Saturday, February 13, 2010

Comparative sizes

Inside Back Cover of the latest The Week magazine: an ad for Zurich HelpPoint insurance service. "Helps your company get the right insurance solution. Whatever your size."


I've seen photos of machines like the one on the right before. But, somehow, this one grabbed me in a way I've not been grabbed before.

I don't know if it's the juxtaposition with the little truck on the left . . . or the presence of the two grown men.

At first I thought the truck on the left was a "mini" hauler. And, in a way, it is. It lacks the protruding engine compartment you'd expect on most American pickups. And the floor of its bed, obviously, rides above the rear wheels--whereas the majority of American pickups have beds whose exterior side panels generally extend down to just below the axle.

But the bed of the truck on the left is a good 6 feet long (at least)--which is common for American pickups. And the cab is at least as high as any standard American pickup. . . .

Hard to keep things in perspective, isn't it?
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