The silly season continues unabated. A video of a wind-powered car, invented by a Chinese farmer suddenly goes demi-viral. “When the blue hornet hits 40 miles an hour, a turbine on its nose kicks in and starts to generate electricity,” it says in the video. “It’s pollution-free horsepower.”
The crazy clip may sound like satire, but it can be traced back to Sky News, where it was posted in earnest and in May. The wind-powered car is not the only nonsense that piece of news contains.
“China has overtaken America as the world’s biggest market for cars,” we hear while our jaws drop. “ The Chinese are now buying more than 15 million new cars every year.”
TTAC readers know that the Chinese bought 18 million automobiles in 2010, and had beaten the U.S.A. in 2009 with sales of 13.6 million units versus 10.4 million units in America.