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The year of the beep: How car horns became the rallying cry of 2020

The year of the beep: How car horns became the rallying cry of 2020

Before 2020 I hated the sound of car horns.

Honking is often associated with road rage or used to warn people of impending danger, and because I’m easily startled, even rare friendly beeps from familiar faces trying to say hello make me jump. But this year, instead of causing anxiety, the sound of blaring car horns, trucks loudly honking, and cyclical beeps emanating from packed parking lots filled me with pure, unbridled joy.

I never imagined that the harsh, alarming sound of car horns would sound like music to my ears, but the unexpected pivot was a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic. When people learned that social distancing was a crucial safety precaution they started getting creative and seeking out safer ways to host and attend large public gatherings. Many of these makeshift solutions involved cars, since the enclosed personal spaces offer an added layer of protection from the virus. Read more…

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