Sunday, July 22, 2007

New Car Smell Update


Back in March I blogged about how the used car I'd purchased had been sprayed inside with a "new car" smell and how terrifically annoying that was. Since then, thousands of letters have poured in expressing concern for my discomfort, offering a bosom to rest my weary head on. Some months and many bosoms later I can say that most, but not all, of the new car smell has subsided.

I'm hard-pressed to think of a single artificial smell that I cotton to. I just don't groove to colognes, perfumes, scented soaps, smelly detergent or stuff like that. Ewwww.. yuk! Then again, while the smell of Coppertone, crayons, Playdoh and Elmers glue may have nostalgic power, it's not exactly what I'd call enchanting. I've heard people say that they like the smell of gasoline fumes but they're all dead.

"drooper-scented" car

My cursory investigation has revealed that the smell inside a freshly made car comes from the epoxies and adhesives that bond interior panels together. People are indeed drawn to these odors in some sick Pavlovian way but the chemicals have an deleterious effect on the human body. So now that we've all been made sick beyond repair, there's a push to discontinue the use of these compounds. So I guess that cars in the future will be held together tongue and groove style.

Hooray for that.


13 comments:

Anonymous said...

vinyl outgassing. It's toxic too. Cooking in the sun makes it worse. Never buy a new car-only one that's old enough to have outgassed all of the bad stuff.

If you bought a new car every two or three years, you would like it. Your brain would be fried, and everything would be fine.

Geritopia said...

your brain + outgassing. any questions?

Cocovan said...

I know first hand about outgassing,But as far as the brain part?.......

Anonymous said...

some people's brains aren't in their heads...

Joey Polanski said...

Im jus glad you cottn to th Banana Splits.

Sara Sue said...

Ummm ... can we see pics of you resting your head on some of 'em bosoms?

Geritopia said...

coco: You are a jolly sort of fellow. What's that under your chin. Whoops. Fooled ya! Ha-ha!

anonymous: You are wise and people are attracted to you, plus other fortune cookie sayings.

polanski: You have talent in your veins. You outta' run for president, plus other fortune cookie sayings.

sue: Tabloid photos are on the way.

Joey Polanski said...

Welcome aboardski!

"Country" Chuck Barley said...

She's got that new car smell again
Been runnin' round with my best friend...

Slim Monkeyband Jackson said...

fill'er up
gasoline
everybody, everywhere
gasoline
brothers and sisters
gasoline
i wanna buy some
gasoline

"Country" Chuck Barley said...

Slim, when someone starts quoting my own long-ago lyrics at me, I know I've entered... The Twilight Zone!

Anonymous said...

What's photo 60? Where's photo 60? I smell a government conspiracy plot.

Vivian said...

You write very well.