Officially, we humans only have five senses: Sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing. But considering all that has been said and written about sixth senses, there may very well be more. No, we aren’t talking about the “I see dead people” one (at least not today), but we are talking about intuition, or the inescapable feeling that something is so even if none of the five normal senses can provide your brain with hard evidence.
Many of you might know intuition by its colloquial name: Gut instinct. And whether it’s telling you to not talk while the missus is chewing you out, or to buy replacement spark plugs from one of the oldest and most respected names in the automotive electrical components biz, your midriff tends to be remarkably accurate. Just ask the guy after the jump.
We Americans spend a lot of time in our cars, so it makes sense that we generally like their interiors to be enjoyable places to inhabit. We like them to be clean, not too hot or too cold, and, perhaps most importantly of all, to smell nice. To that end, there are thousands of different automotive air fresheners being produced to help you give your car’s cockpit the aroma you desire. Of course, “New Car Smell” and “Fresh Pine” aren’t the only games in town; not by a longshot.
Here, then, are 20 of the most, um, unorthodox shapes and scents we’ve spotted.
Customizing cars is a bit of a black art, if you think about it. It’s dangerously easy to cross the line that defines the boundary between cool and outlandish. Sometimes a whip turns out just a bit goofy…and sometimes it’s just so wacky it causes the brains of all who gaze upon it to capsize inside their skulls. It is this latter category of modified machines that has captured our attention on this holiday weekend, so much so that we decided to scour the Information Turnpike for what are, for our money, the 25 most over-the-top rides ever to roam a road.
It’s been said that opinions are like belly buttons, i.e. everyone’s got one. And there are a lot of ways to express those opinions, whether its blogging (between nibbling on the Hot Pockets your mother occasionally brings down from the kitchen), pontificating on your syndicated AM radio show, or slapping a bumper sticker on your car’s tuchus.
That last one seems to have gotten more and more popular in recent years, with increasing numbers of people choosing to spout their views. But sprinkled in among those decals proclaiming that Political Party A is better than Political Party B (even though the reality is that both suck; everyone knows the § Party is the shiz) or that you’re going to Hell for having lingered on the lingerie page of the Sunday Kohl’s ad for more than 3 nanoseconds (Stop giggling; some über-prude is probably printing that sticker as we speak) are stickers that only seek to amuse and bring mirth to the daily lives of people who gaze upon them. (Yes, we know, some of the ones listed deal with politics and religion, but as far as we’re concerned none of them badmouth anyone per se.) Here are 25 of our favorites.
When it comes to a car’s identity, its name is arguably the biggest defining factor. Yes, even more than the styling; would the Mustang be the smashing success it has been for almost a quarter century if it had been called the KB112-C? Would the Jaguar E-Type still be one of the sexiest cars of all time if it had instead been christened the Diabetic Chestwaxer? We’re guessing the answers are “No,” and “No.”
However, for all the brilliant car names sprinkled across the annals of history, there are some that just make you ask a) “What was the marketing department on?” and b) “Where can I get some?” Here are what we feel are 20 of the loopiest labels in automotive history.
A while back we compiled a list of vehicles along with the types of women they were likely to attract. Was that piece unscientific? Misogynistic? Entertaining? Yes, yes and, if we do say so ourselves, hell yes.
But lately we’ve been thinking, “Even if your ride makes a great first impression on your lady friend, what about the first impressions on her dad?” After all, he’s the one who traditionally has the final say on whether you get to see his daughter again or you get to see the business end of a pump-action Remington. With that in mind, we’ve come up with a list of 10 automobiles you should probably avoid rolling up in for that pivotal first contact, assuming you aren’t a fan of forbidden romance and/or picking birdshot out of your tush.