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If you live in Texas and own a pickup, you might want to guard your truck's tailgate from thieves. A recently released study from the National Insurance Crime Bureau looking at tailgate thefts found that from January 1, 2012, to December 31, 2013, the Lone Star State led the country in this crime. Also, the problem may have gotten worse because the numbers jumped 31 percent from 2012 to 2013.

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On May 27, a week before General Motors applied for a trademark for the word "Zora," GM filed a trademark application at the US Patent and Trademark Office for "GearOn," characterized as a "truck bed cargo system comprised of tiered storage cross rails, utility rack stanchions, cargo dividers and cargo tie down rings."

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Ram may be preparing a new sort of tailgate that could rethink the way we access the bed of the company's pickup trucks. Rather than the typical fold-down tailgate that we know so well, patent drawings show a tailgate that combines the functionality of a traditional fold-down design with a 50/50 split that can, individually, be opened like a barn-door design or dropped flat like a standard tailgate.

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A combination of truck tailgates being easily damaged and even easier to remove has made them a target for thieves for years, but the problem seems to be getting worse. According to The Detroit News, reported tailgate thefts skyrocketed from just 3 in 2008 to more than 500 last year based on information from the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

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The realistic image of a woman bound in the back of a truck caused serious backlash for printer

The tailgate wrap which grabbed national attention for featuring a woman bound in the back of a truck has been stripped and burned by the company that made it.

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Waco, TX sign company Hornet Signs is helping to prove the old adage that no one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public. The outfit has created an understandable stir of late with a vinyl tailgate wrap that is made to look like a woman, bound hand and foot, lying in the back of a pickup truck bed.

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Wrap on the truck bed door shows an image of a woman being kidnapped

A company out of Waco, Texas, has been turning heads with a car wrap some say promote violence against women.

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When we need to open or close a pickup truck tailgate, we usually just use our hands. Makes sense, right? Of course it does, but apparently there are some who feel that it's not a big enough challenge.

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Ford will officially debut the next-generation Escape at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month, but ahead of the crossover's official debut, we're getting our first look at one of the vehicle's new features: a hands-free power liftgate. How does it work? Simply kick your foot under the Escape's rear bumper (as long as the key fob is in your pocket) and the liftgate will open. When you're done, wave your foot under the bumper again, and the hatch automatically closes.

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The Detroit News reports that tailgate thieves are overrunning southeast Michigan, costing truck owners and insurance companies between $1,200 and $3,600 per theft. The problem is so bad in part because stealing a tailgate only takes a few seconds when unlocked, and under a minute when they are locked. Thieves can reportedly remove a tailgate using only their fingers or with the aid of a regular old screwdriver – no specialized tools are needed.

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Will it blend? If the answer is no – as was the case with the boron steel used to create the latest Ford Fiesta – perhaps all that's needed is a more powerful blender (insert appropriate Tim Allen-esque grunting sounds here) complete with handlebars and a twist-grip throttle? Enter the Party Blender, which uses a gas-powered engine in lieu of a standard wimpy plug-in electric motor.

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Will it blend? If the answer is no – as was the case with the boron steel used to create the latest Ford Fiesta – perhaps all that's needed is a more powerful blender (insert appropriate Tim Allen-esque grunting sounds here) complete with handlebars and a twist-grip throttle? Enter the Party Blender, which uses a gas-powered engine in lieu of a standard wimpy plug-in electric motor.

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Are you ready to put your tailgating skills to the test? The Lifetime television network and official NASCAR chef Mario Batali (now that's an odd pairing if ever there was one) are currently looking for the ultimate tailgate party for their "Tailgate of a Lifetime Tailgating Championship" contest. Entrants are required to submit a 250-word submission that details their top five tailgating tips and favorite, original tailgating receipe. Entrants are also encouraged to submit visual media such as

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