About half-a-second before pavement impact is a bad time to realize that emulating all the cool kids who don’t wear a helmet was a mistake, and very sadly for many people their last one. It’s got to feel like the emotion all the people who’ve survived jumping off the Golden Gate describe: As soon as I stepped off, I greatly regretted it. Now that many states have repealed their helmet laws, the temptation is great not to wear one if you’re a certain kind of rebellious youth. All we can tell you is it’s even better to survive to be a rebellious adult. Wearing a helmet greatly increases your chances of getting here, and anybody who tells you otherwise is a stupid fat bastard.