Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Safety last

At the risk of driving over a dead horse, I bring up SUVs yet again. Enthusiasts of these monstrosities often cite the sense of safety they impart due to their size. Well, according to this article in the NY Times, you are 11 percent more likely to be killed in an SUV than in a car. Whoops.

I can only imagine that in the future we'll look back at the SUV fad in the same way as we snicker at the big-finned cruisers of the 50s.

Which brings to mind the brilliant parodies of artist Bruce McCall and his celebrations of 50s excess -- his Bulgemobiles. McCall's satirical car ads scream "For the man who has everything and just needs something to carry it in!"