Developments, part III

(VW Golf Harlequin)

Back in the day when I was a kid, coloring was all the rage. We were all required to have a full set of pencil-crayons for school, so that we could do all the assignments that mandated making rainbows of provincial borders.

As the years progress, and as one learns the true value of pencil crayons, they become quite the commodity. Those that had them reveled (well, not quite), those that didn't, borrowed, and those that didn't borrow, stole. Thankfully, one innovative grade-school teacher came up with the idea of 'collateral', so the integrity of those willing to share was ultimately preserved.

Colors continue to be useful beyond the elementary school years. Besides the fact that they still ask you to color in maps all throughout high school, colors are used in the workplace as well. People use color-coded sticky pieces of paper to remind themselves that their wives can still use a calendar. Colors are used to sell hybrids, warn about slippery floors, direct traffic, and prevent the wrong wire from being cut.

Even war utilizes colors: world-war-one warships were often painted in a "dazzle" paint scheme to ruin the enemy's depth perception, thus decreasing chances of coming home perforated.

Many years after came the Volkswagen Golf Harlequin featured in the title picture; only this time around, color wasn't used to confuse torpedoes, but to create a less common version of a more common car. I am allowed to say that I haven't applied the same technique on my Fića (it's not one of the six options...), so fear not: the arrangement of color in the pics of my car is trying to confuse.

Regardless, I'm going to change things: here are some relatively unmolested unaltered pics of the car. See if you can guess what the items in the photos do...

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