Joel D Canfield noted: >>If I had, say, a cheeseburger in my hand, it darn well wouldn't be >>somewhere I wasn't getting the full effect. Hi Joel, I'm not contributing anything worthwhile here ... just picking on your example ... 'sides ... it gives me a chance to recant a story about one of my ex-wives being pulled over by the police ... for driving while holding food out the window! ;-) True story! ... She was driving along ... and the cop pulled up behind and flashed the lights. After pulling her over, the cop walked up and noted that he had been driving behind her for a while and noticed that she had been holding french fries out the window ... and he was wondering why she was doing that. (Nosy cops ... ya gotta love it!) Anyway, it turns out that she had just run through the drive-thru at Mickey D's and gotten one of *those* batches of french fries ... you know, the ones fresh out of the grease that burn your fingers ... and she trying to 'cool them' before handing them to her hungry 2 year old daughter in the car seat in the back. Apparently a slow day on the North coast ... No citations were issued. RonL. (The 'technical' answer, of course, is so that the rushing wind from the vehicle motion knocks the dead ashes off the end of the cigarette so they don't end up in your lap. ... I don't remember what it was called ... but in the oooooold days cars used to have this 'tray-like' device in the dash where smokers could deposit their spent cigarette ashes. Unfortunately, in all the newer vehicles I have seen, these seem to have have been replaced by new fangled multi-function spare change / cell phone holders.) To quote Edith Ann: "And that's the truth! Thpppppp!"