1959 Plymouth Sport Fury Won’t Even Look at You Since It’s Such a Big Movie Star

If you’re currently looking for a car like no other, how about one that’s so famous it won’t even let you touch it?
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This ’59 Plymouth Sport Fury could land into your garage straight from Hollywood, as it’s one famous classic car that recently starred in four movies, namely Devil all the Time, Bigger, Hidden Figures, and Son of the South.

Or at least, that’s what the owner claims in a post on eBay where they’re trying to sell the car as a one of a kind model with an excellent body and interior.

While the Plymouth Fury first saw the light of day in 1955, Sport Fury received the go-ahead only four years later when it was introduced as a top of the range model for the entire lineup. It was the moment when the Fury itself was relegated to the second-highest configuration in the series.

In other words, this big celebrity is a year-one Sport Fury that comes with lots of original parts, including the 318ci (5.2-liter) engine fitted with a four-barrel carburetor, a move made after the Plymouth abandoned the dual four-barrel configuration for model year 1959.

The big move star not only that it is excellent condition, but it also comes with lots of improvements and extras, including dual-side mirrors, a dual exhaust system, the original repair manuals and floor mats. The owner says the Sport Fury has already won several awards at car shows but no evidence has been produced in this regard.

The odometer indicates 83,000 miles (133,500 km), and you’re also getting good tires, which should allow you to drive the Plymouth home should you decide to buy it.

More information is obviously available should you decide to check out the car in person in Birmingham, Alabama. As for the price, the eBay listing comes with a Buy It Now price set to $39,950.

As Korean content goes global, cultural sensitivity becomes key issue

When students from Uijeongbu High School parodied Ghana’s famous dancing pallbearers, South Korea-based Ghanaian television personality Sam Okyere took to social media to criticize the students for painting their faces brown.

A few days later, Okyere apologized after people said it was inappropriate to post a photo of the students without permission. They also took exception to his use of the hashtag “#teakpop,” which is typically used in a derogatory way about K-pop.

Many Koreans criticized Okyere online, calling him overly sensitive and inconsiderate. However, Korean songs, dramas and TV programs have also faced allegations of racism this summer.

When K-pop group Mamamoo member Hwasa appeared in an online livestream of a spinoff of MBC’s “I Live Alone” on July 15, some global fans said the clothes the singer wore were racially offensive and that she was making fun of traditional Nigerian clothing.

“We received unfriendly messages concerning Hwasa’s clothes,” posted “I Live Alone” on its YouTube page July 25 after the controversy raged on the internet. “We want to clarify that the clothes, which Hwasa often wears, were inspired by (what is worn in a) Korean sauna.’ We had no intention of comically showing traditional clothing of certain countries.”

Last month, singer Zo Bin of Norazo apologized for his 2011 song “Curry” after K-pop group Seventeen sang the song on V Live on July 13. Seventeen fans, mostly from abroad, criticized the song for its lyrics associating love of curry with yoga, the Taj Mahal and not eating beef. They accused the band of stereotyping Indians and Indian culture.

“I just wanted to sing in a joyful way that curry is tasty in any way to everyone. I did not make the song with the intention to offend someone or diminish the culture and tradition of a country,” said Zo Bin on Instagram. “I apologize to all South Asians and people in India hurt by this.”

Korean dramas also couldn’t avoid allegations of racial discrimination.

Actor Ji Chang-wook of SBS’ “Backstreet Rookie” became mired in controversy when he uploaded a video on social media with another actor, SIC, wearing dreadlocks and performing a comical dance. Some international viewers accused the two actors of appropriating black culture and said their movements were racially offensive.

“Acceptance of multiculturalism and cultural sensitivity levels of many Koreans are very low,” said Yoon In-jin, a sociology professor at Korea University.

“We have lived as monoethnic people and in monoethnic culture for a long time, so we lack in understanding and respecting other cultures,” Yoon said. “We are insensitive as to how our actions can be seen by others. On the other hand, we react angrily if foreigners belittle Korean culture or people.”

In order to prevent racial discrimination controversies, many entertainment agencies educate their artists on racial and gender discrimination, and artists are banned from giving personal opinions on political, social and historical matters.

