Example: [Train, 1978]
LONDON — A tiny sports car leaves a lot to be desired as a midnight trysting spot, two secret lovers have learned.
Wedged into a two-seater, a near-naked man was suddenly immobilized by a slipped disc, trapping his woman companion beneath him, according to a doctor writing in a medical journal here.
The desperate woman tried to summon help by honking the horn with her foot. A doctor, ambulance driver, firemen, and a group of interested passersby quickly surrounded the car in Regent's Park.
"The lady found herself trapped beneath
"To free the couple, fireman had to cut away the car frame," he said.
The distraught woman, helped out of the car and into a coat, sobbed: "How am I going to explain to my husband what has happened to his car?"
- The reason why the couple becomes stuck in the car varies:
- They simply become wedged into a space too small to free themselves.
- The man (who is on top) injures his back and is unable to move.
- Freezing weather immobilizes them.
- The effects of alcohol or carbon monoxide fumes render the lovers incapable of freeing themselves.
- The woman is startled (generally by the approach of someone else), resulting in a case of
- The wife is so amoral that the "wrongness" of her infidelity (especially in light of her narrow escape) doesn't give her pause at all; she is solely concerned with trying to explain away the evidence of it.
- The wife considers her unfaithfulness to her husband to be a wrong of far lesser magnitude than ruining his car.
- The woman cares so little for her boyfriend that his well-being is much less important than covering up their affair.
- The wife realizes that it is the destruction of his precious car (and not her affair) that will make her husband most angry; he values his automobile more than he values his spouse.
Sightings: This legend was used as the plot of a 1985 British comedy film
Last updated: 22 March 2011
Brunvand, Jan Harold. The Choking Doberman. New York: W. W. Norton, 1984. ISBN 0-393-30321-7 (pp. 142-143). Brunvand, Jan Harold. Too Good to Be True. New York: W. W. Norton, 1999. ISBN 0-393-04734-2 (pp. 122-123). Dale, Rodney. The Tumour in the Whale. London: Duckworth, 1978. ISBN 0-7156-1314-6 (pp. 125-126). Train, John. True Remarkable Occurrences. New York: Clarkson N. Potter, 1978. ISBN 0-517-53505-X (p. 20).
Also told in:
The Big Book of Urban Legends. New York: Paradox Press, 1994. ISBN 1-56389-165-4 (p. 119).