Can you believe it?- 10 crazy laws

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There really are some crazy laws out there and I did see a LOT of lists, but no one ever stated if they were true or not. Which is something I would want to know, especially if I plan on sharing them with other people! So here is a list of 10 crazy laws, of which I could find reasonable proof for 8, and some promising information on the other 2.

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  1. You’ll get fined if your truck leaves a mess in Minnetonka, Minnesota.
    This one is true, but it’s not just about vehicles. As seen is this newsletter, pg. 7.
    ‘It is illegal to drive a truck or other vehicle whose wheels or tires deposit mud, dirt, sticky substances, litter or other material on any street or highway. (Minnetonka). This one is still on the books in Minnetonka under section 845.010 – Public Nuisances.’

 

  1. Dunn, North Carolina, it’s illegal to play in traffic.
    I can’t find anything that shows this law is actually on the books, but it is one that would seem likely since the people who would be playing in the street would probably be children or young adults.

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  1. Skateboarders in Florida need a license.
    This one is actually true according to the Orlando Sentinel. A special license used to be required to skateboard, but the law is ignored today.

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  1. In California it’s illegal to shoot at any kind of game from a moving vehicle, of course, unless you’re shooting at a whale, that’s completely fine.
    According to Etags, this law is in fact true! It’s also listed across the internet as a law, but I really can’t find any actual proof it exists.

  1. It’s illegal to shoot whales from your car in Connecticut.
    Nissan of Norwich says this is true, so it must be. Right? It’s also one of those law’s that’s absolutely everywhere on the internet.

  1. In Alabama it is completely fine and legal to drive the wrong way down a one-way street as long as you have a lantern attached to the front of your car.
    Well this guy says it’s real! Michael Shafer, Personal Injury Attorney

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  1. Texas requires windshield wipers, but not necessarily a windshield.
    I’ve been finding a lot of hearsay evidence on this one, including someone who said they were a Texas inspector on a Cobra forum, but I can’t find the actual law. So jury’s still out.

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  1. Pennsylvania requires any motorist who sights a team of horses coming toward him must pull well off the road, cover his car with a blanket or canvas that blends with the countryside, and let the horses pass.
    Now this is one law I’ve heard about since high school and I am entertained to know that it is in fact true! Here it is cited in the book You Can Get Arrested for That.

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  1. In West Virginia Officials it’s perfectly legal for anyone to scavenge road kill.
    This one is absolutely true. In Marlinton, West Virginia they even have a Roadkill Cook-off, they’ll be having the 25th in the fall of 2017.

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  1. In Oklahoma you’ll be ticketed if caught reading a comic book while driving.
    You really have to wonder about some of these laws… but this one is also cited in a book, It’s the Law!.

Look who’s back! -2020 Ford Bronco

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Back again…  Ford Bronco’s back… tell a friend.
(Sung to the tune of ‘Real Slim Shady.’ Just showing my age here.)

I know, the news has already taken twitter and other social media by storm. I should have written this last week, but you know me. I like to take my time. Like good coffee you need a bit of extra time for ideas to percolate.

I have to say it’s pretty awesome that both the Ford Bronco and the Chevy Blazer are going to be making a comeback by 2020. They’re two iconic US vehicle that have been gone for far too long. I bet this is how people felt about the Volkswagen Beetle’s return for the 1998 model year.

Arbitrary shots of the prototype.

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Such a great shot of the 2020 Ford Bronco! source 

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Look at that suspension. source

What? You’re telling me those are just outdoor shots and there’s nothing there? Yeah, you’re right. That’s because there aren’t any photos of the upcoming Ford Bronco at this point in time. All we’ve got is this teaser.

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Oh, nostalgia. I always thought the Bronco had a great logo. source

The concrete information we know is:

  • The new Bronco is one of four (possibly five) new utility vehicles that Ford is adding to it’s line up.
  • We’ve got the same logo as it was last used in 1996 on the F-150 based vehicle.
    There was also the Bronco II (my family had these) based on the Ford Ranger. FYI, the Ranger is also making a comeback in 2019.

Yep,  two facts. That’s all we actually know. Not really much, is it? It’s all very hush-hush.

There’s been chatter about how the Bronco is going to be Ford’s rival to the Jeep Wrangler JL, and I suppose it will be. As they fill the same space in their respective line-ups. But I really think that the revival of the name is more to do with how well it will do on  the nostalgia factor alone. 30 somethings and older are going to have a lot of memories involving the Bronco and people just LOVE to own the cars from their childhoods. Just look how amazingly well the Dodge Challenger and Volkswagen New Beetle have done. I would bet the Bronco scored really well with focus groups too.

What I want to know is:

  • How many doors will it have?
    2 is iconic look for the Bronco, but are more people wanting a 4-door? Would it still be a Bronco is it has 4 doors and you don’t have to awkwardly climb in to get to the back seat?
  • What body style is it going to have?
    Please don’t make it a cross-over, Ford. We’re begging you.
    (Luckily, Ford has mentioned that the Bronco and the Ranger will share a platform, so we’ll have to see.)
  • What kind of engine will be going into it?
    I know we all want a little bit of power to make off-roading fun.
  • Is it going to be available in 4-wheel drive or an all-wheel drive?
    I certainly hope so. It won’t be a Bronco without it.
  • What kind of mileage is it going to have?
    I remember my family’s Bronco IIs were pretty dismal…

I know, I know I really should also write about the Chevy Blazer, I did mention it. But truth be told? We were always a Ford family…  I’ll leave that to another blogger to cover.