Furthermore, major K-pop idol agencies have manuals containing cultural taboos and politically sensitive topics in specific countries for artists to review when they go on world tours.

Some people defended Okyere, saying the criticism against him was two-faced. The hashtag “#I_Stand_with_Sam_Okyere” started trending Friday after Okyere apologized, and many international viewers expressed their disappointment with the attacks against him.

“Hallyu will eventually fall off if Koreans do not educate themselves on other cultures,” said one tweet.

“Through education and trial and error, we need to learn from these controversies and learn to think from the other person’s shoes,” said Yoon.

Chickens at farms supplying Tesco, Ocado and McDonald’s made to die of thirst or had necks crushed

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‘Unprofitable’ chicks at a farm supplying Tesco, Ocado and McDonald’s were deliberately deprived of water and left to die of dehydration, an undercover investigation has found.

Secret filming also shows how other baby birds deemed too small to be worth raising had their necks crushed or snapped by workers, causing a painful death.

Some were left to die because they were too weak to feed themselves, it was claimed.

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An undercover activist for animal protection organisation Animal Equality, who was employed by the company, shot footage showing that at one farm workers raised the height of the drinkers every day for about 40 days, so that the smaller chicks – those considered not profitable – were unable to reach them.

At two farms, workers were filmed crushing chickens’ necks in their hands so the farm did not “waste” food and water on those that would not be profitable. The investigator said that as a result, hundreds were suffering agonising deaths each day.

One farm manager was reported to have said: “I can look at a day-old chick and say ‘that’s going to make 1.85[kg] at 32 days or it’s not’; if it isn’t, there’s no point feeding it. It’s cheaper to get rid of it and kill it. Because at the end of the day it’s about making money.”

All the farms are certified by Red Tractor, the UK scheme that claims to guarantee high standards of food and animal welfare. And the practices, filmed at farms operated by Moy Park, one of the UK’s biggest chicken processors, flout animal-welfare law and government codes.

Moy Park, which raises and kills more than 312 million birds each year, is the source of nearly a third of all the chicken sold in the UK. It is one of Europe’s 10 biggest poultry producers, supplying restaurants as well as smaller grocery stores.

The undercover footage, taken at farms in the East Midlands, also suggests:

  • Chicks developed raw skin burns on their feet and chests from urine-soaked floors
  • Birds bred to grow so huge so rapidly that they suffered from leg injuries and were unable to carry the weight of their own bodies
  • Chickens were crammed into barns so overcrowded they were barely able to move or stretch their wings

Birds in sheds were filmed gasping for air because “their hearts and lungs struggled to cope with their unnaturally huge bodies”. Some struggled to walk, and others could not stand up.

Other animal groups have previously said most chickens in UK farming are selectively bred so that they grow to the equivalent of a human baby weighing 28st at just three years old.

The farm sheds housed around 30,000 birds, whereas in the wild, chickens would live in flocks of up to 12, according to Animal Equality.

The government’s animal-welfare codes require drinkers to be “adjusted for height” to allow all birds to drink.

If farm workers cull birds, it must be “rapid and effective”, and the activists says that breaking the chicks’ necks was against the regulations and the Animal Welfare Act.

One worker was seen crushing a bird’s neck against the metal handle of a bucket.

Andrew Knight, professor of animal welfare and ethics at the University of Winchester, said: “On the basis of the existing scientific evidence, there are reasonable grounds for concern that some of these birds may have experienced periods of severe suffering prior to death.”

The investigator shot the films across two months, before the coronavirus pandemic, which delayed its release.

Poultry accounts for half the meat eaten in the UK, with a billion birds slaughtered each year, a number that is growing, according to the British Poultry Council. Chicken is often considered healthier than red meat and involving less animal suffering.

Abigail Penny, executive director of Animal Equality UK, said: “These poor chickens never stood a chance. Workers killed vulnerable chicks at just a few days old, simply because they were no longer considered profitable.

“McDonald’s, Tesco, Ocado and others buying from this supplier are funding these practices.”

Last summer, thousands of chickens were found to have died at Kettlethorpe Farm, also owned by Moy Park, when kept in sheds with insufficient ventilation in a heatwave.

