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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Bright red cars attract more bird droppings

A new UK study recorded the frequency that birds left their mark on cars in five cities and found crimson motors were targeted the most. 

Green cars were found to suffer least, followed by silver, while white vehicles escaped more often than black in the analysis of 1,140 cars in Brighton, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and Bristol over two consecutive days, to see whether color made a difference to birds.

Researchers who compiled the results found 18 per cent of red cars were marked with droppings, blue 14 per cent, black 11 per cent, white 7 per cent, grey/silver 3 per cent, and green 1 per cent.

The British Trust for Ornithology was more circumspect on the role of color in the "drop zone" for birds. "We do know that birds can be attracted to certain colours during display but it is probably more to do with where you park; if you park where birds roost, then you are going to get more droppings on your vehicle," said a spokesman.

The study was done by a British car accessory company called Halfords which sells Bird Dropping Wipes to remove bird droppings from your car's exterior surface.

And also in the news was a tweet about how many bird poops it takes to total the tiny Smart Car, one of the lightest cars on the market which can withstand up to 9000 lbs. of pressure:

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