Based on what you see on the roads every day, this probably won’t shock you . . . but about one in five drivers out there are completely unqualified to be behind the wheel. GMAC Insurance just released the annual results of a study where they test licensed drivers to see how they’d do if they had to retake their written driving test tomorrow. And . . . 18% of people would FAIL. That comes out to almost 37 MILLION Americans. Believe it or not, that’s actually an IMPROVEMENT . . . last year, 38 million would’ve failed. Washington, D.C. drivers got the worst scores in the country . . . only 71.8% passed the test. Wyoming drivers got the best scores, with 95.5% passing. And stereotypes came true, as men did much better than women. 27.2% of women failed the test, versus 13.6% of men.
Last week, 20-year-old Anthony Hernandez of Port St. Lucie, Florida was on a QUEST to, quote, “score some women.” But from the clues we have, he was NOT targeting the classiest women out there. Anthony’s first plan was to steal some beer to impress the women. And he went to a 7-Eleven and stole . . . an 18-pack of Bud Light. The second part of his plan was to woo the women into his car . . . a Dodge Neon. Unfortunately for Anthony, before he could find the women who would be impressed by drinking Bud Light cans in the back of a Neon, he got a flat tire. The clerk at the 7-Eleven had called the police to tell them about the beer thief in the Neon, so they were on the lookout for him, and spotted him changing his tire by the side of the road. He told them he’d stolen the beer to, quote, “score some women.” He was arrested for retail theft.
The Two Most Gas-Guzzling Cities in the U.S. are in North Carolina . . . and the Two Least Gas-Guzzling Cities are New York and L.A.?
Looking at the cities where gas prices are the highest is old news. BORING. “Forbes” took a slightly different angle, and ranked U.S. cities by how much they pay AND how many miles they drive, to calculate the most gas-guzzling cities. So even though gas prices are out-of-control in New York and Los Angeles . . . they actually finished as the LEAST gas-guzzling cities in the U.S. New York scored best because so many people take public transportation. L.A. came in second because, even with the traffic, people tend not to commute huge distances. Cities and suburbs that are more spread out came out on the other end. North Carolina had the two highest gas-guzzling cities . . . the Raleigh-Durham area came in first, and Charlotte came in second. In Raleigh-Durham, the average household drives 21,800 miles per year, which factors out to about $4,200 in gas. In comparison, the average household in New York drives 9,800 miles per year, for a cost of $1,920.
Here are the top ten most and least gas-guzzling cities.
The top 10 gas-guzzling cities are: the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina . . . Charlotte, North Carolina . . . Atlanta, Georgia . . . Nashville, Tennessee . . . Monmouth, New Jersey . . . the Greensboro-Winston and Salem-High Point area of North Carolina . . .The Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon area of New Jersey . . . Jacksonville, Florida . . . Washington, D.C. and its suburbs . . . and the Riverside-San Bernardino area of California.
The top 10 least gas-guzzling cities are: New York . . . Los Angeles and Long Beach, California . . . Miami, Florida . . . Bergen-Passaic, New Jersey . . . San Francisco, California . . . Fort Lauderdale, Florida . . . New Orleans, Louisiana . . .The Buffalo-Niagara Falls area of New York . . . Orange County, California . . . and San Jose, California.
Well, at least this guy picked a twisted, deviant fetish that doesn’t hurt anyone. Might not be great for mufflers though. 61-year-old Edward Smith of Washington has announced that he’s had sex with 1,000 cars. Edward says number 1,000 was special . . . she’s a white Volkswagen Beetle named Vanilla and he’s currently dating her. Although not exclusively . . . he was also intimate with a 1973 Opal GT named Cinnamon and a 1993 Ford Ranger Splash named Ginger. He says, quote, “I appreciate beauty and I go a little bit beyond appreciating the beauty of a car only to the point of what I feel is an expression of love. I’m not sick and I don’t want to hurt anyone, cars are just my preference.” Edward had relations with his first car at age 15 and says he’s never had sexual feelings toward any human, man or woman. He didn’t get into the specifics of HOW he has sex with the cars . . . but we have a tailpipe-related guess. He says he’s one of about 500 people worldwide who actively participate in online forums for people who are sexually attracted to cars.
I can’t think of anyone who buys a Ferrari for its family-friendly look and cargo room.
But if you’re someone who would . . . your moment has finally arrived. This month, Ferrari will start delivering its first ever HATCHBACK. The car is called the Ferrari FF. “FF” stands for “four seats, four-wheel drive.” And even though it’s a family car in theory, it’s still a Ferrari . . . with a 6.3-liter V12 engine and zero-to-60 in 3.7 seconds. The sticker price starts at $370,000, and even THEY know they’re probably not going to get that many buyers . . . so they’re only manufacturing 800 to be sold worldwide.
Luca Cordero di Montezemolo is the chairman of Ferrari. He says they decided to make the car because, quote, “Ferrari used to be the car you kept in your garage, took out to polish and show, and put back into the garage. “Today, people want to do more with a car.”