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Opinion: A look at the issues of today

PUBLISHED: 12:00 30 November 2019

Comedian and broadcaster Steve Allen.

Comedian and broadcaster Steve Allen.

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*Things are bigger in USA but not better

Everything seems bigger and better in America. Elon Musk launched his new Tesla Cybertruck and it was a beast. A press event was held to show off its bulletproof exterior. That's the main difference between the US and the UK. They try to make things bulletproof. We ban guns.

Elon had some chap up on stage banging a sledgehammer into the car doors. I'm not sure why you'd need to be protected against that. If someone is hitting your car with a hammer you probably just divorced them. Maybe you tweeted some harsh remarks about them while they were doing a cave rescue. It could happen.

Then came the problem. To showcase the bulletproof glass he got the man to throw a metal ball at the window. The ball smashed it. Elon said, "Maybe that was a little too hard."

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Too hard? Not as hard as a bullet, unless you randomly picked Clark Kent to do it.

The embarrassment hit the share price and Elon Musk's net worth plunged by $768 million. Imagine losing $768 million and not ending up $768 million in debt.

It didn't hit sales. There were 200,000 orders for the Cybertruck. Why would you want something that looks like a tank but isn't bulletproof. It has the look but not the function. But in the 90s we all wore combat trousers so I'll shut up.

Elon took to Twitter to explain what happened. He said, "Sledgehammer impact on door cracked the base of the glass, which is why the steel ball didn't bounce off. Should have done steel ball on window, then sledgehammer the door. Next time."

I'll remember to point that out to the armed attacker. "Would you mind awfully hitting the windows first?"

On reflection, the way we Brits do it might be better after all.

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