In the event of an engine failure, a helicopter can safely land in autorotation. The airflow caused by the fall rotates the blades and brakes the aircraft. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aut…
Today I learned about the "Forest Grove sound," an unexplained noise that annoyed and frustrated the town of Forest Grove, Oregon, for several days and nights in February 2016. The source of the loud, piercing sound, which was likened to car brakes or a "mechanical scream," was never identified. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
A Formula 1 car can brake from 186mph to a dead stop in 4 seconds, and can stop from 62mph in just 18 yards, subjecting the driver to 5.4G. f1technical.net/articles/…
The reason why the clutch, brake, and accelerator are in the same order in modern cars is because the British government needed civilian cars to be standardized in case they had to be commandeered and driven by soldiers during WW1 youtube.com/watch?v=W6Wvi…
Jason Statham almost drowned during the filming of The Expendables 3 when a truck's brakes failed and it plunged into the Black Sea, but survived thanks to being an Olympic-class diver. businessinsider.com/stath…
President Lyndon Johnson an owner of the Aphicar loved playing pranks on his passengers. It involved barrelling the vehicle down a hill into a lake and exclaiming to his passengers that the brakes had malfunctioned, while they had no idea the car was designed to float in water. mashable.com/2016/04/01/a…
Bertha Benz successfully marketed her husband's invention, the motor car, when she took it for a 65 mile trip, overcoming mechanical problems and inventing brake shoes on the way, and proving that cars were suitable for long journeys. Her trip gained attention, resulting in Benz's first sale. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
, Edsel Ford was responsible for previous generations of the Lincoln Continental automobile, and would also bring hydraulic brakes to cars, he also had a role in producing military products at Willow Run in the 1940s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eds…
Air Brakes Are Released By Air Pressure, Not Engaged. Without Compressed Air You Can't Move a Transport Trailer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
The brake fluid in your car goes bad and should be completely flushed and changed every 2-3 years allaboutautomotive.com/bl…
President Lyndon B. Johnson owned an amphibious car, a car that serves as both a vehicle and a boat. He used it to scare guests by driving them into his lake while screaming that the brakes were malfunctioning. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amp…
Hugh Grant got busted for soliciting a prostitute because he kept pressing his brake pedal with his foot while receiving oral sex, causing a police officer to notice the flashing brake light. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Est…
In 1993, 16-year-old Keron Thomas posed as a train conductor and drove an A train for three hours and safely delivered passengers to their destinations before he accidentally triggered an emergency brake on a fast curve. nydailynews.com/new-york/…
It's against the law in Texas to not use your parking brake nbcdfw.com/news/weird/Dri…
LBJ had an amphibious car on his Texas ranch. He would drive new visitors around in it, then pretend the brakes had gone out and drive into a pond. autoblog.com/2013/08/28/l…
Airplane thrust reversers will only reduce the landing distance on a slippery or wet runway. On a dry runway they don't reduce the landing distance at al, but they do dissipate kinetic energy so the wheel brakes work less β€” keeping them cool for quicker turnaround. flightsafety.org/files/al…
Bob Hoskins got his hand crushed in a sliding door of the plumbing truck they drove in the movie when it almost tipped over while grabbing the door frame during filming of the Super Mario Bros. (1993) movie while John Leguizamo slammed the gas, then brake shortly thereafter. youtu.be/Ve26GpPDTgY?t=11…
Rolls Royce offers a course called "White Glove Experience" to teach chauffeur's how to, among other things, minimize fingerprints on door handles and brake the car without kickback. blog.caranddriver.com/smo…
When filming Return of the Jedi, Carrie Fischer would get quite concerned for Warrick Davis, who was only 11 years old at the time, being in that hot Ewok suit, so she would have chocolate milk and cookies ready for him whenever they took a brake bbc.co.uk/programmes/arti…
President Lyndon B. Johnson owned an amphibious car and would scare his guests by driving into a lake, screaming about brake failure. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amp…
President LBJ Owned an Amphibious Car, the Amphicar, and used it to scare guests by driving them into his lake screaming about brake failure en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amp…
Back in 1981 a train engineer in India slammed on the brakes to avoid hitting a cow on the tracks, which caused a wreck that killed over 500 passengers history.com/this-day-in-h…
Anti-lock brakes (ABS) can actually dramatically *increase* stopping distances and make braking worse on gravel, sand, and deep snow en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
The Night King in Game of Thrones was originally portrayed by character actor Richard Brake, who famously played Joe Chill (the man who kills Thomas and Martha Wayne) in Batman Begins. The Night King is now played by Slovak actor Vladimir Furdik. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
Lyndon B. Johnson owned an amphibian car which he drove into lakes while screaming that his brakes where malfunctioning. businessinsider.com/lyndo…