UPDATE: As The Speed Trap mentioned in the comments below, Dana, the longtime supplier of Jeep stick axles, is going to supply solid axles in the front and rear for the Bronco. At least, according to Automotive News who cited an investor presentation from Dana. Thanks for the tip The Speed Trap!

 

 

 

3D printing shifts into high gear

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(I’ve been sick this last week, so my apologies for not posting. I’ve got a chest infection and I’m on antibiotics, but I’m doing a lot better now that I’m not trying to cough up a lung!)

Now I’m a little late to be writing about this one, but have you seen the Divergent Blade, the 3D printed super car? Sure it’s a lot smaller than most supercars, from what I can tell it’s only got a driver’s seat and no passengers will fit. But it can go from 0-60 in 2.2 seconds and it’s got 700 horsepower under its hood. If that’s not a super car, I don’t know what is.

You’ve got to love an automaker who has the confidence to paint their car pink. This isn’t a typical, bubblegum or Barbie pink. It’s more of a metallic red-purple and it’s so reflective I can almost see myself from here. I do think a lot of people would simply call it pink. Most guys would probably prefer it in the silver, as seen below. It does look amazing in the pink though. Maybe in a green or an orange instead?

With 3-D printing becoming cheaper and cheaper, the typical American household can afford to own their very own 3-D printer if they wanted. On the low end of the spectrum they run a bit under $400. I’m not sure how many useful items you could print from it, but you could own one.  You just have to have the knowledge to use the thing or to create designs or schematics for it.

Just think about it. There will be a time in the future when you could print and build your own car! Whether or not you’d want to is a whole other story. Bear in mind that 3D printed auto parts are becoming more and more run of the mill right now. Did you know that Rolls Royce uses more than 10,000 3D printed parts in the Phantom alone? Volkswagen is well known as an early adopter of 3D printed auto parts, better known as additive manufacturing technologies. They’ve been using these technologies for over 25 years. link.

And scientists are doing and working towards some amazing things with 3-D printing, including printing human tissue. They aren’t able to create complex organs like a heart or a kidney, but that is where they are headed. I wonder which would take less time to 3D print, a heart or a carburetor? Then again, the heart would be all one piece and a carburetor isn’t.

And back around to Divergent. They debuted a 3D printed motorcycle at the LA Autoshow last November. They call it, the Dagger. Same semi-futuristic design as the Blade, it looks straight out of iRobot or even a video game. But I haven’t seen any engine details or it’s speed. Do you think Divergent is into bladed hand weapons for the product names? What’s next, maybe a Kris, Katar or Cestus, maybe?

Cars as Gifts: Yay or Nay?

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With Christmas this month I’ve been thinking a lot about gifts, mostly who I need to get gifts for and what to actually buy them. The ‘who’ list is easy, but the ‘what’ can be a bit tricky with some of the people on my list. So to distract myself from that whole mess I started thinking about what I thought about giving cars as gifts. Just to make things clear, I’m talking about an outright gift.  Car bought and completely paid for, not one that has a loan on it.

Now on the whole I think most things can be a gift, whether it’s a jersey/clothes, video games, or a chance to drive super cars. You get the picture. All these things are well and good, but I don’t know if I would ever want someone to gift me a car. I used to think it would be an awesome gift, and how I always hoped my parents would have gotten me one for my 16th birthday. That never happened. But now? No, I don’t think so. Here’s my thought process on that.

Yeah, it would be great to get my dream car, but what if it wasn’t the right paint job/interior or it had the wrong engine, or it had a spoiler or other body mod that I didn’t like. And then you start thinking about comfort. What if my dream car is really uncomfortable to drive?! (You can tell you’re getting ‘old’ when you think that.) I don’t think I could be happy unless I had some hand in actually picking it out. I’m picky, I’ll admit it. Whether someone gave me my dream classic car or my dream modern car, there are so many things that could go wrong. And those things could be an expensive fix for me.

Then there’s the whole thing of paying taxes on the gift. Did you think of that? It’s going to vary depending on what state you live in (or country I suppose), but most often the recipient (that’s me) gets to handle ALL the tax paperwork on it. Does that sound like fun to you? Because it doesn’t to me. So you’re giving me a large gift that I have to pay taxes on. Sure, it’s much less than what I would have paid if I bought it myself, but… that’s still a good chunk of change. Check out this article from the DMV to get more info on tax and title transfers. Link.

Now I am very happy to get car accessories as gifts! Whether it’s new car mats, a trunk liner, or even new rims. I would be one happy guy. Or maybe some new music to listen to while I drive. Pretty much anything car related and I’m good.

What do you all think? Would you like a car as a gift?