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Thursday Trivia

Thirsday Trivia

Welcome to Thursday Trivia where we offer up a historical automotive trivia question and you try and solve it before seeing the answer after the jump. It’s like a history test, with cars!

This weeks’ question: How tall is the world record lowest road-worthy car?

If you think you know the answer, make the jump and see how you stack up.

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Hooniverse Asks- How Would You Improve Traffic Signals?

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America’s first electric traffic signal was installed on the corner of Euclid and East 105th Street in Cleveland Ohio, on August 5th, 1914. Prior to that, traffic was controlled by stone semaphores actuated by prehistoric birds. This is a fact I learned as a kid from watching the Flintstones.

Traffic signals have changed dramatically since those early days – no more birds – and in the modern era they have been pretty much unified as a trio of lights – red, yellow, and green, that define your actions at the intersection. That has not changed much since that iteration’s inception, back in the early 1920s. One recent improvement has been the addition of a countdown pedestrian light, but according to analysis of their use, they tend to make intersections more dangerous for drivers, while making them safer for hoofers.

Aside from that, and the switch to less energy-hogging lighting sources, the traffic light is today pretty much as it was at its inception. That of course doesn’t mean that it can’t stand improvement. What I want from you today is your cutting edge ideas on ways to improve the automated intersection authorities. Do you think that the age-old standard of red. yellow and green needs a palette update? Or, is there some other aspect of intersection management that you think could stand improvement? How exactly would you improve traffic signals?

Image: FreePhotos

Last Call- How Can I Miss Detroit Edition

Robert Emslie July 23, 2014 Last Call

Miss Detroit

The American Power Boat Association’s Gold Cup is the oldest running trophy in motor sport. In 1918 the Cup was won by legendary racer, Garfield (Gar) Wood in the Curtiss V-12 powered “Miss Detroit III.” That was fitting as the race that year was held at Detroit. Wood had won the previous year in the single step hydroplane, Miss Detroit II, and would go on to win three more following his 1918 victory. All in boats made out of wood, and of spectacular beauty.

Last Call indicates the end of Hooniverse’s broadcast day. It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged. 

Image : WoodyBoater

Craigslist Crapshoot

The World’s Worst Car Is For Sale On Craigslist

Welcome to Craigslist Crapshoot, our weekly search for the most bizarre, awesome, and/or terrible vehicles that the online classifieds has to offer. 

(Rob’s Note: Due to the Project Car Update Orgy, CC was preempted last week.)

Do you remember disco? No? What’s that you say, you weren’t even born when that dance craze had its heyday? Well, last time we met we looked at what kind of two-seaters had survived since the seventies, and boy, a lot have! For those of you with short memories, no memories, or suppressed memories, our chosen disco due posti is so seventies that it’ll flare your trousers, perm your hair, and crave some white lines just by looking at it. It probably needs a parental advisory notice. Before we do the time warp, let’s get this week’s quest out of the way.

Who doesn’t love a deal? Back when Saturn was a thing, someone undertook a survey to see if the brand’s buyers liked the no-hassle pricing that the brand offered. Amazingly, while the respondents praised the buying experience for its reduced stress, they mostly felt that they didn’t get a bargain due to their paying the list price and not negotiating something – anything – off the sticker. You freakin’ can’t win! Saturn is long gone, but we’re still interested in getting a bargain when buying a car and this week that’s just what I want y’all to find - the best seeming bargains the classifieds have to offer. We’re not looking for any make or model in particular, just cars and trucks that seem to be screamin’ deals.

As always, we want your finds to go down in infamy and not in the site’s spam filter. Follow any of the following advice and you’re crap will be known far and wide.

  1. Easiest way to not get caught in the spam filters is to create an IntenseDebate account. If you do so and your posts aren’t appearing, let us know at tips@hooniverse.com and we can put you on the whitelist
  2. If you don’t want an IDC account, you can create a wordpress.com account and do the same thing.
  3. If you’re the Ted Kaczynski type and don’t want any kind of account, then try to place only a single link in a comment and just drop any outgoing link in via its raw URL and not as a text link.

