Sinkhole Eats $750,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom in China

$750,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom Meets Sinkhole

On Sunday, October 1, 2017, a sinkhole in china decided to swallow a $750,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom in China. At a value of 5 million yen, or $750,000 USD, the Phantom was unfortunately the target of the disaster. While waiting at a traffic light, the ground collapsed created a large sinkhole. This happened in a northeast China city on a typical day. Unfortunately, due to widespread construction corruption in China, the poor quality of the roads most likely led to this incident.

Driver Walked Away with No Injuries

Fortunately, the driver was able to walk away from the accident with no injuries. On the other hand, the Phantom sustained damage as it fell into the hole. The incident was recorded on video which will be available as part of this article. The driver made a statement about the accident shortly after. As you’d expect, he was completely unprepared for it.

“I was waiting at the traffic light here and was about to start the car at the turn of the green light when the road suddenly caved in” – Owner of Rolls-Royce Phantom

Poor Quality Construction of Some Roads Due to Corruption

The poor quality construction of roads was also seen during two other incidents this summer. In August, half a carriage way collapsed in the downtown section of a city in the Guangzi providence in southwestern China. The sinkhole was large enough to swallow an entire truck. Unfortunately, a scooter rider fell into the sinkhole due to being distracted on a phone. Luckily for the rider, they walked away with only minor injuries.

Sinkholes Eat Cars for Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

In June, a massive sinkhole opened up in east China’s Jiangsu providence after days of heavy downpours. Heavy rain can test a road due to the amount of water on the surface as well as what seeps through the concrete. This leads to softer ground underneath the roadway which can lead to increased sinkhole risk. This sinkhole ended up swallowing a minivan and a tree on the side of the road. It seems that there were no injuries for this sinkhole as well, thankfully.

Thankfully, the Driver Wasn’t Injured in this Incident

Overall, sinkholes are not a friendly surprise. These usually catch the public by surprise and can happen anywhere in the world, even in the U.S.. It is unfortunate that the Rolls-Royce Phantom driver had to suffer the consequences on Sunday. But, it is fortunate that he was not injured according to news reports. In the end, hopefully the insurance company doesn’t give the driver a hard time on this claim – since it was obviously a random, unlucky occurrence.

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    For years, people have been debating how to properly pronounce German car brands such as Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. For many of us, it was simply based on local letter sounds leading to a few varieties of how to say them properly. Now, a German YouTuber called Speed Comparer shared a video correcting the people of the world. The video not only discloses how to properly say German car brand names, it it overall quite hilarious. In this article, we will go over how to properly pronounce German car brands according to Speed Comparer.

    Audi

    For Audi, many people pronounce this wrong due to language sound basics. For instance, letters are pronounced different in English than German. The correct way to say Audi is “Ou-Dee”. The “Ou” sounds similar to saying “Ow” as if you were expressing a sudden pain. Saying “Aww-Dee” or “Auh-Dee” are incorrect according to the German language. Most people pronounce the first two letters of Audi incorrectly leading to the problem. Please note, it is harder to convey how a brand should sound via writing so I am doing my best to sound it out according to the video.

    BMW

    In the case of BMW, most people outside of Germany say literally “BMW”. In Germany, the “W” sounds different which leads to the real name sounding like “BMV”. “BMW” stands for “Bayerische Motoren Werke” which translates to “Bavarian Motor Works”. As expected, “Bayerische Motoren Werke” sounds more like “Buy-Er-Shurr Motoren Verker”. Again, hopefully you are able to sound it correctly from the text but please refer to the video just in case.

    Mercedes-Benz

    For Mercedes-Benz, most people say it exactly how it sounds “Mercedes-Benz” with a long sounded “Benz”. The real way to say this in German sounds like “Murrsaydees-Benz” where the “Benz” is very quickly stated. This is probably the least off-sounding pronunciation compared to the rest. Basically, stating “Mercedes-Benz” in German is much faster paced and sounds more direct to the point while in English it tends to drag on. This is also part of the reason many Americans will refer to Mercedes-Benz as simply “Benz”.

    Opel

    Opel, another German manufacturer, is another example of a mispronounced name. Most people say “O-Pall” while it should be “O-Pell!”. As stated, “Every booger drives an Opel”. Opel is not sold in the United States so it is less commonly spoke of, but still incorrectly. Speed Comparer refers to the Opel as a car for 16-17 year old girl.

    Porsche

    One of the most popular German brands, Porsche, is stated completely wrong by most Americans. In the U.S., most people state “Poor-Shh” while it is properly stated as “Poor-Shah”. You can also think of it as saying “Porscia” where the “c” sounds like a “sh”. You may be thinking that sounds like a girls name, but it is definitely one hell of a car. Porsches are a beautiful feat of engineering and stating the name properly should be the way it is.

    Volkswagen

    Lastly, Volkswagen, or VW, is another common mispronunciation. First, “VW” is pronounced like “Fahl-Vey”. This sounds completely different than speed in English but that is how it sounds. The entire name, “Volkswagen”, sounds like “Fahlkswagen”. The Volkswagen means the “car of the people”. This name probably has the biggest gap in mispronunciation due to letters sounding differently.

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    Overall, saying German car names incorrectly is a way of life in the U.S. and other parts of the world. This article is simply to bring to light the correct pronunciation of car names, whether you use them or not. Honestly, most people in the U.S. and other parts of the world will probably say your stating it wrong. But, in reality, the German way is how the names are properly stated. Hopefully, you found this article entertaining as well as received help on how to properly say German car brands.

     

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