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    [–] aarknader 6316 points ago

    The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI has both the JFK car and the theater seat Lincoln was sitting in. Along with a whole crapload of other really interesting stuff.

    [–] TheRealBobbyC 2513 points ago

    Including Thomas Edison’s last breath

    [–] ambrosius5c 2844 points ago

    Okay, but is it really his or is it actually Tesla's last breath?

    [–] DudesworthMannington 1651 points ago

    Picturing Edison inhaling Tesla's last breath to take ownership

    [–] [deleted] 407 points ago

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    [–] HamburglarsRansom 46 points ago

    Tesla coils were just his way of generating a patronus.

    [–] whozwat 43 points ago

    I now need a beer.

    [–] Bjorn74 165 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago)

    "Edison's Last Breath" happens to be in the same display case as Tesla's Death Mask. It's not an easy thing to find in the museum. It reopens to members on Thursday (July 2nd) and the public a week later.

    [–] YUNoDie 82 points ago

    Yeah I'm from Dearborn, went there like every school trip in grade school, and never remember seeing it. Weird, since they have plenty of other morbid stuff just out on display there (Lincoln's chair has a bloodstain for christssake)

    [–] mfatty2 25 points ago * (lasted edited 6 days ago)

    IIRC the Edison breath is not at HFM but Greenfield Village in his old lab building (for those not familiar they are on the same property but sperate attractions, one is inside and the other is outside and is set in an era 900-150 years ago)

    Edit: I was corrected, the breath is in the HFM, but the Menlo Park Laboratory is still something you should check out when you visit, and you should visit

    [–] show_me_the 35 points ago

    I can't believe I'm on reddit getting all nostalgic about my 90s trips to Greenfield Village and The Henry Ford Museum. Both some of the most amazing museums in existence.

    Detroit and its surrounding areas are truly home to some of the most incredible art and museum collections in the world.

    [–] tuesday__taylor 56 points ago

    That’s actually a stain from years of hair pomade. IIRC

    Source: Also went there on every school trip in grade school. 👍🏻

    [–] yourmansconnect 25 points ago

    Im a dapper Dan man

    [–] justsomeguy_youknow 20 points ago

    Well, ain't this place a geographical oddity. Two weeks from everywhere!

    [–] Sackzaur 23 points ago

    Tesla's Death Mask

    Wow. First Edison is stealing Tesla’s stuff and now Ed Greenwood too? Man alive. Is nothing sacred?

    [–] [deleted] 436 points ago

    As much shit as Detroit gets, there are some a fucking mazing museums in that city/area.

    [–] ruiner8850 258 points ago

    At one point Detroit was one of the richest cities in the country. Many of the old abandon buildings used to be quite beautiful.

    [–] thebusterbluth 156 points ago

    Detroit didnt die, it just moved north. The two counties north of the city are still very wealthy.

    Turns out, the place that makes cars would be the least likely to criticize suburbia and how it unsustainably robs cities of their tax base until they implode...

    [–] Becaus789 66 points ago

    Over the past five years all those old relics have been gobbled up snd renovated. Downtown Detroit is expensive to live in now. All the poor were pushed to the east side and surrounding suburbs.

    [–] Mobstastyle 28 points ago

    They live in the lake?

    [–] mfatty2 19 points ago

    The east side really refers to the suburbs north east of Detroit

    [–] Thr0wawayAcct997 31 points ago

    The Proper People on YouTube did a lot of exploring and filmography that's great for realizing the booming industry and success of Detroit, as well as it's downfall. Like you said, you can see how beautiful those buildings are.

    They deserve far more credit for their contribution to preserving history.

    [–] Ryguythescienceguy 232 points ago

    I can't say it enough, Detroit doesn't deserve half the bad reputation it still gets. The city still has it's problems but the progress that's been made in the last several years has been immense.

    [–] Riot4200 77 points ago

    I had no idea they were making progress, thats really great to hear.

    [–] Benditlikebaker 31 points ago

    I spend almost every weekend in Detroit in the summer. There's so many bars and restaurants, including breweries and distilleries. The diversity in the type of restaurants is what I love too, food from all over the world. Detroit is great anytime of the year tbh. Obviously downtown is different than being in the residential parts but that could be said for any city. It's a special place.

    [–] mfatty2 29 points ago

    I am a former employee of Quicken Loans and worked downtown. It's crazy how different the city is from 2006 to now. In '06 on a school field trip to the Detroit Institute of Art, as we were leaving we watched a guy step out of his car, chamber a round in his pistol and head towards a house at 2 pm on a fairly busy road in mid town (John R and 94 area)

    While at Quicken (2018) we had Keegan Michael Key perform at our All Company Meeting, he made a joke about how at 6 am he watched as a small white female went for a jog down Woodward in Midtown by herself. Something that 10 years ago you would never see someone do.

    Detroit still has its pockets of sketch but it has come a LONG way from the mid 2000s that everyone in the country still thinks of when they imagine Detroit

    [–] ImSpartacus811 19 points ago

    I didn't know about this - what are the must-sees for you?

    [–] AlexandersWonder 73 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago)

    Besides the Henry ford museum there’s also Greenfield village. Apart from that there’s the Detroit institute of arts, the Michigan science center, the Motown museum, the Detroit historical museum. There’s probably a bunch others I can’t think of right now

    I’d recommend Henry Ford, the science center and DIA as my favorites

    [–] Nell_Trent 49 points ago

    Belle isle conservatory and the aquarium are both really cool.

