The Youngest American First Lady was 21 year old Francis Cleveland. She married her godfather, 48 year old President Grover Cleveland who helped raise her after Francis’ father/his good friend died when she was 9. He bought her a baby carriage and doted on her from the moment she was born. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
A Plaque in Plainfield, Indiana marks the spot where a Carriage Driver intentionally drove through a huge mudhole to fling ex-President Martin Van Buren out of the carriage and into the mud. Van Buren had opposed a bill that would have funded improvements to the National Road. npr.org/2011/07/17/137794…
Dalmatians are associated with Fire Fighters because they were originally used as sirens. Dating back to the 1800s, they could keep up with the horse drawn carriages and warn people they are coming as well as scare off anything that would spook the horses. mentalfloss.com/article/1…
The Times Square, one of the world's most visited tourist attractions, is formerly named as Longacre Square dating back to the 1870s, when the uptown carriage hub was named after Long Acre Square in London timessquarenyc.org/histor…
Tongan custom dictates that one should not imitate the actions of persons one is honoring, so at Elisabeth II's coronation; the Queen of Tonga rode her carriage in the pouring rain refusing to pull the hood up as Elisabeth did. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C…
President Grover Cleveland first met his future wife Frances when he was 27 and she was a newborn. He bought her a baby carriage and helped raise her following her father's death. He then married her when she turned 21 (he was 49). She remains the youngest wife of a sitting president. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Carlos Alhinho, a Portuguese professional soccer player and manager was killed when he opened the doors on the elevator on the sixth floor of his hotel in Benguela. He stepped in and found that the carriage was not there, but the ground floor. He fell down five floors onto the top of the cabin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Carriage wheels have an inside and an outside. I always thought the spokes went straight down, but apparently they're slightly angled and egg-shaped. youtu.be/aaFGOCou_7I?t=57…
Today I learned of Lisztomania, the obsessive fan hysteria surrounding the classical composer Franz Liszt. Admirers would fight over his locks of his hair, pull his carriage like horses, and carry glass vials of his old cigars and coffee dregs. bbc.com/culture/story/201…
The word "dashboard" actually derives from a wooden or leather board attached to the front of a horse-drawn carriage to protect the driver from mud splashes thrown up or "dashed' by the horse's hooves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das…
The carriage Dorothy rides in in the Wizard of Oz was once owned by Abraham Lincoln. moviehouseprops.com/produ…
Dalmatians are the official firehouse dog because, in the 1700's, they would run alongside horse-drawn carriages keeping pace, even at full sprint, and protect the horses from other dogs or animals that could spook them. rover.com/blog/fire-dog-h…
Today I learned about the murder of Laetitia Toureaux, a real life locked-room mystery. She was found stabbed in an empty carriage in Paris Metro. No one was saw entering the car. Her killer had less than 90 seconds to commit the crime and was never caught en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur…
The word β€œdashboard” comes from the board on horse drawn carriages that would shield you from mud and rocks flung up by β€œdashing” horses. thenewswheel.com/origin-o…
During the 18th century, thousands of ships, carriages, and some buildings were scuttled and used to extend the Manhattan shoreline almost double its original size, and was a forgotten project until its rediscovery while debris clearing after 9/11 cityroom.blogs.nytimes.co…
Hitler had France surrender in the same railway carriage at the same spot France and England made Germany surrender in WWI en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
When shopping carts were invented, they were not popular because men considered them effeminate and women were reminded of pushing baby carriages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
In the 1800’s thousands of pigs roamed the streets of NYC, providing the only source of sanitation-eating trash/waste. Children were attacked, pigs held up traffic,carriages fell over. Pigs eventually outnumbered humans-leading to disease and political unrest between upper/lower classes. collectorsweekly.com/arti…
"dashboard" was originally a barrier of wood or leather at the front of a horse-drawn carriage or sleigh to protect a driver from mud or other debris "dashed up" by the horses' hooves. Today it refers to the evolution of that flat board which now contains displays, gauges and instruments. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das…
Mackinac Island, MI is culturally preserved in time and has banned motorized vehicles for over 100 years; most travel by horse-drawn carriages and bikes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
Emperor Wu of Jin (China) had so many concubines that he could not choose between them, he often rode his goat-driven carriage around the palace until the goats decided to stop. Because of this many of the women planted bamboo leaves and salt outside their bedrooms to attract the goats. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
Today I learned about John "Mad Jack" Mytton, a member of British Parliament in the 19th Century, and a famous eccentric. He tried to cure his hiccups by setting his shirt on fire, tried to jump a tollbooth with a horse and carriage, and once rode a bear to frighten his guests. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned of Horsey Horseless, an early car that was equiped with a fake horse head in front to help with the problem of many horses becoming frightened of the new automated horseless carriages. Frightened horses became such a problem that some owners threatened to shoot drivers on sight. weirdhistorian.com/horsey…
