Someone figured out what that handle on car ceilings is for
The internet is a magical place. We've got social media, Google search, and best of all – a constant live stream of an outdoor hot tub in Japan, exclusively put to use by wild snow monkeys. Seriously.
It's thanks to the internet that we're more informed about things happening around the world, and it means we have the luxury of researching whatever topic we might be curious about at any given time. It enables democracy, as people can add their input and voice their opinions about all manner of things, usually on social media sites.
Using this power, a Californian teenager has turned to the internet to ask a very serious question. 18-year-old Aimee posted a photo on Twitter and inquired about a very pressing matter:
"Serious question, what the f**k is this for?" read the caption. She's asking about that random handle/hand-rail on the ceiling of cars, placed ever so discreetly above the window. And good point: what is it actually for?
Well, the internet answered, and here are a handful of suggestions:
Mmm yes sensible, sensible – I'll give you that. These are some pretty good answers and they make sense in many ways. It could very well be that these are objects made for physical assistance with a real, functional design. But that doesn't seem quite right.
One answer came to become a widely accepted universal truth, shaking everyone's very core – but only because it was something that apparently everyone knew all along:
A Twitter user called Taylor pointed out that the handle is "For my mom to dramatically grab when I'm going 26 in a 25". Her tweet got over 375,000 likes, and more than 120,000 retweets, so it's safe to say that everyone agrees.
A lot of people also agreed it was called the "Oh Sh*t Handle", for "oh shit" moments when driving:
And others just couldn't get past figuring out what the picture actually was:
Thanks, internet, for once again bringing forth one of those curiosities that niggle us from time to time, but that no-one really thinks to bring up in conversation. Now we know the truth.