PBF | February

Party Banter Friday: 

In Which A Librarian Provides You With An Interesting Fact to Make You More Popular During Weekend Socializing

Among all the woeful tales of engines not turning over, roads strewn with ditch-swallowed vehicles, and snow-blindness so bad your cousin just pulled over where he was and started a new life, February parties could use some uplifting auto talk around the hot dip table.

Brighten things up with this kickin’ conversation starter:

Removing a snow-booger from the wheel well of your car with a heel kick instead of the more conventional toe kick can not only add to the force of your kick, but prevent injury to your “little piggies”*.

*: The Lake Hubert Conservation Association in Minnesota recommends not kicking off “chunkers” unless the temperature is at least 15 degrees. Be careful out there!

Snow-boogers, also referred to as tire snot, slush puppies, or wheel barf, based on an extensive 30-second Google search, may turn out to be the key to curing seasonal blues. Although you may have thought you were alone in the joy you feel at kicking those suckers off, turns out you’re among friends. There’s even a Facebook page dedicated to it.

If you need more facts (or, er, actual facts) about cars and the things hanging off of them, the library has them. In addition to or large collection of printed repair manuals for cars new and old, we have digital resources for engine repair as well.

For a general guide, check out Essential Car Care for Women (it’s not written in a special language, men can check it out as well).

For a guide on how to handle the teen in your life driving, read Not So Fast: Parenting Your Teen Through the Dangers of Driving.

For a gearhead kind of memoir, looky loo at Auto Biography by Earl Swift.

For a good road trip story, try Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America.

If you want to get over you broke-down car blues or just have good laugh, listen to some of our Car Talk audio from the Magliozzi brothers (Rest in peace, Tom, you sweet hilarious man). You can listen to more Click and Clack here.

Photo Credit: Our featured image for PBF is a picture from our digital history collection. You can view the original image and browse our collection here.

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