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I can’t believe someone makes… Snail Art Cars

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I can’t believe someone makes Snail Art Cars, but I’m glad they do, making the world just that bit more of an interesting place.

Thanks to our US sister site Design News for this one, in its coverage of the recent Maker Faire 2009.

“Oakland blacksmith, metal fabricator and sculptor Jon Sarriugarte took an inexperienced team of metal workers and built the Snail Art Car but the concept didn’t originate with Sarriugarte. It was his wife’s idea. ‘We were driving in the desert,’ he said, ‘and she said she wanted a snail car.’”

“The original idea was to create the car’s body in fiberglass but one morning at breakfast, the project suddenly gelled in Sarriugarte’s mind and he quickly drew the concept for a riveted and welded metal snail body on a napkin. Then he bought a partially restored 1967 VW bug from a seller on Craigslist for $400; he sold the body for $200 and he ended up with a low-priced, fully functional chassis and drive train for the Snail Art Car.”

Check out the article, but cover your eyes when it comes to the subheadline… Ess-car-go*

What would it be like to ride such a beast? Check out the video below (shame it isn’t of the car itself)

* Not to be confused with the Nissan Escargo

Previous I can’t believe posts:

* I can’t believe someone makes… Electric paper plane launchers

* I can’t believe someone makes… A wooden MacBook

* I can’t believe someone makes… Rubik’s Cube Calendars

* I can’t believe someone makes… A mobile phone shaver

* I can’t believe someone makes… An LED messaging mouse

* I can’t believe someone makes… Swarovski Crystal LCD TVs

* I can’t believe someone makes… Glowing writstballs

* I can’t believe someone makes… Klingon keyboards

* I can’t believe someone makes… Armadillo Breadbins

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3 Comments

  1. July 27, 2009 17:36

    I can’t believe someone makes… Wi-Fi detector baseball caps

    This time, I can’t believe someone makes Wi-Fi detector baseball caps. Where to begin? How about with the fact that you can’t see the signal strength indicator up on your own bunce… you’d have to take it off to look at it in your hand. Doh!

  2. Alun Williams
    June 18, 2009 20:20

    Cheers Miles. I’ve heard a few names for a 2CV but not that one. Looking on Wikipedia (it’s becoming a reflex), 2CV apparently stood for “”two steam horses” as a literal translation of deux chevaux vapeur.
    Talking of nicknames, the entry has a whole section devoted to international nicknames:

    The Dutch were the first to call it “het lelijke eendje” (“the ugly duckling”) or just “Eend” (“duck”), while the Flemish called it “de geit” (“the goat”). In German-speaking countries it is called “Ente” (“duck”), and sometimes “lahme Ente” (“lame duck”)—ironically, for its off-road abilities and swinging moves. English nicknames include “Tin Snail”, “Dolly” and “Upside-down pram”. In the former Yugoslavia the car was called “Spaček” (pronounced “spa-check”, Slovenian for “little freak”). In Spanish-speaking countries they were nicknamed “dos caballos” (two horses), “citrola” or “citroneta” (derived from “Citroën”). In Denmark, the car has many names like “Gyngehest” (Rocking horse) or “Studenter-Jaguar” (student’s Jaguar) while amongst 2CV enthusiasts the cars are affectionately called “De kære små” (the dear small ones). In Finland, the 2CV is known as “Rättisitikka” (Finnish for “rag Citroën”) because of its canvas roof and in Tunisia they call it “karkassa”. Hungarians call it “Kacsa” (pronounced “kacha” and meaning “duck”). In Israel it was called “פחנוע” (pronounced “pah-noa”, meaning “tin car”) and in Iceland it was named “Sítróen braggi” (meaning “Citroën Quonset hut”). In Norway the name was “Jernseng”, meaning “iron bed”. In Iran it is known as “Jian / Zhian ژیان”, which means “Fierce”. In the United States it was known as the “flying rag top”. American cartoonist Gilbert Shelton referred to it as the “duh-shuh-vuh”, referring to the French pronunciation of “2CV”.

    (there is more!…)

  3. Miles Thomas
    June 17, 2009 13:23

    I’m surprised they went to the effort, given that you could buy a Citroen 2CV (nicknamed the tin snail)

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