A Moy Park spokesperson said: “We treat this matter very seriously, and upon receipt of this video in March, we immediately initiated an investigation by our veterinary experts to ensure compliance with our animal welfare standards.

“A robust assessment of the farms and a review of the footage by an experienced veterinary surgeon specialising in poultry found that despite the examples highlighted, the overall flocks are displaying natural behaviours and appear in good health in most of the footage.

“The farms featured have also been investigated thoroughly by local authorities and regulators and no major breaches were identified.”

He added the company had implemented measures to ensure standards were adhered to, “including refreshed training manuals, and upgraded face-to-face and online training”.

“Any breach is completely unacceptable and would result in immediate corrective actions. This particular footage is edited with an agenda in mind, and we are confident that it is not reflective of the high standards and certified practices upheld across our wider farming community.”

A Tesco spokesperson said: “We require all our suppliers to uphold high animal-welfare standards. We were made aware of this footage earlier this year and immediately investigated. The farms shown have been inspected by veterinary experts, local authorities and regulators. Where issues were found, Moy Park has implemented measures to ensure the required high standards are met.”

An Ocado spokesman said it was committed to the highest animal welfare levels and worked closely with suppliers to ensure they were adhered to, adding: “All of our meat and dairy products meet the Red Tractor farm assurance standards (or international equivalent) as a minimum.

“Following an investigation by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), we are satisfied that this footage is not reflective of the practices at Moy Park and this is supported by evidence from veterinary experts.”

He said Ocado was confident Moy Park adhered to high welfare standards but it would continue to monitor the situation closely.

Andrew Opie, of the British Retail Consortium, said: “Our members take their responsibilities to animal welfare very seriously. The BRC led the calls for the introduction of unannounced visits to farms across the UK to ensure compliance with all welfare standards. Any breaches to animal welfare are totally unacceptable and should be investigated immediately, with swift action taken to rectify any issues.”

A Red Tractor spokesperson said: ‘We take animal welfare very seriously. All the farms in the footage were investigated by us and stakeholder partners including their vet, the APHA and trading standards to ensure there was a comprehensive account of farm practices. No evidence was found of breaches to legal requirements or Red Tractor standards.”

The Independent has also contacted McDonald’s for comment but a response was not received before publication.

Norfolk promised more police transparency. It took months to start delivering.

At a June meeting, City Council members ordered staff to post the Norfolk Police Department’s policy and procedures manual and its general and special orders, the sets of documents that were posted Monday. The council also ordered the police department to update its annual reports on a regular basis. That hasn’t happened. Just as in early June, the most recent one online is from 2017.

Norfolk promised more police transparency. It hasn’t delivered.

At a June meeting, City Council members ordered staff to post the Norfolk Police Department’s policy and procedures manual and its general and special orders, the sets of documents that were posted Monday. The council also ordered the police department to update its annual reports on a regular basis. That hasn’t happened. Just as in early June, the most recent one online is from 2017.

Eight things you can do to boost the price of your property before selling

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When it comes to selling property, you need more than nice photos and a jazzy description to make a great sale.

While those are undoubtedly important, there are a few key things you can do to boost the price of your home – and hopefully walk away with more cash once the new owners have signed on the dotted line.

Don’t rush the process; the more effort you make before the property goes on the market, the better.

To help you along, we have spoken to property expert Giles Milner from Chestertons estate agency to get the low-down on what makes a property more valuable.

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From sprucing up the outside to fixing the small stuff, here are his top eight tips.

Clear the clutter

Imagine looking through an interior magazine and seeing the beautiful homes displayed within stuffed full of items that are never used and just take up unnecessary space.

When it comes to selling property, less is more.

So get rid of the broken bike in the garage that you’ll never fix and clear up the random bits and pieces that have accumulated in your spare room that serve no purpose.

Giles says: ‘Not only is clutter unattractive, but it also makes room look a lot smaller than they actually are.

‘This is the cheapest, easiest thing to do to increase value, even if you have to hire some storage space for the short term.’

Saying goodbye to the clutter now also means you won’t take it with you when moving into your new home.

