The Death of the Bus/Cliff Item?

After our old roommate's Space Shuttle-themed Hayabusa went up in flames, taking a truck with it, he painted his next GSX 1300R in "School 'Busa" livery. We told him that he'd better stay away from cliffs. The bus-into-a-ravine meme is so well-embedded in our collective consciousness, my French roomie got the joke immediately. Slate's Jack Shafer explains its popular genesis as well as its imminent demise. Oh, and by the way, that 'Busa nearly did go off a cliff.

The Rise and Fall of the "Bus Plunge" Story [Slate]

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In Soviet Russia, Ice Skates YOU! [Internal]