There was a story out of Italy where a driver got a ticket for driving 437 miles per hour. Since that’s almost three times as fast as the car could legitimately go, it’s believed to have been a malfunction of a local speed camera. Plus: the creations of cabinet maker Henk Verhoeff aren’t malfunctioning, they’re meant to be, as the artist put it, “broken and weird.”
Ancona: a Ford Focus caught at 703 km / h (due to the speed camera) (Autoappassionati)
How do speed cameras work? (The Guardian)
I know it doesn’t rhyme, but maybe Sammy Hagar should’ve sung “I can’t drive 437.”
Every so often you hear a story in the news about a driver getting arrested for going 100 miles per hour, maybe 110 or 120 or even faster.
But this is something: a driver in Italy got a ticket for driving 437 miles per hour down a road where 44 miles per hour would be speeding.
437 is an airplane’s speed, not a car’s; in fact, the Ford Focus this driver was in has a top speed of 155 miles per hour.
They believe there was a problem not with her speed but with the speed camera that tracked her on the highway, and apparently with the system that sent her a ticket for driving at a literally impossible speed.
In case you’re wondering how these cameras are supposed to work: they use radar, timestamped photos, sensors embedded in the road, or some other method to calculate the time it takes for a car to get from the first spot it measures to the second.
If the time is below a certain threshold, then the system concludes the car is going faster than it should and the warning and/or ticketing process gets underway – at which point hopefully someone notices if the car was allegedly driving almost three times faster than it’s capable of traveling.
And since we’re apparently bending time and space in this episode, here’s news about a cabinet maker who’s bending his creations in some unexpected directions.
Henk Verhoeff of New Zealand describes his style of cabinet as “broken and weird.”
His furniture looks like it’s been bent, warped, cut in half or pulled apart – but every piece is completely functional.
The drawers are just different.
He hasn’t put his creations up for sale, at least not yet, but if he does, he’ll truly be able to describe each of his pieces as one of a kind.