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Help Me Understand Why This Hyundai’s Wiper Aged So Much More Than the Rest of the Car

I’ve got a little Friday afternoon mystery for you: the other day, I was in traffic, behind a 2004 or so Hyundai Santa Fe. Normally, not a terribly exciting vehicle to contemplate. But this one had a strange detail I don’t fully understand: for some reason, the rear wiper assembly seems to have aged at […]

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The Volkswagen Beetle Has Come to an End. The Original Was a Gateway Drug for Weird Cars

Once again, the legendary and iconic Volkswagen Beetle has gone out of production. I say once again, because, depending on how you qualify things, this will be the third or fourth time this has happened: first it ended in Germany in 1978, then in Brazil in 1986, where it restarted in 1993, and ended again […]

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I Made a Quiz to See if You Know the Literal Meaning of Carmaker’s Names

We use words all the time—hell, I’m even using some right now, as I’m typing this! That’s why it’s sometimes alarming to realize that, hey, I don’t actually always know the full, literal meaning of every word I use, especially when it comes to proper names. For me, proper names are usually automaker names, so […]

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There’s a Mystery Car in the First New Episode of Black Mirror That Reveals Exactly Where It Was Shot

There’s a new season of the technology-themed Twilight Zone-like Netflix show, Black Mirror, and the premiere episode, called Striking Vipers, has a passing cameo from a very interesting car that reveals where the episode was actually shot, despite attempts to obfuscate this fact. I’m not going to spoil the episode…Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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This Chart Will Help You Pick Which Lloyd Alexander Is Right for You

If you’re like most people, at some point in your life you’ve found yourself having to make a difficult decision: which Lloyd Alexander do you need in your life right now, the small, inexpensive German car with bodies made of wood and vinyl, or the beloved children’s fantasy book author, best known for The Chronicles…Read […]

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I’m Baffled By an Old Automotive Engineering Mystery and I Need Some Help

I hope you’re ready to dive into some really timely content, getting to the bottom of an automotive design decision that hasn’t really been seen since, oh, 1930. But it’s one I’ve always been drawn to, and yet one I’m not sure I understand. It’s a design conceit usually called the coal scuttle bonnet, and […]

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This Has to Be the Most Uselessly Obsolete Car-Related Thing You Can Own

Here’s a fun experiment: if you know what that car-shaped thing up there is, try to explain it to a nearby child. If you actually manage to convey the purpose of that thing and the surrounding context of technological development, society, and culture that made it a viable product, I’m guessing the child is regarding…Read […]

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An Open Letter of Apology to the Peoples of Earth Regarding My Hair and the Pain It Has Caused

My name is Jason Torchinsky, and I am the person that lives under Jason Torchinsky’s Hair. In many ways, I am the person responsible for that hair, which is why I am humbly and solemnly approaching you today. Recent events have brought attention to the issue of my hair and the pain and suffering it […]

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