Don’t let damp dampen the price

It might cost you a little money now, but it could mean a lot of money later.

Giles says: ‘Many old properties will have some damp issues which will either put prospective buyers off or will encourage them to knock the price down.

‘However, addressing the damp with new damp proof course is often surprisingly inexpensive so it’s worth doing before you move out.’

Take a cue from interior designers

Could the bathroom do with a lick of paint? Would updated lighting add another layer of excitement to the living room?

Take an honest look at your property and see if there are cheap ways you can transform rooms to entice buyers to open the purse strings.

Giles says: ‘If your property isn’t in the best decorative condition, it is worth spending a bit of time or money on doing this.

‘Newly-painted walls can make a room look bigger and brighter.’

Don’t ignore the small stuff

Time to tackle the stuff that you’ve taught yourself to ignore – like the fact that the kitchen cabinet door is a little loose or that broken fridge light.

Giles says: ‘Buyers are understandably cautious and so even the smallest issue could put them off paying full price for your property.

‘Reduce the risk of this by addressing all of the minor issues such as cracks in the walls, broken lights, dripping taps, cracked windows etc.’

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Give a full history on the home

Giles says: ‘People like to see the service history when buying a used car and properties are no different, so collate all the information you can such as guarantees for things like windows or damp proof courses, gas and electrical safety certificates, receipts and manuals for the appliances and fixtures etc.’

And if your property has a very unique history in itself – maybe the ceiling beams were imported from Italy or a famous writer once lived in the property – include that information, too.

People like details.

First impressions matter

OK, so you’ve thrown out all the junk, fixed all the small stuff and tackled the damp.

Time to spruce up the outside and focus on first impressions.

Giles says: ‘It’s now a bit of a cliché, but curb-appeal is important as buyers will often make a judgement on a property within seconds of first seeing it.

If that first impression is positive then it is much more likely that they will be positive about the rest of the property; whereas if it’s negative, they could immediately be put off.

‘Spend time on your front garden, paint the front gate and door, make sure the pathway is in good condition and make sure the bell works. ‘

And don’t forget to pay attention to all senses – including scent.

‘The same goes for smell,’ Giles adds.

‘If a buyers smells damp, strong cooking smells or mustiness (or worse!) as soon as they open the front door, they will be put off and less likely to spend a good amount of time properly looking around.’

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Add some furniture

Have you already moved into your new home?

It might be worth keeping some of the furniture in your old place until it’s sold.

Giles says: ‘Research has shown that empty properties are harder to sell – and often sell for less – than those that are furnished or dressed.

‘This is generally because buyers find it easier to imagine and gauge the space when there is furniture in place.’

You could also hire a stager.

Giles adds: ‘If your property is not already furnished, there are a number of companies that will rent you artwork and furniture to dress the property for sale.’

Get planning permission

Opportunity is always appealing.

Giles says: ‘Extending up, down or out can add serious value to your property but many people don’t want the disruption of doing the work when they know they will be moving out.

‘A good compromise is to get the necessary planning consent so that the new buyers know that they can extend and add immediate value if they wish.

‘Just having this planning permission in place will add value as it removes any risk for the new buyers.’

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Don’t worry, everyone is feeling a little down

“I know that I am dealing with some form of low-grade depression.” —Michelle Obama podcast, Aug. 6, 2020

What a coincidence. Everyone I know feels pretty much the same, Ms. Obama. Last night I dreamed I was trapped in a warehouse where every surface was covered in candle wax and I had to scrape it off with my fingernails. Is that a “Sisyphean-task-to-get-rid-of-Trump dream” or just your standard cleaning nightmare?

I worry about news stories that were once toweringly huge and awful slipping past me now, mostly underwater, like icebergs in the night. What happened to the children in cages at the U.S.-Mexico border? How are the sweatshop clothing workers of Bangladesh surviving as orders dry up?

Is the guy who was in charge of tidy cage placement at a Wuhan wild animal market in terrible trouble now? Did he go into another line of work?

Who is Kayleigh McEnany? Why? Did she go to mermaid school? The law degree seems improbable.

