can’t see the forest

A Little Levity from Xinhua

Posted in humor by Curtis on 8/29/06

Dog DrivingWe interrupt our regularly scheduled programming on climate change to bring you this little gem of news from Xinhua, the media mouthpiece of the government of the People’s Republic of China.

On Monday a woman in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, crashed her car while giving her dog a driving lesson.

There were no injuries and only slight damage to the two vehicles involved in the collision.

The woman, identified only by her surname, Li, said that her dog liked to watch her drive. She decided that today was as good a day as any to let him take the wheel while she continued to operate the vehicle’s brake and accelerator pedals. Xinhua reports that the duo did not make it much further down the road before crashing into oncoming traffic.

The woman offered to pay for repairs, which is certainly appropriate. But what about the poor dog? Can you imagine how scary that must have been for the dog? I was fairly petrified when I took the wheel for the first time, aged fourteen—and I’m a human, for crying out loud. I wonder if this lady tries to “let” her dog cook, or plug in electrical appliances? I wonder what else he’s doomed to “learn.” 

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