To anyone with a little knowledge of the auto world, Detroit is the cradle of the US “big three” automakers: General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler. Many of the world’s most imaginative, forward-looking, and exotic motor cars were born in this famous American city. So, how did Detroit influence modern automaking? Let’s see!
A Ride Down Memory Lane
Opening this June is a must-see exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts, which looks at Detroit car design between 1950 and 2020. “Detroit Style” will give visitors the chance to see rarely displayed design sketches and photographs that helped shape the auto world as we know it. There will also be 12 key sedans and coupés for you to check out. The goal of the show is to highlight the artistry behind those designs as well as the influence that Detroit car designers have had in reaching major achievements in technology and style. Visitors will have the chance to see how Detroit has helped shape American and world car culture throughout time.
What You Will See
Drawings, sketches, and photographs will help you get a glimpse into the creative process behind designing a car. Salvador Salort-Pons, the director of the Detroit Institute of Arts, says that the show is less about horsepower and more about how car designers use static components to recreate dynamic qualities.
Car Design Here Is About Legacy
“We set out to tell a story,” says Mr. Salort-Pons and wants to focus people’s attention on the fact that the “exhibition is a celebration of an under-recognized art” — referring to the artists who, much like fine artists, go through the same creative process to produce unique yet functional car designs. The show isn’t about the fastest cars, but the most meaningful designs that this inspirational city has given to the world.
40+ Christmas Disaster Stories That Make Us Grateful for Peace on Earth
Christmas may be over for 2021, but we find that makes it the perfect time to share some stories about how awful the holiday could have been. All of these stories should be remembered the next time you’re disgruntled about the Christmas turkey.
When you have to go, you have to go. Doesn’t matter where you are or what you’re doing, and the spirit of Christmas certainly isn’t going to save you. This poor soul not only ended up with a horrible case of the runs during mass, but he also wound up in the wrong restroom.
Surprise, New Parent!
What present would you be looking forward to on Christmas? Well, if your mom is the type to spring something crazy on you at the last second, you may just end up getting a new parent for Christmas, after losing the one you had for 40 years.
We’re not sure why any mother would drop a bomb like this around the holidays, but we suppose some people aren’t actually very good at communicating with one another.
The Scientific Method
It’s not every day that you have to spend Christmas at the hospital, but when your grandma is trying to test the limits of her pain medication for some reason, we suppose it makes sense. This granny slammed her hand in a car door to test that.
We’re not sure why you would be compelled to test your pain medication in such a way — but to each their own. Wouldn’t it have been good enough to just not be in pain?
Christmas trees are synonymous with the holiday, and they’re usually flush with fragile objects, which makes it a constant hazard for the clumsy folks and a costly error if it falls. This mother apparently didn’t care about that, being too enraged to think straight.
Just remember, you could have had your Christmas tree thrown to the ground, ornaments and all, this year. And that wouldn’t have been a very good Christmas, now would it?
Fight! Fight! Fight!
Not all families get along, especially if they’re the kind to only see each other around the holidays. If you don’t have a family that’s so antagonistic to each other, be grateful. You could have had a Christmas full of yelling and screaming like this one.
This kid may have found humor in it, but we imagine that such a debacle would actually ruin the holiday for a lot of families. No one likes that kind of negative energy at that time of year.
See You Next Year
Speaking of relatives who fight, it gets really bad in some households. In fact, some families may have such animosity that the police have to be called on Christmas. In the case of this particular incident, one of the aggressors ended up in jail for three months.
If you enjoyed Christmas without anyone going to jail, keep in mind that you weren’t guaranteed to be so lucky this year. Maybe good behavior gives you more than just presents?
Breaking the News
Finding out you’re adopted on Christmas would be bad enough, but finding out you’re actually the son of your aunt instead of the woman you thought was your mom is on an entirely different level. Even worse, imagine getting news like that in front of dozens of other people!
Every family has drama, but it’s not terribly hard to have less drama than this one. Although we have to admit, this sounds like it would be a pretty good premise for a Hallmark movie, doesn’t it?
