Thursday, September 4, 2008

Ice Cream Car

Allan Hendry, The UFO Handbook (Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Co., 1979), p. 269.

A car owner complained to the dealer that whenever he drove to the grocery store, his success in restarting his automobile to go home depended on the flavor of ice cream that he bought. If he bought vanilla, he had no trouble starting his car; the opposite was true if he bought chocolate, strawberry, or any non-vanilla flavor. An engineer from the company accompanied the man on his shopping trips and confirmed that this connection did happen...but not for mystical reasons. The counter with vanilla ice cream was located next to the front door; all the other flavors were in the back of the store, which required more time to shop, and time for a vapor lock to form in his carburetor.

[Jan Harold Brunvand, Curses! Broiled Again!, 121-2; Brunvand, Too Good To Be True, 296-8.]