Have you ever played padiddle? If you just said, "Puh-wuh?!" probably not 🙃

It's a nighttime car game where you shout out "padiddle" every time you see a car with one headlight out. It's silly and borderline stupid, but it's fun.

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Jeremy Schichtle // YouTube

Are padiddles are on the rise in Boise?

If you live in Boise's Treasure Valley, you might be noticing a dramatic increase in the number of chances to play along. It's almost making the game a little too easy.

As I drive back and forth between Star and Boise dozens of times each week, it seems like I'm spotting more and more cars and trucks with a busted headlight. It's actually becoming a fun, semi-strange obsession for me. 

At first, I thought it was my mind playing tricks on me, or that that thing where a person sees more of what they want to see, but it wasn't.

I started keeping track, and in one day, I spotted 12 padiddles. Wut. The padiddled-out rides I counted were a mixed bag of old and new cars and trucks with no discernable pattern among the drivers.

What's behind Boise's padiddle phenomenon?

Well, there are a few possible explanations. Since it's happening with old and new cars, maybe it's the cold. Perhaps Idaho's erratic and frigid temps are making headlight bulbs burn out faster. 

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Here's another theory that's a bit more reasonable. Boise's grown dramatically over last the 10 years. As more and more people move here, it feels like the Treasure Valley's expanding faster than I did during my third trimester 😳

But unlike my pregnancy, Boise's population boom might never cap off. Someday soon, we might have more padiddles than we know what to do with. #paddidleflex

Boise's Secret Padiddle Society: a thing?

With the Boise-area becoming transplant central, maybe there's just more traffic on the roads, which means more opportunities for padiddles to appear. After all, it's not like there's a secret padiddle society driving around with one headlight out just to mess with people, right?

Because if there is, how do I sign up? 

Get in on the padiddle fun!

It might make me a nerd, I can't help but laugh every time I spot a padiddle. Somehow a car with one headlight is a reminder to find joy in the little things. 

If you want to get in on the fun, email your Boise padiddle pics to ryanandmarco@townsquaremedia.com, and we'll start a local padiddle compilation. The pics will probably turn out blurry like all of mine have, but that's okay. We're doin' it for padiddle-obsessed Idahoans around the state! All 10 of us 😉

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