Joe Lucas, Prince Of Darkness: British Electrical System Jokes

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What better way to while away the lazy afternoon hours than with a collection of jokes, anecdotes and humorous diagrams depicting the joys of Lucas electrical systems? Joe Lucas — or, more accurately, the company bearing his name — engineered electrical bits for pretty much everything emanating from the UK, and the notorious unreliability of Lucas components played a key role in tanking the British car industry in the early 1980s. Make the jump for "If Lucas made guns, wars would not start," and other classics.

  • The Lucas motto: "Get home before dark."
  • Lucas is the patent holder for the short circuit.
  • Lucas - Inventor of the first intermittent wiper.
  • Lucas - Inventor of the self-dimming headlamp.
  • The three position Lucas switch - Dim, Flicker and Off.
  • The Original Anti-Theft Device - Lucas Electrics.
  • Lucas is an acronym for Loose Unsoldered Connections and Splices

Many more, along with some funny graphics, at

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Rob Emslie

A riff on an old joke:

In the European Automotive version of Heaven, the:

French design the suspensions;

British design the bodies;

Germans design the electricals;

Italians design the engines;

And Swedes design the safety systems.

In the European Automotive version of Hell, the;

French design the safety systems;

British design the electricals;

Germans design the bodies;

Italians design the suspensions;

 Swedes design the engines.