I am not amused.
It has just been announced by British automotive supplier, Halfords, that bright red cars attract more bird droppings than any other colours. Halfords researchers checked out 1,140 cars in Brighton, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and Bristol over two consecutive days and found that 18% of red cars were marked with droppings, compared to 14% for blue, 11% for black, 7% for white, 3% for grey or silver and just 1% for green cars. What colour is my Jeep Liberty? Bright red! Car polish company Autoglym says the damage to vehicle paintwork comes not from the acid or alkali in bird faeces, but from the paint lacquer softening and expanding to form an uneven mould around the dropping and producing a dull patch. Apparently, the grainy poop of seed-eating birds produces the most blemishes, so that pigeons are worse than seagulls, for instance. My Jeep Liberty is now 11 years old and I estimate I have washed it about 600 times, or a little over once a week, since 2001. It was one of the first ever made and imported into Canada from the USA. I'm starting to think I may keep this great vehicle as my own personal collector's item. I've already resigned myself to knowing that I will have to re-paint it if I want to turn it over to my grandkids one day. I've also decided that life is too short to be worrying about falling bird poop. Besides, I've heard in some places in the world, it's a symbol of good luck.
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