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PostHeaderIcon Real or Fake: Human Slingshot

There’s something to be a said for a stuntman that signs off on a stunt like this. Either he’s gone completely mental or he was crazy from the beginning. Regardless, sitting in a human slingshot and allowing someone catapult you from one building to another in Dubai isn’t the kind of thing any of us would want to do, even if the stunt somehow turned successful. Unfortunately for this stuntman, that wasn’t the case. Or was it?


Before you start screaming in horror at how this stunt went horribly wrong, it has an after-the-fact disclaimer. The whole thing was a staged stunt conducted by Careem, a transportation network company based in Dubai. The stunt itself took place in 2016 and before anybody knew it was staged, it caused an uproar on the Internet regarding its authenticity.

Soon after that, Careem released a follow-up video admitting that the video was nothing but a ruse. In true marketing form, the company attached a tag line to go with the viral marketing stunt. Apparently, “there’s a better way to get around,” and that “better way” is Careem.

I’m not sure I’m going to trust the company after a stunt like this – its cars might be rigged with some ejection seats! — but I will admit that the campaign was incredible. It was entertaining and more importantly, it caused quite the controversy. And as someone once said, “controversy creates cash.”

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PostHeaderIcon Epic Life Hack – German Man Uses Smartcars to Stop People From Parking Near His Driveway

If you’ve ever heard of the expression “First World problems,” you’ll be thinking a lot about it once you’re done with this doozy of a story. A German man who lives in the affluent neighborhood of Oberkassel in Germany had a problem with people parking too close to his driveway. To address that problem, he decided to buy a pair of smart ForTwos and parked them on either side of the driveway. It’s probably one of the most expensive ways to mark your territory, but the man did it anyway because he could.

According to German news site RP Online the ForTwos have been on guard duty for three years now. The man’s neighbors even say that two city cars have left their spots only once since they set up shop there back in 2015, presumably to renew their registration or get serviced for being idle too long.

As for the man’s reasons? Apparently, his problem wasn’t about having his driveway blocked by cars or having cars parked (legally) on either side of his driveway. He just wants the entire space for himself because he wanted as much room to comfortably enter and leave his driveway with what neighbors say is an SUV. That’s it. That’s his reason.

To make this story more interesting, his ForTwo bookend strategy is reportedly legal under Dusseldorf’s traffic laws. According to the city’s Traffic Management Office, the ForTwos can stay parked where they are as long as they can be driven away if needed.

It’s hard to say if the man is crazy or a genius for marking his own territory this way. Perhaps it’s even a combination of both. Either way, this is one instance where the expression “First World problems” definitely applies.

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PostHeaderIcon Man Charged With DUI After Ordering Burrito At Bank

Look, we’ve all been there. It can happen without warning. Maybe you’re coming home late after a night at the bars, or maybe you’re just sitting around socializing with friends, or possibly you’re camped out on the couch enjoying some video games, when bam – the munchies strike. But this is no ordinary hunger. This is the sort of craving that can only be satisfied by the greasy all-American institution of fast food. Totally understandable, right? Unfortunately for one 28-year-old Florida man, the lust for delicious mass-produced meals ended up costing him a bit more than the anticipated $3.19 advertised price for a Burrito Supreme.

You see, rather than enlisting the help of a sober buddy or a ride-hailing service, the man in question allegedly decided to climb behind the wheel and set out in search of culinary satisfaction while under the influence of powerful narcotics. The hunt landed him somewhere a bit unexpected – the parking lot of a local Bank of America. According to an official police document published by The Smoking Gun, the Hernando County Sheriff was called to investigate a suspected impaired driver. The document states that the bank manager “advised there was a white male operating a blue Hyundai sedan to be unconscious in the bank’s drive-thru lane.” The manager then stated he “made contact with the driver after beating on the window for ’some time’ before the driver later woke up. Upon waking up,
the driver asked [the bank manager] for a burrito before driving away after being informed he was not at Taco Bell.”

When police arrived, they found the defendant parked with the engine still running. Upon speaking with him, the police observed “delayed reaction to questions as well as slowed movements of his extremities.” The driver also made several statements that were “differing from reality such as having his air conditioning running in the car when the heat was on while the temperature outside was in the mid-40s.” Police then performed a field sobriety test and eventually arrested the driver, confiscating “a quantity of Oxycodone and Alprazolam (Xanax) found on the defendant’s person for which he has a prescription.”

