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A few years ago there was a craze for cars trailing grounding cables, on the theory that the car interior would get statically charged up during transit, causing all sorts of unspecified maladies to the passengers. That theory was, of course, debunked.

But I was thinking, that it should be possible to come up with a tire material whereby the friction with the road did cause the car to charge up. Then we could coat the outside of the car with hair. And as the journey progresed, gradually the hair would rise up until it was completely puffed out.

And you would be the first on your block to be driving a giant hairball.

(We would, of course, include that grounding cable so you could step out safely at the end of the journey.)

[Name courtesy Supercruiser.]

DrCurry, Dec 17 2003

(?) Something like this, perhaps? http://www.martinba....htm#nescafefeature
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       I just envisioned living in New Jersey where the gas station attendand has to fill up cars. "Just come here young man, fill her up" - Boom - "He, he, he"
kbecker, Dec 17 2003
  

       And I suppose some giant mechwarrior cat like creature is just going to cough one of these up then....
Supercruiser, Dec 17 2003
  

       They could use this in "Dumber,dumber and dumber"(the third sequel), cause they had a great dog car...
Supercruiser, Dec 17 2003
  

       Here kitty kitty kitty kitty..   

       ..   

       Vvrooom Vvrooom.. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!!
v0rtexx, Dec 18 2003
  

       I take it that no hair implants or salves have been effective.
thumbwax, Dec 18 2003
  

       great idea... but am I going to have to give my car a shower every morning? I don't want it developing dreadlocks
luecke, Dec 18 2003
  

       "All set to go Mr. Johnson. We changed the oil, rotated the tires, and solved that dandruff problem too. Here are your keys."
krelnik, Dec 18 2003
  

       I can imagine pet owners flogging their dogs/cats across their cars in an attempt to groom the pet and car at once.
Letsbuildafort, Dec 18 2003
  

       "Dude - hair's my car!"
egbert, Dec 18 2003
  

       Would skodas be the new ginger?
dobtabulous, Dec 18 2003
  

       ['wax] - heh.
PeterSilly, Dec 18 2003
  

       Could cars with fabric tops attempt the 'dodgy comb-over' technique?
dobtabulous, Dec 18 2003
  

       "You can tell its a rug from a mile away."
Letsbuildafort, Dec 18 2003
  

       + There are some cars that build up charge, though it doesn’t cause any maladies other than a static shock when you get out. You’d have to keep the hair very clean in order to work well.
AO, Dec 18 2003
  
      
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