Hey, art lovers. Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Coker Tire Co. Inc. is marketing Groupe Michelin's ``Affiche Collection.'' The full color lithographs are from a series of 10 Michelin paintings created by various renowned artists, including Fabiano-no, not Fabio-O'Galop, Montaut, Poulbot, Roowy, and Philibert.
Each litho-featuring Bibendum and a Michelin ad slogan that appeared during the early 1900s-measures 23.5x32-inches. A complete set of the nostalgic series is $120, or $15 for individual selections. Contact Coker at (800) 251-6336.
Does anyone really think the federal government's going to solve all the nation's health care problems?
According to the New York Times, the Lord's Prayer contains 56 words; the 23rd Psalm, 118 words; the Gettysburg Address, 226 words; and the Ten Commandments, 297 words.
But a U.S. Department of Agriculture directive on pricing cabbage has-drum roll, please-15,629 words.
Just keep telling yourself that guy knocking at your door is from the government, and he's ``here to help you.''
Belated hail to victors
Beginning a new year is a good time to tie up old loose ends.
Last May we reported that Stafford Tire Center Inc. in Middletown, N.J., was sponsoring a highly successful softball team that represented the U.S. in the inaugural 1993 Men's Modified Softball World Championships last June in Puerto Rico.
Well, we're happy to report the team won all seven games it played, and indeed was crowned world softball champs. The dealership's president, Jeff Stafford, praised his team's stamina, despite some pretty adverse conditions.
They lived in barracks-often with eight or nine guys in a room-in an Olympic-type village. Sometimes the team had to travel in a school bus up to three hours to get to a game, and ended up driving more than 1,000 miles in 4 1/2 days.
As a treat for bringing home the gold, Mr. Stafford booked 10 rooms for the guys in Puerto Rico's Sands Casino Hotel. ``All they wanted was rooms with air conditioning!'' he said.
Tire dealers sponsor teams and events all the time, he added, ``but you never anticipate something of this magnitude. It may not mean much, but to a small community like this, it's a great event-something to rally around.''
'Grabbie" some gusto
Doesn't it seem like our roadways are getting loonier all the time? So why not join the bedlam.
American International (AI), an automotive accessories manufacturer in Camarillo, Calif., is marketing the ``Seatbelt Grabbie''-a seat belt handle, depicting Warner Bros. ``Looney Tune'' cartoon characters-that snaps onto any seat belt strap.
Robert Ponticelli, AI president, said by making it easier to put on a seat belt and by incorporating cartoon characters, ``We hope to encourage people to use their safety belts.''
The Grabbie retails for $3.95 and, the company said, makes seat belt wearing ``fun'' for children and easier for older passengers who have trouble stretching and reaching for the belt.
Nine cartoon characters are available. Some seem to aptly describe drivers we've all encountered at one time or another: Bugs Bunny, Yosemite Sam, Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, the Tasmanian Devil, Daffy Duck, Sylvester, Tweety Bird and Speedy Gonzales.
Worth repeating from the Automotive Service Association's Washington state Automotive Dateline newsletter:
An old Chinese proverb-``Only he should be a shopkeeper who has a ready smile.''