There’s a joke about how there’s more sheep than people in New Zealand. And now, there’s more driving dogs than anywhere else in the world, too. Members of the New Zealand Society For the Prevention of Animals wanted to prove how intelligent their shelter dogs were — so they taught them to drive. Like, really. Three dogs were taught how to drive stick shift. I can’t even drive stick shift! [CBS News]
Need a used car? You may want to consider Bristol Palin’s Dodge Challenger. It’s a 2010 model with only 14,510 miles. You can get it on Craigslist for $27,500 (OBO). And yes, it’s really hers. There’s a picture of her and Tripp standing next to it. Any takers?
Why she would put her car up for sale on CL is beyond me. There are more discreet and reliable ways to sell a used vehicle. Unless she’s trying to get more for it than it’s worth by using her “celebrity” power. Hmmmm. [Buzzfeed]
I’ll admit to holding some not-very-positive stereotypes about the South’s feelings on homosexuality. But the guys of Quality Auto Paint and Body in Roanoke, Virginia, have turned that around. After they heard that local gay college student Jordan Addison’s car had been vandalized four times and covered with gay slurs, they decided to do something about it. Addison says the vandals attacked his car while it was in the parking lot of local Radford University, writing anti-gay slogans on the Volkswagon. So, manager Richard Henegar Jr. gathered together his employees and got donations from other local businesses to fix Jordan’s car. All told, they put more than 100 hours into repairing the car, and presented his new and improved ride to a shocked Jordan. “Once I saw the vandalism that was done to his car, I said ‘That’s uncalled for,” explained Henegar. “‘We’re going to fix your car, that’s the least we can do.’” [WBDJ 7]
Sure, maybe you owe the IRS a lot of money, or your boyfriend just broke up with you. But you didn’t accidentally get yourself stuck in the exhaust system of a car. That’s what happened to this little two-month-old kitten, who miraculously lived through the ordeal (phew!). The car’s owner found the little guy wedged in the car’s exhaust system and assumed that he was dead so he drove him to a local mechanic to be cut out. The mechanic then discovered that the animal was still alive, and he was rushed to a nearby animal sanctuary for emergency intestinal surgery. He’s currently recovering there, and will hopefully be adopted by someone who prefers to travel via bicycle. [Metro]
Marc Jacobs wants you to get laid in your car! Wait, scratch that … he wants you to get lei-ed in your car. Slight difference. Oh, well. Anyway, Marc is hawking a flowery perfume-scented lei for fashionable drivers to hang from their rear view mirrors — and it can be yours for a whopping $57! (True, the air freshening lei comes with a bottle of Marc Jacobs Daisy In The Air eau de toilette spray, which is the real cost behind the $57.) As much as we think Marc’s scents are lovely, we will stick with those $3 air fresheners you can get at Pep Boys, thank you. [Fashion Indie] Keep reading »
People with ugly driver’s license photos, the state of Virginia feels your pain. The Department of Motor Vehicles in Virginia banned smiles—yes, smiles—and ordered all new photo-takers to make a “neutral expression” in their portraits. The DMV would like to develop a facial recognition system to standardize documentation and thwart fraudsters and identity thieves. OK, Big Brother, whatever you say.
Just a cranky DMV clerk barking “No smiling!” isn’t enough, though! The DMV’s software can detect and reject “attempts at exuberance or human warmth,” meaning if you flash some dimples or let your pearly whites crack through your lips, a computer will make you take your picture again.
Even though Virginia is just one of 37 DMV agencies nationwide to use the facial recognition software, Virginian drivers aren’t pleased. Groused one driver, “It makes everyone look like criminals.” [Washington Post]
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