Next time, just get delivery.


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PostHeaderIcon Man Charged With DUI After Ordering Burrito At Bank

Look, we’ve all been there. It can happen without warning. Maybe you’re coming home late after a night at the bars, or maybe you’re just sitting around socializing with friends, or possibly you’re camped out on the couch enjoying some video games, when bam – the munchies strike. But this is no ordinary hunger. This is the sort of craving that can only be satisfied by the greasy all-American institution of fast food. Totally understandable, right? Unfortunately for one 28-year-old Florida man, the lust for delicious mass-produced meals ended up costing him a bit more than the anticipated $3.19 advertised price for a Burrito Supreme.

You see, rather than enlisting the help of a sober buddy or a ride-hailing service, the man in question allegedly decided to climb behind the wheel and set out in search of culinary satisfaction while under the influence of powerful narcotics. The hunt landed him somewhere a bit unexpected – the parking lot of a local Bank of America. According to an official police document published by The Smoking Gun, the Hernando County Sheriff was called to investigate a suspected impaired driver. The document states that the bank manager “advised there was a white male operating a blue Hyundai sedan to be unconscious in the bank’s drive-thru lane.” The manager then stated he “made contact with the driver after beating on the window for ’some time’ before the driver later woke up. Upon waking up,
the driver asked [the bank manager] for a burrito before driving away after being informed he was not at Taco Bell.”

When police arrived, they found the defendant parked with the engine still running. Upon speaking with him, the police observed “delayed reaction to questions as well as slowed movements of his extremities.” The driver also made several statements that were “differing from reality such as having his air conditioning running in the car when the heat was on while the temperature outside was in the mid-40s.” Police then performed a field sobriety test and eventually arrested the driver, confiscating “a quantity of Oxycodone and Alprazolam (Xanax) found on the defendant’s person for which he has a prescription.”

Next time, just get delivery.


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PostHeaderIcon Bait & Switch: Tesla Swaps Model 3 Headliner from Alcantara to Textile

Tesla has found itself in the middle of a new controversy, though the issue has nothing to do with its autonomous driving technology going awry. The issue at hand revolves around the Model 3’s headliner and the material that’s being used on it. Apparently, some owners who have taken delivery of their Model 3’s were surprised to see that the headliner in their cars was covered by weaved textile as opposed to Alcantara.

The issue is cosmetic in nature, but it still left a handful of new Premium Model 3 owners fuming over what they believe to be a bait-and-switch tactic that Tesla is using to sell its new model. While the electric car maker didn’t explicitly say that the Model 3’s headliner would be covered in Alcantara, glam photos of the car’s interior reveal what looks like Alcantara headliner. Unless somebody in the company’s marketing department made a mistake with these photos, it does look like Tesla made the switch in purpose, possibly due to a shortage in Alcantara.

The company came out with a statement on this issue, except that it didn’t address the issue directly. Instead, it admitted that “all Model 3 vehicles are being made with the same premium textile headliner” found in the Model S and Model X, and that this material “has always been planned at this stage of production.”

That’s true in some aspects because base Model 3s use textile as a standard finish. The problem is that the base Model 3 is not yet available. The variant that’s in the market is the Premium Model 3, which is being advertised as having “premium heated seating and cabin materials throughout, including open pore wood décor and two rear USBs.” There’s also something to be said for showing images of the car with an Alcantara headliner and then pivoting to the less-premium textile headliner in the actual car.

It’s hard enough for customers to buy or put reservations on a Model 3 without actually seeing one in the flesh, It doesn’t help that they’re getting unexpected changes to what they think they’re buying, even if it’s something as trivial as the headliner material. Tesla needs to make this right.

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PostHeaderIcon Only in Russia: Drunk Man Crashes Stolen Tank into Store; Proceeds to Steal a Bottle of Wine

Stealing cars is a pretty common occurrence all over the world. But stealing a tank? That rarely happens, that is unless you live in Russia where bizarre crimes happen more often than you think. That was the case in Russia where a man stole an armored personnel carrier and rammed it into a grocery store, all because he wanted to steal a bottle of wine.

