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Cuneiformist
The Imperfectionist

USA
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Posted - 02/24/2007 :  15:56:56  Show Profile Send Cuneiformist a Private Message
I was looking at this story from USA Today about car accidents due to the recent storms in Colorado and the Great Plains.

The photo that went along with the story shows a picture of some massive multi-car wreck on a Colorado Interstate. But I noticed this:



Does anyone else think that the ad for Farmer's insurance looks odd? Like it was doctored and put on the side of the car? I mean, Farmers does do auto insurance, right?

Chippewa
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USA
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Posted - 02/24/2007 :  16:25:20   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Chippewa's Homepage Send Chippewa a Private Message
Oh Boy. HalfMooner is going to have fun with this one.
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HalfMooner
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Philippines
15831 Posts

Posted - 02/24/2007 :  17:52:53   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Cuneiformist

I was looking at this story from USA Today about car accidents due to the recent storms in Colorado and the Great Plains.

The photo that went along with the story shows a picture of some massive multi-car wreck on a Colorado Interstate. But I noticed this:



Does anyone else think that the ad for Farmer's insurance looks odd? Like it was doctored and put on the side of the car? I mean, Farmers does do auto insurance, right?



I don't know. I can't see evidence that the letters were put on after the photo was taken. But that proves nothing. I do notice, in a 200% magnified view, that the top of the "800" is somewhat blurry, consistent with real icing. But again, that proves nothing.

If I were Farmers, I would not want to show part of my fleet in an accident, as this would seem a bad association. But once again, this proves nothing.

I am pretty sure the red mark around the lettering was a postproduction artifact.

In the distance on the right, I see three lurking bigfoots watching the scene with evident glee.

No UFO's visible.






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Edited by - HalfMooner on 02/24/2007 17:54:34
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Dave W.
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USA
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Posted - 02/24/2007 :  18:00:20   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message
Doesn't look odd to me... well, except for the sloppy red oval around it.

Seriously, given how many miles those guys log, the odds that one of 'em would get into a giant pile-up and photographed eventually were pretty good.

But with a photo like that, I would have expected the story to be about irony. It's almost as good as this. You've gotta wonder how much that person's rates went up.

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Posted - 02/24/2007 :  19:42:11   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message
Well, you can't say that Farmers wasn't on the scene quickly that day…

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Neurosis
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USA
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Posted - 02/24/2007 :  21:07:23   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Neurosis an AOL message Send Neurosis a Private Message
quote:
In the distance on the right, I see three lurking bigfoots watching the scene with evident glee.


They want to teach us the error of our ways in both insurance company choices and driving technique.

The only thing that looks odd to me is that the area is clear of ice. But I agree that if I were Farmer's, I'd rather cover it up before clear it off.

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Dave W.
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Posted - 02/24/2007 :  21:27:18   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Neurosis

The only thing that looks odd to me is that the area is clear of ice.
The part of the car below that trim line is better protected from vertically falling snow and ice by being angled inwards. Look at the other car in the foreground for another example. I'd tell you to look at your own car after a good snowfall, but you're a damn Southerner.

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Ricky
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USA
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Posted - 02/24/2007 :  22:21:15   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Ricky an AOL message Send Ricky a Private Message
Why is it that the driver's side mirror of the car in question has snow covering it? That is the first thing I clean off whenever I get into my car. Also, look at how the snow caked onto the wheel, and compare that to the snow on the other visible wheel.

Not saying this shows anything, just that it's weird.

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Dave W.
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USA
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Posted - 02/24/2007 :  23:03:23   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message
If that photo is of the 35-car pileup mentioned in the article, then the photo was taken after the snow that created "whiteout conditions" had ended. In other words, the wheel snow is from after the crash. And what gets covered and what gets partially covered will depend on the local wind direction ("local" referring to anything within a foot or two of a particular location) and the temperatures of the objects in question.

I bet the side windows of both cars are mostly clear due to police repeatedly cleaning them to ensure that no people have been overlooked.

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beskeptigal
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3834 Posts

Posted - 02/24/2007 :  23:17:48   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send beskeptigal a Private Message
Farmers "HelpPoint" registered trademark: 1-800-435-7764

http://www.farmers.com/FarmComm/WebSite/html/common/report_a_claim.html



Edited by - beskeptigal on 02/24/2007 23:18:37
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Neurosis
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USA
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Posted - 02/25/2007 :  11:10:35   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Neurosis an AOL message Send Neurosis a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Dave W.

quote:
Originally posted by Neurosis

The only thing that looks odd to me is that the area is clear of ice.
The part of the car below that trim line is better protected from vertically falling snow and ice by being angled inwards. Look at the other car in the foreground for another example. I'd tell you to look at your own car after a good snowfall, but you're a damn Southerner.



Yep, and thanks to good old global warming we have 75 degree winters. How great is that.

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Dr. Mabuse
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Sweden
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Posted - 02/25/2007 :  14:50:08   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Dr. Mabuse an ICQ Message Send Dr. Mabuse a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Neurosis
Yep, and thanks to good old global warming we have 75 degree winters. How great is that.

Well, that depends. When the Gulf-stream stops, and Sweden gets the same climate as Greenland, I'm going to put 25% of the blame on America...

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BigPapaSmurf
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Posted - 02/26/2007 :  05:25:24   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send BigPapaSmurf a Private Message
Well it looks like our cold streak is over in Michigan, it seems to get shorter every year. When I was a kid it was dec-feb now its just late Jan-Feb.

The photo does not look doctored....that doesnt mean it wasnt taken by a Farmers agent though, perhaps the owner of that car even.

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"...They accept such things on faith alone, without any evidence. So if a fraudulent and cunning person who knows how to take advantage of a situation comes among them, he can make himself rich in a short time." -Lucian critical of early Christians c.166 AD From his book, De Morte Peregrini
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JohnOAS
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Australia
800 Posts

Posted - 02/26/2007 :  16:24:48   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit JohnOAS's Homepage Send JohnOAS a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by beskeptigal

Farmers "HelpPoint" registered trademark: 1-800-435-7764

http://www.farmers.com/FarmComm/WebSite/html/common/report_a_claim.html



What's that reference for? I may be being obtuse, but I don't get the context for the link reference.


John's just this guy, you know.
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