Driving backwards (updated)
There was a discussion (debate?) at the office about the mileage of a vehicle going down or up if it is driven backward.
(Some had seen the Ferris Bueller movie; others got their information online).
I decided to actually do it……drive my car backward until the odometer reading changed.
My colleagues ventured outside to watch as I got into my cheap car in our vast office parking lot.
(The vastness is history…..office lots have since been parceled and built up).
There were wagers on both sides. I planned to back the car (slowly) in large circles over and over.
As I drove in reverse, the onlookers went through an osmosis of sorts, splitting up into a bunch with fingers pointed up and an excitable group pointing down.
There were also HIGH and LOW chants.
The odometer was granular to a tenth of a mile. Who knew it took that many never ending circles to move it just by a tenth?
Then the reading changed in the blink of an eye. The mileage increased.