In the wonderfully researched book History of the Wife, Marilyn Yalom writes that sexual relations in medieval Europe, for instance, were not only mandatory after betrothal, but also only for procreative purposes.
"Sexual relations were considered a debitum conjugale — a solemn duty that each spouse owed the other,…»
I don't think that applies to everyone. Certainly, the kinds of people who attract more media attention are probably going to want obviously super-expensive brands, so there will be some reporting bias. However, there are plenty of wealthy people out there who appreciate subtlety. »
Not really; in the centre of major European cities, car usage is relatively low among the poor. Public transport is cheap (often with discounts for low-income groups), parking is expensive, and so on.
Of course it's a bit different in the outer suburbs, where the tram & bus routes thin out, there isn't a grocery store… »
I wrote to Volvo begging for a chance to buy the Concept Estate or something like it, and they sent me a similar form letter about how it was just a concept.
There are subtle hints towards the P1800ES. It really is a fine-looking car, and very easy to square with modern demands for fuel efficiency, crash safety,… »
Isn't that based on a Mercedes Atego platform? They also build one on a Unimog platform, just in case you need to drive across a mountain range whilst dealing with urban rioters, or something. #trucklopnik »
Some drivers learned (or were taught) to stop, to let emergency vehicles past. Unfortunately, some drivers are not very intelligent, so they remember the "Flashing blue lights? I've got to stop!" bit of the lesson, without really understanding why.
I have seen somebody stop their car in the middle of a chicane on an… »
A rough rule of thumb is that people drive more sensibly in Northern countries than in Southern. It's a gradient. In my time in Belgium I saw regular examples of stupid, dangerous driving (and I was part of it; I wrote off a van on the R0) but it was still better than southern Europe.
And when you reach the southern… »
Assuming they're already trying to get high mpg, and it's not urban driving, there will be very little braking; so drag reduction is going to be much more important than weight reduction. Maybe remove wing mirrors? :-) »
Six-speed diesel? Meh. Practically every mid-market vehicle over here has a six-speed diesel option and it's usually the most popular. The only exceptions are way out at the fringes, like Ferraris etc. Two of my last three cars in the UK have been six-speed diesels (the third was a halo car which didn't even have a… »
Only if you look at the raw numbers and take nothing else into account. If you eliminate the motorcycle fatalities that are either under the influence of alcohol or have clear evidence the motorcycle was traveling in excess of 10mph above the posted speed limit (these combined cover nearly two thirds of all…»
Looks like the wheel is designed to respond relatively well to torsion in one direction - acceleration. But if you brake, those elegant curvy strips will want to crumple rather than transmitting the force directly to the rim. At best, that will feel... unnerving under braking. At worst, something snaps when you brake… »
Not many people realise that the Rover 75 was named for the median age of their target demographic. »