These Two VIN Digits Reveal Model Year and Country in Seconds

Most of us know there’s a wealth of information contained in Vehicle Identification Numbers, or VINs. Since 1981, VINs on motor vehicles sold in the North American market (and elsewhere) have been standardized not only on passenger cars, but motorcycles, commercial trucks, even trailers. With access to the internet, a… » 5/12/15 4:29pm 5/12/15 4:29pm

10 Things that Make You Look Like a Massive Idiot while Driving

Do you ever wonder why everyone looks at you with astonished faces when you're driving? Well, here is a start. If you do any of these things, you are raising the blood pressure of everyone around you with your embarrassing driving. Whether you are just clueless or a bit self righteous, make sure you pay close… » 5/01/14 2:52pm 5/01/14 2:52pm

Texting While Driving Can Get You Seriously Hurt (In Mario Kart)

By now we should all be on board with the idea that texting while driving is a particularly dangerous and irresponsible thing. But how does it affect one's driving within Mario Kart? A physician and some elementary schoolers found it significantly increases the risk of driving backwards, among other hazards. » 2/03/14 11:09am 2/03/14 11:09am

How Hot Does It Get Inside a Parked Car? (Spoiler: SO FREAKING HOT)

It's summer. It's stinking hot. And for any silly person who leaves their pets (or any imbecile who leaves their kids) inside a parked car, watch this video where a doctor traps himself inside a parked car to see how how it gets. Even with all four windows cracked down a bit, the car temperature reaches 117 degrees… » 7/03/13 8:29am 7/03/13 8:29am

Sorry to Disrupt: Valleywag Is Back

You’re doing it again. It’s only been a few years since we last met here, but you, Valley venture capitalist and Alley opportunist, are worse than ever. There will come a day when all the coddling and cheerleading you’ve become accustomed to curdles into rage and recrimination in the wake of another burst bubble, and… » 4/22/13 9:00am 4/22/13 9:00am

The French Are Losing Their Couilles (Balls)

This Wednesday, Citroën will end the production of its executive saloon, the weird and wonderful C6. The 250 people working on that line will be transferred to other tasks, but it will also result in the Mulhouse factory stopping completely for two days this month. In the long run, PSA is planning to fire 11,200… » 12/17/12 4:20pm 12/17/12 4:20pm