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Padiddle, alternatively spelled pediddle, perdiddle and kadiddle, is an American slang term for a vehicle with a burnt-out headlight or brake light (cars with only one illuminated tail light are called pidadle in some areas of the country), as well as the name for a night-time travel game involving spotting such vehicles.
Another version of the game suggests if one spots a yellow car, such as a taxi or sports car, they must respond the same way. An optional variation of the game involves calling out "Padunkle" upon spotting a car without either headlight turned on at night, which awards the spotter double points.
The word Padiddle originated in the 1950s in suburban Westchester County, New York. In the post World War II era, cruising was a common teenage dating activity, which gave rise to the game. The first occupant to spot a car with a burnt out headlight would point and shout, "Padiddle!". A boy making the discovery would kiss his date, a girl would punch her date on the arm as hard as she could. Qualifying vehicles must be visible through the windshield of the vehicle, "Padiddles" seen through a side or rear-view mirror only count for half a point each. A motorcycle misidentified as a Padiddle is a foul that awards the offender's partner a double hit or kiss.
The objective is to be the first to spot a qualifying vehicle. The spotter must say "Padiddle" to earn a sighting. In some groups, the spotter must simultaneously hit the ceiling of the car, and in others, punch or kiss another passenger. The person with the highest score at the end of the trip is the winner.