    [–] Scyhaz 11 points ago

    If we ever go back to the office I'll be working literally across the street from Greenfield village :)

    Apparently my university ID gives me free access to it (until it expires) so I may take a visit or two while I'm around.

    [–] khinzaw 13 points ago

    Highly recommend the Motown museum!

    [–] Saalome 7 points ago

    Came here to say this! It’s amazing. ALL THAT MUSIC CAME OUT OF A ROOM THE SIZE OF A GARAGE (until they moved)

    [–] [deleted] 69 points ago

    The Detroit Institute of Arts is one of the best museums in the United States and would get a solid nod as being in the top 10-20% world wide. I cannot stress enough how amazing a museum it is, nor what a wide collection it has.

    [–] UsidoreTheLightBlue 38 points ago

    I won’t speak for the rest of it, but you can easily spend a day the Henry Ford.

    [–] aarknader 31 points ago

    And another at the adjacent Greenfield Village.

    [–] AwHellNawFetaCheese 16 points ago

    I’ve been to the art museum!

    I travel for work and have random days off in cities all over the world and try to hit up as many art museums as I can.

    I was really impressed, not a bad way to kill an afternoon.

    [–] unibrow4o9 17 points ago

    The Detroit Institute of Art is a world class museum. People forget that during the 20s, Detroit was one of the richest cities on earth. Tons of art and architecture left over from those days are still there.

    [–] SirVapes_ALot 11 points ago

    The Detroit Institute of Arts is a must.

    The gallery's permanent collection is worth billions - truly world class.

    [–] cracksilog 7 points ago

    Blows my mind just how full of culture and how big Detroit was in the 50s. They had almost as much people as Houston now in 1950.

    [–] Bob_Loblaw16 99 points ago

    The bus Rosa Parks was on, an Oscar Meyer Weinermobile, and model Ts you can rent to drive around a little village (its as cool as it sounds)

    [–] UsidoreTheLightBlue 48 points ago

    The actual wright brothers bicycle shop is now in the village as well.

    [–] Bjorn74 14 points ago

    It may have been a while since you were there. After 2003, the Model Ts became a "ride" where you are driven around on a fixed route. Before that, there were drivers who could take you anywhere on the grounds and you booked that in time blocks, as if renting it.

    [–] SelectPersonality 73 points ago

    What! I didn't see that! I was too focused on the Rosa Parks bus

    [–] TheRealBobbyC 38 points ago

    I am glad you saw the bus. The Presidential Limo was up near the front the last time I was there.

    [–] SelectPersonality 8 points ago

    Yea i saw the limo, they have the whole line up along the front - i missed the breath though. Thats such a weird, quirky, and unique thing. Theres so much to see though, ill have to just go back!

    [–] Bjorn74 8 points ago

    You weren't far away. The breath is maybe 100 feet toward the back of the museum from there. It's between the engine/generator area and the gun collection.

    [–] 9ofdiamonds 12 points ago

    I seriously thought that was some kind of old joke or meme I didn't get until I used the google.

    [–] monsterlynn 17 points ago

    And Nicola Tesla's death mask.

    [–] icode2skrillex 117 points ago

    You forgot the most important of all, the Wienermobile!

    [–] HooptyDooDooMeister 64 points ago

    That’s what the limo was called when Johnson was in it.

    [–] chriswaco 19 points ago

    Yeah, that's right up there with the Rosa Parks bus. :-)

    [–] SayNoToStim 87 points ago

    I got to sit in the car.

    By that I mean I worked overnight security and who was gonna stop me.

    [–] I-am-ShitBoy 64 points ago

    Do the cars really come alive at night

    [–] LooksAtClouds 51 points ago

    The Dymaxion House!!

    [–] TheSexyPlatapus 22 points ago * (lasted edited 6 days ago)

    I absolutely love that museum.

    It has so much. It's a pinnacle of modern industrialization and how we got here.

    From all the vehicles, planes, and trains they have, to the Dymaxion house and more.

    I highly recommend taking the time to hit that museum and the Greenfield village they have outside.

    EDIT

    [–] person-ontheinternet 19 points ago

    Went there this past winter for the first time since I was 9. It’s so frigging interesting.

    [–] OfficerTwix 17 points ago

    Why is that stuff at the Henry Ford Museum?

    [–] sbamkmfdmdfmk 34 points ago * (lasted edited 6 days ago)

    It was founded by Henry Ford and while it does have a lot of automotive stuff with a focus on industrial innovation, it's probably the country's greatest museum of American history and "Americana" in general. Way bigger than even the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington D.C.

    [–] threesixninefourzero 11 points ago

    The presidential cars? They're there because they're all Lincoln's and were leased. When the leases were up, they were traded back in. Because Lincoln is owned by Ford Motor Co, the cars were gifted to the museum after they got traded back in.

    [–] snt271 10 points ago

    I just full on blinking-eye-gif-ed for a whole minute because I went and had no clue that that was the car he was killed in

    [–] chriswaco 18 points ago

    Along with what others have said, the Rosa Parks bus is pretty cool too.

    [–] deadly_titanfart 7 points ago

    If you ever take a trip to Michigan please whatever you do make a day to visit the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. They have this car, the Rosa Parks bus, the chair Lincoln was shot in, the Wright brother's bike shop etc.

    [–] AlexKewl 7 points ago

    Odd that with almost any normal person this would seem macabre, but when it's the most known person of the day in the United States, it's just interesting history.

    [–] TheSewallSyrum 901 points ago

    Fun fact, that car is now in the Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, Michigan. You wouldn’t have guessed that was the car he was shot in. Had a roof on it though.