Montreal's subway trains use brake shoes made from wood soaked in peanut oil. They are quieter and don't wear out metal wheels as much as more conventional alternatives. youtu.be/MdvQLYC5hGc
The elevator emergency/safety brakes are invented in 1852 gizmodo.com/who-invented-…
There's a type of car body called a "shooting brake" Originally a 19th century British term for carriages built to carry shooting parties, now if refers to a type of car which is essentially luxury or sporty station wagon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
In stop and go traffic, if more people would accelerate/COAST vs accelerate/BRAKE, traffic would improve immensely trafficwaves.org/
Today I learned of Keron Thomas, a New Yorker who was so interested in trains that in 1993, at the age of 16, he learned enough to successfully operate a subway train for over three hours. He nearly completed a full round-trip but when taking a corner he went too fast and the automatic brakes activated en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ker…
In 1999 the navigation team of a NASA Mars probe used a value in ft/s rather than m/s - causing the probe to aero-brake way lower in the Martian atmosphere and disintegrate. jpl.nasa.gov/missions/mar…
Bavarians of Hitler’s era referred to his style of mustache as a Rotzbremse, or β€œsnot brake.” slate.com/articles/life/e…
Yuri Gagarin had to eject himself and parachute down to Earth because his reentry from space in the capsule would have killed him as it had no brake mechanisms to slow him down sufficiently airandspace.si.edu/storie…
Captain Robert PichΓ© successfully piloted an emergency landing of his airplane when both engines failed on a trans-Atlantic flight. The plane also lost hydraulic power to the flaps, alternate brakes, and spoilers. He landed the plane in the Azores, saving the lives of all 306 people on board. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
President Lyndon Johnson would play pranks on unsuspecting guests by driving his amphibious convertible into lakes screaming about the brakes being out businessinsider.com/lyndo…
Elevators fall up ... If the brake fails the counterweight will fall slamming the cab into the roof ( industry term willywonka-ing) uab.edu/facilities/depart…
There is fossilized dinosaur poo, that still smells like rotten plants when you brake it open, even after >65 Million years. youtu.be/L4AJmvzImbM?t=2m…
In relation to an automobile engine, brake horsepower refers to the engine power measured from the driveshaft directly, whereas horsepower refers to the engine power measured from the wheels. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
An empty semi-truck has a longer stopping distance than a fully loaded one (40 tons in the US). This is because the suspension and brakes are designed to handle such loads, and the extra weight provides more traction to the tires, while stiff springs cause tires on empty trailers to bounce. dmv.ca.gov/pubs/cdl_htm/s…
During the Cold War, scientists researched ways to strike Earth's surface with an inert projectile from orbit.These solid tungsten "Rods from God" would brake out of orbit to intersect their target, reach up to Mach 10, and hit the ground using only kinetic energy for destruction (no explosives) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
That you should use the front brake on your bicycle most of the time and not the rear sheldonbrown.com/brakturn…
In 1888, Bertha Benz completed the first long distance road trip in a gasoline powered automobile. On the way she stopped for 'fuel' at a local pharmacy (making it the first filling station in history) and invented brake lining on the way. The trip covered 121 miles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
Today I learned of Preston Tucker, an automobile designer in the 1940s that tried to implement safety features such as seat belts, disc brakes, a shatterproof windshield, and a rear engine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
President Lyndon B Johnson owned an amphibious car. He was known to frighten visitors to his Johnson City, Texas ranch by driving them down a hill straight into a lake while shouting that his brakes weren't working. slate.com/blogs/the_vault…
Jason Statham plunged 60ft into the black sea while in a vehicle when the brakes failed during a stunt while filming the Expendables 3 jstatham.com/jason-statha…
President Lyndon B Johnson owned an "Amphicar," an amphibious car and would surprise unsuspecting guests by driving down a steep incline towards a lake and scream "The brakes don’t work! The brakes won’t hold! We’re going in! We’re going under!" nps.gov/lyjo/planyourvisi…
In 2003, an 86 y/o man drove through a crowded market in Santa Monica, killing 10 people. He claimed he accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brake. He was found guilty of vehicular manslaughter but got probation, as the judge said it would burden taxpayers to jail him at his age. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Today I learned of Bertha Benz, wife of the inventor of the first modern automobile, who made the first ever long-distance drive to market the invention. Along the way, she used her garter to repair the ignition and invented the first pair of brake pads. The 66mi trip took her the entire day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
Asbestos Used to be a Component of Car Brake Pads en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
The fuel pumps for the Saturn V rocket engines required 55,000 brake horsepower to supply 150,000 litres of liquid fuel per minute en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…

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