Feeling the Heat
If you’re one of those families that enjoy having candles everywhere during Christmas, rejoice — the chances of having a house fire are actually significantly increased by candles, and you presumably made it out unscathed.
This grandpa didn’t get so lucky, but at least someone noticed that he was on fire before anything was damaged besides his shirt. In retrospect, keeping open flames all over the house does seem like a bad idea, doesn’t it?
Some families will fight over anything — even the right to be generous! These brothers literally engaged in fisticuffs to determine who would be able to buy their father a chair. It’s a rare day that people fight for the right to be nice.
Their dad probably would have been fine if they had just split the bill and bought the chair together, but that thought apparently didn’t occur to these two.
If you had to travel this holiday season, we feel sorry for you. But, if you had to travel with kids in a place with lots of snow, then even this story might not seem so bad to you — because you lived it! Imagine getting stuck in an airport for eight hours with your small, energetic, hungry children. Yikes.
And somehow, it all ends up at a Waffle House, with mall Santas breaking the truth to them. We’re not sure you could do too much worse for Christmas than all of that.
Christmas is not a good time to find out that someone is cheating on you, but it’s also not a good time to lash out at the rest of your family just because they’re around. After all, it’s not like they cheated on you. This woman clearly didn’t feel the same.
But, you know what they say — people reveal what they really think when angry, so maybe this could be used as a perfectly valid reason to just not visit them for Christmas ever again?
Why Did I Do This?
Volunteering is nice and all, but you have to wonder why some people do it, especially if they’re college students who already have a lot on their plate. This RA learned the hard way that Christmas is not the time to volunteer at the dorms.
Because overseeing college students is already a pain even at the best of times, so of course, it would be a nightmare around Christmas when they’re stressed and want to go home. Be grateful you didn’t have this guy’s job this year.
The types of gifts you get from others say a lot about them. For instance, if your significant other gives you items you have absolutely no interest in, you have to wonder how well they really know you, or how much they care about making you happy.
And if your boyfriend literally gives you throw-away items he already used for his own entertainment, well, does anything even need to be said about how bad something like that is?
Didn’t See That One Coming
You usually get presents for Christmas, but sometimes, you get other things. Potentially life-changing things, like a letter from a son you didn’t know you had. Of course, that might not be a bad thing all the time, but we feel that most people wouldn’t want to receive such a bomb on Christmas specifically.
Because no matter how you feel about a surprise child from the beyond, that’s a pretty stressful situation, and most of us would prefer to not be stressed out during the holidays.
Worst Vacation Ever
Going to Disneyworld for Christmas would be pretty great, but going because your parents are getting divorced? Not so much. It would be hard to enjoy the trip during a scenario such as that, don’t you think?
Even worse, it turns out that one of the parents has kept the tradition of Disneyworld trips to this day, while the poor OP here hasn’t been back since. At least most of us avoided this kind of scenario this Christmas, right?
Nobody likes unexpected obstacles that screw up their Christmas plans, especially when those obstacles are sprung on them on Christmas Eve of all times. This poor guy ended up having to drop everything and drive his uncle through a snowstorm just one day before Christmas.
A happy season it may be, there’s no denying that Christmas wasn’t all that great this year for some people — or on particular years before it, so we should be grateful when the holiday goes off without a hitch.
You Shouldn’t Have
You don’t always get the present you want for Christmas, but that’s not quite as excusable when the person giving you a present is so close to you that everyone thinks you are going to marry him. A ring is expected, and you get… laser mole removal? Not even that, a certificate for it.
If you ever needed a sign to ditch the guy you are currently with, that would probably be a pretty good one, if you ask us. It shows what he really thinks is important about you.
Try a Little Harder, Dad
Most everyone reading this probably knows that Santa isn’t real, but this story can still be appreciated in the “glad that didn’t happen at my house” kind of way. Because let’s be honest — does anyone actually enjoy giving their kid the talk about Santa?
If your husband is the type of person to leave obvious evidence lying around where your kid might find it, you might want to keep him in check next year. Every year is a chance for the worst to happen!