Rocks thrown in a pond have ripples, this one 20 years later. Dick Cheney inspired a British serial rapist, rapper Andy Anokye a.k.a. Solo 45, to waterboard four women he raped. Anokye, 33, was jailed for 24 years for doing to terrorized women what the CIA did to Guantanamo prisoners. Does Cheney get royalties?

“Thigh-land.” I cannot get Trump’s words out of my head, which is a shame as he has so many. Quotes advance through my days and nights, an endless drumroll, a doom-roll. Here’s a brief snapshot. If it doesn’t make you a little depressed, congratulations.

“Just seeing this administration, watching the hypocrisy of it, day in and day out, is dispiriting” — Michelle Obama

“Yo-Semites.”— Donald Trump

“Basically, we all knew he was an asshole, but he was our asshole.” — Mary Trump on the years when Uncle Donald was just a local family jerk.

“The country that Eisenhower led to victory three-quarters of a century ago is now a pathetic object, mocked and pitied around the world.” — Philip Kennicott in the Washington Post on the new and grand Dwight D. Eisenhower memorial in Washington D.C.

“And the same thing with sinks, toilets and showers. You turn on the shower, you waste 20 minutes longer. ‘Please come out.’ The water — it drips, right? I got rid of that. So now when you actually go into a new home and pay a lot of money, you turn on the faucet and water actually comes out. Isn’t that nice?”— Donald Trump, Aug. 6

“Spiritually, these are not fulfilling times.” — Michelle Obama

“The old lightbulb was so great, and they put it out of business. It was much cheaper, and it had much better light. And, you know, the new one is considered “hazardous waste.” When you lose it, you’re supposed to take it down to a dump, a specified dump. How many people are going to do that with a lightbulb? ‘Hey, you know, we lost this lightbulb. Let’s travel 28 miles outside of the city to get rid of it.’ ” — Donald Trump

“Here’s how it works. The app will let you know if you’ve been in contact with someone who has the app and has tested positive for COVID-19. If that’s the case, it will then encourage you to call your provincial health services for guidance on what to do.” — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

“Cases up because of BIG Testing! Much of our Country is doing very well. Open the Schools!” — Donald Trump

“I’ve downloaded the app this morning, and I encourage you to do the same.” — Justin Trudeau

“So I put the old bulb back in.” — Donald Trump

“At the moment we seem to be headed for a Greater Recession — a worse slump than 2007-2009, overlaid on the coronavirus slump. MAGA!” — U.S. economist Paul Krugman

Then there’s that Axios interview with Trump. I can’t get over the flapping papers, Jonathan Swan’s foot twitching, his dumbstruck look.

“There are those that say you can test too much,” Trump said. “You do know that.”

“Who says that?” asked Swan.

“Read the manuals. Read the books.”

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Curious monkey ‘reads’ instructions to use new thermos, hilarious video goes viral – WATCH

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A video of a monkey examining a new thermos and then ‘reading’ the instructions in the user manual has gone viral.  | &nbspPhoto Credit:&nbspTwitter

All of us get excited when we receive a gift. A monkey had a similar reaction when he received a thermos as a gift. The video has gone viral across social media platforms.

In the 40-second clip, a monkey named George can be seen unboxing a water bottle with a lot of excitement. He appears to grin at the camera while taking the water bottle out.

He then goes on to open the bottle and examines it thoroughly. That too twice! Once he checks the bottle, he begins to ‘read’ the user manual.

Watch the video here:

The video was shared on Twitter by American basketball player Rex Chapman with the caption, “George got a new thermos. Reads the instructions and all…”

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The viral video has garnered more than 1 million views and over 30,600 likes on the microblogging platform. While many netizens were delighted with George’s cheeky grin, others were impressed with how he checked the user manual twice.

One user said, “I’m not a fan of him being a pet but, dammit, that smile when he opens the box.” Another wrote, “This is the most adorable thing I’ve seen all week!”

Someone commented, “Reading the instructions again to see why it’s empty.” Yet another added, “Love it. Checks instructions, think it says snacks inside. Looks inside, no snacks. Closes it up but better double check for snacks. Back to the instructions I SWEAR it said snacks inside.”

Last year, a monkey was caught on camera as it browsed through the phone of a zookeeper in China to do some online shopping after she left the phone in her office. 

