Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Vampires on wheels

Vampires on wheels, Vampire autoist. We need to bring this term back into common use:
The democratization of the automobile in the late Teens and Twenties was not without its social costs. Neighborhood pedestrians conditioned to horse-drawn traffic were slow to adapt to the new speed of life; drivers didn't know what the fuck they were doing. The consequent death toll gave rise to the journalistic concept of the "vampire auto," which basically meant a hit-and-run car.


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