After eleven years, some wonders never cease.
A video clip from a 2010 interview with a Belgian man—who for six decades effortlessly parked his car into a garage that is two inches wider than the car—found a second life on the internet.
At 87 years of age at the time, Eugene Breynaert demonstrated his sense of spatial awareness when parking his nearly 4.99 feet-wide car into his 5.08 feet-wide garage was sharp as ever.
With roughly a little over an inch to spare on both sides once parked, how did he exit the vehicle?
Easy. Breynaert literally had door-to-door access to his home's entryway from inside the carport, and he had a system by which he accomplished his smooth transition of getting out of his car and into his home.
You can watch the video of his 2010 appearance on the Dutch news show, Man bijt hond (Man bites dog), below.
In the clip, the retiree explained he put up sponges on the sides of the walls, just to be safe.
Yet, he pulled into the garage without making any contact with the cautionary padding.
@moylato I stuck out through the whole video just to see how he opens the door and it was worth it— Longshanks 🥀 (@Longshanks 🥀)1619576291.0
@Stefan_Smith__ @moylato Always wondered how he got out... Now we know 🤷🏼♂️— Terry Williams (@Terry Williams)1619718743.0
Once he aligned the car door with the door to his house, he was able to step inside his living room.
To close the car door, he simply pushed the vehicle forward from inside the house to clear the door frame.
@moylato I was wondering how he’ll get out. Effing genius.— MakeMyDayKatju (@MakeMyDayKatju)1619561965.0
Sadly, Breynaert passed away in 2016 at 93 years of age.
His posthumous legacy continues as the resurfaced clip was shared on Twitter—where it received a million views in 24 hours.
Twitter remained in awe of his timeless technique and praised him for his resourcefulness.
@moylato @tunkuv Where was this man when the ship was stuck in the Suez Canal?— Paul Hardy (@Paul Hardy)1619556750.0
@moylato @flyingcircuits I appreciate the ingenuity of the sponges as well as his furniture.— hackaday (@hackaday)1619586813.0
@moylato If he had an american-sized garage he'll have it full of crap except a car inside. Just like in America https://t.co/YLFNlXLjUc— Don't tase me bro (@Don't tase me bro)1619598572.0
@moylato I have nothing but respect for his dogged determination - the car is going in the garage. Just as soon as… https://t.co/qlOwvIo5AF— Dawn Campbell (@Dawn Campbell)1619594945.0
@moylato Fascinating. This brings a whole new meaning to the term “space and time”. I like his defiant tone and the beauty of his dialect.— Daniel Fiott (@Daniel Fiott)1619561049.0
@moylato Someone called out a design flaw, I would say that’s a good use of space.— Just-in-Time-Space-Crazy-Dream (@Just-in-Time-Space-Crazy-Dream)1619582792.0
@de78254 @moylato I was just thinking how unspoiled by space Europeans are- Americans expect huge parking lots and… https://t.co/tLNikirE8K— Jill Kathleen (@Jill Kathleen)1619582100.0
@moylato This man is a gem and deserves an award for being so patient and doing that every day.— 😷STILL A PANDEMIC😷 (@😷STILL A PANDEMIC😷)1619578420.0
People were amused by these scenarios.
@moylato R-estate agent: And here's the garage. It has a lot of storage space, but you cant fit a car in it. Guy: Is this a challenge?— MirageSessions (@MirageSessions)1619581994.0
@moylato Glad you’re home Ralph.. Did you bring home the milk like I asked? Gosh darnit, I forgot the milk didn’t I… https://t.co/KlWPqH6bNg— CryptoCowboy (@CryptoCowboy)1619584692.0
@moylato Eagerly anticipating the feature-length film chronicling how he gets in and out of bathtub, bed, what the… https://t.co/PHoRqGe9qx— Marilee Driscoll (@Marilee Driscoll)1619603002.0
@moylato Chap: "I'd like a nice car please." Car salesman: "Metallic paint? How about air con, sat nav, leather sea… https://t.co/V5jRhA7RBY— Alex Buck (@Alex Buck)1619605457.0
@moylato based on the way he had to put the furniture back once he got inside i'm assuming his house is three cente… https://t.co/bzvImVWpNG— k (@k)1619581051.0
Despite his national fame, Breynaert was not keen on his popularity following the 2010 interview.
He told HLN:
"I want it to end."
While the sentiment is understandable, could he blame us for being impressed by his mad parking skills?