It was recently announced that Toyota will begin selling a device for its popular electric-gas hybrid vehicle, the Prius, which will help alert pedestrians to its presence on the roadways. The device will mimic the sound of the car’s electric motor, but it will be much louder so that it can be more easily recognized by people such as those with visual impairments. Apparently, the Prius’s electric motor is so quiet that it has become a safety issue. The Prius is not the first product to re-integrate old world charm into the modern world. Ten other examples are listed below.
1. To help consumers relive the early days of frequent computer crashes and lost work, Microsoft purposely engineers its ubiquitous operating system, Windows 7, to crash and freeze at random.
2. Though McDonald’s hamburgers are no longer made out of beef, but rather a plastic-soy bean space age food composite, a “hamburger like” taste is created by adding some beef stock, for those customers who fondly remember the good old days when hamburgers tasted like beef.
3. Coke Zero, probably one of the bitterest tasting soft drinks on the market, actually contains a small amount of a substance meant to recreate the taste of early 20th Century Coke which contained a small amount of cocaine and urine from pregnant horses.
4. Though much of the maple syrup sold in the world today is not made with real maple syrup, companies which produce the brown gooey stuff nonetheless add a mixture of burnt tires and banana sugar which recreates the maple flavor almost perfectly.
5. Many comedians, and some republicans, miss the antics of former president George W. Bush. Apparently, in an effort to preserve the one positive aspect of the Bush administration, vice president Joe Biden has taken over the as the “gaffe-meister-in-chief” in order to fill the comedic void which appeared after W. left office.
6. Want to hear your cell phone calls in that strange “pixilated computer voice” sometimes heard when you got poor reception a decade ago? There’s an app for that. A new app for the iPhone allows users to recreate poor cell phone reception in a variety of different ways.
7. Remember the old days when you had to get your car’s emission tested? For drivers of newer cars this is often times not necessary. However, for those of us who want to make sure we aren’t polluting the environment, a new car service in Flagstaff Arizona lets drivers have their new model car’s emission tested while they watch Larry King interviews from the early 1990’s.
8. While the good ole’ days of the Black Plague are practically behind us, a new historical experience at Six Flags in Philadelphia lets tourists relieve the experience. Tourists begin their experience by living in a medieval town full of unsanitary conditions, they the “catch the plague themselves”, which is simulated by exposing them to ravenous mosquitoes and bees after injecting them with horse tranquilizers.
9. As electric cars become more popular, automotive industry insiders believe that some consumers will miss the weekly ritual of getting their car’s tank filled up with gas. A new service called “Fill Me Up Buddy!” will allow electric car drivers to fill up a conventional gas powered car and take it to a drive in movie.
10. As high-definition cable and satellite has become the way most Americans watch television, nostalgia for the old t.v. antennas, (also called rabbit ears), and the hazy lines of television interference has grown. Now a new company started in Delaware has produced a nostalgic high version of rabbit ears which need to be readjust constantly and which overlay a random interference pattern over crisp television images. Ah, the old ways have returned.
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