NEWS OF THE WEIRD

Bits and bytes of the bizarre and the strange gathered from around the web so you don’t have to…yer welcome!

Sounds Like a Case For Judge Judy? 

Count on Autoblog to report on a love story that should have turned left at Albuquerque. Jimothy’s relationship with his girlfriend reached the point where the two agreed she’d move into his recently purchased first home. 

The house included a 2.5-car garage, in which Jimothy stored a ‘67 Impala project car that he purchased in February 2019. Once he started the total restoration of the car, the body was in one bay, the chassis was in the other, and parts were strewn about the rest of the space.

That she couldn’t park her vehicle in the garage supposedly severely irked the girlfriend. “She wants to park in the garage, but I have two acres of land with a lot of nice places to park under shady trees, or hell, even in the barn if it has to be inside,” the post details. “I tell her tough luck, it’s my house, and it’s not like I can just throw it back together real quick.” 

Angered by her boyfriend’s stance, the girlfriend took matters into her own hands. While he was out of town on a business trip, she hired people to take everything associated with the vehicle out of the garage and straight to a scrapyard. In the post, he describes his reaction when he returned home to find his girlfriend’s car parked in the garage: 

“I was absolutely dumbfounded. I had spent over 11k on that car including new parts, services, and the car itself. I told her that I was going to be taking her to court for that and she brushed me off like I was being dramatic. I told her that its done between us and to pack her things and leave. I admit I was a really angry but I did end up getting a lawyer, and as I have all the receipts for all that money spent and I have her on my house’s security cam footage letting the guys in and watching them take it all I think I can win.”

Her family and friends are absolutely blowing me up saying its just a stupid old piece of junk and that she cannot pay back all that money I spent, and that I should just let it go. But I have been putting all my time, effort, and money into that car for a year and a half now and goddammit if I am not going to get justice for what she did.

In two updates to the post, Jimothy says that he went to the police station and filed charges for grand larceny and grand theft auto. The police were also able to locate the Impala, though it has yet to be returned to Jimothy, as the situation is still under investigation.


To the Moon Alice, To the Moon!

Elon Musk is shooting for the stars with the goal of colonizing other planets, but as this set of renderings tries to suggest, he can do both at the same time.

This six-wheeled Tesla Cybertruck moon rover is oh-so cool. It just looks so fitting on the lunar surface, with its weird wheels, satellite dish in the bed and subtle SpaceX and U.S. flag stickers.

The artist who created this set of images (@charlieautomotiv on Instagram, show him some love if you like his work) really went to great lengths to make everything believable. I especially like the cool tires that are made up of individual sections that move around a rigid frame – this would not only help with shock absorption but also allow for quick and easy repairs if anything damaged the wheels (you could just replace each individual part with a spare and just keep going); it’s details like this that make this set of images shine. Source: https://insideevs.com

Make Way For the Bumper Dumper!

Buckle up, everyone. This is going to be a weird one. We’ve all been on long road trips before when once we end up on a long stretch of interstate with no civilization in sight, well . . . nature calls. Many of us may even enjoy off-roading, getting deep into wooded areas on the trails, or just camping in the forest where you don’t have the normal restroom amenities that we’re used to. We all know someone who has had to resort to the classic “pull off to the side of the road (or trail) and empty the tank” move, but if you’re not so lucky, you might find yourself in a situation that’s more of a sit-down issue than a stand-up issue. 

In that case, your options become extremely limited. Either you just hold it for potentially miles until you run into somewhere you can do your business, or you pull over to the side of the road, run as far into the trees as you can manage, and roll the dice. 

Luckily, the phenomenally named Bumper Dumper exists. The Bumper Dumper is a trailer hitch toilet that can hold up to 500 pounds of weight. According to the manufacturer, it “easily mounts in a 2×2 hitch receiver or can be used as a stand alone unit in conjunction with a 5 gallon bucket.” It can also use “just about any toilet seat,” and features a powder coated frame to help prevent rust. The next time you’re in a tricky spot, this product could help make things at least slightly less weird for you. 

Amazon reviewer H. Clark had this to say in their 5-star review of the product:

“We love this! It arrived just in time for our camping trip. We did have to order an adapter to lift it up a bit (our car is on the short side), but even squatting a bit to sit was ok. It would be great if an adapter were offered with this to lift it up or extend it out from under a bumper that may be set back further. We will use this for many years to come, and are glad for something more toilet-like for the little ones. 

Update: we’ve now been using this for 2 years. We bought a shower tent and cut the bottom out. Dig a hole, pull the bumper dumper over the top, put the shower tent on for privacy, and camp for days. Just make sure to keep a cup or shovel nearby to sprinkle dirt after each use. My kids have lovingly deemed it “la poopoo.” I don’t know how we ever camped without it.” If you’re the kind of person who could get some use out of the Bumper Dumper you can pick one up right here, available for $94.95 at the time of this posting. Bumper Dumper – $94.95 on Amazon

Source: Autoblog.com

It was a birthday gift, and it can play anything on a micro SD card.

The crux of the story is pretty simple – he wanted to do something special for his wife’s birthday, so he created a little electronics board that plugs into the car’s ignition chime system to play her favorite songs. The board is fitted with a micro SD card reader and a small speaker, and he loaded several of his wife’s favorite songs on a collection of cards. One of them is the Toto classic Africa, and now if the keys are left in the ignition, she hears Africa’s telltale percussion and keyboard riff instead of a boring series of bongs. Presumably, if the key is left in the ignition long enough, the entire song will play. How cool is that?

Africa is obvious with the shape of the continent on it, and we hear Dolly Parton’s classic 9 to 5, which is identified by a purse. We grabbed a screenshot of the various cards shown the video – we’re pretty sure the calendar-looking shape with an M in the middle is Manic Monday by The Bangles. Any guesses on the other songs? Source: www.motor1.com 

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