There is a little controversy surrounding the event, as with anything that wasn’t caught on video, (or having to do with the procurement and consumption of infinate amounts of oil for that matter) but the story goes that Gottlieb Daimler created the first four wheeled combustion engine automobile on March 8, 1886. Four years later Daimler built another automobile from the ground up that could travel up to the unbelievable speed of 10 mph. Conventional wisdom of the time believed that if you traveled faster than 16 mph your face would melt off.
This story has no relavence to your commute everday except it was the first time that we could get from point A to point B without having to look out for horse shit.
Today we can move much faster than 10 mph. Not just our physical bodies and possesssions, but more importantly our ideas, money, and emotion.
When I see something like the video that follows (and there are already a million of them) I can’t help but think that we are just at point A and right now it is impossible to even imagine point B. And our faces are going to melt off.
Shit, I can’t even drive yet – here is the link.