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  • Yes, there’s a physicist in the house. But I can’t explain that! Unless those are Maryland plates? If so, there’s an explanation, but it’s too large to fit in the margin.

  • DC must have some sort of world record for cars flipped on normal city streets. I’ve never seen it happen anywhere I lived, but here it’s a weekly occurrence.

  • “Yea, SCIENCE!”

  • Yes. The formula is as follows: alcohol x mass x velocity = 99 problems.

  • Ha, totally brings to mind the old Twilight Zone episode, Little Girl Lost. “Bill is coming over now” “Bill?” “He’s a physicist, maybe he can help us out.”

  • It is truly incredible how often cars flip over or are burned in DC. I have lived in Baltimore, NYC, Tel Aviv, and Cape Two, none of which have anywhere near the frequency of car flippings / burnings.

    • I’d like to add that a ridiculous amount of the flips seem to happen in Columbia Heights and Petworth. You don’t hear about cars flipping in Georgetown.

    • What I don’t get is when they’re flipped in the middle of the block on a straight section and don’t seem to have hit anything. How bad a driver do you have to be if you can’t drive in a straight line without flipping?

      • actually, I think it requires a pretty extreme talent to be able to flip a car on a straight, narrow stretch of road without hitting anything

  • Mug of Glop

    It’s actually not too hard to flip a car onto its side at low speeds if the front wheel hits something at just the right angle. Someone posted a link to a video last time this featured on PoPville of a compilation of crazy crashes, including several cars flipping up on their sides or completely over at very low speeds. I’m guessing the high speeds of the feeder roads and extreme narrowness of the lanes in this part of Columbia Heights makes this happen a lot more than would be generally expected.

    (And I guess I’m sort of a physicist, but definitely not the kind that’s an expert in this sort of thing.)

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