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Much of the world's attention is focused on the glitz and glamour of the Detroit Auto Show, but that doesn't mean there's not other news afoot:

  • Nigeria's bikers put faith in pumpkins: The Nigerian government recently instituted a helmet law for motorcycle riders, but the public ain't happy about it--especially the taxi trivers. Motorcycle taxis are popular in Nigeria, and the new law naturally requires helmets for both drivers and passengers. However, drivers complain that passengers often steal the helmets or curse them with juju, so many have begun wearing dried pumpkins instead. They're easy to replace, sure, but the craniums underneath? Not so much.  [BBC]
  • Battery trap successful: Remember when we told you about Michigan's new law offering tax breaks to battery makers? Less than a month after passing, it's gotten its first taker! [Freep]
  • Ten useless car gadgets: Somehow I missed AskMen's top ten list of useless car gadgets. I agree on most of their choices--especially the leather-trimmed a/c vents--but couldn't they have made some room for the deluxe mini-fridge? [AskMen]
  • Truck sales don't buck any trends: Love charts? Hate surprises? Then the sad stats on 2008 pickup sales should be right up your alley.  [PickupTrucks]
  • Mickey Rourke fixes life, sells Mini: Part-time motorcyclist and full-time plastic surgery enthusiast Mickey Rourke is on the rise. His performance in the indie flick, The Wrestler, has garnered a Golden Globe nomination, and he's got his sights set on the Oscar. But what's he been doing the last decade or so? “I had this really nice 1963 Mini Cooper that I bought and kitted up really nicely. I sunk a lot of money into it then sold it for a third of what I spent on it. It was things like that I did to get by.” Now that's a dedicated gearhead. [TheSun]

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