10 Seriously Interesting Windshield Factoids (#4 is truly wild...)
Updated: Jul 17, 2020
Researching the most interesting things about windshields proved to be a... task. So, I compiled a list of ACTUALLY INTERESTING findings that have been boggling my mind for some time now.
1. There's a windshield phenomenon happening as we speak...
This "windshield phenomenon" is a term given to the observation that fewer insects are accumulating on windshields of automobiles. The global decline in insect populations has been associated with the changes being made by human activity.
In 1954 Bellingham, Seattle and the surrounding area, the month of April brought on one of the silliest examples of mass delusion. This moment of hysteria was illustrated by windshield holes that were not noticed beforehand and the causes that were attributed ranged from vandals and pranks, sand flea eggs being laid, to nuclear bomb testing.
Pictured is a high school student jokingly guarding her boyfriend's windshield during the local panic.
3. The Barnacle, "the boot's" annoying little brother.
This 20 lb., keypad-armed slab of plastic is redefining keeping a vehicle immobilized. Whether you're avoiding paying long overdue parking tickets, are parked illegally for a long period of time, or even have unpaid taxes, the Barnacle won't come off until any or all of those issues are taken care of. If you try to drive off with your new, semi-permanent, totally inconspicuous windshield visor, the Barnacle's tracking system will sound off a high-pitched alarm.