In order to get improvements in their job security amidst the emergence of a rival bus line, bus drivers in Okayama, Japan decided to go on strike in a unique way in 2018. While on strike, they supported the community by continuing to drive their routes, but simply not charging customers. japantoday.com/category/n…
Chris McCandless's "Into the Wild" bus in Alaska was removed from Denali after tourists kept getting severely injured or dying while trying to visit it. bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
George Michael wrote his hit single β€œCareless Whisper” at 17 years old out of sheer boredom while riding the bus to work. Despite its success, he was not happy with the song and in a 2009 interview with the Big Issue, he said he was β€œa bit puzzled why it made such an impression on people”. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
To prepare for her role as Annie in Speed, Sandra Bullock actually learned how to drive a bus. She passed the test and got her license on her first try. eightieskids.com/12-fast-…
Today I learned about The Norway Russ. For 17 days every May Norwegian kids of just barley legal drinking age will charter a bus worth up to $350k, pay over $100k for the rental and wear the same clothes the entire time. They even bring their parents. camillablogg.com/2019/05/…
The West Indie's top cricketer Kraigg Brathwaite was scrawny as a kid, and got bullied by his Combermere School (Barbados) bus mates. A girl, 4 years his senior, protected him. She beat up the bullies & took Kraigg on her lap. Her name: Robyn Fenty, a.k.a. Rihanna. cricketcountry.com/news/w…
The only two countries on the planet that make it illegal to pass a stopped and loading/unloading school bus are US and Canada en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
Robert Moses who built bridges across his parkways low in order to "restrict the use of state parks by poor and lower-middle-class families," who did not own cars and would arrive by bus en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Rosa Parks encountered James Blake for the first time in 1943. Parks entered the bus being driven by Blake through the front door, whereupon Blake asked her to disembark and board the bus through the back door. She got off and vowed never to ride with Blake again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Today I learned of the Darlington Bus War, where in 1994 four private companies (Yorkshire Traction, United, Stagecoach and Your Bus) attempted to take over the government ran bus service by flooding the town with buses. (Stagecoach ran free buses) It resulted in the collapse of the government run service. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dar…
Today I learned about Larry Mahoney, who killed 24 children and 3 adults on a bus while driving drunk. He was sentenced to 16 years in prison, and was released for good behavior at 10 years. courier-journal.com/story…
Ajay V. Bhatt, an Indian-born American computer architect who led the Intel team that invented the USB (Universal Serial Bus), regrets not making it reversible. It would have doubled the cost, which was a hard sell at the time, "[b]ut in hindsight, we blew it." He holds 132 patents and counting. pcworld.com/article/29998…
In 2004 the Dave Matthews Band tour bus driver dumped approximately 800 lbs of human waste into the Chicago River from a bridge, only for it to land on an unsuspecting architecture tourist boat and about 80 of its 120 passengers (including infants, elderly, and disabled individuals). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
Nearly all Japanese cards (credit, train, bus, etc.) have a "insert this side in" marker syowa-takarabako.com/tele…
The man responsible for beheading and cannibalizing another man on a bus in Canada was released in 2015 and currently living free. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kil…
During a concert in Ireland, Dave Mustaine (of Megadeth) drunkenly dedicated a song to "the cause" and yelled "give Ireland back to the Irish!". A riot then broke out between the Catholics and Protestants and Megadeath had to travel in a bulletproof bus. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meg…
In 2012, Dunkin’ Donuts launched an ad campaign in Seoul, Korea where scent spray devices installed on buses would release a fragrant coffee aroma when triggered by the sound of the DD radio jingle. The campaign reached more than 350,000 people, and sales near bus stops increased by 29%. theatlantic.com/technolog…
Dutch authorities created over 300 little "parks" for bees on top of bus stop shelters in Utrecht; roofs are planted with low-maintenance sedum providing a safe habitat for bees. Over 50% of Netherlands' 358 bee species are endangered. Human commuters get with bamboo benches and LED lighting. thisiscolossal.com/2019/0…
After the horrific murder, beheading, and cannibalization of a Greyhound passenger in 2008 the company had to pull their advertising campaign which extolled the relaxing upside of bus travel and stated, "There's a reason you've never heard of bus rage". cbsnews.com/news/bus-rage…
There was a bus route spanning 3 continents, starting from London and going up to Sidney via Calcutta gaadiwaadi.com/worlds-lon…
In 2015, a guide dog in New York was awarded the ASPCA’s β€œDog of the Year” award for running in front of an oncoming bus to protect his blind owner, and didn’t leave her side until she received medical attention even though he suffered a broken leg. newyork.cbslocal.com/2015…
In the 1940s, a veteran NYC bus driver took his city bus on a two-week joyride to Florida. There, he was found by detectives and a mechanic. They all rode back to the city, where he was arrested. Charges were dropped and he was allowed to keep his job as his story gained popularity. gothamist.com/arts-entert…
Today I learned about Charles Poland, a school bus driver who literally died trying to protect the students on his bus from a violent kidnapper. youtu.be/rNbZmONNMzM
Bayard Rustin was told to move to the back of a bus, but stopped when a white child reached out to grab his tie, before being scolded by its mom. He thought, β€œI owe it to that child, that it should be educated to know that blacks do not want to sit in the back”. He was then arrested and beaten. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bay…
Adelaide has purpose built, concrete tracks for road buses that run for a 12KM section of a bus route, on which the buses are physically guided and the drivers don't need to steer, called the O-Bahn Busway. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O-B…
