An escaped convict was captured in Wisconsin after living for 3 years in a homemade bunker in the woods. The bunker was so sophisticated that it even had a TV, fans, and lights that were powered by pedaling a bicycle. bgr.com/2019/09/01/bunker…
As a kid, Ice-T had his bike stolen. He told his father about it; he simply shrugged and said: "Well, then, you ain't got no bike." Ice-T then stole parts from various bicycles and assembled "three or four weird-looking, brightly-painted bikes" from the parts. His father never even noticed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
In the 19th century, some doctors thought riding bicycles would teach women how to masturbate. They were concerned for their sexual morality. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bic…
In Japan, the law forbids drivers to use car horns and bicycle bells unless it’s necessary. That’s why city streets are very quiet. japaneselawtranslation.go…
In 1951, 66-year old Gustaf Hakansson tried to register for a bicycle race that spanned the country of Sweden, but was denied because of his age. He raced anyway, out of competition, and did the whole 1,764 km ride in six days, beating all other contestants. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gus…
The Golden Gate Bridge, due to new bicycle-path railings and a wind retrofit project that helps it to be more aerodynamic, is now a giant harmonica whose "songs" has been heard at more than three miles away from it theguardian.com/us-news/2…
Today I learned about Goran Kropp. He rode a bicycle 6,000 miles from Stockholm to the base of Mount Everest in 1996 with his mountain equipment, successfully climbed it solo and without bottled oxygen, and then cycled back home. theguardian.com/world/200…
Nico's death was the result of a bicycle accident while on vacation at the age of 49. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
Creator of Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda, Shigeru Miyamoto, is forbidden to go to work with a bicycle because his safety is too valuable insider.com/nintendo-wont…
A Swedish adventurer and mountaineer named GΓΆran Kropp made a solo ascent of Mount Everest without bottled oxygen or Sherpa support in May 1996, for which he travelled by bicycle alone from Sweden and back. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C…
In 1936 part-time inventor Anton Loibl, a Nazi, and Hitler's chauffeur, invented bicycle reflectors. The SS went into business with him. The Nazis then brought in traffic laws requiring all bicycles to have reflectors, creating a cash windfall for the SS en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
There’s a escalator for bicycles up a steep hill in Norway Trampe bicycle lift en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
In 2016 Belgian cyclist Femke Van den Driessche was discovered to have a hidden motor in her bicycle, the first proven instance of "Mechanical Doping" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fem…
There is a world record for weirdest diet, the diet included 18 bicycles and a few TV sets guinnessworldrecords.com/…
15-yr-old Temar Boggs & a friend saved a 5-yr-old girl from a kidnapper; the teens saw the girl in the kidnapper's car & chased the car on their bicycles. After a 15 min. chase, the driver apparently knew he was being followed, stopped & let the girl out. cnn.com/2013/07/15/justic…
Muhammed Ali was first directed to take up boxing at the age of 12 after his bicycle was stolen. Police officer and boxing coach Joe E. Martin met him fuming over the theft. Ali told Martin that he was going to β€œwhup” the thief. Martin told him that he had better learn how to box first. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muh…
The creators of Curious George fled Paris on homemade bicycles just hours before Hitler's army invaded during WWII. The Reys decided they wanted to bring several in-the-works manuscripts with them and managed to pack five in their meager belongings. One of them was the first Curious George book mentalfloss.com/article/2…
Walter Arnold was issued the first speeding ticket in 1896. After racing across the streets at 8MPH and being chased 5 miles by an officer in a bicycle, he was fined 1 shilling. historic-uk.com/HistoryUK…
Fat Bottom Girls and Bicycle Race by Queen were released together on a double A-sided single, and refer to each other. Near the end of Fat Bottomed Girls, Mercury shouts, "Get on your bikes and ride!" Bicycle Race reciprocates with the lyric "fat bottomed girls, they'll be riding today." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bic…
Today I learned about P.K. Mahanandia, an Indian man who travelled from India to Sweden by bicycle in 1977 to meet his wife. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P._…
Variable gears on a bicycle predate the motor vehicle by almost 20 years. bikeradar.com/features/wh…
The first ever speeding ticket was issued to Walter Arnold on the 28th of January 1896 in Kent, England. He was blitzing through the town at 8mph (4 times the legal limit), was chased for 5 miles by a police officer on a bicycle, and was fined 1 shilling when he was finally caught. moneyweek.com/376781/28-j…
There exists a Belgian bicycle road in Germany. It's not that they just own the land, no, the road is fully Belgian territory. It used to be a railroad track, which was appointed to Belgium after the first World War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ven…
After a British bicycle rental learned that the band Queen used their bikes for a music video that involved the bicycles being ridden by naked women, the band had to buy the bicycle seats. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bic…
Today I learned of Turner D. Century, a Marvel villain motivated by a hatred of post-WW1 social changes. His gadgets include a flame-throwing umbrella, a flying tandem bicycle, and a "time horn" that induces unconciousness in those under the age of 65. He was killed after only three appearances. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
