Cars and Trucks — September 7, 2018
Every Friday, Tuffy fields a question that benefits from his worldly wisdom as #TheMostInterestingRhinoInTheWorld.
This week’s question is: “Hey Tuffy, I know you recently spent some time on the road in a semi truck. Can you tell us what slang words you learned?”
Tuffy’s answer: “Hey, my man! I learned a lot of ’em, most of which I’m happy to share, and some of which I won’t. Ask me what the other ones are in person ;o) I’m going to focus on the ones that are related to animals only in this go around.
• Chicken coop – a truck weigh station
• Alligator, or gator – a piece of tire on the road, usually from a blown recap
• Bambi – a deer
• Anteater – this is the venerable Kenworth T-600 truck, the first ever truck to be designed from the ground up to be aerodynamic
• Bear – a law enforcement officer
• Bird dog – a radar detector (I wonder why they don’t call it a bear dog instead!)
• Bull hauler – a livestock hauler
• Donkey – behind you, or on your (insert other word for donkey here)
• Pigtail – the electrical wires from the tractor to the trailer
• Rooster cruiser – One of those fancy trucks with lotsa chrome and lights
Try as I might, I couldn’t find anything related to rhinos. I think a rhino should be a big, friendly trucker – what do you think?”
TUFFY the Rhino is more than just the Armstrong Tire mascot. On the surface, TUFFY appears to be a tough, hardened character, and arguably there is “none tougher.” In fact, he’s really a softie at heart, charming folks wherever he goes – a gentleman, for sure, but one who would equally be at home blazing frontiers as he would be dancing the waltz at a grand soirée. Often referred to as “The most interesting rhino in the world,” TUFFY has traveled the world and made many appearances representing Armstrong Tire, from advertisements co-starring stars like Lucille Ball to being featured on many eBay listings. However, he remains a simple, Midwestern rhino at heart, one that’s rooted in empathy, humility, and family values.