After a 1938 bus crash that killed 25 students and the driver, a law was created that β€œrequired school bus drivers to open the door and their side window, and listen, before proceeding.” deseret.com/2009/10/21/20…
In 1867, thousands of formerly enslaved African Americans in New Orleans protested and achieved desegregation of the city's streetcars, nearly 90 years before the bus boycotts in Montgomery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
In response to the Rosa Parks incident, the Montgomery bus boycotters organized as the Montgomery Improvement Association, or MIA. They selected Martin Luther King Jr., a newcomer to Montgomery, who was a young and mostly unknown minister of the Dexter Ave. Baptist Church, to be their leader. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
In 2012, a Cleveland woman arrested for a traffic infraction was ordered to stand for 2 days holding a sign that read "Only an idiot would drive on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus." npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Calum MacLeod built a 2 mile stretch of road on the Isle of Raasay, Scotland. So his daughter wouldn't have to walk to 4 mile round journey to catch the bus to school. It took 10 years to complete and has been named Calum's Road en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
The A4 bus in England from Bristol to Bath runs on human poop and food waste. money.cnn.com/2014/11/24/…
There was a direct bus service from London to Calcutta (now Kolkata) until 1976. It stopped in multiple cities enroute for passengers to shop. timesnownews.com/the-buzz…
There is a Village in Japan whose population decreased from 300 to mere 27 due to depopulation and the locals started using scare-crows to substitute the people who had left or died. These scare-crows are placed everywhere (at bus stops, schools etc.). Today this village has 400 scare-crows en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nag…
Some commuters in Rome can now exchange plastic bottles for metro and bus tickets. The scheme started in 3 stations. One month after launching, 100,000 bottles had been exchanged. aawsat.com/english/home/a…
Legendary Guitarist Randy Rhoads died when his tour bus driver stole a plane and went joyriding with Rhoads on it. They buzzed the tour bus in hopes of waking up the band and clipped the wing of the plane and crashed. Sharon Osborne: "They were all in bits, it was just body parts everywhere" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
Today I learned of Simon Dee who shot to fame as talk show host on UK TV in the 1960s. After pay disputes a switch to another broadcaster and a bizarre interview with James Bond actor George Lazenby, Dee's shows were abruptly cancelled and he became a bus driver en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sim…
In 1946, a black WWII veteran was taking a bus home in uniform, and asked the driver to stop for a bathroom break. The driver called the police, and the local chief of police arrested the man, beat him, and gouged out his eyes with a nightstick. The officer was acquitted by an all-white jury. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isa…
A schizophrenic Canadian man who beheaded and then partially cannibalized a fellow passenger on a greyhound bus in 2008, was institutionalised for 9 years and then given an absolute discharge and released. cbc.ca/news/canada/manito…
Today I learned about the miracle on Dan bus 4 where a mother and her son ran into each other after believing each had died in the Holocaust years earlier. blogs.timesofisrael.com/m…
By the late 90s the buses in Belgrade were in such bad condition that one passenger died after falling through the rusted floor of a bus and being crushed by a wheel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
Sweetwater Sound, the largest online retailer of music equipment and pro audio gear in North America, was originally started as a recording studio that was built by one man in a Volkswagen Bus in 1979. That man, Chuck Surack, still owns the company 100% and works on-site daily. cnn.com/2019/05/20/succes…
The story of Isaac Woodward. He was an African American WWII veteran who was badly beaten at a bus stop in 1946 for asking the driver to stop at a bathroom, blinding him in both eyes. His case brought the treating of veterans to light and the beginnings of the civil rights movement in the 1950’s blackpast.org/african-ame…
In an effort to reduce drunk driving, the city of Austin, TX will waive parking tickets if a receipt showing that a ride-share company, taxi or bus was used within 24 hours of receiving the ticket kxan.com/news/local/austi…
Today I learned of a poodle that fell 13 stories, hitting and killing and elderly woman. A second woman was killed after a bus hit her as she came to see the incident, and a man died of a heart attack after witnessing the events. wikipedia.org/wiki/list_o…
Today I learned about a journalist/broadcaster from BBC who was assassinated at a bus stop in London by the KGB. A 1.7mm pallet was shot in his leg from the tip of an umbrella. The coating of the pallet melted and allowed the deadly toxin "Ricin" to be absorbed in his bloodstream. He was dead 4 days later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Singer of New Wave band Q Lazarus had a hit with "Goodbye Horses" before disappearing completely. Despite the song being featured prominently in Silence of the Lambs, the mystery endured, with many assuming the worst. In 2018, she emerged briefly to say she was happy and a bus driver in NY. stereogum.com/2009727/mys…
In late 1970s Italy coins have become scarce so shops used candy, bus tickets, and telephone tokens as change until banks started issuing a kind of non-money replacement en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min…
School bus yellow was specifically created for use on school buses at a conference in 1939. Attendees at the seven-day conference included paint experts from DuPont and Pittsburgh Paints. The color was chosen because it attracts attention and is noticed quickly in peripheral vision. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
The reason why bus seats looked ugly is to hide stains and graffiti. bbc.com/autos/story/20160…
Nine months before Rosa Parks' arrest for refusing to give up her bus seat, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin was arrested in Montgomery for the same act. The city's black leaders prepared to protest, until it was discovered Colvin was pregnant and deemed an inappropriate symbol for their cause. history.com/topics/black-…

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