Nothing’s Shocking

I had the shocking pleasure of driving a rental Chevy compact something or other down to Portland last weekend. It was your basic rental, small, white, and flavorless.

Except that it shocked the driver every single time we exited the vehicle. Sometimes twice. After a couple of times, I started intentionally touching metal with my knuckle or elbow first. When that was hurting too much I started touching it with the key. Quite an impressive display.

After this skinnerian experiment, I found myself touching other metal things with my knuckles first.

I think it’s from the silica instead of carbon black in the tires, or at least that’s what the culprit was claimed to be back when Hondas first started shocking toll booth attendants.

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