Old Wives' Tales
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Claim: Photographs show a rental car ruined by an American tourist (or a woman) who drove it over
Examples: [Collected via e-mail, 2005]
Origins: Several common urban legends (such as the
(By way of explanation, we note that is it quite unusual to find rental car outfits in the U.S. offering vehicles with standard transmissions, but it is fairly common in other countries. Thus for purposes of local humor, an American tourist traveling in a foreign country could be presumed unfamiliar with anything other than an automatic transmission. However, it's unlikely a motorist completely unfamiliar with the use of a standard transmission could manage to get a car so equipped out of the parking lot successfully, much less drive it over a hundred miles.)
Although the above-displayed photographs are real and do indeed depict a
Last updated: 16 November 2005
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