CBS's "60 Minutes" correspondent Andy Rooney got to spend some time behind the wheel of a Smart car recently. Like many Americans who weren't familiar with the brand, he was surprised by the tiny size. His reaction? "If all our cars were that long - or short - lines of traffic would be half what they are."
THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD - A Milwaukee-area planning commission has given a car dealer the go-ahead to build an 18,600-square-foot home, despite objections from his new neighbors. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the home being built by Frank Boucher, who operates the 16-franchise Boucher Group dealerships in Wisconsin, has 72 windows that face a lake. Neighbors had complained that the windows would reflect too much light at sunset. One commissioner said the house was "horizontally inappropriate," the paper said, and another had argued that the house would be so big that it could reduce neighbors' property values.
THESE CARS CAN TAKE A LICKING - A few classic car designs are about to push the envelope. The U.S. Postal Service on Sunday, Aug. 15, unveiled a series of 37-cent stamps that honor sporty cars of the 1950s. To be featured: A 1952 Nash Healey, 1953 Chevrolet Corvette, 1953 Studebaker Starliner, 1954 Kaiser Darrin and a 1955 Ford Thunderbird. The stamps will go on sale next year.