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This Day in the History of Hoaxes: July 9
July 9, 1986: Cruise Control as Autopilot Legend
On this day in 1986, the Wall Street Journal reported what it described as a strange insurance claim paid off by Allstate. A woman, it said, had been cruising along a highway in the Washington DC area in her new van when her baby started crying from the back. So she turned cruise control on, believing this would allow the van to "drive itself," and left the wheel to check her baby. A multiple car-crash ensued. Allstate later clarified that it had never actually paid such a claim, though it conceded that the story of this supposed incident was frequently shared among its claims managers.
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Posted by The Curator on Wed Jul 09, 2014
I first heard of this on a "ridiculous lawsuits" site that said it was by a West German tourist whose RV microwave was done cooking. The more oddly specific you make your claim, the more people will believe it.
Posted by Bill the Splut  on  Wed Jul 09, 2014  at  03:01 PM



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