People who drive the Oscar Mayer Wienermobiles are called Hotdoggers and only college seniors who are about to graduate are eligible to be Hotdoggers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wie…
Today I learned of Cymburga, a 15th Century Polish princess who became the female ancestor of all later Habsburgs. She was "renowned both for her beauty and for her ability to drive nails into oak planks with her bare fists." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cym…
Residents of Virginia are not required to have insurance on their vehicles. You can pay $500 and "drive at your own risk" dmv.virginia.gov/vehicles…
In the mini-series "Band of Brothers" (2001), Jimmy Fallon was so nervous during his cameo appearance, that he struggled to drive the standard WWII jeep, and feared he would hit the cast. Director Tom Hanks, eventually ordered 2 crew workers to push the Jeep around with Fallon at the wheel. parade.com/674259/lindsay…
Today I learned of Martin Pistorius, a man who fell into a coma at age twelve. He was trapped in his body for 12 years. When he showed signs of recovery, his mum quit her job and worked with him for two years, teaching him to speak with a computer. He went on to get a degree, learn to drive, and get married. npr.org/sections/health-s…
Spain had a guardianship system until 1985, which granted men near-total control over their wives and daughters. Women needed their guardian's consent to open a bank account, work, or drive, and men could legally kill their female wards for having extramarital sex. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gua…
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?repo…
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/horatios…
Toshiba created the worlds smallest spinning platter hard drive (HDD) in 2004, at a size of just .85 inches (2.1 CM), which could hold 2 or 4 Gigabytes of data and was even used in phones and Apple iPods of the era. palminfocenter.com/news/7…
From 1985-1987, the most powerful computing device Apple sold was the LaserWriter, one of the first generally-available laser printers. It had its own built-in CPU which was 50% faster than the Macs available at the time, which was needed to drive the printing engine lowendmac.com/1985/apple-…
There was a military variant of the VW Beetle called the "KΓΌbelwagen". Despite only being two wheel drive, it outperformed nearly every other vehicle during testing. Due to its flat belly, it would propel itself like a sled if the wheels sank into snow, mud, or sand. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vol…
Sir Muhammad Mahabat Khan III, the Maharaja of Junagadh (1900-1959), owned 800 dogs, each with its own room, a telephone, and a servant. He had his liveried staff dress his dogs in formal evening suits, mount them on rickshaws, and drive them. When a dog died, state mourning was declared tribuneindia.com/2003/200…
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/Hor…
Hard Drives are Drive "C:/" because originally PCs only had up to 2 floppy disk drives labelled A and B, some time later hard disks got added and became drive C. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dri…
The first hard drive that could store 1 GB was made in 1980 by IBM and weighed the same as an average adult anaconda. It cost $40,000. pcworld.com/article/12710…
The CIA found games such as Final Fantasy, Devil May Cry and even Animal Crossing on Osama Bin Laden's hard drive. They also found anime like Naruto, Bleach and Dragon Ball. comicbook.com/gaming/news…
A stretch of Route 66, between Albuquerque and Tijeras, will play "America the Beautiful" as you drive over added grooves in the road. If you drive the speed limit of 45 mph for the quarter-mile stretch, you can hear "America the Beautiful" play through the vibrations in your car's wheels. popularmechanics.com/tech…
Magicians Penn & Teller created a 8 hour long video game recreating the drive from Tucson, Arizona, to Las Vegas, Nevada. newyorker.com/tech/annals…
To compose a picture of a black hole in 2019, 5 petabytes of data were used, which took half a ton of hard drives. Part of this data was physically moved by plane. This allowed a transfer of 14 gigabytes per second, which was faster than if data would be transferred through the internet. sixcolors.com/post/2019/0…
The first McDonald's drive-through was created in 1975 in Sierra Vista, Arizona, near Fort Huachuca, a military installation, to serve military members who were not permitted to get out of their cars off-post while wearing fatigues en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dri…
There have been documented cases of people committing murders while sleepwalking. In one case a man named Kenneth Parker managed to drive 20 kilometers to his in-laws house and murdered his mother-in-law all while sleepwalking. He immediately turned himself in and was later acquitted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom…
Speeding doesn't save you much time. Accounting for traffic and road conditions, driving 10-20 miles over the limit only saves you on average 4 minutes on a 30 minute trip. Even driving 20 over for a 5 minute drive saved on average less than 2 minutes. hondaoakland.net/2018/12/…
Eugene Schieffelin hoped to introduce into North America every bird mentioned by Shakespeare. He imported starlings from England and released them in Manhattan in 1890 and 1891. Starlings soon started to drive native birds out of their habitats, ate massive amounts of crops, and spread disease. unintendedconsequenc.es/d…
Amazon has a web service called Snowmoblile that transfers a company's data in a mobile data center(vehicle filled with hard drives) with armed guards. logicmag.io/commons/insid…
A study has shown that in a major city, it would be significantly cheaper for a self driving car to drive around rather than to pay for parking. news.ucsc.edu/2019/01/mil…
