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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Cuban taxi drivers make more in 30 minutes than doctors do in a month. youtube.com/watch?v=n-mUZ…
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…
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…
The Gilmore Car Museum in Michigan offers a driver's training class to teach people of any age to learn how to drive a Ford Model T built between 1908 and 1927 performance.ford.com/enth…
The FBI's $1B facial recognition system couldn't match photos of the Boston marathon bombers to their drivers licenses. The system was only good for matching drivers license and passport photos to other drivers license and passport photos abcnews.go.com/US/boston-…
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…
, that the murder of Rebecca Schaeffer. A 21 year old actress who was shot at her front door by an obsessed fan and later died enacted the Nation’s first anti-stalking Law’s in 1990. In 1994, the β€˜Driver’s Privacy Protection Act’ made it illegal to release people’s private addresses. goodhousekeeping.com/life…
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…
In 1974, after Congress threatened to withhold funding for states that didn't set a highway speed limit of 55, Montana complied by enacting a $5 fine for exceeding it. Some drivers kept wads of $5 bills ready to hand an officer when stopped. missoulian.com/news/state…
Queen Elizabeth can legally drive a car without a license. She didn't need to take a driver's test and also doesn't have a number plate on her car. vanityfair.com/style/2019…
The RUSH song "Red Barchetta" was based on a Sci Fi story of a near future where drivers of large, heavy and very crash worthy modern cars would hunt drivers of older, more fragile conventional cars and crash into them for sport and drive away unscathed. 2112.net/powerwindows/tra…
Modern F1 race cars have large wooden board attached under them to make sure the cars do not skid on the race track more than allowed. The board is measured before and after the race, and driver can get disqualified if the board gets too thin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ski…
15-yr-old Temar Boggs & a friend saved a 5-yr-old girl from a kidnapper; the teens saw the girl in the kidnapper's car & chased the car on their bicycles. After a 15 min. chase, the driver apparently knew he was being followed, stopped & let the girl out. cnn.com/2013/07/15/justic…
Today I learned about 'Fast Eddie' Maher, a security driver who stole Β£1.2m and fled to America bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-3…
Will Wright, the creator of SimCity and The Sims, was also the winner of a 1980 illegal street race from New York to Santa Monica, driving a Mazda RX-7 with his co-driver Rick Doherty. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Robert De Niro's line 'You talkin' to me?' in Taxi Driver wasn't in the script. It was freestyled by De Niro. today.com/popculture/mart…
Queen Elizabeth II is not required to have a driver's license, yet she frequently drives and has a car collection worth $10 million pounds (about $12M USD) motorbiscuit.com/check-ou…
Today I learned about Formula E, which is similar to F1 but includes real life speed boost zones akin to Mario Kart, and provides social-media powered speed boosts to drivers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
In Britain, drivers can be fined up to Β£5,000 if they are caught driving through a puddle which causes a pedestrian to be splashed. nottinghampost.com/news/m…
The "Slow - Children At Play" signs are not accepted by road engineers or public works officials, and can do more harm than good, such as when there aren't kids playing in the street, drivers can become immune to the warning and ignore it generally. slate.com/human-interest/…
The oldest mosque in Australia was built in the 1860s, set up by Afghan camel drivers in the middle of the South Australian desert. This was very early by Western standards - the UK's first mosque was built in 1891, while the US and France didn't have any mosques until the 1920s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
In a car crash, the risk of death for a restrained driver or front-seat passenger is increased five-fold when the rear-seat passenger is unrestrained at the time of impact. sciencedirect.com/science…
Comedian/Actor Joel McHale took an Uber from Rochester, NY to Manhattan. His flight out was canceled and needed to get to his appearance on Jimmy Fallon, so he spent $700 on a (350 mile, 5-6 hour) Uber ride and paid $200 in tips, as well as paid the driver additional money for his gas back. 13wham.com/news/local/ube…
Until 2015 the UK drivers licence required a paper counterpart for the photocard to be valid. The counterpart was abolished on the 8th of June 2015, except in Northern Ireland where the counterpart must still be presented for the photocard to be valid. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dri…
There is a intersection in Manchester that many people did not like as pedestrians had to wait for ages for traffic lights. Someone had the idea to remove all the traffic lights and crossings. Instead of wrecking havoc, drivers paid more attention,collisions and incidents declined. youtu.be/N4PW66_g6XA
