June 17th, 2009


Austin Bantam cars

Contrast & compare...

While traveling the other day, I spotted one of those ridiculous little so-called "smart cars" on the road, which quite honestly inspires laughter upon observation.

On the other hand, this idea is not a new one. Economy vehicles became just about a necessity during the WW2 years, with the idea of conserving fuel, money, and materials. These were known as Austin Bantam cars, which essentially appear like charming mini etzels, but with a Hell of a lot more class than these other 'new' ugly clown cars pushed recently.

These have also been used in several films including those of Laurel & Hardy, The Little Rascals, and W.C. Fields presentations. At one point, they became Hollywood de-regeur, with Al Jolson being the first to purchase one as soon as they were made available, Judy Garland {appearance within one in Babes In Arms}, and Walt Disney immediately snapped one up for Mickey Mouse's debut in Disneyland.

Now it is time for some enterprising manufacturer to apply the "retro" style merged with the modern technology and safety features. So if the proposed preference must be an 'economy car', at least make it something interesting to look at, instead of that other eye sore! ∞


Killer Plants!

* Carnivorous plants. Dionaea muscipula, Heliamphora chimantensis, Darlingtonia californica, Brocchinia reducta, Pinguicula gigantea, Drosera capensis, Utricularia vulgaris, Genlisea violacea, Roridula gorgonias, Archaeamphora longicervia, Catopsis berteroniana, Triphyophyllum peltatum, Stylidium turbinatum, Aldrovanda vesiculosa, Byblis liniflora, Cephalotus follicularis. Amorphophallus Titanum {'corpse plant'; not carnivorous, but releases a rotting flesh scent to attract dung beetles for pollination. Currently blooming at The Huntington Library}. ∞