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Blast from the Past
2004 Personal Account

(Mid-1950s, USA) My father and uncle were reminiscing about their youth, and shared a rather Darwinian story. In their twenties, they succeeded in assembling one great car out of three junkers. After they accomplished this, they had enough parts leftover to make a second working car -- but only barely. This car was missing most of its floorboards, so they could see the ground flash past while driving. They called this a feature rather than a flaw, and decided to have fun with it.

In the Fifties, high-powered explosives were still easy to acquire. So, with quarter sticks of dynamite at hand, my future father and his brother drove around throwing dynamite sticks through the gaps in the floorboards, and basically scaring the daylights out of people in cars behind them. THIS WAS FUN! They even shortened the fuses to make sure that the sticks would "safely" explode before the car behind them drove over them.

When I heard this story, my first response was, "Weren't you concerned about the gas tank below you?" To my amazement they both looked rather surprised, exchanged glances, and said, "We never thought of that!"

My grandfather just laughed and walked out of the room. © 1994 - 2020
Submitted by: Eric

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