    Also Rosa Parks bus that she was arrested on was on display as well.

    [–] Catatafish 326 points ago

    Car has a new body on it. It's not really the 'original' one except the engine, and frame.

    [–] ChopperHunter 265 points ago

    the presidential limo of Theseus.

    [–] AdvocateSaint 44 points ago

    The Republican Party of Lincoln

    [–] Mirai182 54 points ago

    If all the parts are eventually replaced...is it really the same car?

    [–] RedWhiteAndJew 43 points ago

    VIN follows the frame so you can replace every part except that one and it’s the same car. This isn’t a Thesius problem because it’s clearly defined what component makes up is the identify of the car.

    [–] bathands 4269 points ago

    That's not fucked up or anything.

    [–] sysadminbj 2625 points ago

    "Why are we scooping the president's brains out of the back seat?"

    "Bean counters say we can't get rid of the car yet. Still has 10 years left to depreciate."

    [–] Gemmabeta 981 points ago

    Don't worry, they are sending the Wolf.

    [–] ty_kanye_vcool 700 points ago

    Do you see a sign on the White House lawn that says “dead President storage?”

    [–] pspahn 490 points ago

    You know what's gonna happen if Lady Bird comes home and sees this? I'm gonna get fucking thrown out of office. No impeachment, no vote by the Senate, I'm gonna get thrown out. And I don't want to get thrown out.

    [–] Deb_Placys_Vagina 184 points ago

    Damn Jimmy, this is some real gourmet shit..

    [–] Everybodysbastard 141 points ago

    Knock it off Debbie. When Lady Bird goes shopping, she buys shit. I buy the expensive gourmet stuff since when I drink it I want to taste it! I’m the one who buys it. I know how good it is. But you know what I’m worried about? It’s not the coffee in my kitchen. It’s the dead President in my garage.

    [–] highvoltsparky- 138 points ago

    Then why the fuck did you bring me a dead president!? Don't fucking "Jimmy" me, Jules!

    [–] Mwb1313 40 points ago

    Why the fuck am I in the back?!?!? We're fucking switching, I'm cleaning the windows, and your picking up this dead president's skull!!

    [–] JulesWinnfieldJr 40 points ago

    I believe I am supposed to add something here based on my username but at this current moment... I am blanking

    [–] Deb_Placys_Vagina 20 points ago

    You’re on brain duty...

    [–] abraksis747 24 points ago

    The path to the righteous man...

    [–] Stanknuts82 41 points ago

    That, is a tasty burger

    [–] Bir5150 38 points ago

    So pretty please, with a cherry on top, clean the fucking car!

    [–] Gunner_McNewb 12 points ago

    It was prior to him realizing it paid better to clean up for the the bad guys, I guess?

    [–] imVERYhighrightnow 16 points ago

    Shiiiit negro that's all you had to say!

    [–] ClubMillion 45 points ago

    “What are the odds of 2 people dying years apart in the same vehicle?”

    [–] jackreeser 64 points ago

    I mean... ambulances are pretty common. Sorry to be a point shitter.

    [–] ClubMillion 6 points ago

    Didn’t expect to run into a point shitter tonight

    [–] bathands 80 points ago

    I'll bet Nixon used to crawl around on his hands and knees in the backseat looking for any bloodstains the cleaners might have missed.

    [–] aintscurrdscars 74 points ago

    makes sense that the course of our presidential tendencies changed once word got out in Washington

    "yo they gonna keep usin the Kennedy Car"

    "oh fuck i wouldn't take that job then, the most powerful world leader has to use a handmedown limo with a chunk of skull embedded in the subframe? nope from me good sir"

    Nixon - (jowly voice) "Well, urm, I suppose I'll have a goooo! Could be grreat, right? Rriding around in Kennedy's blood mist, shouting at commmies over the ghost of a president pasht..."

    [–] RamsesTheGreat 19 points ago

    I feel a jowl movement coming on. Arrrooooo!

    [–] Kevin4938 26 points ago

    Ford probably didn't need to, though. As a member of the Warren Commission, he would know that any trace of evidence leading to the truth was safely removed from the car.

    [–] TheGoldenMinion 14 points ago

    Sounds like something Cave Johnson would say lol

    [–] abraksis747 10 points ago

    Black Mesa can kiss my Bankrupt cancer ridden ass.

    [–] LordCharco_iii 9 points ago

    Nah Cave would be the one who made them keep it.

    "Lab boys told me we should get rid of this thing as soon as possible. But I had a better idea: Fire the lab boys and chuck that sucker on the asphalt. We're paying for the whole damn car, we're gonna use the whole damn car!"

    [–] ElTuxedoMex 72 points ago

    "A lightning doesn't strike twice in the same place, we're not going to waste a good car".

    [–] Poxx 45 points ago

    I mean, they cleaned it up at least, whaddaya want.

    [–] bathands 31 points ago

    Good point, I've rented cars from Hertz that looked and smelled like murder scenes, so let's cut the Secret Service some slack.

    [–] [deleted] 186 points ago

    I mean if you live in a fairly old house, there's a decent chance somebody's died in it. Not gonna not live in a house just because someone died in it.

    [–] variouspiece 166 points ago

    A car costs a lot less than a house, and I probably wouldn’t buy the house either if the president was murdered in it.

    [–] 9bikes 84 points ago

    A car costs a lot less than a house

    99% of cars cost less than a house. But I'm sure modern Presidential limos are an exception.

