Perception is everything

I think I first heard about "The Carburetor" in the 1960s. Or possibly it was about 1973 during the Arab oil embargo (just after I bought a new Ford Gran Torino station wagon with fuel efficiency of 12 mpg downhill with a tailwind). For the benefit of the younger readers, The Carburetor story is now a classic urban legend that goes something like this:A man invents a new carburetor. He goes to the Big Auto makers and offers to sell it to them so they can make more fuel-efficient cars. It will easily get 150 mpg, even on the big land barges being produced in Detroit.This would be good for the honest, hard-working, patriotic, bread-winning, backbone little people of America, so Big Auto the...

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