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One Canadian man recently decided to add a motor to an everyday picnic table like the one pictured here. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
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PODCAST: Jimmy Kimmel makes a move, a picnic table gets a motor

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Someone whose love of beer got him into a bit of trouble. One guy in Canada strapped four wheels and a lawn-mower engine to his picnic table, and take it for a spin through town. It’s not strictly illegal, at least not in London, Ontario. Just don’t go picnic-table joyriding with an open container of booze in your hand. They can get you for that.

 

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