I think it is a very European thing.
On this side of the ocean we never suffered fuel shortages like others.
We never had to be as creative.
Seems like I always have a story to tell, however this is a good one that lead to some better nights sleep 15 years ago.
When peak oil ( and I still think its going to come back) was a fear of mine I was talking to an older Dutch fellow on my street after I cut his grass ( I like to cut grass on the lawn tractor ).
My chum Frank told me how during the war years he had a car that ran on charcoal and he explained the process and theory behind it.
Then he said after the war he came to Canada, owned two service stations and laundry mat, drove a big Cadillac and never thinking about those charcoal powered cars much.
He also said this about my fears about economy and peak oil pollution and crazy days we lived in.
You don’t worry as much in normal life if lived through a war.
You can always find wood to cut if you drive a wood powered car so don’t worry about oil…
Now the Finlander that lived next to him once told me his Dad could castrate a Moose and train it to be almost as useful as a horse.
Bad news is Russians would shoot you and the animal ( eat the moose make sure you could never train another ).
So never get caught riding a moose…
I have an In law that ran some black market scams and such in Poland.
He made a real nice electric guitar amp out of tubes from radar set and his advice is never pass up a chance to get in line, you never know what might be left when you reach the end.
Also he says the reason there are always three of something on a military warehouse shelf ( in communist times )
You fix something with one, drop and break one, and stick the third in your pocket to sell on the black market.
Sometimes sometimes there are only two parts or one on the shelf and someone beat you too it.
We don’t have a culture of mend and make do or improvise like some were or even are forced to do even today