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Unusual Vehicles

I've had a blog post about unusual vehicles and unusual vehicular situations simmering for a while. When we got the pictures today, I moved the post to the front burner to serve up now.

Here are some pictures of unique vehicles. For those who haven't seen what the famous smart car looks like (the car that is going to save the planet!), here's one in Germany....

a smart car in Germany

The other extreme is a stretch Hummer...

a stretch Hummer

And here's a stretch motorcycle...

a stretch motorcycle

Here's what seems like the perfect car for most politicians...

politicians can now go both ways behind the wheel

Here's a great vehicle for seniors in retirement communities...

perfect vehicle for seniors

Now for some creative uses of vehicles....

You don't need a truck to haul big loads...

you too can haul loads

Many are opting for motorcycles since gas prices are so high. Try to find the third passenger below...

try to find the small child

It's a shame to see passenger space wasted as it is in the picture below (empty seat at the end of the yellow arrow)...

wasted passenger space

Some wealthy people still opt for large cars with chauffeurs. I strongly suspect that this picture has been Photoshopped....

surely this is Photoshopped

If People Bought Cars Like They Buy Computers...

Automotive companies don't have help lines for people who don't know how to drive, because people don't buy cars like they buy computers. But what if they did?

HelpLine: "Automotive HelpLine, how can I help you?"

Customer: "I got in my car and closed the door and nothing happened"

HelpLine: "Did you put the key in the ignition slot and turn it?"

Customer: "What's an ignition?"

HelpLine: "It's a starter motor that draws current from your battery and turns over the engine."

Customer: "Ignition? Motor? Battery? Engine? How come I have to know all these technical terms just to use my car?"


HelpLine: "Automotive HelpLine, how can I help you?"

Customer: "My car ran fine for a week and now it won't go anywhere"

HelpLine: "Is the gas tank empty?"

Customer: "Huh? How do I know?"

HelpLine: "There's a little gauge on the front panel with a needle and markings from 'E' to 'F'. Where is the needle pointing?"

Customer: "It's pointing to 'E'. What does that mean?"

HelpLine: "It means you have to visit a gasoline vendor and purchase some more gasoline. You can install it yourself or pay the vendor to install it for you."

Customer: "What? I paid $12,000 for this car! Now you tell me that I have to keep buying more components? I want a car that comes with everything built in!"


HelpLine: "Automotive HelpLine, how can I help you?"

Customer: "Hi, I just bought my first car, and I chose your car because it has automatic transmission, cruise control, power steering, power brakes and power door locks."

HelpLine: "Thanks for buying our car. How can I help you?"

Customer: "How do I work it?"

HelpLine: "Do you know how to drive?"

Customer: "Do I know how to what?"

HelpLine: "Do you know how to drive?"

Customer: "I'm not a technical person, I just want to go places in my car!"


I thought of what I posted today when we got some cute pictures today by e-mail. Our daughter Megan and son-in-law Jim have been looking for a pick-up truck for our grandson Drew for a while. They were able to get one for a good price on e-Bay. Here's a picture of our little trucker...

Drew in his pick-up truck


"Revival is obedience." - Dr. Les Olila

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Q: What goes clip, clop, clip, clop **bang-bang** clip, clop, clip, clop?
A: An Amish drive-by shooting.

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10 Comments on “Unusual Vehicles”

  1. #1 Bet
    on May 29th, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    I hate to encourage you too much more in thinking you have the cutest grandson in the world, but that picture makes a great case for it! Too cute!

  2. #2 Rob
    on May 29th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Thanks, Bet! I try never to argue with my readers. 🙂

  3. #3 Carrie
    on May 30th, 2008 at 6:40 am

    I spent a month in Cambodia, and they load up pick-ups, motos, tricycles(the big ones) etc. in a way that made my hair stand on end! Your picture of a family on a moto was almost the norm!

  4. #4 Eileen
    on May 30th, 2008 at 6:51 am

    Love the Smart car! They have quite a few of them in Quebec…makes for a cheaper commute, when you’re stuck in traffic for a couple of hours every day. I don’t think I’ve seen any since I’ve come to Greenville though.

  5. #5 Vikki
    on May 30th, 2008 at 8:16 am

    Love it! I worked for NEC a number of years ago and my desk was right over the cubicle from the customer service tech department. This was back when you bought basically a box and a mother board. You had to add your own video and audio cards, a monitor, software, etc. People would call and say they just bought a computer, turned it on, and nothing was happening. It was a hoot listening to the techs asking what software they were running – duh- is there anyone there who knows – duh – what all did you purchase along with the computer – duh, a screen? Then the techs would have to try to explain why they needed more than just the operating system . . . It was great fun to listen to! The guys were real pros too. They would be sweet as pie to the customer, but when their frustration reached the point where they wanted to kill, they would simply ask the customer to hold for a minute. They would put the customer on hold and really put on a show of throwing nurf balls and sponges around and even walking outside to scream. After they vented, they would get back on the phone and, sweet as pie, say, “Sorry for the hold.” and continue right where they left off. Very entertaining!

  6. #6 Janet
    on May 30th, 2008 at 10:10 am

    I understand why you changed your mind and posted this today. Drew is too cute! And I love the pick up. If they had been available about 15 years ago, my son would have been scooting around in style! We had the ubiquitous Little Tykes Cozy Coupe. They played with it for years until we had to retire it to the plastic car junk yard.

    And thank you for the icon program. It will be a huge help for our dispatchers.

  7. #7 Jessica
    on May 30th, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    Love the comparison to computers! Speaking of which (you being on campus and working with computers this summer), I saw you yesterday when I was looking out the window of my OCP classroom. You never know when you’re being watched! 😉

  8. #8 Jessica
    on May 30th, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    By the way, your system misrecognized (is that a word??) my web browser. I’m using camino, not firefox. =)

  9. #9 Rob
    on May 31st, 2008 at 6:30 am

    Carrie: We saw some pretty wild loads in China also – it really boggles the mind, doesn’t it?!

    Eileen: I don’t recall seeing any here either – that’s why I had to borrow a picture from the Facebook of one of the students currently on the German team. Europe has produced its share of tiny cars, but we’ve also seen some pretty big ones there too, although most opt for the small since public transportation is so available and good and since fuel prices are through the roof!

    Vikki: I laughed out loud at your comment! And my wife quoted you at our daughter-in-law’s birthday dinner last night. Thanks, as always, for your great comments!

    Janet: You’re welcome for the assistance on your computer the other day. I really enjoy helping people do what the Lord has called them to BJU to do.

    Jessica: Oh no! I’ve been spied upon! I hope I wasn’t doing anything too off-the-wall. I was seen several times yesterday on campus clicking my heels…. And I’m not kidding! 🙂 BTW, you’re right about the plugin misrecognizing your browser. Hmm! Thanks for setting the record straight. I’ve never used Camino, though I have tried out Safari for Windows. Isn’t El Camino Spanish for “ugly pick-up truck?” – another unusual vehicle….

  10. #10 Jami
    on Jun 11th, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    I spent the last few minutes going through some ivman’s that i’ve been behind in reading. When I read the church bulletin bloopers to Claire, she has a rather hard time understanding them and I had to give her many explanations, which did not necessarily help her understand. Then, I read her the computer/automobile conversations, and she immediately understood it all and said “that was a lot funnier than the church ones.” Doesn’t that say a lot for our young today? And she’s only 9! Thanks for sharing this one. Very good.