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The elusive super marshmallow: a car with snow on the roof and trunk.
The elusive super marshmallow: a car with snow on the roof and trunk.

Return of the marshmallow cars

I have a serious love/hate relationship with marshmallow cars.

Living in a winter climate, it's impossible not to see one, or in some cases even be guilty of crafting one of your own. I'm talking about people who, for whatever reason, brush the snow off of their car windows but leave every flake on the top, resulting in a fluffy, marshmallow-esque car hat.

I can understand (slightly) if said marshmallow vehicle happens to be a tall truck or van. Not being able to reach all the way to the roof at least explains why the driver left the towering pile of fluff up there, even if it means I get hit in the windshield with it once we hit 50 on the freeway.

What confuses me are marshmallow cars. These somehow end up being the most impressive, with their snow toppers reaching heights that almost defy physics. Especially with a sticky snow like today's, that stuff can really pile up.

For me, spotting these cars on the road is the equivalent of a kid eyeing an out-of-state license plate on a road trip. But at the same time, I'm wondering how in the heck such a thing even happened. Was the driver too busy to take an extra two minutes to brush off the top of their car? Did they think it would melt/blow off? It's like I'm in a Tootsie Pop commercial: The world may never know.

So, I was pretty excited when I snapped this picture on my ride in to work. It's jump-started my quest to get into the mind of the marshmallow car owner. Do you do this? Do you have a friend who does this? What are your thoughts on the marshmallow car phenomenon? My inquiring mind wants to know.

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rabid652 | March 10, 2011 at 3:03 p.m. (report)

Brush it off you lazy turds. You should be removing said snow with a soft brush, not a belt sander. If you want your ten year old civic to look like new, buff out any percieved marks in the spring. If it's an expensive car with an expensive paint job, chances are you've got a garage to put it in so snow accumulating on said car should be a non issue.

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Rocket88 | March 9, 2011 at 5:06 p.m. (report)

I think you could equate this issue to two kinds of people. Those that make their bed every the morning and those who don't. I don't, and my logic is that time is money. I am not going to waste my time brushing snow off my car top just so someone is not annoyed for 30 seconds when I get on the freeway.

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jglowing | March 9, 2011 at 3:47 p.m. (report)

Well I'll agree to disagree. Cars care is often like music, you can argue for hours with no one being correct. I've been brushing off every car I've owned for years and usually, due to the amount of wax applied, the snow just wipes off of my hood, roof and trunk without having to apply much effort to the brush. No brush marks. To each there own but please, clear off at least some of the snow so when I'm behind you on the freeway I can see more than a white blur of snow blowing off of your roof. :)

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joe | March 9, 2011 at 2:53 p.m. (report)

oops.. that comment was for jglowing.. not tinyfish.

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joe | March 9, 2011 at 2:52 p.m. (report)

Sorry, tinyfish.. but a little bit of wax provides absolutely no protection against abrasives. It only protects the car from oxidizing (sun and air exposure). Even using a rough towel to dry your car will damage the clearcoat leaving swirl marks. Most likely it's something you are so used to seeing that you don't notice it. But my 10 year old car has paint that still looks new due to my protective measures.

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