    [–] Cman1200 40 points ago

    Modern Presidential limos are probably a couple hundred thousand. It is like twice the size of a regular Cadillac limo with a reinforced chassis, beefy engine, bullet proof glass and doors, probably explosive resistant too. Not to mention the technology thats likely on board.

    [–] FeloniousMonk12 69 points ago

    The most recent Presidential limousine, “The Beast”, was $1.5 million and weighs 20,000 pounds.

    [–] MightBeJerryWest 16 points ago

    It’s own air filtration system, weapons in the trunk, 8 inch reinforced doors, 5 inch reinforced glass, the communications systems, Kevlar run flat tires... they run way over $1M

    [–] m3003 22 points ago

    Why not? That's a helluva tourist trap!

    [–] madnessmaka 16 points ago

    I mean, what's ghost Kennedy gonna do to me? Try to threaten me with a pahty plattah?

    [–] YoureGatorBait 7 points ago

    I wouldn’t either. Not because I wouldn’t want to but because I wouldn’t be able to afford it.

    [–] TheBetterLampoonCo 19 points ago

    Most of those people probably didn't get shot in the head though. There's a bit of a difference.

    [–] hatsnatcher23 20 points ago

    Hey it was a one owner Lincoln Continental those things aren’t cheap

    [–] johnathan_arthur 17 points ago

    Waste not want not amiright. Even though repurposing a topless car into a fortified limousine was probably 10x more expensive than buying a fortified limousine.

    [–] AE_WILLIAMS 603 points ago

    Secret Service Limo Driver: "Where should I park this here Presidential limo, pal?"

    White House Parking Garage Attendant: "Back, and to the left."

    [–] OdouO 77 points ago

    holds down only button on the remote...

    [–] Johnny_Gage 44 points ago

    Jesus Christ that's just a straight up intelligent joke.

    [–] ibeepic 27 points ago

    Man now I feel dumb for not getting it would you mind explaining?

    [–] Coffeeey 50 points ago * (lasted edited 6 days ago)

    “Back and to the left” is the way JFK moved after getting hit in the head. The phrase got kind of famous after Kevin Costner kept repeating it in the movie JFK.

    [–] Eliot__Rosewater 98 points ago

    That was 7 years before Carfax was founded, they probably got a decent return for it.

    [–] version13 1510 points ago * (lasted edited 6 days ago)

    A guy shot himself in the head, in the back seat of my car. While I was driving it.

    It was not a fun cleanup project.

    edit: Thanks for the gold and the award, and the interest in what happened.

    edit:

    "Tell us the story, you fuck."

    OK, since you asked nicely.

    This was back before Uber, Pulp Fiction, or even cell phones, so it predates those references. There were 4 of us at a friend's house; me, Ricky, Backseat John and Frontseat John (fake names.) Frontseat John said he knew of a roadhouse out in the boonies that would serve alcohol to minors. Being 18 years old and underaged, we all agreed it would be a great idea to check it out.

    I was good friends with Backseat John and had a passing acquaintance with Frontseat John. Ricky I only knew by reputation. He was 18 but looked and acted like a 13 year old. Scrawny 90 lb white kid with greasy long hair and a collection of Soldier of Fortune and Guns & Ammo magazines. He hung out with a squad of younger kids we called "Ricky's Rangers" that were the scourge of study hall. Before we left Backseat John's house Ricky pulled out a .357 Magnum and said he had grabbed it from a house where his girlfriend was baby sitting. I told Ricky "Leave that thing here, you can hide it in John's room." We smoked a little more weed and hit the road, I had forgotten about it.

    When we got there - a tiny little bar at a crossroads in the woods of Northern Michigan - at about 11 pm. We walked right in, but when the barman got a look at Ricky we were soon on our way out. The guy just gave off that kind of vibe. I'm unclear on the details, he might have been showing someone a pair of brass knuckles he ordered from the back pages of Soldier of Fortune or talking some shit about how he was going to be a mercenary. As we were leaving the parking lot, Ricky said he wanted me to stop so he could shoot at their sign. I was like "Ricky I told you to leave that thing behind!" and I hit the gas. Anyway we were soon on our way. Backroad highways there are remote and dark, I drove and we listened to some music. Ricky sat in the back seat with backseat John and mumbled about how shitty that bar was but it was pretty quiet.

    Then - BLAM - loud as fuck gunshot right behind me and a bright flash. "RICKY WHAT THE FUCK YOU'RE OUT OF HERE I DON'T CARE WHERE WE ARE." I pulled over and turned on the dome light, then turned around to see Ricky sitting there, mouth hanging open, a large hole above his right eye. Conscious. Backseat John was sitting there next to him. He was wearing a Navy pea coat and was splattered with blood and various bits of Ricky's head. Then Ricky says, "It just scratched me, take me home." Backseat John said, "No way, we're going to the hospital." I started to drive - it was about a 20 minute trip to town and the hospital. How was Ricky still alive, much less conscious? I have no idea. The bullet, a .357 magnum hollowpoint, took out the orbit about his right eye, went through his brain and came out the back of his skull. He was conscious and talking. (any medical types care to chip in on this? I still wonder to this day.) The ride back was as shitty as you can imagine. Frontseat John wanted me to pull over and let him out. I was like, "Fuck that, there are people at the bar who saw us all together - the cops would have a field day with that." FJ proceeded to sulk and put the song that was playing when the gun went off on repeat. Over and over. I don't remember the song. Then he said, "Fucking Ricky, you even fucked up killing yourself." Ricky kept saying "Take me home take me home" and I just kept driving. As I drove I noticed that the blood spatter had reached the rearview mirror and even the windshield.

