South Park and Hybrid Cars

March 26, 2010

In one of my favorite South Park episodes, the High School Musical one, the boys have the following conversation:

Kyle: What happened? I thought you were going to kill yourself.

Cartman: I tried. Went to sleep in my mom’s car in the garage with the engine turned on.

Stan: But you didn’t die?

Cartman: Freaking hybrids man. They just don’t do the trick anymore.

When I first heard this, I couldn’t stop laughing. A couple weeks later in my AP Enviro class (which I am actually starting to like, despite it’s being nicknamed AP Flaming Liberal), we watched the movie Who Killed the Electric Car?.

At the end, our teacher showed us some nifty charts. Going from an internal combustion engine to a hybrid electric car reduces carbon monoxide emissions by all of one percent. (If you don’t believe my recollection of the movie you can check out page four of this site, but I swear I take killer notes.) This means that if poor Cartman had really locked himself in the garage with a hybrid, he would have died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Epic fail, South Park creators. I might just email you 🙂