Jailed driver used frying pan as replacement steering wheel


A fellow in Adelaide, Australia was arrested for several traffic offenses including using a modified (and magic-markered) frying pan as a steering wheel. From the South Australia Police:

Further checks revealed the car was unregistered and uninsured and had recently been defected and the defect label had been removed.

The 32-year-old from Adelaide was charged with driving unregistered, uninsured, drive contrary to defect, remove defect label, alter number plate and breach of bail. He has been bailed to appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on 11 October.

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Desk made from old jeep hood


This Jeep Desk made from a reclaimed hood is approximately $1700 from Canett Furniture:

Primary material: Metal Secondary material: Wood | Primary pattern: Worn out Secondary pattern: Plain

Jeep Desk (Canett Furniture via Geekologie)

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What does a car crash-proof human look like? Odd. Very odd.


Melbourne, Australia's Transport Accident Commission commissioned an artist, trauma surgeon, and road safety engineer to imagine and design a human built to survive car wrecks. The result is Graham, seen above. From Road & Track:

"The truth is, our cars have evolved a lot faster than we have," says David Logan, a team member on the project and road safety engineer at the Monash University's accident research center. "Our bodies are just not equipped to handle the forces in common crash scenarios."

To deal with these forces, the team came up with Graham. Protecting his brain is a much larger skull intended to absorb forces and fracture upon impact. His face, concave and fatty, is less likely to be damaged. Instead of a silly wobbly neck, he doesn't really have one at all, reducing the potential for spine and back injuries. His skin is also thicker to prevent lacerations, and his ribs have a layer of external air sacks for maximum protection


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Car crash video: tailgaters suck, but so do brake-checkers

Of course, brake-checking is a terrible idea because it could lead to a disastrous accident, and the brake-checker could indeed be liable.

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Watch TV news reporter barely escape car plowing into him


It's a lucky day for KTVU reporter Alex Savidge and camera operator Vaughan Chip. The two were covering a train derailment east of San Francisco when a car was hit and came barreling right toward them. (via KTVU)

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The worst traffic jam you will hopefully never experience

Beijing, China. If this fascinates you, so long as you are not sitting in it, I highly recommend Tom Vanderbilt's fantastic book "Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)."

Below, Tom's presentation at our Boing Boing: Ingenuity 2013 conference.

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Watch this incredible car crash (after which the driver walks away)


On certain days each week, the Nürburgring Nordschleife race track in Germany is open to the public to drive any road-legal vehicle at insane speeds around the challenging course. The amazing part of this particular video is that the driver of the Renault Mégane, a "family car," walks away from the insanely spectacular crash.

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Fantastic car ad by stop motion master PES


PES created this advertisement for Honda. I hope they're grateful.

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Watch: DeSotos in space!


A fantastic TV commercial for DeSoto automobiles from 1957. (via Weird Universe)

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Video: amazing record-breaking parallel parking

No back and forth bullshit when Han Yue made the Guinness World Record for the tightest parallel park, 8 cm (3.15") in a MINI 3-door Hatch, during the China Drift Championship. Read the rest

Darth Vader's car

Darth Vader's car as imagined and built (life-size) by Hot Wheels. Read the rest

How car crash test photography is done

When you're finished, here's more car crash test porn from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. (via Laughing Squid) Read the rest

Boing Boing's Happy Mutant Mobile: the creation continues!

The Boing Boing Happy Mutant Mobile creative conceptualizing continues!

Boing Boing's Happy Mutant Mobile... so far!

Our picks from the first round of ideas for the Boing Boing Happy Mutant Mobile!

Extreme DIY car mods: Volvo with a wood-burning stove for heat

Wood burns in a stove as Pascal Prokop drives his totally baller 1990 Volvo 240 station wagon during cold winter weather on a road near the town of Mettmenstetten, some 25 kilometres south of Zurich, on February 9, 2012. Prokob built in the stove by himself and got an operating permit by the Swiss technical inspection authority. As I publish this blog post, it is 15ºF in the town where he lives and drives.

Pros: S'mores while driving are possible. Cons: the stove occupies the spot where one's significant other might be seated. Oh, and, you know: fire?

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NASCAR prayer (video)

[Video Link] A pre-race prayer at the NASCAR Nationwide series race in Nashville Tennessee, on July 23, 2011. "We want to thank you, Lord, for these mighty machines.... Lord I want to thank you for my smokin' hot wife.... Boogity Boogity Boogity. Amen." (via Tabitha Hale on Google+) Read the rest