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Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2006]
"To my darling husband
Before you return from your overseas trip I just want to let you know about the small accident I had with the pick up truck when I turned into the driveway. Fortunately not to bad and I really didn't get hurt, I am ok. Your Motorcycle is ok too, so please don't worry too much.
I was coming home from Wal-Mart, and when I turned into the driveway I accidentally pushed down on the accelerator instead of the brake. The garage door is slightly bent but the pick up fortunately came to a halt when it bumped into your car.
I am really sorry but I know with your kind hearted personality you will in your heart find room to forgive me. You know how much I love you and care for you my sweetheart.
I cannot wait to hold you in my arms and make mad passionate love to you again and again.
Your loving wife.
PS — the neighbor took a picture of the crash, and insisted I include it."
Origins: This item is, like many urban legends, a vehicle for perpetuating stereotypes in the guise of presenting an innocent bit of humor. In this case someone has attached a humorous
The driver involved in the accident behind this image was not in fact a mature married woman who ineptly crashed the family pickup into her own garage, but rather a speeding, distracted male teenager who ran his truck off the road and into someone else's garage. This photograph captures the aftermath of a
The accident happened just before four Sunday evening on Jenny Lind Road in Fianna Hills. According to the police report, the teenage driver reached for a cell phone and ran off the road and became airborne. He caused about two hundred thousand dollars worth of damage to the garage, the Ferrari, a
The speed limit is posted at 30 miles per hour, but the owner of the damaged home as well as neighbors say there have been plenty of problems in the past. It's been nonstop traffic for the neighborhood with a steady stream of cars driving by to get a view of a flattened Ferrari and devastated garage.
Owner Steve Marts wasn't home at the time of the accident, but got the bad news over the phone. "I was just numb, just real numb," Marts said.
Lasure, Sara. "Ferrari Flattened by Pickup Truck." KFSM-TV [Ft. Smith — Fayetteville]. 7 August 2005.