Re: folkore & cars

Brian Michael Howell (bmhowell@ARTSCI.WUSTL.EDU)
Fri, 1 Dec 1995 13:53:50 -0600

On Thu, 30 Nov 1995, John Staeck wrote:

> There is also the story of the rather niave northern Wisconsin man who
> bought a new conversion van, complete with fridge and all sorts of goodies.
> While taking it out on his first long drive he activated the cruise control
> and went to the fridge to get a beer. Of course the van crashed and the
> poor fellow was left to explain that he thought the cruise control would
> drive the van for him.

The way I heard it was an Arab Sheik (I suppose in Saudi Arabia somewhere)
who had purchased a new luxury car, put on the cruise control and fell
asleep. I guess he thought it worked the same way as his Leer jet. It's
a little insulting to Arabs, but I'm just sayin' what I heard. (and I was
even living in Wisconsin at the time.)