The million mile car

And I could drive a million miles . . .
I’ve heard a lot of good things about Japanese cars. Heck, I even owned one in ’90s, but you never really expect the resilient little beggars to last more than 300,000 miles. Everything over 250,000 feels like a gift. Then there’s this little beauty: a 1995 Honda Civic with 930,000 miles on it. Someone did the math: that’s 200 miles a day seven days a week for 12 years. (Please note that Insider is steering clear of math because no one seemed to appreciate my last little carithmetic joke. Probably because it wasn’t terribly funny. Does anyone know, has the kilometre achieved parity with the mile yet?)

What’s more remarkable is the car looks freakin’ pristine. I think I’ve got 140,000 kilometres on my car and it looks like an angry baby took a baseball bat to it; nothing major but some definite dings.

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Mmm. . . . Smart beer
We may have actually discovered why there’s so much carousing in universities: alcohol makes you smarter. Perhaps that why so many Rhodes scholars and Dean’s List brown nosers are such drunken sots. (Actually, they tend to hiding in their dorm rooms, drinking coffee by the vat.) According to
research conducted at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, drinking in moderation is good for your cognitive abilities. I’m assuming “moderation’ doesn’t mean tipping over the keg to get the last of the sudsy crap out of the bottom, but I could be wrong. Perhaps I just need to drink more.

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Vii wants to play
Nintendo has taken the market by storm with a console with a controller that looks like a cross between a TV remote and something ninja assassins use to garrotte their victims. Now there’s a
crappier version, presumably reverse engineered by a smart cookie who lives in his parents’ basement. The “Vii” (not the be confused with the Wii) looks the part. At first glance you probably wouldn’t even notice the difference. Not sure if it’s capable of running original Nintendo games, but I’m looking forward to playing jury-rigged versions of Konkey Dong, Princess Prune and Super Bakowski Brothers.

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