Sometimes, after shopping at the local mall, I forget exactly where I parked my car in the mall parking lot. But that's nothing compared to Andreas O. who, after partying at Munich's Oktoberfest, could only remember that he had parked his car somewhere in East Munich before getting a tram down to the Oktoberfest grounds. It took him five weeks to get the car back — and only then because he hung posters around the city appealing for help and someone spotted it. Munich police say, "We get this sort of thing all the time." [thelocal.de]
Toyota is recalling over 800,000 vehicles due to spider webs blocking a drain tube for the air conditioning system. This caused the system to leak and damage the airbag electronics. Yet another reason to HATE spiders!!!
At 5,182 lb (2,351 kg) shipping weight, or about 5,400 lb (2,400 kg) curb weight, the three-seat 1974 Estate Wagons are easily the heaviest Buicks ever built, even heavier than the Buick Limited limousines of 1936-42. The 1971-1976 models were the largest station wagons ever built.
For comparison purposes, equal to the weight of three Smart Cars.
According to the rules of the All-American Soap Box Derby, the racing cars had to run by gravity alone. But in 1973, suspicion fell on the winner of the Derby, 14-year-old Jimmy Gronen, when officials noticed that his car mysteriously "surged forward" at the start. Inspection uncovered a powerful electromagnet installed in the nose of his car. A switch behind the headrest activated the electromagnet, attracting it to the metal rod used to hold back the car at the starting line, giving it an initial boost of speed. The cheating scandal shocked the nation. An Ohio prosecutor said, "It's like seeing apple pie, motherhood and the American flag grinding to a halt." [via dailycamera.com]
Where to begin with this long ad? The surrealism of a Corvette on the Bonanza set? The notion that a sexy spy like Napolean Solo would drive a Corvair? The mashup of Bewitched with Bonanza characters, including the ultra-campy Agnes Moorehead? It's a commercial that just keeps on giving in the weirdness department.
License plates may not seem like a product that requires improvement, but Compliance Innovations begs to differ. They've come up with "e-plates" that use an electronic ink display. They cost a lot more than traditional plates — over $100 versus less than $5. However, they allow the DMV or police to remotely change what the license plate displays. So if you're late with your registration payment, "Expired" appears in bright red letters. No state has yet decided to adopt these e-plates, but I'm sure it's only a matter of time. [epoch times]