IBM introduced the first hard disk drive to break the 1GB barrier in 1980. It was called the IBM 3380 and could store 2.52GB (β€œ2.52 billion characters of information,” according to IBM). Its cabinet was about the size of a refrigerator and the whole thing weighed in at 550 pounds (250 kg). pingdom.com/blog/amazing-…
29-yr-old Marine veteran Taylor Winston stole a truck to drive victims of the Las Vegas shooting to the hospital. He and his girlfriend made 2 trips having to pick only the most critically injured 10 - 15 people each time after helping boost others over a fence away from the shooter. businessinsider.com/how-a…
Lowrider hydraulics were designed as a way to bypass the law - when it became illegal in California to drive cars with any part lower than the bottoms of wheel rims, the hydraulics allowed lowrider drivers to avoid conflict with the law by temporarily raising their vehicles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low…
Today I learned about DVD-RAM, an optical media that behaved like a flash drive. It died off in 2019 when Panasonic stopped manufacturing these discs. youtube.com/watch?v=ecH3O…
A German man reported his car stolen in 1997 and found it 20 years later. It was in the same spot where he left it, but was so old by that point that he could no longer drive it. huffingtonpost.com.au/201…
A Formula 1 car generates enough downforce to easily drive upside-down driver61.com/qa/f1-car-re…
Stress causes grey hair by activating flight-or-flight response, which drives pigment-producing cells away from hair follicles massivesci.com/notes/grey…
Lady Gaga didn't get her driver's license until age 30, and her first car (which she still drives) is a 1993 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning. thedrive.com/news/27027/d…
CNN smoked up some volunteers in Washington to test how well they could drive stoned. youtu.be/dw1HavgoK9E
The march of dime's origin was from FDR's charity drive where people would mail in dimes to combat Polio. After FDR's death, the dime was redesigned to include FDR on it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Richard Foster, the author of A Nice Morning Drive (published in 1973), which was the inspiration for the Rush song Red Barchetta, didn't find out until 1996 that his story had inspired the lyrics of the song. bmwbmw.org/forums/viewtop…
The reason one cannot drive straight from North America down to South America is one 100km stretch of extremely difficult, dangerous and environmentally sensitive terrain called the Darien Gap in Central America en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dar…
The floppy disk drive (FDD) was invented at IBM by Alan Shugart in 1967. The 5.25-inch disks held 360 kilobytes and were dubbed "floppy" because the diskette packaging was a very flexible plastic envelope. computer.howstuffworks.co…
A woman sued the distributors of the film Drive, from the trailer she expected a film like Fast and Furious businessinsider.com/ryan-…
Adam DeVine of Workaholics and Pitch Perfect was paralyzed and nearly had his legs amputated at age 11 after being run over by a truck. He recovered years later after multiple surgeries and still has scarring. He credits this experience with giving him his ambition and drive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ada…
The Ho Chi Minh trail was not simply a few footpaths but a network of tracks wide enough to drive trucks along, and multiple oil pipelines that by the end of the war had supplied 270,000 tonnes of petroleum to troops in southern Vietnam en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ho_…
Police Dogs can be trained to find hidden electric devices like smartphones and hard drives, due to the odor of a coating that covers virtually all devices with circuit boards techrepublic.com/article/…
Today I learned about the windshield phenomenon, the observation that since the early 2000s people often no longer have to clean a bunch of insects off the windshields of their cars after a long drive. It has been attributed to a global decline in insect populations because of human impact on their ecosystem. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
Today I learned of a β€œRamset”, a commonly used construction tool that uses a .22 caliber shell to drive nails into concrete and wood. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pow…
Crows in Japan learned to crack walnuts by dropping them in a crosswalk. the birds hop in front of the cars and place walnuts. After the lights turn green the vehicles drive over the nuts, cracking them open. when it’s time to cross again, the crow join the pedestrians and pick up their meal. pbs.org/lifeofbirds/brain…
In 1940, American explorers attempted to drive to the South Pole in a 56-foot vehicle carrying a plane and 6,000 gallons of fuel. Once in Antarctica, the combination of the vehicle's weight and smooth tires made it nearly impossible to drive on snow and ice and it was abandoned. thedrive.com/news/33433/t…
82% of Americans can't drive a manual transmission car minnesota.cbslocal.com/20…
The human brain stores up to 100,000 gigabytes of information, more than 100 desktop computers! Brains likely store info in synapses, the connection between pairs of Neurons, contrary to computers which store 1’s and 0’s in its hard drive. That’s why human brains are faster than computers aiimpacts.org/information…
Today I learned about the Denton House McDonald’s, a fast-food restaurant built in an 18th century farmhouse converted into a mansion. McDonald’s worked with conservationists to restore the house in exchange for permission to build a drive-thru. scoutingny.com/the-most-b…
A terminally ill Star Wars fan got to see "The Rise of Skywalker" ahead of its scheduled release. A hospice worker tweeted the man's dying wish after seeing a Star Wars tattoo on his leg; 2 days later, a Disney rep arrived at the hospice with a black bag containing a hard drive with the movie. nbcnews.com/pop-culture/m…

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