Blip: The Lies Of Symmetry

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Hey! It’s the end of the week! I made some calls and arranged to get all of you two bonus days where you can do whatever, so enjoy that. I wanted to show you this old 1963 Fiat 1300, because it has an interesting detail I like, in a weird way. They wanted the car to be so symmetrical that they pulled a weird trick: on the rear, one side has a round reverse lamp, and the other has a same-sized fuel-filler cap. I guess they sized the reverse lamp to match the fuel cap, instead of vice-versa? It’s an odd thing, when you think about it.

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Garland - Last Top Comment on Splinter

True symmetry would be dual reverse lights and a central filler.

Conversely, lean hard into the asymmetry.