The crazy caper was caught on video by witnesses to the crime, a lot of whom, according to Reuters, described the criminal as being inebriated when he crates the combat vehicle into the unsuspecting store. Apparently, the man got his hands on the APC while it was parked in a “motorsport training ground.” From there, he drove the military vehicle through a forest and into the town before setting his sights on the convenience store. Along the way, he crushed and damaged a few cars, including a Daewoo that was completely flattened.

Fortunately, no injuries were reported from the man’s reckless behavior. The building itself received relatively little damage considering that a tank drove into it. Videos taken during the act also show onlookers not looking particularly concerned that a military vehicle was laying waste to its town. Some people walked nonchalantly by, sometimes getting within arm’s reach of the vehicle without even acting surprised about what they’re seeing. The man ended up getting arrested while he was still holding on to his stolen wine, putting a cork to this bizarre episode.


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PostHeaderIcon Need Proof it’s a Crazy World? Turkmenistan Just Banned Black Cars

Turkmenistan is a small, oil-rich country located in Central Asia. It sits north of Iran and Afghanistan and south of Uzbekistan. It also happens to have a loony president, Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, who has just issued an order making black cars illegal in the capital city of Ashgabat. Apparently, Berdymukhammedov wants Ashgabat to be an all-white city, so if you happen to own a black car in the country, you’re going to need to repaint it or face the headache of seeing your ride get impounded.


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“If you happen to own a black car in the country, you’re going to need to repaint it or face the headache of seeing your ride get impounded”

If you think our problems here in America are bad enough, it’s nothing compared to what our friends over at Turkmenistan have been going through. Sure, banning black cars in the capital city isn’t that big of a deal with a grain of perspective thrown in, but the people over at Turkmenistan aren’t exactly flush with the kind of cash that makes life easy for them in their country.

It doesn’t help that this ban effectively compels them to have their cars repainted, an inconvenience that residents will now have to do if they hope to keep driving their cars in the city. Worse, the business of repainting cars is already seeing higher demand, allowing businesses who offer the service to shoot up the price of having cars repainted.

According to the Diplomat, one Turkmenistan resident spoke to Azatlyk, a local radio station, and said that the cost of repainting his car now sits at 7,000 manat. That converts to around $2,000. If he waits a week, the price goes up to 11,000 manat or just a little over $3,000. If he continues to use his black car, it would be impounded until he gets it repainted. None of this would be a problem if he was making money hand-over-fist, but his admitted salary of 1,000 manat ($285) wouldn’t be enough to repaint the hood of his car, let alone the entire body.


“Two years ago, the country banned the importation of black cars.”

As ridiculous as the ban sounds, it’s actually something that Berdymukhammedov has become infamous for. Two years ago, the country banned the importation of black cars. Those who did import them were obligated to send them back and import white cars instead because “white brings luck.”

This is the kind of insanity that has come to define Berdymukhammedov’s term as the country’s pseudo-king/president. Then again, this is the same man whose grand vision for Ashgabat is to cover it entirely in marble. Those loose screws left his head a long time ago.

PostHeaderIcon Video: How About Some Venomous Snake with your V-6?

Michael Garbutt found the surprise of his life when he found a note on the windshield of his Mazda that read, “Hi, this afternoon a red Belly slithered up into your front left tire. Please be careful.” Sure enough, when he opened the hood of his car, one of Australia’s most dangerous and venomous snakes had taken up residence in the corner of the engine bay.


“Hi, this afternoon a red Belly slithered up into your front left tire. Please be careful.”

It takes a lot to scare the living daylights out of me, but a venomous one will definitely do the trick. I give props to Michael Garbutt for doing the right thing and calling a local snake wrangler to get the red-bellied black snake out of his career. As he explains it, he went to Google to look up a snake wrangler and found Andrew Melrose from Shire Snake Catchers.

Once Melrose arrived, the snake had already moved down into the engine, making it trickier for him to corral it. It took about an hour, and a number of other slithers from the reptile, but ultimately, Melrose was able to coax it out of the car by gently touching its body. As soon as the snake was out of the car, Melrose grabbed it with his hands and immediately dropped it in a snake bag.

It’s definitely a terrifying ordeal to be involved in, especially if the snake ends up in places you least expect it. According to Melrose, it’s actually common to find snakes in cars because it’s one of the “first places” it finds that looks safe to hide when they get startled. “The place I found it was very bare,” he added. “There was no place for the snake to escape. People would have startled it, and the only place for it to hide was the car. The driver could have driven off unaware and parked, and the snake would have left the car when it felt safe.”

