A fear of the dark is a human phobia going back thousands of years, if experts can be believed, originating with our cave-dwelling ancestors who feared animal attacks after the sun set.
Not much has changed today – many people (of all ages) still feel that primeval fear when darkness falls, even if it usually concerns other people rather than sabre-toothed tigers. For some, that fear solidifies when they get behind the wheel, worrying about night blindness, hitting pedestrians or getting into an accident.
A Chinese driver managed to destroy her £50k Porsche Boxster – moments after leaving the dealership. Ping Ch’ang had just picked up her new Porsche from a showroom in Shenyang when she apparently confused the accelerator with the brake, and promptly shot forward into queue of cars waiting at the traffic lights.
Salesman Qiang Chiu was undoubtedly a little surprised. “”We were still waving her goodbye when she shot forward and there was a tremendous bang,” he said, according to the Mirror. “We’d warned her that it was a very powerful car.”
Chinese police have said that as all other cars were stopped, the Porsche driver is responsible, and will have to foot the bill for repairs for all cars involved, and compensation to the drivers, said to be around £150k overall.
Luckily, there were no injuries in the accident (except for the driver’s pride) and for the meantime, the broken Boxster is back at the garage as mechanics attempt to undertake extensive repairs. At least it didn’t have far to go.