Earth and mud man­i­fest

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - GOTCHA! -

CHIEF cli­mate com­mis­sioner Tim Flan­nery is fa­mous for his wacky weather pre­dic­tions, mainly in­volv­ing var­i­ous Aus­tralian cities run­ning out of water. More re­cently Flan­nery raised global in­ter­est with a pre­dic­tion that the Earth spirit Gaia would be­come phys­i­cally man­i­fest within a cen­tury.

Sorry to dis­ap­point Pro­fes­sor Flan­nery, whose cli­mate pre­dic­tions are look­ing a lit­tle soggy lately, but Gaia has al­ready be­come phys­i­cally man­i­fest in the form of a small Ja­panese peo­ple-mover.

Man­u­fac­tured from 1998 un­til 2004, the Toy­ota Gaia might be one of the blan­d­est cars to emerge from Ja­pan. If not for the name, the Gaia would be mem­o­rable for be­ing the op­po­site of mem­o­rable. Still, it’s a bar­gain — ex­am­ples from Ja­pan cost less than $1200. Be the first on your block with a phys­i­cally man­i­fest Gaia. agri­cul­tural work, but they are ex­cel­lent re­cre­ational ve­hi­cles. Prac­ti­cally un­stop­pable, in fact. Far bet­ter than the rusted old WWII Ja­panese tank I saw dur­ing the drive, pre­sum­ably brought to a halt when its oc­cu­pants were un­ex­pect­edly called to the af­ter­life.

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