Friday, January 15, 2010

What is the point of this gizmo?

I don't know why, but I just noticed the "OUTS TEMP" button on Jeeves' dashboard:
Pushing it tells me what the temperature is outside. That means that in my car somewhere, hidden within the springs and belts and pistons and pipes and oil and fluid, somebody stuck a thermometer and wired it to my dashboard. But why a thermometer? Why not a police whistle or a golf ball washer or a yo yo? Actually, I don't have the owner's manual, so those things might be in there too.
Anyway, I guess I'm glad I have it. I just don't know what purpose it really serves. Temperature doesn't really affect driving conditions, so it's not really a safety device. And unless it's either extremely hot or extremely cold out, it doesn't affect the car's performance, although it seems like you'd know that before you even get in. It seems like yet another unnecessary accessory. Maybe a conversation starter?

"How warm do you think it is outside?"
"No idea. 70°? 75°?"
"*BEEP!* Nope. Exactly 69°"
" amazing. Pull over. I want to get in the back seat with you and make out right now, right here on the side of the road."

Okay, I can see that. Never mind.

1 comment:

RottenMom said...

I'm hoping mine has a yo-yo!
Have a great day somewhere in the 70 degree range!