Oh, look! Just another video of a guy skateboarding through a parking lot, right? Boring! But wait... watch what happens right after the aforementioned skateboarder jumps the curb. Hint: it has nothing to do with skateboarding and is decidedly lunar.
Here's something you don't see every day: amateur video, shot from the inside of a moving car, that shows a monkey just chillin' on the hood. But wait! Along comes another monkey—take a guess at what happens next.
In Durham, NC, there exists a dangerous 11'8" trestle. Why is it dangerous? Well, because—in a one-year period—13 different trucks slammed into it (forcing the installation of an emergency crash beam). Video of each crash is inside.
Each August for the past 80 years, the men and women of Sturgis, SD (and many who travel there) gather for their annual Motorcycle Rally. This year, they had a very special surprise guest: Pee-wee Herman. Watch what happened inside.
What's better than a video of an attractive Japanese girl? A video of an attractive Japanese girl who also happens to conduct a train on Japan's high-speed rail system, Shinkansen! Watch as she revs things up to a cool 270km/h.
At about 9:50 this morning, a female student at a Tewksbury, MA job training school drove her Pontiac Bonneville into the building, making her way 100 feet into the structure before stopping. Inside, a local newspaper's video report.
New York City's economy must really be on the mend. Mercedes is planning to construct a ginormous 333,000-square-foot flagship on 11th Avenue, which it's hoping will set "the style standard for all other Mercedes dealers around the country." Alas, Jay-Z and Beyoncé will have to wait a bit before they can head to the futuristic, glassy showroom to pick up their next Maybach: It won't open its doors until the beginning of 2011. [NYT]
You thought seeing the occasional white Hummer limo (with blue LED lights on the outside and teenagers from New Jersey on the inside) was an eyesore? Just be thankful that this Russian-made grenade-proof SUV adorned with white gold, diamonds and rubies and upholstered with "whale penis leather" (?) hasn't hit the streets of NYC yet. Although if someone is actually producing such a vehicle—and actually expects to find buyers for it—we're going to look on the bright side and take this as further evidence that the economy really has rebounded. [Luxist]
Last week, the Post reported that the wife of retired Goldman Sachs honcho Ray Iwanowski had smashed her BMW into a tree and was later arrested for DWI. On Wednesday, the owner of a Bentley Arnage watched as his car mysteriously rolled into Lake Montauk and plunged to the bottom. Could there a trend here? Who knows, but since these things usually come in threes, you may want to be a little extra cautious if you're cruising around the East End in a luxury car today. [EHPress]
If you're sick of paying for parking—or paying the city for those $105 parking tickets you've been getting—you may want to consider investing in a color printer and a laminating machine. Transportation Alternatives, the advocacy group that promotes bike-riding and mass transit, tested out the city's crackdown on parking permits last week with a totally bogus one they created bearing the seal of the official-sounding (and non-existent) "Citizen Protection Administration." It worked like a charm: Not a single ticket was issued. [NYP]
Idle-gate appears to have reached its conclusion. Earlier this week, Mayor Bloomberg was totally busted for allowing the SUVs that ferry him around town to idle for hours while waiting for him. Now comes word the mayor has informed his staff that he plans to set a better example in the future. Let's hope so! [NYDN, previously]
Good news for those of you who have little concern for the current economic or environmental climate: Damon Dash is releasing a blingy Range Rover Sport through his Tiret jewelry company which comes with "real diamond accents," 22-inch LSE alloy wheels, and a panoramic sunroof. No word on what inspired the collaboration, although given Damon's own Chevy Tahoe was recently seized by his bank after he failed to keep up with his car payments, we can only hope the deal involved him getting a new ride. [JustLuxe via Luxist]
Politico.com has concluded a groundbreaking investigation into the cars owned President Obama's cabinet members and top aides. And what did they find? A very sorry state of affairs, that's what. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is the proud owner of a 2008 entry-level Acura TSX, and he previously owned a 1999 Honda Accord, none of which is entirely surprising considering he's worked government jobs his whole life, has an atrociously designed home, and has lousy taste in ties, too. Larry Summers, however, will have a harder time excusing his 1995 Mazda Protégé (or his previous car, a 1996 Ford Taurus GL), since he worked for David Shaw's hedge fund for long enough to invest in a 3-series BMW (at least one that was manufactured at a plant in the U.S.) Naturally, the one person noticeably absent from Politico's list is the one that matters most: Steve Rattner, the man appointed by President Obama to redeem the American auto industry. But it's not all that complicated to determine at least one of the cars in Rattner's fleet. The couple's 2006 black Mercedes-Benz 350 (New York license plate #CSL1498!) was entered into the public record when his wife, Maureen White, was arrested for drunk driving last October.