Believe Everything You Read.
"I feel like I am diagonally parked in a parallel universe." - Author Unknown
whoever "they" are, always say "Never explain the joke."
I'm going to explain the joke. Although "joke" in this
case is more along the lines of a splenetic rant.
One of the fundamental problems with American
cars is that the auto manufacturers insist on installing
speedometers marked as high as 120mph (sometimes higher).
This is silly as the very fastest you can legally
80mph. I once drove a car with a 140mph
speedometer that couldn't have hit 70mph if it had
been pushed off the Sears Tower. Another car I drove
was mechanically governed to go no faster than 100mph.
Three guesses how high that speedometer went.
It's a marketing tool that affects the same
irrational parts of our brain that processes religion
as they both promise more than they can honestly deliver. Just
as religion, mainly the judeo-christian variety, preaches
man's dominance over the Earth and, by extension, his
manifest destiny to reduce it to ashes, the overly-optimistic
speedometer says "You're the King of Speed, baby! Let's
wind this puppy out and spew a few more hydrocarbons
into the atmosphere. Out of the way old people and
stray animals! Leadfoot Leo's comin' through!"
Fast cars were novel at the beginning of this century,
when we were still learning just how fast we can travel
on land. But that ear is long gone. We can't all be
the new Barney Oldfield, gunning it wide-open towards
the beckoning horizon.
We all witnessed what $4 gasoline does to the economy
so how about mandating an 80mph limit on speedometers
so that people will begin thinking of cars as modes
of transportation again and stop treating them
as practice hot-rods?
While I'm on the subject let me also remind
you all that it takes a minimal amount of horsepower
to move a car at highway speeds. Currently, our cars
are bought and sold based on their 0-60 performance
and that's got to stop. Limiting engine size would
go a long way towards keeping this country out of future
And they're ALL oil wars.