Weird Universe


Save the Manuals?

Experts are predicting that within 15 to 20 years manual-transmission cars might be "virtually extinct." This has inspired Eddie Alterman of Car and Driver magazine to launch a 'Save the Manuals' campaign.

I drive a stick shift, but for one reason only — because it was the cheapest car on the lot (among the cars I was willing to consider). I concede there are occasional times when driving a stick shift is more fun than an automatic, but when I get stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic jams, which happens frequently in the San Diego area, I hate having a stick shift. So when the time comes that I need to buy a new car, if an automatic is the cheapest option, I'm more than happy to say goodbye to manuals forever.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Aug 03, 2012 | Comments (17)
Category: Transportation, Cars

Bad Futurism


If a car this light could ever be built, how would it cope with even a windy day?

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jul 03, 2012 | Comments (4)
Category: Technology, Dogs, 1940's, Cars, Yesterday's Tomorrows

This Can Happen To You!

If you frequently drive on rooftops.

The explanation inside:

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Jun 11, 2012 | Comments (18)
Category: Dreams and Nightmares, Cars

Follies of the Mad Men #167

[Click to enlarge. From Esquire for February 1958.]

1) You are using a childrens' picture-book icon to advertise an adult product. Why not employ the Grinch to sell booze?

2) Even if some parent found this ad to be cute when presented with it in some other forum, you are running it in Esquire, a magazine which, prior to the debut of Playboy, was Swinging Bachelor Hangout #1.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Nov 23, 2011 | Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Literature, Children, 1950's, Europe, Cars

2000 Feet of Hot Wheels Track

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Oct 21, 2011 | Comments (5)
Category: Toys, Rube Goldberg Devices, Charity, Cars

What’s the Big Hurry?

Perhaps the most surreal and post-apocalyptic safe-driving PSA of all times. But then again, 1974 was a trippy year.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Sep 26, 2011 | Comments (10)
Category: Accidents, Anthropomorphism, PSA's, 1970's, Cars

Follies of the Mad Men #157

It took me a while to notice this robot/ghost car has no human driver. That's weird enough. But then to learn the haunted car is on a sightseeing mission to NYC...

What were these guys smoking?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Aug 30, 2011 | Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, 1960's, Cars



Car bras? That's old school uncool! Your vehicle needs a 'stache. Visit Carstache to learn more, especially about their newest, pictured here and available just in time for July 4th!

All thanks to WU-vie Ethan Eyler.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jun 09, 2011 | Comments (1)
Category: Inventions, Reader Recommendation, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, Cars

Rocket Car

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue May 03, 2011 | Comments (2)
Category: Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Technology, Cars
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