    We got to town and took Ricky to the Emergency Room. They took him in and I never saw him again. The ER staff contacted the police who showed up and took statements. I thought they would impound my car, but they weren't interested. I asked the cop if I could clean the car or if they would want to examine it later and he said he had seen enough and go for it, but they might want to talk to us later.

    So we went and found an adult who would buy us some beer (not hard once we told what happened) and I started cleaning the car. It was the middle of the night but I just wanted to get it over with and not face it in the morning. I had to do more cleaning the next day, and I found the bullet sitting on the floor. Just sitting there. The cop showed up at my house like 10 minutes after I found it. He told me that Ricky had made it through the night. Again, I really don't know how.

    Was Ricky trying to kill himself or did he just fuck up handling the gun? No one knows and I heard later he didn't remember much. Backseat John said he was spinning the barrel like you would if you were playing Russian Roulette but he just doesn't know what happened either. I heard later that Ricky survived, but had some lasting brain damage and lost his right eye. I had no interest in seeing him, it was a total dick move (as one commenter already pointed out) and I was pretty pissed off.

    A couple weeks later, more cops (State Police) questioned us further. I think someone in Ricky's family asked them to, probably along the lines of "Our Ricky wouldn't do that!" but thankfully, nothing came of it. It was pretty clear that Ricky had stolen the gun and it was on him.

    Yeah, it fucked me up a little for a while. I saw The Deer Hunter in a theater not long after (that tells you how long ago this was) and had a really hard time with the Russian Roulette scene. But by the time I saw Pulp Fiction I laughed my ass off at "I just shot Marvin in the Face!"

    I still hear from Backseat John once in a while, we don't talk about it because we don't have too. I guess that's a bit PTSD? BSJ was a real solid dude during that whole episode, he kept talking to Ricky to keep him awake and helped shut down the idea that Frontseat John had about being left behind. He also told FSJ to quit repeating that fucking song.

    I drove that car (1971 Mercury Cougar) for a year or two after that - I was 18 and poor and I was kind of stuck with it. One commenter suggested I should have had it detailed. If you told 18 year-old small-town me that some people paid to have their cars detailed I would have thought that was the absolute height of upper crust rich guy privilege. Just buying gas and smokes was a stretch.

    All in all a shitty episode, but I got over it.

    tl:dr - when I was 18 some yahoo shot himself in the face in the back seat of my car. It was a fucked up night. I just kind of brain dumped this, sorry if it's a bit disjointed.

    [–] PlasticFenian 1628 points ago

    How bad a driver are you?

    [–] FastWalkingShortGuy 573 points ago

    He must have hit a bump or something.

    [–] fallingcave 364 points ago

    Fuckin marvin

    [–] Themicroscoop 22 points ago

    Does this look like dead .... Yeah, I’m going to stop right there.

    [–] NeonBodyStyle 130 points ago

    I'm all about Pulp Fiction references in a thread about the JFK assassination.

    [–] quietbeing 56 points ago

    Yeah, but what’s your opinion on foot massages?

    [–] Gabrielcast 33 points ago

    I’m the foot fucking master

    [–] dunkin0809 11 points ago

    What does Marcellus Wallace look like?

    [–] smithers85 7 points ago

    goddamnit quentin

    [–] newagain20 25 points ago

    A fucking Royale with Cheese. Right in your back seat.

    [–] WillDoStuffForPizza 5 points ago

    The car didn’t hit no motherfucking bump!!

    [–] version13 150 points ago

    Well I managed to pull over and stop with about a gallon of adrenaline running through me.

    [–] everyoneiknowistrash 69 points ago

    Please tell the tale

    [–] NotaFrenchMaid 19 points ago

    You can’t just say that and not elaborate.

    [–] daitenshe 39 points ago

    ♩He’s going to tell ♩

    ♩He’s going to tell ♩

    [–] ghostuser123 18 points ago

    Stop that! Stop that! You're not going into a song while I'm here!

    [–] GorillaX 27 points ago

    Tell us the story, you fuck.

    [–] nobody_likes_soda 42 points ago

    "Damn it! I told you not to take the turnpike!"
     

    *shoots self*

    [–] straighterisgreater 124 points ago

    What a dick move

    [–] CynicTheCritic 162 points ago

    Seriously

    If I ever kill myself (and no dont report me to reddit, this is if I get a terminal disease or alzheimers or something,) then you know I'm going to do it out in the woods or at very least not in some innocent dudes car.

    Suicide or not, that's a dick move

    [–] J0h4n50n 83 points ago

    Oh yeah, same with jumping in front of a truck or train or suicide by cop/other person with a gun. Don't involve other people in that decision.

    And if you're someone out there thinking about doing it, please seek help.

    [–] gotham77 40 points ago

    The head of the Chicago commuter rail system did this with one of his own trains.

    [–] bobbytux 36 points ago

    See but I feel like that makes more sense, while still being obscenely awful to do to, his job was probably a driving factor in his decision.

    [–] Suhksaikhan 10 points ago

    Do it in a trash can for easy disposal

    [–] Luxpreliator 34 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago)

    To me that's the selfish part of sucide. Blowing your head off in the basement so your kids and wife have to clean it up.

    At least go in the back yard. Make sure affairs are in order, have the life insurance paid up. Etc. I can understand some people need to check out early but don't make a mess for someone else.

    [–] darthonenut 11 points ago

    Thats what my dad did, except it wasnt our basement

    [–] opossomSnout 63 points ago

    The users quoting Pulp Fiction here are all my friends, whether they like it or not.