The Return key on computer keyboards gets it's name from it's original function on a mechanical typewriter, which was to "return" the carriage mechanism to its position at the beginning of the next line of text. This is why it is also sometimes referred to as "Carriage Return" or CR. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
When Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire was stepping out of her carriage one day, an Irish dustman exclaimed: "Love and bless you, my lady, let me light my pipe in your eyes!" Thereafter, whenever others complimented her, she would say, "After the dustman's compliment, all others are insipid." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
The word "dashboard" originated as a barrier of wood or leather fixed at the front of a horse-drawn carriage or sleigh to protect the driver from mud or other debris "dashed up" (thrown up) by the horses' hooves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das…
President Ulysses Grant was arrested by the DC police for speeding, taken into custody, and released with a fine. His horse and carriage were also seized and he had to walk back to the White House. wtop.com/news/2012/10/dc-…
Today I learned that the Pope had his architect Bramante build an impressive spiral staircase at the Vatican covering for several floors, which was large enough for his carriage, pulled by horses, to go all the way up and drop him at the entrance of his rooms! romaexperience.com/best-s…
At the Quintinshill Rail Disaster in 1915, in which an est. 226 Royal Scots soldiers died, their Officers allegedly shot the trapped soldiers in mercy killings, and that amputations were performed directly underneath burning carriages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qui…
Al Capone was loaded on to a barge to Alcatraz island in the same carriage he was transported in from Atlanta. The whole train minus the engine was moved intact in fear there would be an attempt at escape. opensfhistory.org/news/20…
Dalmatians have a natural affinity for horses, and were popularized as firefighter's dogs because they were used to calm and guard the horses that pulled the firefighters' carriages back in the day. nationalpurebreddogday.co…
Victorian-era Zoologist Lord Walter Rothschild Once Rode a Zebra-Drawn Carriage to Buckingham Palace. thomsonsafaris.com/blog/t…
Mackinac Island, MI has banned motorized vehicles for over a hundred years. Most travel by horse-drawn carriages or bikes. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/M…
The S scrolls on the sides of a hearse are a holdover from when most carriages had convertible canvas tops. The β€œS” was called a Landau & was the spring that helped open & close a lightweight frame. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
DC police officer William West warned Ulysses S Grant, the sitting President of the United States at the time, about recklessly driving his horse-drawn carriage. The next day West saw Grant driving in the same manner and placed the POTUS under arrest. (Washington Post, NOV 7 1925) ghostsofdc.org/2014/03/04…
Today I learned of John Mytton, known for antics like riding a bear into a dinner party, attempting to jump a horse and carriage over a toll booth, and getting elected to parliament by paying Β£10 to anyone who would vote for him. He spent 30 minutes I bbn parliament and left, never to return. telegraph.co.uk/only-in-b…
"shit wing" is the literal translation of the German word for fender, "KotflΓΌgel". They were invented for horse carriages to keep the horse droppings from being thrown up into the air by the wheels. dict.leo.org/englisch-deu…
The first photograph to include a human being was almost an accident. Because the image required a long exposure, all the people, carriages, and other moving things disappeared from the scene -- except the the man who happened to stay still during the shot, getting his shoes shined. petapixel.com/2010/10/27/…
The word 'cab' in taxi-cab or Hackney-cab is short for 'cabriolet' which is thought to come from the French for caper or antic because of the light, bounding motion of the two-wheeled, doorless, hooded, one-horse carriage, first used in 18th-century France and often let out for hire. britannica.com/technology…
Licence plates predate automobiles. They were put on horse-drawn carriages. mysanantonio.com/life/lif…
The yellow cab of NYC were started in 1907 when a businessman, outraged at being charged $5 dollars ($122 today) for a 1/4 mile horse and carriage trip, decided to start his own taxi "service in New York and charge so-much per mile nytimes.com/2007/06/17/bo…
Franz Ferdinand was not allowed to be seen in public with his wife unless he was acting in a military capacity. Because of this he decided to inspect the army in 1914 so he could be seen in an open carriage with his wife in public, leading to his assassination and WWI. telegraph.co.uk/history/w…
Napoleon was attacked and defeated by a horde of domesticated rabbits. Used to humans and seeking food, they swarmed Napoleon and formed ranks, and Napoleon was forced to retreat to his carriage for an escape. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Ferrari’s prancing horse logo was partly inspired by Pascoli’s poem β€œLa Cavallina Storna” (β€œThe Dappled Mare”). When Pascoli’s father was assassinated in a carriage drawn by such a horse, the horse faithfully continued home with her master’s body, inspiring the poem and later, the Ferrari brand. eng.museobaracca.it/The-p…
During Tsar Alexander II's assassination, he remarked "thank God I'm untouched" in response to surviving unscathed from a bomb exploding underneath his carriage before immediately being blown up by a second bomb. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ign…
"During World War I, when the British were developing the tank, they called these first armored fighting vehicles "water tanks" to keep their real purpose a secret. This code word has remained in spite of early efforts to call them "combat cars" or "assault carriages." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