Whether that’s the case or not, I’m not the type to enjoy seeing unwanted guests in my car, let alone a snake with lethal venomous bite.

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PostHeaderIcon Stolen Honda HR-V Found With Lyft Stickers And 13,000 Miles On The Odometer

A brand new Honda HR-V that was stolen back in August in front of the apartment of its owners has been found abandoned on the side of a road for around two weeks. That in itself makes this a head-scratching case. But the story doesn’t end there. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the stolen HR-V had Lyft stickers on the front and rear windows, a sign that the HR-V was used as a Lyft vehicle at the time it was stolen.


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“The car’s mileage spiked from 2,000 miles at the time the car was stolen a few months ago to 13,000 miles when it was discovered recently”

This case is one for the books because of all the information that’s been revealed so far. Apart from the presence of the stickers, local authorities also noticed that the car’s mileage spiked from 2,000 miles at the time the car was stolen a few months ago to 13,000 miles when it was discovered recently. The HR-V also had a rattling hood, a few dents on the bodywork, and a cabin littered with a pillow, jacket, and stuffed animal. It’s unclear if the items found inside belonged to the owners, Josh and Cierra Barton.

For its part, Lyft denied any knowledge of the HR-V being used for ride-hailing purposes. Either way, the company issued a statement, saying that the “safety of the Lyft community is our top priority, and we take these allegations seriously.”


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“The HR-V also had a rattling hood, a few dents on the bodywork, and a cabin littered with a pillow, jacket, and stuffed animal”

“Given the information provided, we are unable to match this vehicle to any Lyft accounts in the area. We have reached out to Ms. Barton, and we stand ready to assist law enforcement in any investigation”, the company added.

This is an unusual crime on par with the thief who stole a set of tires from a Honda Accord owner twice in a span of a few days. It’s amusing to read about crimes like these from a distance, but they’re really nothing to joke about. Hopefully, the thief who jacked the HR-V is apprehended before he steals another car and uses it for nefarious reasons.

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PostHeaderIcon A Little Road Rage and Violence for You: Video

Road rage confrontations are nothing new in this day and age. All it takes are two ill-tempered fellows and the combustibility immediately goes through the roof. Sometimes, cooler heads prevail and we leave it at that. But other times, things go south when one suddenly decides to sucker punch the other. The latter scenario played out in Adelaide, Australia recently as a dashcam recording managed to capture the scene for our collective viewing pleasure.

I don’t suppose these not-so-gentle men thought that a dashcam was in the vicinity when they decided to start doing their best WWE impersonation. To be fair, one of them seemed to have his wits about him, until the other guy decided to uncork a flailing haymaker on his noggin.

The scene takes a turn for the worst when the two start throwing some wild swings on each other. A couple of other people came in to try to break the sorry excuse of a fist fight, but not before both combatants managed to land a couple of misplaced swings on each other. It’s not the cleanest of road rage fights that we’ve seen, but it does have good entertainment value to it.

The only downside is we don’t get to see how it ended as the car with the dashcam drives off before we had a chance to judge the ill-conceived bout. I just hope, for the sake of everyone involved, that the fight finished quickly because it really wasn’t a fight, to begin with. It was one guy sucker-punching the other, and the two engaging in an arm-flailing competition for about 30 seconds.

On a more serious note, I do wish that nobody got hurt from this episode. Things like this tend to happen more often than we realize, and in some cases, the results are far worse than what we just watched.

PostHeaderIcon Craziness: Uber Charges $14,000 for a 21-Minute Ride!

We all have our Uber horror stories, especially those that involve alarming surge prices. I’ll take a leap of faith, though, and say that none of our experiences are as astonishing as the one a rider from Toronto just experienced when he was charged over $18,500 Canadian ($14,400 USD) for a five-mile, 20-minute ride. That’s beyond astonishing. That’s outright ridiculous.


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“The company also said that it has already issued the customer a full refund”

It’s hard to believe that something like this can happen, but Uber has come out and admitted that it did. According to the ride-sharing service, the driver made a mistake when entering the details of the fare into his cab’s meter. If you’re wondering why this particular Uber ride has a cab meter, it’s because taxi cabs in Toronto can be signed up to the ride-sharing service.