NASCAR vehicles don't have speedometers for drivers nesn.com/2017/05/dale-ear…
Car and Driver testing revealed that the Lincoln Continental Mark V was quieter than the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow and had better city fuel economy. curbsideclassic.com/blog/…
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…
Intel Corporation continues to install drivers on their PC's with a driver date of 7/18/1968. That's not a typo. Intel was founded on that day. tenforums.com/drivers-har…
A survey of 500 drivers found that 44 percent couldn't get a passing score on a written driving test. However, there's no limit to the number of times you can take a driving test cbsnews.com/news/more-tha…
The movie "Baby Driver" was first imagined when director Edgar Wright heard the song "Bellbottoms" and imagined a getaway driver waiting for his crew to complete a bank heist. He tested the concept while directing the music video for "Blue Song" by Mint Royal in 2003, almost 15 years earlier. youtube.com/watch?v=iHbnd…
Wildly successful country singer Marty Robins of β€œEl Paso” fame also had a moderately successful 13 year side-career as a self funded NASCAR driver espn.com/racing/nascar/st…
New Hampshire is the only state in the US where drivers over the age of 18 aren't required to wear a seat belt. nhpr.org/post/you-asked-w…
In Soviet Russia North, at mornings drivers made a fire under engines their trucks for about two hours, before starting the engine. There were two options: never cut off the engine and run it 24/7 or make a fire. Otherwise, oil would freeze. youtu.be/ZpM62M6jN14?t=53
In 2014, black taxi cab drivers brought parts of London to a standstill, protesting against Uber. This led to an 850% increase in downloads of Uber. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england…
When Car & Driver included the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt SS in the Lightning Lap performance car comparison, it not only managed to do the fastest lap in the sub-$30k class, but also beat several cars in the $30-60k class and held the front-wheel-drive Lightning Lap laptime record until 2018. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Leonard Nimoy was a taxi driver before he got his start on Star Trek, and once gave JFK a cab ride during the 1956 presidential race when Kennedy was a potential Vice president candidate simplethingcalledlife.com…
On February 22 2020 the Carolina Hurricane an NHL team had there two goalies injured in the game and had to bring in David Ayres who was a Zamboni driver for the other team the Toronto Maple Leafs. David Ayres let in 2 goals but would help Carolina secure the win. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
In Indiana Jones: Raiders’ iconic truck chase, Harrison Ford appears for only a few seconds (closeups). 2nd unit director, Michael D Moore, filmed the scene mostly with stunt doubles, including Terry Leonard who performed Indy dragged underneath the truck and cameoed as a Nazi truck driver archive.signalscv.com/m/a…
1980s Indy Car driver took stock options out of spite after being fired, with a 14000% profit currently. indystar.com/story/sports…
Norway has implemented a digital drivers license in the form of an app, that can be used instead of a physical one for roadside inspections. vegvesen.no/en/driving-li…
Today I learned about Taarof, Iranian etiquette in which the host offers anything to the guest and the guest declines it repeatedly until eventually giving in, regardless of whether they want it or not. Taxi drivers might refuse payment initially as passengers are meant to insist on paying. commisceo-global.com/blog…
Queen Elizabeth II served as a mechanic and driver in World War II interestingnews.neocities…
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…
Mississippi is the only state to allow drivers to drink alcohol while operating a motor vehicle. It is permitted as long as the driver's blood alcohol content stays below the state’s legal limit of 0.08%. theawl.com/2016/04/riding…
Today I learned about the legendary pickpocket Apollo Robbins, who once stripped Jimmy Carter’s Secret Service detail of their watches, badges, keys, and the presidential itinerary. He once stole a man’s driver’s license and made it turn up inside a sealed bag of M&M’s in his wife’s purse. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
Prohibition agent Izzy Einstein bragged that he could find liquor in any city in under 30 minutes. In Chicago it took him 21 min. In Atlanta 17, and Pittsburgh just 11. But New Orleans set the record: 35 seconds. Einstein asked his taxi driver where to get a drink, and the driver handed him one. atf.gov/our-history/isado…
, The first recorded car accident occured in Ohio City in 1891. The driver was James William Lambert, he lost control of the vehicle because he hit a tree root and smashed into a hitching post. ohiohistorycentral.org/w/…
The drunk driver who crossed the median and ran head on into Sam Kinison's car, killing the comedian and injuring his wife, was sentenced to one year probation and 300 hours of community service. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
Dick Seaman became a Nazi sporting legend after he was hand picked by Adolf Hitler to become a racing driver for Mercedes-Benz in 1937 theguardian.com/observer/…
