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Tears of the Jetta...
 
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And now I’m beginning to have 2nd thoughts.

Sure, you might give yourself 3rd degree burns plopping bare flesh onto vinyl/leather seats in a fully heated parked car. You can fry an egg on the hood... but parts actually melting? Nah, that needed extra help.

Common plastics have a higher melting point than Phoenix record high temps. (like 200f+).

Likely it was parked too close to something that was on fire, or a it was subjected to some kind of heat-gun prank.

Or heaven forbid, it was parked in the wrong place at the wrong time of day when a curved fully-windowed building caused solar energy to converge on it. (I think that's a major violation of building codes in phoenix though)
 

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Sure, you might give yourself 3rd degree burns plopping bare flesh onto vinyl/leather seats in a fully heated parked car. You can fry an egg on the hood... but parts actually melting? Nah, that needed extra help.

Common plastics have a higher melting point than Phoenix record high temps. (like 200f+).

Likely it was parked too close to something that was on fire, or a it was subjected to some kind of heat-gun prank.

Or heaven forbid, it was parked in the wrong place at the wrong time of day when a curved fully-windowed building caused solar energy to converge on it. (I think that's a major violation of building codes in phoenix though)
When first I saw the clip, I wondered if the melted components weren't simply props, attached to the car in order to make a viral video.
 

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Snopes tags the melting car light stories as fake. The cars are real, but they apparently were in a construction area fire.

Meanwhile:
 

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And now I’m beginning to have 2nd thoughts.
I assumed you were only joking about moving to a state like Arizona. You're not serious, are you? Wait, of course you're joking, because running full tilt into a danger zone that people should be leaving would be crazy. It's just so hard to tell, sometimes, without tone markers.
 

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I assumed you were only joking about moving to a state like Arizona. You're not serious, are you? Wait, of course you're joking, because running full tilt into a danger zone that people should be leaving would be crazy. It's just so hard to tell, sometimes, without tone markers.
I am indeed moving to AZ with Tigress. For several reasons, some of which include that we’ll be moving in with her best friend from childhood , renting at a very favorable rate, it’s desert and we both love the desert. ( I spent two years at George AFB in CA and loved it.) The cost of living is low and since I’m retiring and will be on a fixed income, that matters hugely. Tigress’ only income is SS disability.

We’ll be up in the mountains (about 5,000+ feet) so I’m not really worried about my taillights melting 😉

why do you call it a danger zone?
 
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Snopes tags the melting car light stories as fake. The cars are real, but they apparently were in a construction area fire.

Meanwhile:
I must say that I’m kinda disappointed ☹
 

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Sure, you might give yourself 3rd degree burns plopping bare flesh onto vinyl/leather seats in a fully heated parked car. You can fry an egg on the hood... but parts actually melting? Nah, that needed extra help.

Common plastics have a higher melting point than Phoenix record high temps. (like 200f+).

Likely it was parked too close to something that was on fire, or a it was subjected to some kind of heat-gun prank.

Or heaven forbid, it was parked in the wrong place at the wrong time of day when a curved fully-windowed building caused solar energy to converge on it. (I think that's a major violation of building codes in phoenix though)
I dunno wth I didn’t realize that, thanks for pointing it out.
speaking of curved windows focusing sunlight, I think something like that happened here in Dallas some years ago.


ETA: Yep, it did. Turning Up The Heat: Building Glare That's More Than A Nuisance
 
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Bless their hearts, poor microbes must be simply starv'n down there in Rick Perry/Louie Gohmert country...
Actually, Houston - NASA country, and a lot of tech jobs and engineers.

Its also one of the places my spouse and I [if its not summer] have to go on occasion for his job.
 
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why do you call it a danger zone?
If you're retirement age and don't expect to live too long, then you'll probably be okay.



 

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Presuming of course, your home is still habitable without the utilities and access that were less elevated.

My home would be fine, I'm at ~280ft above sea level. My power, comms, water would probably be gone, as would the rails/roads that bring food/services to my future isolated island.
Given the San Diego area's geography, if the ocean level rose enough, there'd be a lot of small islands over there.
 
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I dunno wth I didn’t realize that, thanks for pointing it out.
speaking of curved windows focusing sunlight, I think something like that happened here in Dallas some years ago.


ETA: Yep, it did. Turning Up The Heat: Building Glare That's More Than A Nuisance
I've heard of something like that happening somewhere before, where light and heat being reflected off a high-rise was causing car windows to explode or something like that.