The company also said that it has already issued the customer a full refund. “There was an error, and we have provided a full refund, an Uber spokeswoman said. “We sincerely apologize to this rider for his experience. We have safeguards in place to help prevent something like this from happening, and we are working to understand how this occurred.”

Uber did something right for a change, but it probably wouldn’t have done it if the story didn’t get public coverage. Twitter user Emily Kennard identified herself as a friend of the customer and said that after the customer disputed the charge, Uber didn’t back down from charging the five-figure fare. Ultimately, the company relented, issuing what sounds like a hastily prepared apology to save face.

To say that it’s been a rocky year for Uber would be a massive understatement. Between numerous lawsuits, power struggles with a former CEO, a sexual harassment scandal, and a massive hack that breached data of millions of users, Uber is probably happy that there are only three weeks left before 2017 comes to a close.

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PostHeaderIcon Wannabe Burglars Crash Truck into a Porsche Dealership, Leave on Foot

Crimes never pays. Okay, well sometimes it does if you’re really good at it, but most people aren’t. Such is the case with three men that attempted (and failed miserably, I might add) to steal the safe from a Porsche dealership in Houston, Texas. In what is known as a “smash-and-grab,” three men drove their pickup into the Porsche dealership, wrapped a 50-foot chain around the safe, then attempted to pull a Fast-5 move and drag the safe from the building. It might have worked, but the bumper of the Silverado used go stuck on the door frame, leaving the would-be thieves no choice but to leave on foot. Not only did they fail miserably, but they lost their vehicle and was apparently caught on camera. We couldn’t make this stuff up. Oh, and the damages – those are pretty extreme considering the damaged cars in the showroom. Keep reading to find out and see some photos from the failed burglary.

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So, not only did the thieves failed to get the safe they wanted oh so badly, these idiots lost their truck too. But, that’s not the half of it. It’s estimated that the building sustained at least $50,000 in damage, while the real tear-jerker comes from the cars that were damaged in the process – one of which was a $210,000 Porsche 911 Turbo. As you can see from the images, they used a pretty gnarly chain, but what should have been on their minds was whether or not their truck had the balls to pull off the heist. Guess they should have gone with something better than.. what is that? An early-to-mid-2000s Chevy Silverado?

The worst part is, the General Manager, Michael Denney, has said there isn’t even much of value inside the store outside of the cars.: “It’s unfortunate; there’s just nothing, we don’t leave anything around, maybe you could grab a couple of shirts, those have tags on them too. There’s nothing in here that’s sitting around, that’s worth tearing a whole dealership to get to.”

And there you have it, folks. Probably the dumbest thing you’ll hear about all week. What do you think? Did these guys watch Fast 5 one too many times or are they just desperate for money around the holidays? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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PostHeaderIcon Feel Your Soul Ache as this Ford Focus RS Gets Crushed

If you have a weak stomach for cars getting destroyed, you might want to turn your heads away now. If you’re still here, then this is the kind of video that’s going to make you cringe. The subject of the video is a Ford Focus RS. It’s clearly seen better days, but it still looks in good enough shape to be salvaged. Unfortunately, it only takes a few seconds for the narrative to flip on this unsuspecting Focus RS as a junkyard crane uses its claws to crush it, pick it up, and drop it in a garbage container.

It’s unclear why the Focus RS had to suffer this horrible fate, but my best guess is that this particular example may have been a prototype or a test car of some kind. Regardless, seeing it get treated that way is jarring, especially considering how popular the Focus RS has become in its segment.

To make things worse, a Ford Focus ST Estate shows up towards the end of the video after getting slammed to the ground by a forklift. It had no license plates like the Focus RS that came before it, so you can probably make a guess on where it’s headed too. Either way, it’s a sad day to be a Ford Focus fan. As popular as the model has become, it apparently isn’t immune to getting treated like scrap metal.