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…
Researchers made 39 men drive a Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet for 1h, followed by 1h in an old family car. Tests on saliva samples showed a significant increase in testosterone while drivers were cruising around in the Porsche, and a slight decline when they got behind the wheel of the old car. telegraph.co.uk/news/heal…
In 2018 Bubba Wallace became NASCAR's first full-time African-American driver since Wendell Scott in 1971. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bub…
South Dakota once sued 15 cats that they had seized on the grounds of interfering with a driver's visibility en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
Finland's reindeer herders wanted to reduce the 4,000 annual reindeer road deaths. They painted antlers in fluorescent colors, hung reflectors around necks, and used movable traffic signs. This failed, so they tried a mobile app for drivers to register sightings and get reindeer warnings. phys.org/news/2016-06-rei…
Research shows distinct changes in the brains of London taxi drivers throughout the process of acquiring 'The Knowledge' (memorising the 320 routes within 6 miles of Charring Cross). An increase in grey matter and better memory "proved the brain could adapt to new tasks, even in adulthood." bbc.co.uk/news/health-160…
If you're in a car accident, tow truck drivers will show up and attempt to tow your car to a shop that is paying the truck driver a "finders fee" for bringing them business. New or uninformed drivers, take heed. It could save you several thousands of dollars in tow and body shop fees. youtu.be/sOboCgIhcfk
Today I learned of "Average speed control" systems. A vehicle is identified by a camera when entering a section of enforced road, and again when exiting. Then the average speed is calculated by using the distance traveled and the time. Tickets could then be automatically billed to any speeding drivers. ec.europa.eu/transport/ro…
During the 1988 Monaco GP, F1 Legend Ayrton Senna crashed thru driver error while leading on lap 67, Senna was so annoyed with himself instead of heading to the pits he walked home and contemplated his failure and only returned when his team was packing up. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
Of Jann Mardenbourough - He had only ever played Sony Gran Turismo online. In a Gran Turismo competition he beat out 90,000 contestants to win and, was so good Nissan gave him a job as a real race car driver en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan…
During the extreme heat and physical strain of some of the Formula 1 races, driver[s] can lose up to 5 kilos of weight. openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/…
Japan is giving its elderly population discounts on ramen if they give up their drivers licenses miamiherald.com/news/nati…
Most Americans are overconfident in their driving skills: 73 percent of U.S. drivers consider themselves better-than-average drivers, even though 90 percent of crashes involve human error. businessinsider.com/ameri…
General Motors created an electric car that was available for lease in 1996. Despite rave reviews from both drivers and the press, GM decided the car would not be profitable, so it had the cars destroyed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
In Back to the Future, the theatre in the background behind the clock tower shows "Orgy American Style" being shown. This is an actual porno from 1973. The male star from that porno played Red the Bum in the film, calling Marty a crazy drunk driver when returns to the present. backtothefuture.fandom.co…
In certain situations you can legally sue yourself and win, while β€œlosing”. A Utah woman crashed a car and killed her husband. As heir to her husband’s estate, she sued herself, the driver who killed her husband. claimsjournal.com/news/we…
A Florida man used a cell phone jammer everyday while travelling to work because he didn't want drivers around him to be distracted on their phones. As a result, he was fined $48,000 by the FCC. theverge.com/2014/5/1/567…
Today I learned of Alex Zanardi, a Formula One driver who lost both of his legs in a major crash in 2001. After, he designed and built his own custom prosthetics for racing. He started racing again in specialised touring cars. He also took up handcycling, and won medals in both the 2012 and 2016 Paralympics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
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…
In 1952 a chemist was helping out a milk truck driver complaining about the smell of rotten milk in his truck by extracting oils from evergreen trees. 2 years later he patent his β€œodor-destroying, air-perfuming substances,” invention shaped like a little tree with a string attached to it. arnoldclark.com/newsroom/…
Minnie Driver was dumped on live TV by Matt Damon cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
Today I learned of the existence of HOV-lanes in the USA, reserved exclusively for cars with multiple occupants. Some drivers try to trick the system by placing blow-up dolls in the passenger seat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hig…