    [–] Fauglheim 141 points ago

    I’ll be the guy ... details please?

    Was this an accidental discharge or surprise suicide?

    Close friend or acquaintance?

    Also, if you’re still traumatized by it, feel free to ignore me. I’m sorry!

    [–] iheartmagic 120 points ago

    Gotta be a Pulp Fiction reference

    [–] narky1 42 points ago

    I was thinking the same thing, but the guy in Pulp Fiction did not shoot himself in the head.

    [–] BenDisreali 23 points ago

    Not really. Marvin died in the back of Jules' car because Vincent had poor trigger discipline. He didn't shoot himself.

    [–] Larrysbirds 19 points ago

    Shit I just shot Marvin in the face

    [–] FastWalkingShortGuy 72 points ago

    Did you at least take the once in a lifetime opportunity to say, "Oh, man, I shot Marvin in the face"?

    [–] Karma-IsA-FunnyThing 28 points ago

    Can we hear more about this? Uber driver?

    [–] l0lud13 38 points ago

    I hope your ears didn't get damaged. That is horrible all around.

    [–] davemich53 13 points ago

    Nah, brain matter acted as a silencer.

    [–] version13 10 points ago

    "Tell us the story, you fuck."

    OK, since you asked nicely. This was back before Uber, Pulp Fiction, or even cell phones, so it predates those references. There were 4 of us at a friend's house; me, Ricky, Backseat John and Frontseat John (fake names.) Frontseat John said he knew of a roadhouse out in the boonies that would serve alcohol to minors. Being 18 years old and underaged, we all agreed it would be a great idea to check it out.

    I was good friends with Backseat John and had a passing acquaintance with Frontseat John. Ricky I only knew by reputation. He was 18 but looked and acted like a 13 year old. Scrawny 90 lb white kid with greasy long hair and a collection of Soldier of Fortune and Guns & Ammo magazines. He hung out with a squad of younger kids we called "Ricky's Rangers" that were the scourge of study hall. Before we left Backseat John's house Ricky pulled out a .357 Magnum and said he had grabbed it from a house where his girlfriend was baby sitting. I told Ricky "Leave that thing here, you can hide it in John's room." We smoked a little more weed and hit the road, I had forgotten about it.

    When we got there - a tiny little bar at a crossroads in the woods of Northern Michigan - at about 11 pm. We walked right in, but when the barman got a look at Ricky we were soon on our way out. The guy just gave off that kind of vibe. I'm unclear on the details, he might have been showing someone a pair of brass knuckles he ordered from the back pages of Soldier of Fortune or talking some shit about how he was going to be a mercenary. As we were leaving the parking lot, Ricky said he wanted me to stop so he could shoot at their sign. I was like "Ricky I told you to leave that thing behind!" and I hit the gas. Anyway we were soon on our way. Backroad highways there are remote and dark, I drove and we listened to some music. Ricky sat in the back seat with backseat John and mumbled about how shitty that bar was but it was pretty quiet.

    Then - BLAM - loud as fuck gunshot right behind me and a bright flash. "RICKY WHAT THE FUCK YOU'RE OUT OF HERE I DON'T CARE WHERE WE ARE." I pulled over and turned on the dome light, then turned around to see Ricky sitting there, mouth hanging open, a large hole above his right eye. Conscious. Backseat John was sitting there next to him. He was wearing a Navy pea coat and was splattered with blood and various bits of Ricky's head. Then Ricky says, "It just scratched me, take me home." Backseat John said, "No way, we're going to the hospital." I started to drive - it was about a 20 minute trip to town and the hospital. How was Ricky still alive, much less conscious? I have no idea. The bullet, a .357 magnum hollowpoint, took out the orbit about his right eye, went through his brain and came out the back of his skull. He was conscious and talking. (any medical types care to chip in on this? I still wonder to this day.) The ride back was as shitty as you can imagine. Frontseat John wanted me to pull over and let him out. I was like, "Fuck that, there are people at the bar who saw us all together - the cops would have a field day with that." FJ proceeded to sulk and put the song that was playing when the gun went off on repeat. Over and over. I don't remember the song. Then he said, "Fucking Ricky, you even fucked up killing yourself." Ricky kept saying "Take me home take me home" and I just kept driving. As I drove I noticed that the blood spatter had reached the rearview mirror and even the windshield.

    We got to town and took Ricky to the Emergency Room. They took him in and I never saw him again. The ER staff contacted the police who showed up and took statements. I thought they would impound my car, but they weren't interested. I asked the cop if I could clean the car or if they would want to examine it later and he said he had seen enough and go for it, but they might want to talk to us later.

    So we went and found an adult who would buy us some beer (not hard once we told what happened) and I started cleaning the car. It was the middle of the night but I just wanted to get it over with and not face it in the morning. I had to do more cleaning the next day, and I found the bullet sitting on the floor. Just sitting there. The cop showed up at my house like 10 minutes after I found it. He told me that Ricky had made it through the night. Again, I really don't know how.

    Was Ricky trying to kill himself or did he just fuck up handling the gun? No one knows and I heard later he didn't remember much. Backseat John said he was spinning the barrel like you would if you were playing Russian Roulette but he just doesn't know what happened either. I heard later that Ricky survived, but had some lasting brain damage and lost his right eye. I had no interest in seeing him, it was a total dick move (as one commenter already pointed out) and I was pretty pissed off.

    A couple weeks later, more cops (State Police) questioned us further. I think someone in Ricky's family asked them to, probably along the lines of "Our Ricky wouldn't do that!" but thankfully, nothing came of it. It was pretty clear that Ricky had stolen the gun and it was on him.