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PostHeaderIcon Poor Guy Has Rims Stolen from His Honda Accord Twice in One Week

There’s bad luck, and there’s really bad luck. A couple from Prince George’s County in Maryland found themselves on the short end of the stick when a thief stole all four tires from their Honda Accord not once, but twice. The first incident occurred on November 28 when surveillance footage showed a man getting out of his car and jacking the tires from the Accord before it leaving it on bricks. To prevent the incident from happening again, the husband of the owner of the car, identified as Anthony Greer, decided to install a Viper alarm system with a tilt sensor on the Accord. Turns out, the two safety devices weren’t enough to prevent the crime from happening again. Exactly a week later on December 5, the thief managed to steal the Accord’s new set of tires after breaking the wheel locks and leaving the car on the same type of bricks.


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“Investigators have identified the Accord’s wheels as the targets of the two thefts”

There are times when you’re just at a loss for words. It’s depressing enough to have this kind of theft happen to you once, but to happen twice? That’s beyond bad luck; that’s on the level of being jinxed. I do admire the composure Greer showed when he was interviewed about the two thefts. Instead of being justifiably mad, Greer offered advice on the thief, calling on him to use his talents and intelligence “for good.” That said, I’m pretty sure that advice is going to fall on deaf ears.

It’s unclear how far along the Prince George’s County Police Department is on the investigation, but investigators have identified the Accord’s wheels as the targets of the two thefts. It’s common knowledge within the industry that there are certain wheels that have common bolt patterns. This feature makes them appealing to thieves because they can be flipped for a profit pretty quickly. It just so happens that the Honda Accord is very popular among thieves in the US.


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Hopefully, the Greers don’t get to experience this feeling a third time. It’s never fun to be on the short end of a theft. It’s worse if it happens twice, but three times? That’s hard to get back from.

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PostHeaderIcon 50 Miles Later, This Prius Owner Finds a Bobcat in her Car’s Grille

Imagine driving 50 miles to work and then finding out when you reach your destination that during your journey, an animal somehow got stuck in your car. A woman from Richmond, Virginia didn’t have to imagine such a situation because it actually happened to her when a bobcat — yes, a bobcat! — got stuck in the front grille of her Toyota Prius while she was traveling the 50-mile route to her workplace. Chalk this one incident up to the list of “improbable things that can happen to you on your morning commute.”

“As soon as it identified the animal and the perceived threats of its predatory instincts, rescuers from the RACC immediately sedated the cat before it manipulated the bumper to set it free”

The incident was first reported by local news outlet WTVR, and it’s a doozy. According to the report, the woman admitted to hitting something on her way to work, but since she was unaware of what it was, she opted to keep driving. Only until she reached her destination an hour later did she discover the poor yet ferocious feline wedged in the grille of her car.

The woman immediately contacted Richmond Animal Care & Control, who arrived on scene to lend some help. “We got on scene, and it really was true,” RACC officer Barbara Jones told the news outlet. “It’s really a bobcat stuck in the front of a Prius grille.” As soon as it identified the animal and the perceived threats of its predatory instincts, rescuers from the RACC immediately sedated the cat before it manipulated the bumper to set it free. Somehow, the bobcat escaped serious injury, suffering only a small cut on its back. It’s currently under the care and supervision of the RACC, which plans to return it back to the wild as soon as it’s healthy enough to go on its own.

The story has a happy ending for all parties concerned. That’s especially true for the bobcat, which miraculously escaped without any serious injuries after going through such an ordeal.

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PostHeaderIcon Thieves Steal Mercedes in Under 60 Seconds

The “new” Mercedes-Benz in the 2000 remake of Gone in 60 Seconds may have been “impossible” to steal, but in the real world, any car can be stolen with the right kind of technology. Case in point: a pair of car thieves in England actually found a way to steal a Mercedes by using the German automaker’s keyless technology against it. Worse, it pulled off the crime in under 60 seconds. The irony is thick on this one.

CCTV cameras captured the entire scene as two men with relay boxes approach the unsuspecting Merc in a driveway in the English town of Solihull. Using the relay boxes, the thieves were able to detect and amplify the signal from the Mercedes’ remote fob. So even with the fob sitting comfortably inside the house, the amplified signal successfully tricked the car into thinking that the fob was right beside it. The technological trickery works as the car unlocks, allowing the thieves to simply get in, start it up, and drive away.

According to the Derby Telegraph, the stolen Mercedes has yet to be found, an alarming development considering that the crime reportedly happened in September.


