Brilliant billboard for faux funeral home is anti-texting and driving PSA


This brilliant billboard on the Gardiner Expressway in Toronto, Canada is actually a PSA to discourage texting and driving. After this, if Wathan Funeral Home were real, people would be dying to get in. (Sorry.)

Excellent work from the john st. advertising agency and Cieslok Media.

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India trying out optical illusion speed bumps


In India, 11,000 people die each year in automobile accidents tied to potholes or speed bumps, presumably because drivers fly over them, often on purpose. India's minister of road transport, Nitin Gadkari, hopes faux speed bumps will help by encouraging drivers to slow down while reducing the risk when they don't. "We are trying out 3D paintings used as virtual speed breakers to avoid unnecessary requirements of speed breakers," Gadkari tweeted along with the image above.

The optical illusions have been tried in other countries, including the US, as I posted back in 2008.

"Initially they were great," Phoenix, Arizona police traffic coordinator officer Terry Sills said at the time. "Until people found out what they were."

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Man escapes car stuck on precipice only to be struck by bus

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A man who almost drove off a mountain precipice escaped from the teetering wreck only to be struck by a passing bus.

On Saturday afternoon, the motorist lost control of his vehicle while driving along Malibu Canyon Road, leading the SUV to dangle off the side of the cliff, according to Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. Although the driver managed to climb out of the vehicle, he was then hit by a tour bus that was passing by.

He will be OK, according to reports. It's a good job he was hit, actually, because if he'd noticed the bus, he'd have ran away over the cliff edge only to hover in space for several seconds, notice his predicament, then look plaintively at the viewer for a moment before plunging to his doom. Read the rest

The singing road that plays "America the Beautiful"


On a stretch of Route 66 between Albuquerque and Tijeras, New Mexico, engineers at Sand Bar Construction, the New Mexico Department of Transportation, and the National Geographic Channel installed a series of rumble strips that play “America the Beautiful" as you traverse them at 45 miles per hour. Apparently, the jingle of corporate sponsor Nationwide was originally included in the road's repertoire but it has since been removed. Watch the video above about the installation, meant keep to drivers at a safe speed.

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Comparing unusually popular cars in red and blue districts

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Pricenomics looks at the unusually popular cars in Republican and Democratic districts. One group favors American made pickups, the other group likes small foreign cars, especially hybrids.

The cars that are most unusually popular in red states are all trucks and sports utility vehicles (SUVs), and nine of the ten are American made (the exception, the Kia Sorento, is made by a South Korean company, but manufactured in the United States). In contrast, none of the most most unusually popular cars in Democratic areas are American made or Trucks/SUVs. The list of unusually popular cars in Democratic areas is entirely made up of foreign made compact, sedans and minis. These lists are further evidence that there is often a grain of truth in stereotypes.

The Dodge Ram 1500 and the Toyota Prius, the most unusually popular cars in Republican and Democratic areas respectively, are emblematic of the differences the cars driven in these places.

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Test driving a Model T in 2016 requires a lesson

Bloomberg Pursuits' Hannah Elliott took a 1914 Model T for test drive. It has three pedals, but none of them are for accelerating.

Starting in 1908, Henry Ford sold his novel Model T cars as the first to be really accessible to the masses. What's more, he marketed them as easy to handle for casual drivers and (gasp!) women since they started with a button rather than a crank. Thing is, those old Model Ts were still pretty complicated to drive.

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Watch a modern car utterly crush a huge 1959 Chevy

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Here's a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu running into a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air. It's a striking example of how safe modern cars are compared to those from decades past. [via Kottke.] Read the rest

Buy an original "Smokey and the Bandit" Trans Am!


This killer 1977 "Smokey and the Bandit" Pontiac Trans Am, customized by Universal Studios to promote the classic Burt Reynolds/Jackie Gleason film at car shows and other public events, will be sold at auction on January 30! Original Smokey and the Bandit trailer below. From the auction listing at Barrett-Jackson:

Burt Reynolds and McLaughlin Museum present the 1977 Universal Studios Promo Bandit Trans Am from the movie "Smokey and the Bandit." It has been frame-off restored and matching-numbers PHS-documented. Own a piece of history related to one of the most recognized movies of all time. We all loved watching Smokey chase the Bandit in that black Trans Am. Includes Universal Studios certificate listing the VIN of this car, a plaque from General Motors showing the car was used to promote the movie and Universal Studios maps showing scene locations. Title states Universal Studios Promo. Promoted and autographed by Burt Reynolds.

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Watch what happens when you put 20,386 cars into Trackmania


Trackmania is a highly-customizable car-racing game renowned for the insane videos players generate, showing off feats that would be impossible or absurdly dangerous in real life. Feats such as showing 20,000 cars racing simultaneously around the track.

Graham Smith explains at RPS:

The video is the culmination of half a year of work by organiser L4Bomb4, who collected the replays recorded in Trackmania United Forever and Trackmania Nations Forever, then converted and rendered 12,000 of them in the newer Trackmania 2: Stadium. “Unfortunately, the skins of the cars got lost in the process, but I could render with 12k cars at a pretty high quality without the game crashing,” writes L4Bomb4 on the video’s YouTube page. Another person, Danixks, edited the video and used a compositing technique to include 8000 further replays that would crash the game if rendered at the same time. The result is 20,000 cars on a single track.

It really must be seen to be believed: there are so many vehicles they merge into a bizarre fluid, spilling and splashing around the game's vast arenas. Read the rest

Watch this gentleman cut a hole in a Porsche roof to try and steal it


London's Metropolitan Police released a video today showing a man trying to steal a convertible red Porsche.

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Watch this 5-year-old car mechanic replace a wheel bearing on dad's car

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Phoenix, who is in kindergarten, replaces a wheel bearing on his daddy's 2001 Corolla.

I would trust this 5 year old boy with my car more than I'd trust any auto mechanic I've ever taken any of my cars to ever.

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General Motors recalls 1.4 million older cars over engine fires sparked by oil leaks

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Auto maker General Motors today announced a recall of some 1.4 million cars in which a known oil leak problem can cause engine fires. All of the affected vehicles are over 10 years old, and the oldest were model year 1997.

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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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This video proves China has the most insane traffic jams on Earth


“This is what happens when people come back from vacation in China and try to get into Beijing. And you thought your puny traffic jams were crazy.” Read the rest

Review: These microfiber towels are a much better way to clean up spills and messes in my car

There's always this method, too.

There's always some kind of mess in my car. Spilled coffee, greasy hands, fogged-up or bird-pooped-on windows. I usually fumble around for whatever paper napkins I might have stashed away, but then I saw Quickie microfiber towel 24-packs on Amazon for $10. They turned out to be a way better solution. Read the rest

In Volkswagen emissions fraud scandal, proprietary software is the real villain


“Proprietary software is an unsafe building material. You can’t inspect it.”

Columbia University law professor Eben Moglen made that observation 5 years ago. It's timely today, as the Volkswagen emissions fraud scandal--enabled by proprietary software--worsens. Read the rest

Wired's recent “native ad” for Volkswagen vanishes as emissions scandal worsens


Volkswagen's sponsored content may be disappearing around the internet, but the stink about their emissions scandal ain't going anywhere just yet.

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