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…
Joseph Stalin's left arm was shorter than his right arm due to a horse-drawn carriage accident he suffered at age 12. military-history.org/arti…
In 1792 the first major U.S. postal law set newspaper carriage fees at just 1Β’ - 1.5Β’, compared to 6Β’ - 25Β’ for letters, because newspapers were deemed crucial to an informed electorate. about.usps.com/who-we-are…
The Qinghai–Tibet railway has to use specially built passenger carriages with an oxygen supply for each passenger. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qin…
The first stoplight was used to direct horse-drawn carriages in 1868, was gas-lit, and exploded after 24 days of use, injuring the police officer operator. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
Traffic in central London moves at the same speed as horse-drawn carriages a century ago thisislocallondon.co.uk/n…
US President Grover Cleveland bought a baby carriage for a child who would later become his wife. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
WW2 had more horse casualties than WW1, and Nazi Germanys logistical divisions were mainly horse drawn carriages, due to fuel being needed for tanks and airplanes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
The London Necropolis Railway was a railroad created specifically to move 50,000 corpses a year from London to a large graveyard designed to accommodate all the deaths in London for centuries. The fare was Β£1 for a 1st Class coffin, & the hearse carriages were divided by religious denomination. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
Dalmations are seen in popular culture as "firehouse dogs" because of their natural affinity towards horses They would commonly run alongside or underneath the horse drawn fire carriages in the days of old en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dal…
the word spider in automotive industry has its roots in the 1800s horse drawn carriages. These carriages also called Phaetons came in various shapes and sizes and the light weight ones which because of its small and high body and large thin spoke wheels looked like a "spider" roadandtrack.com/car-cult…
In an effort to reduce sexual harassment on public transit, some countries have designated, "women only," train carriages. telegraph.co.uk/women/wom…
Today I learned of a Roller Buggy, a push scooter and baby carriage hybrid, designed by Valentin Vodev, an Austrian/Bulgarian industrial designer designboom.com/design/val…
LEGOLAND sent out a prototype completely built in LEGO to the manufacturer ( who makes the carriage of the ride ) to show how the final product has to look like. youtu.be/aBL-159APAo?t=40…
In 1897 England it was possible to park your carriage or car in a multi-story vehicle repository. At this time there was accommodation on the ground floor for 150 horses and 20 dogs in addition to shops, offices, harness rooms and a caretaker's room with a lift to the top floor for carriages. historicengland.org.uk/li…
That a "Ladies Carousel" was a popular sport in Vienna (Austria) - the ladies (on horsebacks or in carriages) had to lunge with a sword at models of Turks’ heads made of papier mΓ’chΓ© impaled on poles habsburger.net/en/chapter…
In 1802 there was a proposal to build a tunnel under the English Channel that would use horse drawn carriages and be lit by oil lamps. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
In 1907, a man named Harry Bensley was wagered to walk around the world wearing a iron mask and pushing a baby carriage with no financial aid. He managed this for 7 years until World War One. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Pedestrian safety reflector was invented by a farmer in the 1940's. The inventor did not consider pedestrian safety at all when creating them; he simply wished to protect his horses and carriages from crashing in the dark. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saf…
The Secret Service purchased a 1907 White Motor Company steam car to follow President Theodore Roosevelt's horse-drawn carriage. The president himself eschewed riding in the vehicle due to his "image as a rough-riding horseman". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
A vehicle's "dashboard" originally was a barrier of wood or a leather apron affixed at the front of a horse-drawn carriage or sleigh to protect the driver from mud or other debris "dashed"(tossed) up by the wheels and horses' hooves. justacarguy.blogspot.com/…
Dalmatians got the role of fire-fighting apparatus escorts and firehouse mascots. Since Dalmatians and horses are very compatible, the dogs were easily trained to run in front of the carriages to help clear a path and quickly guide the horses and firefighters to the fires. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dal…
At age 27, Grover Cleveland bought a baby carriage for the newborn child that would be his wife 21 years later en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
President Ulysses S. Grant was briefly arrested by DC Police for speeding in his horse drawn carriage. wtop.com/news/2012/10/dc-…
Lord Walter Rothschild, an immensely wealthy banker and zoologist, drove a carriage harnessed to six zebras regularly to prove that zebras could be tamed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
According to Welsh legend Pembroke Welsh Corgis were mounts for fairies to pull their carriages and sometimes roll into battle. dogtime.com/dog-breeds/pe…
On 2 March 1882, Roderick Maclean attempted to assassinate Queen Victoria by shooting at her carriage as it left Windsor railway station. He was apparently offended by Victoria's refusal to accept one of his poems. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
In 1749 twelve thousand people attempted to attend a concert rehearsal by Handel in London, causing a three hour traffic jam of carriages across the London Bridge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus…
