Amber

Naming a car after an exploding chariot
Naming a car after an exploding chariot

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I was talking to my students today about the stories of Amber.  Our word “electricity” is derived from the Greek word for Amber as it creates static electricity when rubbed and caused early scientists to wonder why.

Another favorite myth for the creation of Amber was the Greek myth of Phaeton, the teen-ager who borrows dad (Helios, the Sun god) chariot and loses control.  He burns the earth so Zeus is forced to stop him by shooting him with a lightening bolt.  Phaeton plummets to the ground and his co-conspirator sisters turn into trees by his body as they weep, amber is formed.

Bigger question.  Early open-air cars were called “Phaeton” and more recently Volkswagon came out with a Phaeton to Compete with Mercedes.  Naming cars after out-of-control burning disasters?

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