Developments in the automotive industry

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Developments in the automotive industry

#1  Postby stevencarrwork » Mar 08, 2010 11:44 am

Last week the leading motor manufacture in the world announced a new, perfect car.

This car was absolutely perfect in every respect. In fact, the engine had been fine-tuned to an amazing degree.

Sadly, its first owners were killed when the car caught fire , burning them alive.

The manufacturer explained that the owners had not obeyed the instruction manual. 'We told them not to switch on the radio before the engine had started. They disobeyed, and as a result they were killed by the car we had designed.'

When asked what was being done to rectify the fault, the manufacturer repeated that there had been no fault in the car, and that all subsequent owners would also be killed in their cars, until people learned to read the instruction manual properly.

This was only a temporary fix. A permanent solution was later announced. The chairman's son would buy one of the cars and be killed in it.

For the 6000th year running, the manufacturer has been voted , unopposed, the greatest car manufacturer in the universe.
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Re: Developments in the automotive industry

#2  Postby apparentlydeluded » Mar 08, 2010 12:38 pm

'tis a poor analogy; I understand where you're coming from, but it is a ghastly misrepresentation. It would be better to say that the first owners crashed into a tree; subsequent owners tended to crash into trees and each other, get DUIs and generally do things that would normally cause you to fail a driving test. Which, before driving tests were invented, was pretty much what happened. The solution was, of course, to develop the driving test.

This said, even according to your analogy, the issue would have become widely known such that you'd actually have to ignore all the warnings in order to fall into the trap. It would be the skeptics who insist that there is no evidence for the apparent fault and would even go so far as to say that the manual itself is inaccurate and there are no negative consequences for ignoring it.
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#3  Postby lordshipmayhem » Mar 08, 2010 3:44 pm

Based on the lunatics I see on the road every day, there is nothing that would make you fail a driver's test here.
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