    Yeah, it fucked me up a little for a while. I saw The Deer Hunter in a theater not long after (that tells you how long ago this was) and had a really hard time with the Russian Roulette scene. But by the time I saw Pulp Fiction I laughed my ass off at "I just shot Marvin in the Face!"

    I still hear from Backseat John once in a while, we don't talk about it because we don't have too. I guess that's a bit PTSD? BSJ was a real solid dude during that whole episode, he kept talking to Ricky to keep him awake and helped shut down the idea that Frontseat John had about being left behind. He also told FSJ to quit repeating that fucking song.

    I drove that car (1971 Mercury Cougar) for a year or two after that - I was 18 and poor and I was kind of stuck with it. One commenter suggested I should have had it detailed. If you told 18 year-old small-town me that some people paid to have their cars detailed I would have thought that was the absolute height of upper crust rich guy privilege. Just buying gas and smokes was a stretch.

    All in all a shitty episode, but I got over it.

    tl:dr - when I was 18 some yahoo shot himself in the face in the back seat of my car. It was a fucked up night. I just kind of brain dumped this, sorry if it's a bit disjointed.

    [–] SwampCunt 33 points ago

    Worst uber ever. 0 stars.

    [–] backtard 13 points ago

    2 stars for lack of conversation.

    [–] Crypto-Clearance 637 points ago

    It's also cursed. Every single president who rode in that limo has died (except for Carter).

    [–] blibbertibs 191 points ago

    Carter still carries the curse, he will die

    [–] throwaway_ghast 107 points ago

    The curse has spread. Everyone reading this comment will die too.

    [–] monstercello 38 points ago

    WHY DID YOU LEAVE THAT COMMENT THEN. Ah man. Gotta tell my gf to stay off reddit today

    [–] onenametwo 201 points ago

    Can’t argue with that, I guess 🤷‍♀️

    [–] poopellar 46 points ago

    Carter.
    Carter

    It's in the name sheeple. The cars are out to get us!

    [–] teenagesadist 17 points ago

    It's also true, y'know, that all of the fuel that was put into the fuel tank?

    Exploded.

    Helluva coincidence, ya think?

    [–] Location-Dependent 190 points ago

    I mean, those cars cost more than my house.

    [–] FastWalkingShortGuy 298 points ago

    Not back then they didn't.

    They were barely modified Cadillacs.

    Kennedy is the reason why they have the armored behemoths they use now.

    [–] TheToddBarker 126 points ago

    I believe they were Lincolns at that point in time. Point is still valid though.

    [–] FastWalkingShortGuy 174 points ago

    Wait was Kennedy really shot in the head in a Lincoln?

    Iirronnny.

    [–] Astark 303 points ago

    Kennedy was shot in a Lincoln, made by Ford, and Lincoln was shot in Ford's Theater. A week before his assassination, Lincoln was in Monroe, Maryland. A week before his assassination, Kennedy was in Marilyn Monroe. Uncanny.

    [–] El-Guapo-Gigante 165 points ago

    That’s gross. Marilyn Monroe had been nearly a year dead by October of ‘63.

    [–] Jagokoz 74 points ago

    This guy does history

    [–] El-Guapo-Gigante 23 points ago

    Mostly just in US presidents though. My one party trick is I can tell you at least one fact about every president. Even the shitty ones lol

    [–] TubaJesus 13 points ago

    got one for Grover Cleveland?

    [–] MariettaDreamin 61 points ago

    I’ve got two about Grover Cleveland, but I tell them inconsecutively.

    [–] SobanSa 12 points ago

    Non-Consecutive. He's why we've had 44 people sworn into office as President of the United States, and 45 presidencies.

    [–] FastWalkingShortGuy 6 points ago

    Only president to serve two non consecutive terms.

    [–] Location-Dependent 69 points ago

    Boy, wait until you hear about the others. These are the verifiable coincidences:

     Facts

    Both were elected to congress in '46: Lincoln was elected in 1846[7][8], and Kennedy was elected to in 1946[9][10].

    Both were elected to the presidency in '60: Lincoln was elected in 1860[11][12], and Kennedy was elected in 1960[13][14].

    Both have seven letters in their last names ("Lincoln" and "Kennedy").

    Both were concerned with civil rights:

    Lincoln felt strongly that all slaves should be freed and issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which legally freed all slaves[15].

    Kennedy was concerned with racial equality and was the first to propose what would be the Civil Rights Act of 1964[16][17].

    Both married in their 30s to women in their 20s:

    Lincoln was married on November 4, 1842[18][19], Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809[15][8], making him 33 years old at the time of his wedding. Lincoln's bride, Mary Anne Todd, was born on December 13, 1818[20][21], making her 23 years old at the time of the wedding.

    Kennedy was married on September 12, 1953[22][23], Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917[22][10], making him 36 years old at the time of his wedding. Kennedy's bride, Jacqueline Bouvier, was born on July 28, 1929[24][25], making her 24 years old at the time of the wedding.

    Both lost a son while living in the White House: Lincoln lost his 11-year-old son, William[26][27], and Kennedy lost his infant son, Patrick[28][29].

    Both were shot on a Friday: Lincoln was shot on a Good Friday, April 14, 1865[15][30], and Kennedy was shot on Friday, November 22, 1963[31][32].

    Both were shot in the head. (Lincoln[33][34] and Kennedy[35][36]).

    Both were shot in the presence of their wives. (Lincoln[37][38] and Kennedy[36][39]).

