Astroturf Car

Artificial turf is common on athletic fields.  After all, that’s the purpose for which it was invented in in 1965 by Donald L. Elbert, James M. Faria, and Robert T. Wright.  It was originally called “ChemGrass,” but the name was later changed by a company employee named John A. Wortmann after its first well-publicized use at Houston’s Astrodome.

You don’t, however, usually see AstroTurf on a vehicle.  But during this bike ride in D.C.’s Capitol Hill neighborhood I came across just such a car.  Now, I’ve seen lots of unusual vehicles throughout the city during my daily bike rides.  But this is the first time I’ve seen one like this.  And although I like it, I don’t think I’d want it to be my car.

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