Asphyxiating the messenger

Found on a list of terms GM employees were forbidden from using: brakes like an “X” car Challenger Cobain Corvair-like deathtrap decapitating detonate disemboweling eviscerated explode genocide grenadelike Hindenburg horrific impaling inferno Kevorkianesque lacerating maiming malicious mangling maniacal mutilating powder keg rolling sarcophagus (or tomb or coffin) spontaneous combustion suicidal terrifying Titanic widow-maker you’re toast worldojeff via Compfight

Well, you certainly showed him!

“We did it because of Barack Obama. He said all those people in the Midwest, you’ve got to have compassion for them because they’re clinging to their guns and their Bibles. I found that quite offensive. We all go to church on Sunday and we all carry guns.” –Mark Muller, car salesman, quoted by BBC News

How to look German

Hamburg sits on the Elbe river, a few kilometers inland. A cunning tax dodge in 1189 propelled it into becoming Europe’s second largest port, and a world class red light district soon followed, surrounded by dive bars and seedy nightclubs. These days the city is keener to present the area through rose-tinted John Lennon glasses, omitting to mention that the Beatles played the Star-Club mostly because they couldn’t get a paying gig anywhere else in 1962.

The Elbe is apparently pretty deep, because the Queen Mary 2 was there. She’s the largest ocean liner in the world, making the Titanic look small in comparison. She takes around 7 days to cross the Atlantic, at a price of $1000+. Mind you, that’s not much more than we paid for our tickets, and if they have broadband on the ship I wouldn’t even need to use up vacation days on the crossing. I bet the food’s nicer than Continental. If they toned down the swanky ballrooms a bit and made it cheaper, they could have a compelling business proposition. But I digress.

Queer eye for the Prius guy

Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender folks are more likely to drive hybrid cars, according to a survey. Because, you know, wanting to save the environment and reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil so we can save the lives of troops abroad is so gay.

Prius envy

I really find myself wanting to buy a Toyota Prius. It has just been chosen as Car Of The Year by Motor Trend. Of course, this would mean learning to drive and passing a test and stuff.

Perspective

Number of Americans killed by cars last year, according to the NHTSA: 42,000 Number of Americans killed every day by health problems caused by smoking, according to the CDC: 1,100