From the outset of this post I want to make to make one point abundantly and unmistakably clear: I am not making this up.
In 1910 there was an organization in the great Commonwealth of Pennsylvania called The Anti-Automobile Society of Pennsylvania, and they really hated automobiles.
They complained automobiles traveled too fast, frightened their livestock, ran over their chickens, and that Pennsylvania motorists were inexplicably unable to properly use a turn signal.
Note: I did make up the part about the turn signal, the Anti-Automobile Society of Pennsylvania didn’t say anything about the turn signal…but I’m saying it!
The point was: The Anti-Automobile Society of Pennsylvania really hated automobiles, almost as much as I hate mimes, other peoples children, and any TV show with the words the real housewives of in the title.
They developed a set of guidelines for automobiles operating in rural areas of Pennsylvania:
- Automobiles travelling on country roads at night must send up a rocket every mile, then wait ten minutes for the road to clear.
- If a driver sees a team of horses, he is to pull to one side of the road and cover his machine with a blanket or dust cover that has been painted to blend into the scenery.
- In the event that a horse refuses to pass a car on the road, the owner must take his car apart and conceal the parts in the bushes.
Isn’t that Awesome?
Admittedly, they had very little to say about the fact that automobiles don’t leave horse shit everywhere, but no system is perfect.
It has inspired me to develop my own set of guidelines for operating an automobile in Pennsylvania that I will be posting in the future.
I leave you with a photo of the offender.