Of the "dazzlingly" painted "built to sell" outboard motor that that he unfortunately took on his famous trip to the Sea of Cortez, John Steinbeck wrote:
Our Hansen Sea-Cow was not only a living thing but a mean, irritable, contemptible, vengeful, mischievous, hateful living thing. … when attacked with a screwdriver it fell apart in simulated death. … When and where these ghoulish little motors learn to reproduce themselves the human species is doomed. For their hatred of us is so great that they will wait and plan and organize and one night, in a roar of little exhausts, they will wipe us out. … It is more than a species. It is a whole redefinition of life. … [The Sea-Cow] loved no one, trusted no one. It had no friends.
I used to think that passage was funny.
But then, before I owned a Lexmark Pinnacle Pro 901 printer, I used to think a lot of things were funny.