An Unwanted Guest
Popcorn strings don’t seem like a great idea on most Christmas trees, honestly. Putting actual food on the tree seems like you’re asking for trouble. Case in point, any mice that would normally stay out of sight might feel invited to check on your living room.
But hey, maybe that’s a good thing? Better to know you have mice around, so you can take measures to get rid of them. Although learning that knowledge on Christmas isn’t what most people want.
Away With You
Not all Christmas trees actually have a straight trunk, and if you don’t notice that before you get one from a lot or a farm, you’re going to have a bad time. If you have anger management issues, then you’ll obviously have an even worse time.
This dad decided he would rather just chuck the tree for Christmas, which is a little disappointing if you ask us. But, we suppose some families are the type to prefer artificial trees, and there’s honestly nothing wrong with that.
A Little Ignorant
If you store your Christmas stuff in the attic, then you eventually have to go up there and get it. If the flooring of your attic is made out of drywall, this is a likely outcome of that scenario. Not great to have a hole in your ceiling at Christmas, but at least it’s funny.
And hey, drywall is not that hard to fix, so we actually think the price of this accident would be worth the years of laughs down the road. This isn’t even really something that would ruin Christmas.
Most people would like to have snow on Christmas, but like all weather, they generally prefer to experience it in a very limited manner. Usually, they don’t want it inside of their cars, which isn’t exactly something we could blame them for.
Remember to roll your windows up every day if you live in a place where the chances of snow are actually pretty high. Otherwise, any day in winter could very quickly become a bad one.
Who Has One of Those?
The weirdest thing about this story to us is the fact that this family apparently had a fire extinguisher on a wall in the main dining or living area. Is that normal? Are we the only ones not doing that? Either way, having one apparently increases the odds of a fiasco like this one.
At least the family took it all in good humor. We know a lot of families that would be furious to have that fluid all over their living space — and probably all over their food and themselves as well.
Going to the Dogs
Owning a pet increases the chances of a holiday mishap exponentially, we’re sure of it. Just look at how many people in one post had a story to share about their dog and the way they impacted Christmas. But, you still gotta love them.
After all, you’re the one bringing trees into the house, so what are they supposed to think? Keep that in mind next year, if your dog is the type to do weird things to or around your tree.
Welcome the Worms
If you did have a bad Christmas this year, at least consider the fact that you most likely avoided a scenario where tons of black worms entered your house via a Trojan Horse strategy with your Christmas tree. That sounds pretty gross.
In fact, we can’t help but agree with the decision that was made here — who knows how many worms were in that tree, and it was probably better to just chuck the whole thing.
Cat Christmas Travails
Having a cat and having a Christmas tree almost never ends well, because those little furballs just love to get up in there, ornaments and decorations be damned. Many a pet owner has a story about a cat damaging or outright knocking over a tree.
Even worse, any attempt to stop them seems to only exacerbate the situation, as you can see in this story. If you did have these types of troubles this year, you should probably start planning a solution for next year now.
Not a Bad Idea
Ladder safety is extremely important when hanging up lights. The last thing anyone needs at Christmas is an injury, or to get stuck up there. But, the solution offered in this little post is actually quite ingenious.
And it would give the pizza guy a pretty great story to tell to his buddies back at work, so that seems like a win-win. Although, we’re not sure how much he would expect for a tip in such a situation.
Good Sense of Humor
Most families would be pretty bent out of shape if their Christmas cake was destroyed because someone made a clumsy move at the dinner table. This family actually took it in pretty good spirits, so we suppose you can’t rightly call it a disaster, can you?
Even so, it’s an indication of the fact that we should be grateful every time a Christmas dinner goes off without a hitch. Human error has such a way of messing things up most of the time.
A Right Rotten Thief
Christmas is often enjoyed by children, but their mischievous nature means they can actually make the season a little more stressful sometimes, especially if you have a kid with sticky fingers. Missing present? Might want to check the room of your most nefarious child.
Otherwise, you may end up in a situation where Christmas morning involves a wailing child and an explanation to all of your kids about how Santa isn’t real, which is generally not something anyone would look forward to at that time of year.
