Hey you! Yeah, you there on the internet! Have you ever wanted to learn a fact that has absolutely no practical value? Do you want to know something that will never show up during even the weirdest trivia nights? Well, I have some Autopian for you, and we spend a lot of time researching things that you’ll never actually need to know. Your brain’s hard drive is going to get filled up with stuff you’ll only spit out in a conversation with your spouse, and they probably cannot be bothered to care.
Our site has a surprising number of useless fact-style articles. Today, Jason Torchinsky revealed that he figured out [Editor’s Note: It was a reader who figured it out, not me! — JT] where the photos for that weird Honda brochure were probably taken. Where on Earth are you going to find a European street with signs in French and what appears to be stereotypical German people? It was not Alsace, a part of France with a lot of German influence, though that was a good guess.
Instead, it was almost certainly on Universal Studios’ European Street backlot, which makes a ton of sense. Why ship an American Honda overseas when a backlot will work?
Unfortunately, knowing this isn’t really useful. I hope storing this information on your brain drive didn’t result in the deletion of something cool, like knowing calculus or something. Since we had a holiday, I’m giving out two COTDs today. ChefCJ made me giggle with the first line of this comment:
A. This is a fantastically useless piece of information, which is the best kind of information
B. Jason, you’re sleeping on The Good Place. It’s pretty much a perfect show. Every season is the best season, and the last episode is maybe the best finale I’ve ever seen. I still think about it from time to time
Unfortunately, I’ve never seen The Good Place, so I could not vouch for how good or not it is. If you’re interested in learning useless information, Jason is the king of it. One of his pieces was about a bizarre Mobil gas station ad:
See also: Taillight Donuts
Also also, Jason invented a new (and very bad) way to remove batteries from electric vehicles:
Finally, for a throwback, Jason also once wrote an entirely fake history about how the Grumman LLV was almost a convertible. And you know what? One day, I was writing a story about the Grumman LLV and at first, I sourced that article! Dagnabbit, Jason!
For our second COTD today, Sid Bridge wins with an old but still funny joke about discovering turn signals in a BMW:
My father bought a BMW and found this weird stalk sticking out from the steering column. Still not sure what it does.
So, dear friends, hit up our archives, learn something new and totally pointless for your day-to-day operations, and go annoy someone with those facts.