In 1977, the Formula 1 driver, Hans Heyer, was not allowed to start a race after failing to qualify. He snuck onto the circuit with his car and decided to race anyway. It took officials 6 laps to notice and disqualify him from a race he wasn't even technically in. wtf1.com/post/this-driver…
The directors of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Baby Driver consulted each other to make sure that the films would not have the same songs on their soundtracks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gua…
For every mile traveled, motorcyclists have a risk of a fatal accident that is 35 times higher than a car driver. askadamskutner.com/motorc…
Kirsty MacColl, vocalist and female singer in "Fairytale of New York", died saving her son from an oncoming powerboat owned by a multimillionaire while vacationing in Cozumel, Mexico. The boat's driver escaped jail time by paying a fine of $90USD. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kir…
When Mr Rogers heard his limo driver was going to be waiting outside while Rogers was in a meeting, he asked the driver to come in. On the way back they passed the driver's home and Rogers asked if they could stop and meet his family. Rogers kept in touch with the driver for the rest of his life cnn.com/2008/LIVING/wayof…
Chances are you are a good driver if you β€œwrite in short concrete sentences, use lists, and arrange to meet friends at a set time and place.” theguardian.com/technolog…
The 1981 comedy film β€˜The Cannonball Run’ starring Burt Reynolds was actually a race event organized by Car & Driver editor Brock Yates to protest the 55 mph speed limit. It was the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash. There were 5 races run between 1971 & 1979. arnesantics.com/i-went-se…
If you are a driver in the United Kingdom you are required by the law to stop and report to the police if you run over a dog, a horse, a cattle, a pig, a goat, a sheep, a donkey and a mule, but not if you run over a deer, a cat, a badger or a fox. lutontoday.co.uk/cars/car…
The 24 Hours of Le Mans traditionally begins with a "standing start", where drivers run to their car. Feeling this type of start was unsafe, Jacky Ickx opposed it by walking across the track while his competitors ran. He was nearly hit by a car, and another was killed. Ickx won the race. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/24_…
Robert De Niro prepared for his role in 'Taxi Driver' by obtaining a New York taxi license and spending a month working up to 14 hour shifts picking people up all over New York. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tax…
Niki Lauda asked his fellow drivers in 1976 to boycott the German Grand Prix at the NΓΌrburgring due to safety concerns even after he was the fastest on the track. Fellow drivers declined and Lauda suffered a crash in the second lap which left him with half face and scalp burned. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nik…
Illinois red-light cameras have collected more than $1B from drivers since 2008 illinoispolicy.org/report…
A race was cancelled because the speed of the cars caused drivers to suffer vertigo-like symptoms and disorientation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
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…
There is a mathematical "game" called the homicidal chauffer problem, in which a driver in a fast but slow-turning car tries to run over a slower pedestrian who has more freedom of motion. It is used to improve missile guidance systems. pdfs.semanticscholar.org/…
During the 2007 Glasgow airport attack, as one of the perpetrators tried to open the boot of his jeep, a taxi driver, Alex McIlveen, kicked him in the groin so hard that he tore a tendon in his foot. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotlan…
Today I learned of a Ottoman camel driver brought to the US by SecofWar.Davis for an Army Sanctioned Camel experiment. "Hi Jolly" became a living legend until his death. E.G when living in LA, he felt insulted when not invited to a German picnic. He disrupted it by riding 2 camels, chariot style, through it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hi_…
A driver (in the US) does not have the right to refuse an order to exit the vehicle during an ordinary traffic stop. "The answer here is an unequivocal β€œno,” straight from the Supreme Court. pdf.textfiles.com/academi…
A dairy company in Maine had to pay $5 million dollars in overtime pay to their drivers due to the lack of an Oxford comma in a state law nytimes.com/2018/02/09/us…
There is a German hospital that specializes in treatment for traumatized train drivers. An average of 3 people in Germany kill themselves by jumping in front of a train every day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sui…
A man was saved by not ordering Domino’s pizza. After 7 years of ordering everyday, the lack of an order got the store worried. Delivery driver stopped by his house to find him β€œcrying for help.” huffingtonpost.com/entry/…
The speed cameras in Germany are made to take photos of drivers who sit in the left side of the vehicle, so a driver using a British car put a muppet in the passenger seat to hide their identity. boingboing.net/2008/10/27…

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