Today, August 14, is Japan’s official End-of-Life Vehicle Recycling Day. This is because the numbers 8-1-4 can be read ha-i-sha, or “scrapped car”. While Japan is pretty good about recycling disused cars, they’re probably a bit more trigger-happy when it comes to disposing of cars in the first place, compared to the US. In any case, everyone’s got an automotive sob story about a car which met its demise, whether too early or at the right time but in a still painful way.
What’s your saddest story of saying goodbye to a car?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What was the most important machine ever invented?”.
Just like last week, it was nearly impossible to pick a winner. In terms of transportation, high marks went to BlitzPig‘s nomination of the airplane and Alan‘s pick of steam engine. Fun Fact: having railroads connect towns meant that, for the first time in human history, time had to be synched across vast distances.
Going further back, Ben E. chose the wheel, without which no transportation would exist. MikeRL411 went even further back by opting for the wedge, which let early hominids do everything from lift heavy objects to kill each other with hatchets.
Left-field suggestions came from Jonathan P. in the form of a sewing machine, which incidentally helped companies like Toyota and Suzuki get off the ground as loom-makers. Ian G.‘s air fryer was as hilarious as Jeremy A‘ all-metal slide-rest lathe was eye-opening.
Since we couldn’t decide, we once again let the readers decide, and this week it was the printing press that got named the most. Bryan Kitsune, Carl Beck, and Land Ark all gave excellent arguments for the printing press, but it was Land Ark’s answer that won the week, thanks to a clever jab at its grotesque modern descendant and, ultimately, an automotive tie-in.
Gosh, airplane is a good one.
I’ve got to go with the printing press though since up until then anything written had to be done by hand so the dissemination of information was slow and mostly relied on word of mouth which would total change the message as it was passed along. Literacy became more common as reading became available to the common man. This led to the proliferation of education and allowed intelligent “common” people to get ideas out to the masses. These effects can be seen even today by the ridiculous nonsense you can read at any time on social media.
And most importantly of all, it allowed car manufacturers to produce glossy and beautiful brochures espousing the virtues of their cars. Where would we be today without knowing all the features of a B12 Nissan Sunny?
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