Don’t Be a Gasoline Retard

Gasoline prices are pretty high in the US (and the rest of the world, except where subsidized by government). As such, people are actually looking at ways to make that tank full last longer. Logical things like keeping your tires properly inflated and your engine properly maintained seem somewhat mundane. Given that the price of gas has become emotional, scammers, hucksters and fraudsters are on hand right now to separate you from your money (and common sense). Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

From Cracked.com are six really stupid ideas. Head on over for the full breakdown…

  1. Water4Gas
  2. Motoflow Fuel Magnet
  3. Draft Assisted Forced Stop
  4. Khaos Super Turbo Charger
  5. Bio Petro Improver
  6. Intake Twister & Tornado

Let’s just say that if you’ve spent any money for any of the things listed above, you have less money, have not helped your fuel consumption situation, and have created much doubt about the value of your intellect.

5 Responses to “Don’t Be a Gasoline Retard”

  1. 1 HShore
    July 16, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    I agree with everything you have to say, except for your use of the word retard. To me it’s just not right to use a word that demeans people with special needs.

  2. July 17, 2008 at 8:04 am

    Sorry if I used a word that has become politically incorrect and emotionally charged.

    re·tard2 ( rē’tärd’ ) pronunciation
    n. Offensive Slang.

    1. Used as a disparaging term for a mentally retarded person.
    2. A person considered to be foolish or socially inept.

    And i certainly meant the first incarnation of the second definition, for people who use these things are certainly foolish. Or was it more your intent to be part of the PC patrol and react to a simple word than instead of actually finding out how I used it?

  3. July 17, 2008 at 8:19 am

    Well, just as dieters notoriously fall for every “lose weight while you sleep” pill, folks wanting to save a buck on gas fall for the latest fly-by-night schemes, too. I’d call them “snake oil” but I wouldn’t want to offend snakes.

  4. July 18, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    “Retard” has probably always been emotionally charged and incorrect when directed toward those who actually are retarded, but it’s just recently become politically incorrect when used to describe non-retarded people.

    I prefer “moron” myself. Or “maroon”. Especially “maroon” because it signifies a higher intelligence and education level on my part. 🙂

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