If you’re down with that, let’s go look at what the ’70s looked like… in car form!

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Hooniverse Asks- What Car or Truck do you Hate to Admit is Really Okay?

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Do you have a brother in law, you know, the guy who is boning your sister? Do you ever stop and think that, when you think about it,  he’s not really that bad a guy, even though he’s defiling your sibling – his wife- on a regular basis? That’s the kind of introspection I’m looking for today.

Cars are like brothers-in-law. Some are cool and you don’t mind including them at the table at family gatherings. Others are… well, let’s not beat around the bush here, Satan’s spawn. Of course when it comes to cars and trucks you don’t have to break bread with the ones you don’t like, you just formulate negative opinions of their drivers when you see them on the road.

Sometimes however, we misjudge both relations by marriage, and cars. Those are the ones that we’re interested in today – not the relations, we all know they still suck – but the cars that perhaps didn’t make the best first impression. What are those cars or trucks that you hate to admit you don’t like, but are really okay?

Image: gomotors.net

Last Call- Tractor Pull Me In Edition

Robert Emslie July 22, 2014 Last Call

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You’ve seen hot rods, and rat rods, and hot rats, and whatnot, but have you ever seen a hot-rodded tractor? This is possibly the most amazing Ford tractor I’ve ever seen, and I’ll bet that after seeing it, there’s no way they’re going to keep you down on the farm.

Last Call indicates the end of Hooniverse’s broadcast day. It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged. 

Image: Go Away Garage

The GM Firebird III- An Experiment For Yester-Year

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Considering that at present the company can’t seem to even get something as simple as an ignition switch right, it’s hard to fathom that General Motors was once a hotbed of advanced technological study and innovative design. This GM film from 1958 highlights this fact in describing both the design and feature set of the Firebird III show car. This was the last of the Motorama cars to carry the Firebird name – which GM would reuse just shy of a decade later on a production Pontiac – and as you will see is a tour de force of advanced design and a test bed for a number of forward-thinking automotive concepts. The film also highlights why auto company execs are perhaps not the best on-camera talent.

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Hooniverse Asks- What is the Motorcycle’s Greatest Era?

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The other day I was watching a video of the building of a replica of a 1909 Torpedo V4 and it struck me that there are simply so many motorcycles that have come and gone over the years that my meager grey matter simply can’t catalog them all. For me, motorcycles tend to start just before WWII and end sometime in the ’80s. That’s my penchant for British bikes talking, and I know that there have been great rides both before and after that time, I’m just mostly ignorant of those that came before, and ignoring most that have come after.

Perhaps more so than the automotive age, the motorcycle age has seen a multitude of distinct eras. Most of them have been focused on going fast, but the method to the madness in each case has always been unique. From bicycle-based, to café racer, chopper, disco bike and beyond, which do you think has been the motorcycle’s greatest era?

Image: motorcycle.com

 

Last Call- The Gulf That Unifies Us Edition

Robert Emslie July 21, 2014 Last Call

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I usually find instances where a racer’s pit bike matches their car to be a bit too twee. In the case of this Gulf livery-wearing Porsche and Honda however, I think I can make an exception. I’m sure you will agree.

Last Call indicates the end of Hooniverse’s broadcast day. It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged. 

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Hoonivercinema- Monday Music Video

Music Video Monday 21-07It’s hard to say whether or not Fiat’s diminutive 500 could actually race across the ocean floor, although I think I’d rather not like to find out the answer in the company’s electric edition – ziiit, ziiit. Regardless, that’s the fun everyone – including Charlie Sheen –  is having in this video for Arianna’s Sexy People (the Fiat song).  Is Charlie sexy? Let’s ask the people who found him drunk and disheveled in the bushes next to the Taco Bell drive thru for their opinion.

Armando Christian Pérez, better known as Pitbull also features prominently in both the song and the video, and he gets to launch Charlie off his luxury yacht with a catapult, an act that I’ll bet many people would probably have paid dearly to do. There’s plenty of other cameos in this video – which is sort of a commercial for Fiat’s retro return to America – and you can see who’s sexy and who’s not right after the jump.

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