Unknown knowable things of the mind blowing variety.
September 6, 2013 2:24 PM Subscribe
Yesterday, while walking to the store with my mom, she absolutely blew my mind when she pointed out to me that the model year of almost every car is embedded somewhere in a semi-standard code in the plastic on the tail light, or headlight, assembly. This raises two questions...
posted by Cold Lurkey to grab bag (31 answers total) 108 users marked this as a favorite
First, what more can anyone tell me about this tail light code in contemporary cars? Is there standard number coding for other data points aside from country of assembly and model year? These codes all have something like SAE USA 02 DOT in there somewhere, but different makes (because yes of course I then checked all the cars on the block) have these elements in different orders. What other things can these codes tell me?
Second, and more importantly and generally, what other data points like this are just hiding in plain sight... related to anything, not just cars. I want to know more things like this little model year trick. So, clever mefites, out do my mom: tell me the cryptic facts that are 99% invisible to most people most of the time.