Car trunks got emergency release handles because a middle aged woman and her husband escaped being kidnapped and fought for it until it became a requirement atlasobscura.com/articlesโ€ฆ
Tesla requires buyers to purchase cars online to circumvent state laws that require car sales to be done through franchise dealerships. "Tesla Stores" exist only to educate potential customers and to deliver vehicles purchased online. thenewswheel.com/tesla-stโ€ฆ
Stephen King got hit by a minivan on June 19, 1999. King had multiple injuries (collapsed right lung, broken hip, and more). King did recover, fortunately, and bought the car, but it got crushed in a junkyard. King was disappointed because he wanted to smash the car. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steโ€ฆ
In 1963 a VW Beetle donated by the manufacturer became the first car in the Antarctic. It was so good for Antarctic use, being able to withstand temperatures below -50ยฐC and winds above 150 km/h, that it was nicknamed "Red Terror" by the users. petrolicious.com/articlesโ€ฆ
Today I learned about Alex Zanardi who in 2001 crashed his racing car which ripped off his legs. Two years later he had recovered enough to complete his remaining 13 laps with the help of prosthetics and hand controls. Zanardi overcame his injuries and resumed full time racing again in 2004. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleโ€ฆ
Today I learned about Dorothy Levitt, one of the first British female racing drivers. In her column for women she advised women on a car to buy, how to dress while driving, and items to bring, including gloves, an extra handkerchief, a clean veil, a powder-puff, hair-pins, a hand mirror, chocolates, and a gun. smithsonianmag.com/smart-โ€ฆ
Two cars crashing head-on at 50 mph is not comparable to one car hitting a wall at 100 mph. "Although the two-car crash doubles the speed, the energy [of] the crash is transferred to twice the mass resulting in a crash that looks like just one car hitting a wall at 50 mph." wired.com/2010/05/mythbusโ€ฆ
Professional basketball player Marvin Barnes, once refused to board a plane from Louisville to St. Louis. Because the flight was scheduled to arrive (Central Time) before its departure time (Eastern Time), Barnes famously said, "I ain't getting in no damn time machine." He rented a car instead en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marโ€ฆ
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/Robโ€ฆ
In 2011 Mythbusters accidentally fired a cannonball through a residential neighborhood. The show was testing a myth at the Alameda Sheriff's Department bomb range when the ball bounced 700 yards off course going through a house, across the street, off a roof and into a car. No one was injured. npr.org/2011/12/08/143349โ€ฆ
In Sierra Leone, before getting a driver's license, you have to buy a board game called "The Drivers' Way" and play it at least once. The game involves rolling stoplight-themed dice and moving models of classic cars around a board, together with answering questions about the countryโ€™s road laws newsfeed.time.com/2013/10โ€ฆ
Today I learned of a couple who received a $31.5mil settlement after unreported hail damage repair on their car resulted in a collision safety failure, trapping them in an inferno that ended in 4th degree burns. The body shop responsible glued the roof back on instead of welding to OEM specifications. repairerdrivennews.com/20โ€ฆ
Music producer Scott Storch managed to go from $70 million of net worth to bordering on bankruptcy in just a few months by quitting his job, abusing cocaine, purchasing a private jet, a 117-foot yacht and nearly 20 luxury cars, and having a 6-month $30m spending spree. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scoโ€ฆ
In several Chinese cities, there is a service called "jam-busting". Drivers in traffic jams who need to get somewhere urgently call for a couple of people to show up on a motorbike. One stays with your car, and the other puts you on the back of the bike, and blasts off through and around the jam theglobeandmail.com/globeโ€ฆ
Today I learned about the CWS T1 a 1930's Polish car that only needed one wrench and a screwdriver to work on. culture.pl/en/article/theโ€ฆ
Leaded fuel is still available in the US in avgas for piston engined airplanes, even though itโ€™s been banned since 1996 for cars. nationalacademies.org/trbโ€ฆ
