42-year-old Zamboni driver, kidney transplant recipient, and practice hockey goalie David Ayres, led the Carolina Hurricanes to a 6-3 win after their two pro goalies were injured. Cheered by the opposing team's fans, he was the oldest player ever to make his pro debut in a major sport. tampabay.com/sports/light…
Bill Murray once drove a taxi cab so that the cab driver could spend time playing saxophone in the backseat. The cab driver mentioned that he never had time to play his sax since he had to work 14 hours a day. Murray took the driver’s seat so that he could finally play some tunes. pagesix.com/2014/09/05/bi…
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 country’s road laws newsfeed.time.com/2013/10…
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/globe…
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/Geo…
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/Ste…
F1 driver Ayrton Senna once claimed he crashed because a wall moved. A team engineer humored him and checked the location of the crash and discovered Senna was telling the truth. Tire marks showed that someone had hit the wall block, causing it to tilt and protrude enough for Senna to hit it. essentiallysports.com/gre…
The sci-fi technology of the "mass driver" or electromagnetic catapult is real. The first prototype was built in 1977 for only $2,000, and the device was theorized by a sci-fi writer in 1937. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mas…
The driver in Princess Diana's fatal car crash was drunk. news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/…
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…
None of the four occupants were wearing seat belts in the 1997 Paris high speed car crash that killed Diana Princess of Wales, Dodi al Fayed and the intoxicated driver. Dodi al Fayed's bodyguard survived with serious injuries. news.sky.com/story/trevor…
In Japan, the law forbids drivers to use car horns and bicycle bells unless it’s necessary. That’s why city streets are very quiet. japaneselawtranslation.go…
F1 driver Kimi "Iceman" RΓ€ikkΓΆnen once had his car break down during the Monaco Grand Prix. After this, live TV showed him walking along the sidewalks with helmet still on, straight to the harbour, where he climbed aboard his yacht. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim…
In 2002 a Welshman in Bury St. Edmunds refusing to pay a small penalty charge for a vehicle-registration violation demanded a trial by combat with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. His demand was rejected, and he was fined by a court. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
Only one two-lane road connects eastern Canada with western Canada. In 2016, the road was closed due to a bridge needing repairs, splitting the country for 17 hours and forcing drivers to detour through the US en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nip…
Elwood Edwards, The voice of AOL’s β€˜You’ve Got Mail’ was paid $200 for recording the ubiquitous phrase in 1989. He got the job because his wife worked at an AOL predecessor. He is now an Uber Driver in Ohio. yahoo.com/entertainment/e…
In 2001 on Kensington High Street they removed the barriers preventing pedestrians from straying into the street where they're not supposed to and the number of pedestrian accidents dropped by 60%. The theory is that drivers were more aware and pedestrians took more responsibility. theguardian.com/artanddes…
A 60 years old Japanese Truck Driver found out he was accidentally switched at birth in 1953 at San Ikukai Hospital in Tokyo. His biological parents are rich family & the infant who took his place grew up to be the Head of a Real Estate company. Meanwhile he was raised by a poor single mother. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
Ferrari F1 drivers are the only employees allowed to purchase a new Ferrari motorauthority.com/news/1…
Today I learned about Michele Mouton, a former French rally driver. After finishing runner-up in the 1982 WRC, she started competing in the infamous and savage Group B, which was later banned after a string of deaths. Mouton retired as a result, and she remains the last woman to compete in top-level rallying. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
A Utah Highway Patrol officer pulled over what he believed to be an impaired driver. It was a 5 year old who had stolen his parents car and made it on to the freeway after an argument with Mom because she wouldn't buy him a Lamborghini. He was on his way to California with $3 to purchase one. jalopnik.com/utah-highway…
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…
It is a federal requirement for the phrase β€œobjects in mirror are closer than they appear" to be engraved on a vehicle’s passenger side mirror. Objects appear smaller (further away) because the passenger mirror is convex while the driver’s side mirror is flat. wikipedia.org/wiki/Object…
