Our obsession with cars pales in comparison to this Washington state man, who admits to "sexual relations" with over 1,000 cars. If ever there was a dragon, this mechaphiliac would be it.
Living with, and calling a white Volkswagen Beetle, your "girlfriend" is not something that most of us would consider to be normal, but Edward Smith insists that he loves his beloved Vanilla (that's her name...) and insists that he's not sick and has no intention of ever changing his reptilian dragon-style ways. And why would he? Who else do you know that's "been with" 1,000+ partners and doesn't use a healthy dosage of Valtrex?
Smith said in his defense:
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. Maybe I'm a little bit off the wall but when I see movies like Herbie and Knight Rider, where cars become loveable, huggable characters it's just wonderful.
I'm a romantic. I write poetry about cars, I sing to them and talk to them just like a girlfriend. I know what's in my heart and I have no desire to change. I'm not sick and I don't want to hurt anyone, cars are just my preference.
Smith, 57, recalls having his first sexual encounter with a car at the ripe ol' age of fifteen and claims to have never been attracted to either women or men, although he slept with women in his early years. His last 'real' (and we mean that in the loosest of terms) relationship with a woman was over twelve years ago, but he was unable to consummate it due to his love for the tail pipe. His biggest claim to fame and admitted 'most intense sexual experience' was with the famous helicopter from the 80's hit TV show Airwolf. Ever since he's had a new attraction to all things mechanical.
Wiktionary gives us this semi-official definition:
From mechanic + -philia
1. A sexual desire for a mechanical inanimate object.
Somehow our own personal fetishes don't seem all that bad anymore. (Hat Tip To Clay!)