By on December 11, 2009

From our “Gosh, the Germans take things so seriously” file, comes this video from Germany’s ADAC auto club in which a crash test facility is used to determine the best way of securing a Christmas tree to your car. Sachlich!

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10 Comments on “Oh Tannenbaum: The Crash Test...”


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    panzerfaust

    Alle Sachen müssen in gutem Zustand.

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    another_pleb

    The obvious solution which the ADAC don’t highlight is to get an artificial Christmas tree. That way you only need to worry about accidents on your way from the attic.

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    educatordan

    Somehow I see the origin of this in a water cooler conversation gone too far.

    “Oh yeah, well I’ll tell you how we settle this arguement!  Dieter, go buy a half dozen Christmas Trees off the lot down the block.  The rest of you; TO THE TESTING FACILITY!”

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    Ernie

    Up next on mythbusters:
    The build Team supersizes the experiment with a redwood bungee-strapped to a tractor trailer.
     
    After That:
    Adam in Lederhosen!

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    Would have been better if they had all the testers in ugly Christmas sweaters…

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    Diese clevere Deutschen an alles denken! 

    Ach ja … und mein Luftkissenfahrzeug ist voller Aale!

  • avatar
    Nutsaboutcars

    Saechlich oder Schrecklich?

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    jjd241

    Ich sehe, wir haben herausgefunden, google translate!

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    JuniorMint

    Soooooooooooo it’s preferable to have the tree trunk slam into the windshield, instead of shooting harmlessly over the car?
     
    If I’m in a frontal collision, it seems to me the only way the other driver would be at risk is if they’re driving some sort of behemoth car monster like a Tahoe, in which case I’m only too happy to level the playing field.  If it’s another nice socially-responsible little car like mine, it’ll go sailing right over them.
     
    In all seriousness, how on earth is this even remotely preferable?  I don’t see how it’s preferable to have a piece of wood impact the sheet of glass directly in front of your face, to having a tree go shooting off at what is (statistically speaking) probably not even another car.
     
    Besides, you’ll note the testing sled’s roof rack is welded to the roof – you can’t actually expect me to believe your average Yak Rack is going to stay put under those conditions.
     
    On behalf of the internet, I pronounce this stupid.

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