly walk to go see my friend Bruce and his friend Bruce from down under.( those in the know will get the humour in the previous sentence).

  • terryrret

    Great entertainment to bad American comedians can't do comedy without F... at the beginning middle and end of every sentence.
    I guess thats why the best comedian's in the US come from England and Canada .
    Only the second time I've watched a comedy on TDF . Not why I'm here , but a little comedy is good now and again .
    Thanks again
    Terry

  • Doodle

    I particularly enjoyed the historical reenactments that don't even attempt to be historical.

  • wilvid

    Boring! Ifell a sleep.

  • Jenny Meincke Lutzke

    28min of my life I will never get back... :-) I think the British people should stick to Monty Python..

  • Michael Emanuensis

    Quirky, in the best tradition!

    M

  • zBeing

    Wow a documentary that starts with a dog barking for several minutes. Wait, this is a mocku-mockumentary so I use the word 'documentary' very loosely... I'm not sure how it got here. I've watched a lot of documentaries, many about serious issues, this one upset me the most though. In agreement with Jenny, I want the 24:29 seconds I watched it for back!