While filming 'Batman Begins' a drunk driver crashed into the Batmobile because he thought it was an alien spacecraft. "This poor drunken guy who didn’t have a license. [He] said he got so panicked when he saw the car that he thought aliens were landing," explained Christian Bale. yahoo.com/entertainment/b…
The Laguna GarzΓ³n Bridge in Uruguay is designed as a circle, over the water. Its design forces drivers to slow down and to allow for pedestrian access along the one-way circular route, including crosswalks that allow pedestrian access to either the inner or outer sidewalks of the circle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lag…
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…
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…
Frank "Tony the Lip" Vallelonga, the real driver Viggo Mortensen portrayed in Green Book, appeared as an actor in Goodfellas, Godfather and The Sopranos moviemaker.com/real-drive…
A large study found "How's my driving" stickers reduced crashes by 22%. 80% all the drivers never received a complaint. 10% of the total got only one call ever. automotive-fleet.com/1454…
Michael Schumacher made his F1 debut as a replacement for Bertrand Gachot, who missed the 1991 Grand Prix as he was in prison for spraying a taxi driver with CS gas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
Hawaii created a new driver's license and state identification cards for Janice "Lokelani" Keihanaikukauakahihulihe'ekahaunael, who complained about having her name shortened on official IDs npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Zombies originated out African/Haitian folklore, but grew into the modern notion by slave drivers who used the fear of zombification to discourage suicide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zom…
Steven Spielberg's debut feature was Duel, 1971 thriller about a man being doggedly pursued by a semi-truck driver. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Due…
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/…
22-yr-old Canadian man John McCue took it upon himself to fill potholes with the sign: "I filled the potholes. Pay me instead of your taxes." Drivers gave him cash, coffee and joints for filling in potholes. cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-s…
Mercedes-Benz designed the 1996 F200 concept car with joysticks instead of a steering wheel and switchable electronic dashboard displays so drivers could sit in either front seat. oldconceptcars.com/1930-2…
F1 drivers lose close to 4kg (8lb) in every race (90min) since they have to endure high G force and extremely hot temperatures thesportsrush.com/f1-news…
McDonalds founder Ray Kroc and Walt Disney both served as ambulance drivers in the same unit in World War I, and both had lied about their age to enlist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray…
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 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 of Jochen Rindt, who is the only Formula 1 driver to posthumously win the Driver's World Championship. After competitors failed to score enough points after his death to beat him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joc…
Slipstreaming was discovered by stock car racers in the 1960 Daytona 500 when a driver, struggling to keep up in his slower car, found that drafting close behind the car ahead gave him an aerodynamic advantage via reduced drag. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
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…
Drivers with any type of bumper sticker, window decal, or personalized license plate are more likely to be aggressive and territorial 9news.com/article/news/ed…
Domino's pizza had offered a guaranteed 30 minute delivery time, or the pizza was free. This is how the pizza chain grew quickly. After many years, the drivers were sued for accidents. and the company ended that deal. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
The first cars with factory air-conditioning were the Packard 160 and 180 in August, 1939. The air conditioner only had two settings, ON or OFF, and to operate it, the driver had to stop the engine, pop the hood, and add or remove a belt on the compressor. curbsideclassic.com/autom…
In a traffic stop, Arizona officials seized illegal drugs with a street value of over $1M, then got a search warrant for the driver's property which included a former KFC restaurant. In the KFC floor, they found a hole leading to a 590 ft tunnel where drugs were funneled from the Mexican side. star-telegram.com/news/na…
Audi had to use more durable horns in Indian-market cars, as their normal horns would have been unable to cope with the amount of honking Indian drivers do. jalopnik.com/audi-is-desi…
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…
Today I learned of Dodger, a ginger cat who was discovered by his owner to have been riding the public buses near his home in England, at least once taking a 10 mile round trip. The drivers give him food, he sits on passengers' laps, and drivers know which stop to let him off at. telegraph.co.uk/lifestyle…

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