This news item made my day:
An attempted stickup was confounded by a car’s stick shift, when would-be carjackers failed to understand the mechanics behind a manual transmission.
It was two idiots with a gun, trying to carjack a man and make off with his 2002 Corvette — except that they couldn’t even get it started. Even after the owner tried to help! (Which I think really goes above and beyond the duty of a carjack victim.)
After laughing over this, it occurred to me what an American story this is. In Europe, automatic transmissions are still a luxury and most people don’t have them. The stick shift rules, even in car rentals. So I guess that’s one thing we’re safe from over here: American carjackers who can’t drive a stick.