Most of you in the UK will likely have noticed that it’s finally starting to act like winter, and we’re getting very cold, frosty mornings around now. Sod’s Law, of course, for my neighbour who just bought one of those “car condom” things to save the tedious de-icing every morning. The first day after she got it and the temperatures have risen just enough so that she didn’t need it today.
Going back a few years, I used to work with a guy called Mark who grew up in Australia. He was still a really nice guy despite that, actually. He made the bizarre choice to emigrate over here and his family followed some years later, amongst them his younger sister.
Her first winter came as a shock. Due to where they’d lived, she’d never seen snow or frost before, outside of the TV. This bizarre thin film of ice all over her car windows and in the locks. Mark recalled that the following few seconds were like watching slow motion.
He was stood by the car waiting for her to come out with some de-icer or something… and she came out with a kettle full of water. Hot water. Boiling to be precise. Before he could stop her, she flung the contents over the windscreen as he screamed “NNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOO” and lunged forward.
Water his windscreen. Windscreen went “what the ****?!” and made a weird crunching noise. Then caved completely into the interior of the car as the glass shattered.
In fairness, they had very clear visibility from the driver’s seat.