Today I learned about the world's smallest motorized car. About the size of a grain of rice, it is a micro-model of a 1936 Toyota AA, and includes a body, tires, spare tire, wheels, axle, bearings, headlights, tail lights, bumpers, step, number plate and emblem. It travels at 5-6 mm per second. trussty.com/2016/05/japanโ€ฆ
In Bugattis world record video of the Chiron going from 0-400kmph-0, the one-shot scene of the car accelerating was achieved by simply using another Bugatti Chiron as the camera car because nothing else on set was fast enough to record the shot. youtu.be/YTJr5bMWVyo
Due to its high degree of microporosity, as little as 1 gram of activated charcoal has a surface area in excess of 3,000 square meters- which is the same as 3 Olympic swimming pools, 7 basketball courts, or 230 car-parking spaces. labmuffin.com/fact-check-โ€ฆ
In 2016, a Utah woman sued herself for the wrongful death of her own husband. The woman was driving with her husband when she flipped her car, killing him. Because she was his named heir, the woman sued herself on behalf of her husband's estate and ultimately inherited the money from the suit. claimsjournal.com/news/weโ€ฆ
In 1959, some of Volkswagen's cars made in that year had a built-in coffee maker on its dashboard thedrive.com/news/36295/tโ€ฆ
More than half of the original Venice Beach Canals were filled in with concrete and turned into roads in 1929, due to the rise in popularity of the car. This reduced the canal count from 13 to 6, making the current overall area of the canals 3-4 times smaller. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venโ€ฆ
In Turkmenistan, colors themselves are considered state enemies. Only white cars are allowed in the capital. Cars that are not white are forbidden from the streets of Ashgabat, the non-white vehicles taken from the owners as hostages and forcibly painted white no matter what. unusualtraveler.com/visitโ€ฆ
Modern car thieves use a scanner to amplify the signal of the key from inside your home. carlock.co/blog/en/2019/0โ€ฆ
The Superb Lyrebird has the ability to mimic any natural and artificial sounds from their environment with astounding accuracy. In this video one imitates the sounds of a Kookaburra, camera shutter, camera with a motor drive, car alarm and chainsaw. youtu.be/mSB71jNq-yQ?repoโ€ฆ
Rolling Stones Drummer Charlie Watts collects classic cars, but doesn't have a driving license. He has a tailored suit to match each car, which he wears while sitting in the driving seat in the garage. hotcars.com/cars-owned-byโ€ฆ
In 1903 Horatio Nelson Jackson, Sewall K. Crocker, and Bud the Pit Bull became the first people to drive across the US in a 20 HP Winton touring car. The trip took 64 days, it started in SF and ended in NY. By the end of the trip there were only a few original parts left on the vehicle. pbs.org/kenburns/horatiosโ€ฆ
The comedian Steve Allen got into a minor car accident when another driver backed into him. Allen joked, 'What some people will do to get my autograph' and went about his day, taking a nap at his son's home. Allen never woke up because the accident had broken his ribs and pierced blood vessels. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steโ€ฆ
A 19 year old Dungeons and Dragons player was killed in a car accident, so his father built a fantasy themed public park in his honor atlasobscura.com/places/jโ€ฆ
In 1969, a musician named Jim Sullivan recorded an album called โ€œU.F.O.โ€œ, which featured strange lyrics about leaving his family and being abducted by aliens. Sullivan disappeared 6 years later without a trace, the only piece of evidence being his abandoned car found on a desert road. ultimateclassicrock.com/mโ€ฆ
A 2020 study discovered the most dangerous and safest cars. The Ford Fiesta and Hyundai Accent were the leading 2 in death rate, while the Volkswagen Golf tied with 5 other vehicles for lowest death rate. Regular cars had the highest mortality rate and minivans had the lowest. consumerreports.org/car-sโ€ฆ
In 1910, two boys, Louis and Temple Abernathy decided to cross America by horseback from Oklahoma to Manhattan to meet Theodore Roosevelt. They were 10 and 6 years old. Then they decided to buy a car to come back home, while their horses made the return by train. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louโ€ฆ
