Have you seen this skeleton driving around Louisville in a Jeep?
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Imagine pulling up to a stop light, turning to the car next to you and seeing the blank, dead eyes of a skeleton staring straight ahead. It can't be real. But it is.
"I bought my first car when I was 11," mechanic Andrew Johnson laughed. "I currently have about 17 cars."
His favorite project was his jeep -- which has the steering wheel on the passenger side.
"I thought I really gotta have it because it's different," said Johnson.
The fact that the driver is on the passenger side is not what makes it so unique, it's 'Mr. Fixit's' bone dry sense of humor.
"Well I'm driving around with a skeleton, how would you describe my sense of humor?!" he laughed. "I get everything from screams, to 'man that's fantastic.'"
Some people have skeletons in their closet, but Johnson displays his in his jeep.
"It's just all in fun. It's just to make people smile. If I've scared anybody, I apologize," he chuckled.
He bought a fake steering wheel and attached it to what would be the normal driver's side. Then, he rigged up a skeleton to make it appear that the bony figure drives the jeep. The prank started two Halloweens ago.
"Finally I said, 'I've had enough,' I took him out," he explained. "People would stop me in Walmart, Kroger, Kmart, wherever and say, 'where's your skeleton?'"
Johnson brought it back by popular demand, for good.
"They call him Mr. Bonz. B-o-n-z. Mister Bonz." he spelled out.
Some might think Johnson's a numbskull for driving around with a bonehead, but he says it has its perks.
"I came out and every car in the line had a ticket but mine and i thought that was fantastic," Johnson laughed, talking about a picture he took that shows tickets on surrounding cars. "I said thank you Mr. Bonz!" Johnson laughed again.
They rattle bones and tickle ribs wherever they go.
"If there's a car there with a bunch of kids I'll pull up beside it and just hear them scream," he said.
Seeing the skeleton made Marilyn Greenwell's trip to the doctor interesting. She took pictures and video of the spooky surprise. It was an ironic sighting for her because she was headed to the orthopedic doctor.
"What better thing to see on your way to the bone doctor is just a pile of bones driving a Jeep!" she laughed.
Johnson says police officers have pulled him over for a selfie.
"As far as I know, I haven't caused any wrecks," Johnson said.
Around Christmas, Mr. Bonz becomes a Santa straight from the naughty list. The relic relishes in surprises, even for Johnson.
"A truck had went by one time and [Mr. Bonz'] head turned around," he recalled. "And he was staring at me and I about jumped out of my seat," Johnson remembered.
He says Mr. Bonz even offers life lessons.
"He teaches you, you gotta look around and pay attention or you're gonna miss everything," he said.
You may spot Johnson and Mr. Bonz all over Louisville Metro as Johnson is a roving mechanic.
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