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In any case, police have said that this kind of tech crime is fast becoming a staple among car boosters, especially with the rise of signal boosters that have proven themselves capable of circumventing the auto industry’s keyless technology. As concerning as this is, there are ways to combat this type of thievery. One is to fight fire with fire and install a tracking system into your car. Another is to go retro and have a steering wheel lock on your car. The latter option isn’t aesthetically pleasing, but it could dissuade car thieves from jacking your car.

Either way, the irony of technology being used against technology isn’t lost on us. That’s the price we have to pay for relying more on computers these days. It may be convenient to do so on certain occasions, but there will always be shortcomings on things that are left out of our control.

Here’s to hoping that the owner of that stolen Mercedes gets his car back. It’s been two months since the theft occurred, so a good deal of faith and optimism is required to see this whole episode through.

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PostHeaderIcon GA Police Officer Hits 140 mph Chasing McLaren 720S in High-Speed Chase

A Georgia Police Officer got the chance to push her police-spec Dodge Charger to the limit this past weekend when a man in a McLaren 720S casually passed her doing north of 100 mph on a public highway. It didn’t take long for the officer to hit the blues and take chase. Nobody was injured in the chase that lasted just a couple of minutes, but the driver – a Dwayne Sherwood Pope – was charged with speeding, DUI less safe, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, and – get this – driving with an expired tag.

All told, the dash cam video lasts nearly a half hour, but for the most part, the action is over with within a few minutes. The Dodge Charger which, in police-spec, has a top speed rating of 155 mph when powered by the 5.7-liter, HEMI, V-8.
There’s no word as to what engine this officer put her foot into, but it did keep up with that McLaren 720S quite well. We’re still not sure why he stopped, considering the 720 S is rated up to 212 mph, it could have quite easily gotten away. Something tells us that the man was telling the truth about pulling over when he noticed the lights – after all if he did intend to run, that cop car really didn’t stand a chance.

Fortunately, for him, and anyone else on the road, that wasn’t his intention otherwise things could have been a lot worse than a DUI charge, had he really pushed it to the limit. After all, he did have “three drinks.” Check out the video below and let us know what you think.

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PostHeaderIcon Is The Mercedes-AMG Project One Worth $5.2 Million?

Aston Martin made it known that flipping a reservation slot for the Valkyrie hypercar will come with a lot of consequences. Now it’s Mercedes-AMG’s turn to shed light on its position after a reservations spot for the Project One hypercar has found its way into the market, specifically on German online marketplace Mobile. The price of the slot? A whopping $5.2 million, which would be more than double the $2.4 million price of the actual hypercar.

Given the exclusivity of the AMG Project One – production is limited to just 275 units – it’s easy to see why a slot for the yet-to-be-released hypercar is being put up for sale at that price, especially if someone’s willing to spend that much just to get the 1,500-horsepower walking piece of Formula One technology. Whether it’s right to flip or not is another question entirely though. A lot of people in the business, Aston Martin included, has drawn a perfectly clear line in the sand on where it stands on the issue. According to CEO Andy Palmer, anybody who even thinks about flipping his reservation spot for the Valkyrie in the name of financial gain would automatically lose their slot and be barred from buying future Astons of similar exclusive ilk. For its part, Mercedes-AMG has yet to comment on the Project One reservation slot being put up for sale, but since the dealership in question DI Automobile is located in Munich, Germany, it should only be a matter of time before the German automaker reaches out the dealer, or even updates its policy on the matter. As debatable as the act of car flipping is, a lot of automakers are beginning to take a stand on the practice, and it’s hard to imagine Mercedes-AMG sit on this issue and let it happen without at least making its voice heard.

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Mercedes-AMG needs to make a stand on this, and it needs to do it fast


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“$5.2 million is more than double the $2.4 million price of the actual hypercar”

I don’t want to sound like a hypocrite here and go nuclear on the owner of this Mercedes-AMG Project One reservation slot for trying to sell it for more than double the price that Mercedes-AMG is asking. For one, I’m on the fence when it comes to the practice of flipping. I understand all the negative connotations that are attached to it, but I also don’t know enough about a seller’s reason to make judgments on his intentions. This instance, though, is different because of all the circumstances behind it.

Here’s what I can tell you: even if I had that money, there’s no way that I’m spending $5.2 million on the Mercedes-AMG Project One. It’s just too much for a car that has yet to prove it’s worth the $2.4 million Mercedes-AMG is asking for it. I get that it comes infused with the most advanced Formula One-derived technology that a production car can have, but there are still too many unknown variables about it that spending more than $5 million for a build slot just doesn’t make any sense for me.