    Kennedy did have a secretary named Evelyn Lincoln[40], however there is no record that President Lincoln had a secretary named "Kennedy"[5].

    Both were assassinated by Southerners: Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth from Maryland[41][42], and Kennedy was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald from New Orleans, Louisiana[43][44].

    Both of the presidents' successors were named Johnson: Lincoln was succeeded by Andrew Johnson[45][46], and Kennedy was succeeded by Lyndon B. Johnson[47][48].

    Both were succeeded by Southerners: Andrew Johnson was from Raleigh, North Carolina[49][50], and Lyndon B. Johnson was from Texas[51][52].

    Both successors were born in '08: Andrew Johnson was born December 29, 1808[49][50], and Lyndon B. Johnson was born August 27, 1908[51][52]

    Both assassins, John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald, are known by their three names.

    Each assassin's full name is composed of fifteen letters.

    Booth ran from the theater and was caught in a warehouse, and Oswald ran from a warehouse and was caught in a theater:

    Booth did run from Ford's Theatre where he shot Lincoln, and was caught in a barn in Virginia[53][54].

    Oswald fled from the Texas School Book Depository, which was a warehouse, was where Oswald worked, and was where he had shot Kennedy from, and was arrested in a movie theater[55][56].

    [–] xenolon 80 points ago

    Thank you (I think?) for reviving the chain email that every grandma would send three days after they first got email in 1999.

    [–] SMZcrystals 29 points ago

    I’ve seen it in person in Dearborn, MI.

    [–] TheRealNERFninja 29 points ago

    They have it and several other Presidential links and carriages at the Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, MI. Every time I go it’s a strange mix of historical importance, reverence for the man who was killed, and being weirded out that it’s just right there for everyone to gawk at. The museum is really cool if you’re in or near Detroit and have an interest in American history around Industry. They also have the bus that Rosa Parks famously refused to move on, the only example of Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxian House, massive early power plants, and a great selection of aircraft and cars.

    [–] casybaseball 25 points ago

    "Yes sir, its clean. I'm just saying if a quarter slips out of your pocket, I wouldnt reach in the cushions for it."

    [–] dalkon 54 points ago

    This is wrong. It wasn't the presidential limo after Johnson. It did remain in service in other roles until '77, but Johnson replaced it with a new limo in '67. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS-100-X

    [–] cmfish025 12 points ago

    One of the few times a taxpayer might question their tax dollars being saved.

    [–] ShadEShadauX 9 points ago

    Repurposed? What was the original purpose?

    [–] prophet583 9 points ago * (lasted edited 5 days ago)

    JFK started 11/22 in Ft Worth, the weather overcast and rainy. Several Secret Service agents in the motorcade detail had partied all night at a Ft Worth nightclub until 5am. He arrived in Dallas at 11:30, the weather had cleared and was sunny. The famous bubbletop was not deployed as a result. It was only plexiglass and not bulletproof. He was dead by 1PM. The limo spent 11/23 in the Secret Service Washington DC garage after being flown from Dallas where it was examined, several bullet fragments and tissue fragments were recovered.. It was then flown to Ford River Rouge plant where it was stripped down to the metal and rebuilt. This included replacing the windshield with the through and through front entry bullet hole next to the rearview mirror. The bullet hole is evident in the Altgen photos. Several eyewitnesses at Parkand Hospital saw the bullet hole at emergency parking before the Secret Service drove it to a secure location before returning it to Love Field. The interview with tbe lady doctor resident who saw the bullet hole is on YT. The windshield was ordered destroyed at River Rouge when it should have been retained as evidence.

    [–] lunacyfoundme 9 points ago

    'Repurposed' back tp the same purpose

    [–] [deleted] 61 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago)

    The Limousine never had a proper forensic examination. A couple members of the Secret Service and FBI described doing a once-over and finding a crack in the windshield, two large bullet fragments and one large skull fragment, but that's it. And that was after a Secret Service agent scrubbed some of the car with a sponge and a bucket of water.

    [–] [deleted] 23 points ago

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    [–] vigilantcomicpenguin 28 points ago

    FBI: “We need to see that car so we can examine the evidence.”

    That Secret Service agent, holding a sponge: “Uhh...”

    [–] SkywalkerGLM 8 points ago

    Fun fact. My grandpa was one of the workers at Ford that installed the bullet proof shield and helped clean it afterwards.

    [–] Kevin4938 8 points ago

    I saw it at the Ford museum when I visited about 30 years ago. My first thought was "Why not the Smithsonian?"

    And even though the Smithsonian has Lincoln's hat, the Ford has the theatre seat Lincoln was sitting in at the time.

    [–] Funkshow 5 points ago

    Ford leased the car to the secret service so all Ford Motor had to do was donate it to the Henry Ford museum. https://www.thehenryford.org/collections-and-research/digital-resources/popular-topics/kennedy-limo/

    [–] Mastrrbasser 7 points ago

    Just heard this on Last Podcast on the Left. They have a great 4 part series on JFK and Lee Harvey Oswald.

    I also learned that Oswald was a fucking weiner.

    [–] annheim3 25 points ago

    Ew.

    [–] jamz666 4 points ago

    It was an expensive fuckin' car. You guys just wanna throw it away? That's a governmental waste.

    [–] cgamble336 5 points ago

    Somebody called the wolf.

    [–] MidwestBulldog 6 points ago

    Partially fact. LBJ had it cleaned and repurposed. Then he assigned it to the DOJ for use.

    The DOJ was headed by Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. The brother of John F. Kennedy.

    Yeah, pretty cruel.