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Do You Know What This Is?

Maggie OwensComment

Just as we were noticing our amazing luck at being on the road for a couple months through several states without even any car trouble, this strange looking thing came out of left field.

We had finally made it to the great state of Rhode Island (FINALLY!!) when we heard loud metal clanging at the back of the car.  After a few miles of pretending like neither of us heard it, we finally pulled over to inspect. 

What we found hanging from the bottom of the car is pictured above.  In spite of the wide range of car knowledge we both accumulated while being chauffeured everywhere by Maggie’s dad from the ages of 14 to 25, we didn’t have a clue what this could be! 

We stood there blank faced, waiting for our "ask the audience life line" like Dev Patel in Slumdog Millionaire.  (I guess that could have just been a Who Wants To Be A Millionaire reference, but I’m a really big Dev Patel fan). 

Go figure, our lifeline never came, and we were left to our own devices to figure it out.  But, as you know, two heads are better than one, which is clear from this list of things we legitimately thought it could be:

  • the engine
  • something that is definitely a part of the car, but it's really not that important so sometimes it just falls off like an umbilical chord

  • like, the “essence” of the “car”

  • nothing?  possibly?  I don’t know. 

  • the smoke monster? I’m starting to give up

  • the other half of the plane

  • Jacob

Does anyone actually know what this is??