The physical sensation you probably most distinctly remember from a car you once owned long ago isn’t the feel of the metal, or a squeak in a seat, but the smell. That distinct funk, sometimes good or so incredibly horrible, that says “this is a car.” And this is how Ford makes sure that funk is absolutely perfect.
You know the smell. It’s hard to describe, but the second you step on an airplane, a flood of familiarity flies up your nostrils. Airplane smell is equal parts comforting and off-putting. And it’s actually a little bit dangerous. But what is it exactly?
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Hey guys. Lincoln, a car company, has a smell now.
Think New York summers are pungent now? Imagine what it must've smelled like at the turn of the 20th century. Before the introduction of the automobile, horses were leaving about 2.5 million pounds of shit in the streets per day.
The smell of a new car is intoxicating. It reminds us of money and shiny objects. It evokes that golden period before repeat coffee stains, moldy Tupperware, and our trunk's transformation into a Good Will depository change the way we feel about our car.