George Lucas wanted to be a racecar driver when he was a teenager. In 1962, he suffered a terrible car accident when another driver broadsided him. He required emergency medical treatment. The incident caused him to lose interest in racing, but inspired him to pursue other interests. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoโ€ฆ
Robocop's suit was so cumbersome, it would not fit into his police car. Every time you see Robocop driving, he doesnโ€™t have his Robo pants on. thewrap.com/robocop-30th-โ€ฆ
A 59 year old drag racer named Shelly Howard was in a freak fatal accident where her car became airborne, landed the wrong way, crossed the finish line with its wheels spinning backwards, reversed coarse to the start line and crashed straight into a car her son was in, killing them both. caranddriver.com/news/a18โ€ฆ
The last American born into slavery died in 1972 at age 110 after being hit by a car. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisโ€ฆ
In 2008 suspected serial murderer Ricky Simonds was found dead of heat stroke in the trunk of his ex-girlfriends car. Investigators on the case believe Simonds was waiting in the trunk to ambush and murder his ex-girlfriend, when he became locked in the vehicle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disโ€ฆ
BMW drifted a M5 for 232.5 continuous miles, which included a stuntman refueling the car from a tandem-drifting tanker. thedrive.com/news/17508/nโ€ฆ
Professional Wrestler "Macho Man" Randy Savage played in Minor League Baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals, learning to throw with his left hand after he injured his right shoulder and strengthening his swing by hitting a hanging car tire; the latter technique adopted by teammate Larry Herndon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranโ€ฆ
In Japan, when you buy a car, you have to prove you have somewhere to park it reinventingparking.org/20โ€ฆ
There are an estimated 8 parking spaces for every car in America, with parking spots taking up about 30% of citiesโ€™ areas. When combined, all U.S. parking spots take up about the same area as the state of West Virginia. theneighborhooddevelopersโ€ฆ
Today I learned about Horatio Nelson Jackson who was the first person to drive across the continental United States and he did it for a $50 bar bet. It took him just over 2 months, having to replace most of the parts on his car. When he got it to Vermont from SF the Drive chain snapped pulling into the garage en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horโ€ฆ
Today I learned about "Itasha," a subculture of Japan focused around anime prints on cars. Itasha (็—›่ปŠ, Itasha) literally means "painful car" as they are considered painful to look at cooljapan-videos.com/en/aโ€ฆ
The Los Angeles Dodgers got their name due to fans having to dodge Brooklyn's complex network of trolley cars, which killed over 130 people in the first 3 years of operation. With horse drawn trolleys, the horse would stop. The all new electric trolley cars, however, would plow right over you. gizmodo.com/the-la-dodgerโ€ฆ
Winston Churchill got a prescription for alcohol during Prohibition because he was hit by a car foodandwine.com/news/winsโ€ฆ
Some PlayStation 1 games had scratch and sniff discs, such as FIFA smelling like a football field and Gran Turismo smelling like car tyres. anihilistabroad.com/2020/โ€ฆ
In 1991, 20 paintings were stolen from the Vincent Van Gogh museum in Amstderdam. However, the theft was foiled when the thieves getaway car suffered a blown tire, forcing them to flee and leave the paintings behind. 35 minutes after the robbery, the paintings were recovered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theโ€ฆ
96 Percent of Americans use automatic cars while 80 Percent of Europeans use manual rd.com/article/why-americโ€ฆ
The mother of a 15 year old girl from Florida who had been missing for 8 months was informed that her daughter was seen in videos on a popular adult site. She tipped off police and a month later the girl was found during a traffic stop in a car driven by one of the men seen in those videos. nbcnews.com/news/crime-coโ€ฆ
Ferrari employees are not allowed to buy their own cars from the factory line thedrive.com/news/12689/fโ€ฆ

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