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Monday, July 25, 2005

Shouldn't This Be Illegal? 

The fact that a German man wants to sell this astounds me:

A German man has canned the noxious-smelling exhaust fumes of East Germany's cult Trabant car and is doing a brisk trade selling the scent to those nostalgic for the former Communist state.

"The smell is something very special and scarce nowadays," said Thorsten Jahn, whose cans of "Trabi" exhaust sell online for 3.98 euros ($4.81).

"I wanted to preserve the past in an original way."

Could you imagine what would happen if someone dared to sell something like that here in the US? After all... if infants are "soaking in a stew of chemicals" because of things like car exhaust, shouldn't a can of the stuff be considered a deadly weapon?

Well, on second thought, we do allow smokers to smoke (in fewer and fewer places these days), so maybe we wouldn't make a can of exhaust illegal. We'd just tax the hell out of it in order to discourage people from buying it, then funnel the tax money into a program to develop electric cars or something.

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