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December 28th, 2001

Auto Salt

Winter has arrived in Chicago. It hasn’t been above 25 degrees Fahrenheit for a week. We’ve had light snow, and some not-so-light snow… and those traditionally bone-chilling winds. Throw it all together, and you’ve got a recipe for fun drivin’!

When I was driving to a restaurant with my friends last week, my non-ABS car slid a few times. Nothing severe, but there’s always that moment of, “Oh crap, my car is out of control!” before things are cooled down. So I have an idea. Why not create something that emits salt out of the front of the car – out of the bumper – thus, preventing slick surfaces?

Naturally, this’d be a totally earth-friendly product. You press a button on the dash, and salt shoots out of the front of the car – a good foot or two in front of the front wheels. Then, the ice and snow melt away.

Alternately, just put a huge heating element on the underbelly of the car – one that could burn your feet off if you’re not careful. -pm

Posted in Cars

FROM: Robert
DATE: Friday December 28, 2001 -- 12:19:23PM
Didn't they have that stuff in that game Spy Hunter?

FROM: Greg
DATE: Friday December 28, 2001 -- 2:50:32PM
Shooting salt out the front of the car could be fun too. Just imagine seeing someone you don't like in the crosswalk in front of you.

FROM: dave
DATE: Friday December 28, 2001 -- 10:04:32PM
Alas, any such product involving salt wouldn't be too earth-friendly. Maybe sand, or some kind of ice-zapping ray gun. Or better yet, the car-theft deterrent they have in South try to jimmy the lock, and a flamethrower under the car ignites, setting the thug aflame!

FROM: Paul
DATE: Friday December 28, 2001 -- 10:26:32PM
There are earth-friendly ice melting substitutes, though, that take the place of salt - that'd be ideal.

FROM: fresh
DATE: Sunday December 30, 2001 -- 12:47:53AM
this is already been invented and you can see it on vans ect there are about 5 or 6 little tubes with cones on the end of them and they shoot sand on the ground. buy a van!

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