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As far as the automaker’s position is concerned, I get it too that they’re being protective of the sanctity of the process behind securing a slot for a hypercar like the Project One, or in Aston Martin’s case, the Valkyrie. If something like this is allowed to pass, the whole process will be cheapened, possibly to the point wherein future products to come from the same automaker won’t have the same auto of exclusivity. Aston Martin’s taking the proactive approach here, and that’s well within its right to do so. Same thing with Porsche and Ferrari, both of whom have already taken steps to crack down on potential flipping of its exclusive sports cars. Ultimately, I fully expect Mercedes-AMG to do the same.

Whatever reasons flippers may have, one thing is clear, at least from an automaker’s point of view. Given the requirements that need to be passed to even be eligible for a build slot, it would be extremely unlikely of there being any other reason that these spots are being sold at a premium other than making a profit out of it. If it were something cheaper like toy collectibles or trading cards, I wouldn’t have an issue with the flipping.

But for a $2.4 million hypercar? Something’s amiss there, and the automaker – Mercedes-AMG in this case – needs to act on it to prevent it from happening.

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PostHeaderIcon This Is What Happens When You Mess Around With Speed Bumps

In a perfect world, the very concept of a speed bump wouldn’t exist because all of us drivers are going to be well-behaved on the road. But we don’t live in a perfect world so speed bumps, as much of a hassle as they are, play important roles in keeping us in line when we’re behind the wheel of the car. Here’s the thing though. These small bumps on the roads are actually dangerous if you don’t accord them with the proper amount of respect. Ever wonder then how your car would fare if it drove over multiple speed bumps at speeds in the vicinity of 150 mph? Well, that much was shown to us by driving simulator BeamNG.drive, with the help of the DestructionNation YouTube channel, and the results aren’t pretty.

Granted, there’s no realistic scenario wherein a road will have in excess of 100 speed bumps altogether, but if you thought these bumps are nothing more than nuisances, then prepare to be shocked because driving through a number of them in succession at such a high speed can cause irreparable damage to your car to the point that some cars can literally get destroyed or worse, you can get killed because of it. There is a silver lining though, at least if you’re driving a high-riding vehicle with a soft suspension like a pick-up or a van. The simulator shows that these types of cars can survive the ordeal with nothing more than flat tires, cracked windshields, and damaged body panels. Any other car though and the results are nothing short of a massacre. Either the car gets completely destroyed, rolls over multiple times, or worse, all of the above with the matching bonus of you getting hurt or killed in the process.

See for yourself what kind of carnage this can bring to your car. Might be best if you watch it so you know what awaits anytime you want to dismiss the importance of these speed bumps.

PostHeaderIcon An Easter Egg Feature On The GAZelle Next Allows You To Play an Iconic Game

If you haven’t heard of the GAZelle Next, then don’t feel too bad because I’ve never heard of it either. At least not until today when it was brought to my attention about a certain easter egg found on the Russian-made light commercial vehicle that allows you to play Tetris. Yes… Tetris.

Falling in the “to-see-is-to-believe” segment of TopSpeed is this video of a man demonstrating how to unlock the game in the most unlikely of places. The video is in Russian, so it’s hard to decipher the exact steps that were done to unearth the game. Good thing, then, that our friends from Motor1 managed to unlock it with the help of Google Translate. Apparently, the first thing that needs to be done is to turn the ignition on and start the vehicle. Once the engine is running, the next step involves pulling down the right turn signal three times and turning the high beam on two times. Then you push the clutch five times, rev the engine up to 3,000 rpm, and then rotate the left knob of the instrument cluster for a few seconds. Then it appears, small enough to be indistinct, yet still cool enough to actually play around with.

The demonstration continues as the right knob appears to have the ability to move the bricks horizontally while the left knob is used to drop them down. It’s unclear how exactly the bricks can be rotated, but we can make do without knowing that crucial information. The mere fact that Tetris cane played from a car’s instrument cluster is cool enough itself. Just make sure not to do it when you’re on the road. Oh, and try finding an actual GAZelle Next here in the U.S. You’ll probably have an easier time finding a needle in a haystack.

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