The S-shaped bars on hearses are put there to resemble the bars that were used to lower the tops on horse-drawn landau carriages en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
Hitler made France sign their armistice for their surrender in WW2, in the same railway carriage as Germany signed their armistice when they lost the war in WW1 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arm…
Mexican General Antonio LΓ³pez de Santa Anna, post Mexican–American War, is credited with bringing the first shipments of "chicle," the base substance of chewing gum, and planned on using it for the rubber on carriage tires. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
The word taxicab is a combination of taximeter, the type of meter used in taxicabs, and cabriolet a type of horse drawn carriage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
After a botched robbery in 1909 England, the fleeing robbers hijacked a streetcar. The Police commandeered another streetcar and pursued them. At one point another officer in a horse drawn carriage tried to overtake the trolley, but crashed after a shootout with the robbers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tot…
Some early automobiles had paper-mache horse-heads attached to make people more comfortable with the transition from horse-drawn carriages. trizasia.com/FileStorage/…
Today I learned of Phineas Gage, a railroad worker who was impaled through the skull by a pipe. Despite losing an eye, he went on to drive carriages in Chile and died 11 years after the injury. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Lao Ai, a figure from the Warring States Period, had a penis "being of such size as being able to be used as an axle for a wooden carriage" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lao…
Durring the recording of the Rolling Stones 'Gimme Shelter' the female back vocalist sang so hard she suffered a mis-carriage en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gim…
Dalmatians served as firehouse dogs because of their compatibility with horses, meaning they could guard those that drove the carriages and guide them toward fires. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dal…
During the coronation of Queen Elizabeth, Queen Salote Tupou III of Tonga refused to cover her carriage when it started to rain because she was following a Tongan custom that says one should not imitate the actions of person they are honoring. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C…
Mount Athos is an autonomous region in Greece that has forbid the entry of women for 1,000 years. In the 14th Century a Greek king's wife was brought to the area to avoid the plague, but she was carried by hand-carriage the entire time to avoid touching the ground. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
President Martin Van Buren was intentionally thrown from a carriage to convince him of the need to fund road construction. n.pr/mVwl7Z
Upon opening the Digswell Viaduct, Queen Victoria was so afraid of its height that she left the train, took a horse-drawn carriage down the length of the viaduct at ground level, proceeded to return to the train after it successfully passed the viaduct and then resumed her journey transporttrust.com/herita…
One in 10 of Britain`s train carriages dispose toilet waste straight onto the railway tracks. bdmonitor.net/english/new…
One of the first acts of domestic terrorism happened in 1920 when a horse-drawn carriage filled with explosives was detonated on Wall Street killing 30 people. No one was ever caught. fbi.gov/news/stories/2007…
In 1661 a dispute between the French and Spanish ambassadors to London descended into violence, leaving several dead in the streets. The dispute was over whose carriage should go first in a ceremonial procession. pepysdiary.com/diary/1661…
The term "Riding Shotgun" comes from carriage-drivers employing a passenger to carry a shotgun and drive off any brigands attacking the stagecoach for loot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rid…
Germany signed armistice in a train carriage 11.11. 1918 to end the world war 1. 20 years later Hitler forced France to sign surrender in the same train carriage which he had taken out of a museum. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arm…
Trains in Mumbai undergo a "super dense crush load" when there are 14-16 people per square metre in each carriage en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cru…
To "make your nut" (to break even) comes from traveling carnival days - when a carnival came to town, officials would take a nut from the carriage wheel to prevent the performers from leaving without settling bills. It could also date back to the Old West (with a hub as collateral). wordwizard.com/phpbb3/vie…
Dalmatians are "Firehouse Dogs" because they were calming guides for horses pulling early fire dept carriages. local1259iaff.org/dalmati…
Napoleon and some of the French Army's brass, including his Generals, were overrun by thousands of rabbits during a hunt. The men were forced to escape in a carriage, as "the rabbit horde divided into two wings and poured around the flanks of the party and headed for the imperial coach". sites.psu.edu/interesting…
In the first Olympic marathon in 1896, one runner was disqualified because he used a horse carriage to cover part of the course en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ath…
Andrew Smith Hallidie was inspired to build San Francisco's cable car system after he witnessed a horrible horse-drawn carriage accident, where five horses were dragged to death after slipping on a wet, steep, San Francisco hill. 7x7.com/arts-culture/scen…
President Franklin Pierce, upon being denied renomination for a second term by his party (the only time this has ever happened) said "There is nothing left to do but get drunk." He also is rumored to have ran a woman over with his carriage. mentalfloss.com/article/1…

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