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A Superstitious, Non-Mechanically Inclined Person’s Guide To DIY Car Repair

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My 13-year-old VW Jetta seems to be entering the phase of an automobile’s life where there’s never not something wrong with it. It’s been in and out of the repair shop pretty much constantly over the past few months, and lately it only starts on the first try when it feels like it. I’m determined to drive this car until it literally disintegrates, which means overlooking a lot of minor problems (like the turn signal clicker that got stuck and clicked nonstop for the entire drive from Oregon to Tennessee) and coming up with DIY solutions for potentially major ones. As someone with zero mechanical aptitude and a fondness for anthropomorphism, I approach car repair much like a witch doctor/zoo veterinarian. Here are some of the affirmation rituals, improvised prayers, and erotic dashboard massages that have become staples of my DIY car repair regimen: Keep reading »

Woman Arrested In Saudi Arabia For Driving Her Sick Father To The Hospital

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  • Police in Saudi Arabia arrested a woman for driving, despite the fact that she was taking her diabetic father to a hospital. Perhaps the cops just wanted to warn her that driving ruins women’s ovaries? [Kuwait Times]
  • Illinois has advanced a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.  The bill now heads to the state Senate, where it is expected to pass. [Think Progress]
  • Marvel is bringing back Ms. Marvel and she’s going to be a 16-year-old Muslim girl named Kamala Khan who lives with her Pakistani immigrant parents in Jersey City, New Jersey. [Yahoo News, New York Times]
  • Jailed Pussy Riot member Nadya Tolokonnikova is allegedly bound for a penal colony in Siberia. Earlier this week, family of the feminist punk rocker said she was missing and prison officials would not reveal her location.  She is reportedly being punished for engaging in a hunger strike against abusive prison conditions. [Radio Free Europe] Keep reading »

Driving Ruins Women’s Ovaries, Warns Saudi Cleric

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Listen up, women of childbearing age! Do you ever want to have kids some day? Are you concerned about your fertility? Then never, ever get behind the wheel of a car again. Driving is bad for your ovaries. A Muslim cleric in Saudi Arabia, where it is illegal for women to drive, explained that only men should be allowed to drive cars because:

“If a woman drives a car, not out of pure necessity, that could have negative physiological impacts as functional and physiological medical studies show that it automatically affects the ovaries and pushes the pelvis upwards. That is why we find those who regularly drive have children with clinical problems of varying degrees.”

Saudi Arabian activists who are fighting to overturn the ban on driving should put “reason ahead of their hearts, emotions and passions.” That must be a joke, though. Reason? Women? Ha! Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Lohaidan did not cite actual medical research to support his claims about the affect driving has on the women’s reproductive system, probably because it does not exist. [MSN] [Image of woman rolling eyes via Shutterstock]

Watch This: The Worst First Driving Lesson Ever

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Worst First Driving Lesson Ever
Use the braaaaaaaakes!

Due to a confluence of events including me moving across the country, misplacing my driver’s license, and the Oregon DMV refusing to emerge from the dark ages, I might have to take the Tennessee driving test to get a replacement license. The prospect of taking the road test again makes me feel almost exactly as terrified as I did when I drove to the DMV with my dad on my 16th birthday, but with an extra dose of embarrassment because I’ve now had 12 years of driving practice and I still don’t know how to parallel park. Oops.

I must say, though, that watching this video made me feel a little bit better. I don’t speak Korean, but the internet says this is a video of a woman’s first driving lesson that went so wrong, so fast. I might biff the parking section of my test, but I’m fairly confident I won’t, you know, FLIP THE CAR. [Neatorama]

Today In Things That Actually Exist: The Steering Wheel Desk

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Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Wheelmate steering wheel desk. According to the product description, the Wheelmate is “light enough to carry, but sturdy enough to support a notepad, lunch, or even a laptop.” In the very last sentence, the company cautions against using the product while driving (apparently it’s made for parking lot lunch enthusiasts), but it’s hard to imagine that every tech-addicted workaholic will heed that suggestion. Luckily the product has already been skewered by Amazon reviewers with their trademark brand of sarcasm and satire. “Now I can drive my children to soccer practice without having to choose between their safety and my coke habit,” says one. Another appreciates the Wheelmate’s efficiency: “All the things I can get done while driving – a perfect way to use otherwise wasted time!” There are over 900 more (mostly bogus) reviews where that came from. If you have some free time today, I highly recommend scrolling through. But please pull over first. [Amazon]

3,000 Saudis Want Women To Be Allowed To Drive

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  • Three thousand Saudis have signed a petition asking a conservative Muslim council to consider allowing women to legally drive. The council is said to be consideribg a debate on this wild and crazy idea. Women in cars! Who’d have thunk?! [Raw Story]
  • Meet the blogger behind the Steubenville rape case who screengrabbed tons of the offending tweets that showed this scandal unfold on social media. [xoJane]
  • Also, why does Steubenville football coach Reno Saccoccia still have his job? [Salon]
  • Henry Rollins, of all people, has written a kinda awesome piece about Steubenville. [Henry Rollins] Keep reading »

7 Essentials For A Perfect Fall Road Trip

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Last week, I wrote about a Pendleton plaid satchel that had me yearning to pack it up and hit the road for a fall road trip, and as the leaves have started changing colors, my road trip excitement has increased exponentially. Fall is the perfect time to take a long, lazy drive, because the weather is calm and the scenery is unbelievably gorgeous. Whether your road trip lasts a few hours or a few days, I highly encourage you to take one. Here are 7 things you’ll need to have the best experience possible… Keep reading »

The President Reveals What Malia Obama’s First Car Will Be

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“It’s only a matter of time until Malia gets her learner’s permit so I’m hoping to see one of those models that gets a top speed of 15 miles an hour and the ejector seat any time boys are in the car. So, hopefully you guys have some of those in the pipeline.”

President Obama joked in a speech to the auto industry that 13-year-old Malia Obama will be getting her learner’s permit in a few years, so they’d better get cracking on a daddy-approved vehicle. Hey, lots of parents would like this idea, actually. Hmm, has he stumbled upon a way to save the auto industry? [Essence] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Saudi Women Flout The Driving Ban

  • Today is the day Saudi Arabian women are holding a mass protest by breaking the law and driving. Our thoughts are with them! [Christian Science Monitor, The Daily Beast]
  • Brazil is considering a quota for Sao Paulo Fashion Week which requires that 20 percent of its models be black. If only American fashion shows would do the same thing. [Daily Mail UK]
  • A boarding school in Kenya offers fathers a traditional dowry to secure their girls an education. [CNN]

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Snooki Hits A Police Car In Italy, Italian-American Relations Plunge Southward

Snooki rear-ended a cop car in Florence, Italy, this weekend, sending two police officers to the hospital with whiplash. Snooki, her pal Deena, and a “Jersey Shore” film crew member were being escorted by the cop car, which pinned Snooki’s car against a highway wall after the crash. This surely won’t do any good to improve Jersey-Italy relations, which have been wilting like a bouffant with too much hair gel ever since the “Jersey Shore” cast announced they’d be filming a season in their homeland. Miraculously, though, no limoncello shots (or any other alcohol) were involved in this fender bender! Despite all those trips up and down the NJ Turnpike, Snooki’s just a plain ol’ bad driver. [NY Post] Keep reading »

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