In 1977, Pradyumna Kumar Mahanandia, a poor Indian artist, rode a second-hand bicycle for 4 months & 3 weeks from New Delhi to Gothenburg in Sweden to meet his love Charlotte Von Schedvin. He rode his bicycle because he didn't have enough money to buy an airplane ticket. They have 2 kids now. api.nationalgeographic.co…
Today I learned about a Dutch bicycle company that put pictures of TVs on their bike boxes to prevent damage while shipping. Doing so saw an 80% decrease in damage. bicycling.com/news/a20027…
, Hans and Margret Rey, creators of Curious George, escaped France on homemade bicycles less than 48 hours before the Nazis invaded Paris. lithub.com/the-german-jew…
The Bicycle playing card company made decks of cards and gave them to the prisoners of war in Germany with hidden escape routes revealed when the cards were soaked in water as Christmas presents. bicyclecards.com/article/…
The first bicycle was invented during a famine caused by a Indonesian vulcanic eruption in 1815. Horses were eaten during the famine, so there were fewer of them to be used as a means of transportation. 1843magazine.com/design/r…
"Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)" was the first song ever sung by a computer using speech synthesis. This is referenced in 2001: A Space Odyssey when HAL 9000 sings the song as astronaut David Bowman dismantles his brain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dai…
Sylvester H. Roper invented what may have been the first motorcycle. He died when he fell off his invention while racing riders on normal bicycles. The cause of death was found to be heart failure, although it is unknown if the crash was the cause of it, or if his heart failed before the crash. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syl…
Gary Ridgway once moved the remains of two of his victims to Oregon, when he took his son there on a β€œcamping trip”. He packed them with his son’s clothes and his bicycle, in the trunk of his car. Ridgway paid cash on this trip and was careful not to leave any record linking him to Oregon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
Curious George, the beloved children's book and its authors, escaped the Nazis and the Holocaust by escaping France by bicycle. Margaret and H.A. Rey biked 439 miles from Paris to the Spain border with little else besides their unpublished manuscript about a mischievous monkey. people.com/movies/curious…
President's Day used to be called Bicycle day, a day for the celebration of and use of bikes theatlantic.com/national/…
Kirkpatrick MacMillan, who invented the bicycle (disputed) also has the first recorded instance of a bicycle traffic offense, when he knocked over a pedestrian in Glasgow and was fined 5 shillings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kir…
The Japanese invasions of Malaya and Singapore using bicycles is known as the Bicycle Blitzkrieg ibiblio.org/hyperwar/PTO/…
Today I learned of Gino Bartali, a cyclist who used his fame as a winner of the Tour de France to smuggle counterfeit documents hidden inside his bicycle through Nazi checkpoints in WWII Italy under the guise of training. These documents allowed as many as 800 Jews to escape persecution by the Nazis. bbc.com/news/magazine-273…
Today I learned about the Illusion of Explanatory Depth which explains why many people can’t explain how a refrigerator, bicycle or a crossbow works, even though they think they can. scotthyoung.com/blog/2015…
Bicycle infantry are infantry soldiers who maneuver on (or, more often, between) battlefields using military bicycles. Though their use has waned over the years in many armies, they continue to be used in unconventional armies such as militias. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bic…
Bicycle stability is actually a quite difficult mathematical problem and was fully explained no sooner than 2007 nature.com/news/the-bicyc…
President Franklin D. Roosevelt once considered Niβ€˜ihau as a possible location for the United Nations headquarters. There are no cars, no roads, no hotels, no power lines, no running water, no telephones and typically people there use bicycles or horses to get around mauiinformationguide.com/…
A bicycle's technical name is a Velocipede, which is "a human-powered land vehicle with one or more wheels". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vel…
One company controls 80% of the market of bicycle components en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
Today I learned about Tom Justice, an Olympic cycling hopeful who instead became a bank robber, robbing 30 banks over 4 years. He was caught after he ditched his custom-built bicycle during a getaway. sfgate.com/news/article/A…
*Curious George* was written by a Jewish couple who escaped Paris in 1940 on self-made bicycles en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cur…
In that 19th century physicians warned women about a condition called "Bicycle Face" that was caused by riding a bike. Symptoms included wrinkles, manliness and "an appearance of exhilaration suggesting masturbation". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bic…
The Wright brothers may not have done what they did if not for a hockey accident that sent Wilbur Wright into a depression, causing him to cancel his plans of going to Yale, and eventually open the bicycle shop with his brother. biography.com/people/wilb…
Elaine Herzberg was the first pedestrian to ever be killed by a self-driving car. On March 18, 2018, Herzberg was pushing a bicycle across a four-lane road when she was struck by an Uber test vehicle. She later died in the hospital from her injuries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
In 1914, a 9 year old Irish boy wrote to the British army, requesting to be sent to the front becuase he was good at riding his bicycle and becuase he would often win fights with lads twice as big. mylearning.org/stories/al…

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