And Yet, They Appreciated It
If you’ve ever been in charge of food at Christmas, you know how stressful that can be. Pulling it off without a hitch is great, but what about when you utterly drop the ball? What happens when you screw up dinner for more than 50 people?
Well, if you’re as lucky as this person, nobody calls you out on it because they’re all too polite. You just know they were probably all talking about it behind his back, though.
A Bittersweet Christmas
As always, we can’t think of too many people who would consider a hospital visit a good way to spend Christmas, but depending on what kind of Christmas you would have had otherwise, that might not actually be the case. Well, an injury would still be undesirable, but at least you could escape the relatives you don’t like.
Unfortunately, that’s probably not a trick you would be able (or willing) to pull off every year, to say the least. Seems more like one of those one-and-done types of tricks.
Not a Hint of Regret
You may have antique or meaningful items around your house. If they didn’t get broken during the hustle and bustle of Christmas this year, that’s something to be grateful for. You could have ended up like this family, with a priceless item (emotionally-speaking) destroyed.
Even worse, the guy who broke it doesn’t even express any real remorse over it. Then again, we’re not sure if he even understood how valuable the object was to the people in question.
Getting Ripped Off
There are a lot of kids that don’t get what they want for Christmas, but it’s usually because parents can’t afford it. For this kid, though, it must have seemed like his parents just took the cheap way out with this whole “build your own present business.”
Like, he doesn’t get anything for Christmas, and then he has to build his own? That does seem like a bit of laziness on the part of his parents.
Dogs are already a little on the accident-prone side, but as they get older, the chances of something going wrong increase by quite a great deal. Peeing on a Christmas tree is bad enough, but when the lights get involved, there’s an even bigger problem.
Trees are, after all, more significant of a fire hazard than a lot of people realize. Having a blind dog accidentally urinate on the lights is definitely a potential risk for the whole household.
Paint it Red
Drinking around the holidays is all well and good, but things can take a turn for the worse if someone gets a little too sick. There are a lot of precious presents around, and upchucked vino isn’t a good look on them.
Such fiascos aren’t all that common, but if you did manage to avoid one this year, we think everyone can agree that’s something to be grateful for.
Is it just us, or are there a lot of holiday mishaps involving fire on this list? We have to wonder how much higher the risk of a fire is during Christmas because said risk appears to be quite substantial.
Thankfully, the house didn’t get burned down in this story, but some poor guy had to burn himself to save the day. Maybe he should have just stepped on the burning wrapping paper instead of grabbing it?
Nobody likes it when their toys are broken, but a toy that was handmade by a loved one? We imagine that’s a significantly more painful experience, and even we feel the loss of the beautifully carved Spitfire mentioned in this story.
At least the person telling this story is apologizing, even if it’s only on Reddit. We’re sure they probably apologized to the actual victim too.
Your Turn on Watch
Dogs can’t eat chocolate. Chocolate is usually quite abundant during Christmas. You can probably see where we’re going with this. If your dog gets into the stockings, it’s going to be very sick, and then everyone’s holiday is ruined.
Maybe the couple in this story should have taken the dog to a vet instead of taking turns on sick duty, but vets are actually pretty expensive, so we don’t blame them for doing things this way.
Mistakes Were Made
Christmas has a very high chance of being ruined if a skunk is involved, but trying to capture or evict that skunk from your house is honestly likely to make things worse before it makes them better. Seriously, have you ever heard a skunk story that ended well when a human approached it?
Because if you think it’s going to go well, your Christmas will probably end up like this one — with all the food ruined and everyone holding towels to their faces. Heck, just go outside at that point.
That’s Not a Present, Kids
Ah, the age-old pet-under-the-tree technique. Absolutely great on Christmas, at least when you actually intended for it to happen. If a wild animal shows up under your tree, well, that’s a different story — a story that usually ends in destruction and mayhem.
Did they keep the cat or just let it back outside? It honestly sounds like the poor thing got a concussion, what with all the running into windows that it apparently did.