My Little Road Hazard Kit

US Patent No. 5,094,905A:

This invention relates to three dimensional members made from rubber fragments obtained from discarded tires. These items can be used as structural articles such as landscaping ties, dock bumpers for boat docks or truck loading docks, as resilient mats for workers or certain types of farm animals, or as substitutes for various products that are normally made of wood but which do not need to withstand large longitudinal loads. These articles are made by cutting, grinding, or shredding discarded tires into fragments. The fragments are mixed with an adhesive and molded, preferably under pressure, into a shape such as a rectangular beam. If desired for a particular use, these articles can be reinforced with strips of rubber or strands of fiber to give them greater tensile strength, or with reinforcing bars to give them added stiffness. If desired, they can be covered by a material such as plastic, impregnated cardboard, or a waterproof layer of adhesive. — Kevin N. Murray

Well, Mr. Murray, I hope the guy who was tooling along at 59 mph in the center lane of I-44 this morning was bringing you something you could use. It would have been even nicer had he tied the stuff down properly to prevent that one five-foot strip of Tire That Once Was from dropping into the road directly in front of me. I carried that sumbitch for about a mile before it finally dislodged itself. God only knows what it did to the underside of my car; the splash guard was already somewhat loose.

2 comments »

  1. hollyh »

    28 November 2018 · 8:38 am

    This is one of those incidents that raise my Malthusian hackles. As more and more people populate this little planet of ours, the odds of idiot-harm rise exponentially.

  2. McGehee »

    28 November 2018 · 8:57 am

    Oh, good grief.

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