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Delighted Monkey ‘reads Instructions’ On User Manual After Receiving Gift; Watch Video

A video of a monkey unwrapping his gift has gone viral on social media and has left the netizens in splits. Uploaded on Twitter by American basketball player Rex Chapman, the video has garnered 1M views. The video shows a monkey getting a new gift while he excitedly unwraps it.

George and his thermos 

The 40 second video begins when the monkey gets a gift box and he unwraps it hurriedly. As soon as he realises that it is a thermos bottle, he looks up in the camera with a huge smile on his face. He is also seen removing the plastic bag off his thermos and he opens his bottle and examines it with all his attention. Later, he can also be seen fiddling with the instructions manual book. The video has a very apt caption that reads, “George got a new thermos. Reads the instructions and all…”.

Read: Cheeky Monkey Takes A Nap Sitting Under Tree, Netizens Can Relate

The viral video which has left the netizens in awe has manage dto gather 30.4K likes and 7.4K Retweets and comments. People have also retweeted the video, giving their own captions. While few are curious to know if he was reading the instructions other want to know why is he a pet. People have also retweeted the video saying how sweet the monkey is.

Read: Hima Das Shares Video Of Her Feeding Monkeys With An Important Message; Watch

This is not the first time that a monkey has gained attention on social media. Few days back, a video of a cheeky monkey taking a nap while sitting under a tree has triggered laughter on the internet. The footage opens with a monkey presumably in a forest area, comfortably perched below a towering tree. The animal can be seen concentrating with its eyes closed and serious look on its face as it rests on the wooden block. In no time, the sleepyhead monkey is transported into a deep slumber unperturbed by the events in his vicinity. After several minutes of a nap, the monkey opens its eyes and looks around, pretending to not have slept at all. The footage sparked laughter in the comments as several users could relate to the monkey.  

Read: Video Of A Two Months Old Monkey Named Pheobe Is Winning Hearts On Internet; Watch

Also Read: Monkey Runs Away With Cake Amid Anniversary Celebrations, Watch Hilarious Video

(Image Credits: Twitter/RexChapman)

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As Manuals Wane, Blame It on the Paddles

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From the August 2020 issue of Car and Driver.

If you want to know why the manual transmission is as endangered as the northern white rhino, Arctic sea ice, and trust in government, the answer might just be attached to your steering wheel. The manual gearbox is being killed off by paddles.

The, um, shift away from manual-equipped perform­ance cars actually began when top-level race cars, particularly tech-forward F1 machines, got paddle shifters in the late 1980s and internationally famous race drivers started using them. That’s when it became not only acceptable but sexy for high-performance cars to have them—and for enthusiasts to embrace them. The tipping point came when Ferrari—the first F1 team to employ paddle shifters—abandoned manual transmissions in its production cars entirely by 2011, further solidifying paddle-shifted automatics as the enthusiast’s choice.

Over time, paddle-shifted transmissions were honed to the point of brilliance, and enthusiasts began to discover the automatic’s innate advantages: It’s both fun and deeply satisfying to flick off perfect rapid-fire gearchanges like Lewis Hamilton. How about no more clutching in bumper-to-bumper traffic? Or ever? No need to master heel-toe downshifting, either. And no more crunching gears on ill-executed shifts; the computer’s got you covered. As our testing has proven, automatic-equipped high-perform­ance cars are virtually always quicker than their manual-transmission counterparts. No wonder that consumer demand for manual gearboxes has dwindled. And with take rates in the single digits, killing a variable as expensive as a transmission is a windfall for product planners.

Like it or not, the rise of paddle shifters and the fall of the manual gearbox follow the ongoing shift from analog to digital cars, where launch control, stability control, anti-lock brakes, and semi-autonomous systems do a lot of the hard work for you. But that’s not always a good thing. In our worldview, you should be the master of your car, not simply the operator. We lionize skill and driver engagement—we’re the “Save the Manuals!” people, after all. But as technology forges forward, something’s gained and something’s lost. Despite our plaintive protestations, the manual transmission is dying and may soon be gone altogether. You can thank paddles for that.

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