Jeremy Clarkson was fired from "Top Gear" for punching a producer who told him the hotel kitchen was closed.โ€ฆ
Daft Punk's last album, RAM, had such a colossal amount of recordings and musical assets that one option was to release a quadruple album. They cut no corner in the most legendary musicians, gear or studios, going as far as recording orchestra parts for nearly all tracks on the album.โ€ฆ
46% of plastic in oceans is from fishing gear.โ€ฆ
The Antikythera Shipwreck of the First Century BCE, discovered by Greek sponge divers, yielded artifacts including art, jewelry, a statue of Herakles, coins, but most importantly the Antikythera Mechanism, interlocking gears that computed the movements of the sun, the moon, and eclipse datesโ€ฆ
Functioning โ€˜mechanical gearsโ€™ were seen in nature for the first time. Previously believed to be only man-made, a natural example of a functioning gear mechanism has been discovered in a common insect - showing that evolution developed interlocking cogs long before we did.โ€ฆ
Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid was based on Snake Plissken, John Carpenter's main protagonist from Escape From New York. The similarity between the characters almost landed Hideo Kojima in court.โ€ฆ
In Cricket, gear that protects the genitalia has been in use since the 16th century. Helmets were not used in the game until after 1970.โ€ฆ
Eddie Van Halen once put a gun to Fred Durstโ€™s head and demanded Durst return music gear EVH had left at Durstโ€™s house after a failed jam session.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of United Airlines Flight 173 in which the flight crew became so preoccupied with troubleshooting a faulty landing gear light that they didnโ€™t notice the plane run out of fuel, resulting in a crash.โ€ฆ
Planes in WW1 used a "Synchronization Gear" to prevent the bullets fired from the machine gun mounted behind the propeller from hitting itโ€ฆ
The man (Danny Grossman) behind the early 2000s line of kids secret agent toys, Spy Gear, was a former foreign service diplomat in Leningrad during the Cold War and was kicked out of Soviet Russia after being accused of espionage.โ€ฆ
To learn how to land the Space Shuttle, astronauts trained on a modified Gulfstream II designed to fly with its landing gear down and engines in reverse to simulate the "falling brick" descent of the Shuttle.โ€ฆ
Patti Morton became the first female Diplomatic Security special agent in 1972. Since they didn't make gear for women to carry their weapons at the time, she used her blue clutch and gained the nickname "Pistol Packinโ€™ Patti", which she later donated to the National Museum of American Diplomacy.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about "gravity hills" which is a place where the layout of the surrounding land produces an optical illusion, making a slight downhill slope appears to be an uphill slope. Thus, a car left out of gear will appear to be rolling uphill against gravity.โ€ฆ
A 16 year old survived a five hour flight inside the landing gear of a jumbo jet from San Jose, California to Maui, Hawaii. He blacked out on takeoff and the plane went to 38,000ft meaning temperatures of 75-80 below zero and a lack of oxygen probably leading to "a state of suspended animation."โ€ฆ
Today I learned about the Greenpeaceโ€™s Rainbow Warrior 1985 sinking after French secret agents in diving gear planted a bomb on the hull of the vessel in Auckland harbour, New Zealand. One person, Dutch photographer Fernando Pereira, was killed.โ€ฆ
TV show Top Gear conducted an extreme test of a Toyota pickup truck by leaving it on a beach to be taken by the tide, leaving it on top of a highrise building that was demolished, and setting it on fire. It still ran after being repaired with only the tools in the truck's toolbox.โ€ฆ
All Dodge Chargers that played Dom's car in The Fast and the Furious were automatic, so the gear shifting scenes were actually fake.โ€ฆ
The hotel where Jeremy Clarkson assaulted Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon now bears a plaque commemorating the event.โ€ฆ
Every year on September 11, firefighters in the United States will climb 110 flights of stairs in full gear in buildings or at the gym to remember the 343 firefighters who lost their lives that day.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Issus (genus) the only species with a built in gear mechanism for mobility.โ€ฆ
In 1867, after NYC firemen sent a fire engine/fire gears for use by Columbia, South Carolina which was razed by fire in the Civil War, the state promised to return favor โ€œshould misfortune ever befall the Empire City.โ€ After 9/11, Columbia sent a fire ladder truck to FDNY as a gesture from 1867.โ€ฆ
The cast of Top Gear was once violently attacked by an angry mob because the locals were offended by the license plate on one of their cars.โ€ฆ
President of World Airways, Ed Daily, flew a Being 727 to Da Nang to save women and children from the north Vietnamese, only to be shot at and overrun by south Vietnamese troops. Some held on to the landing gear when it took flight.
That, after former Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond crashed one of their vehicles during a hillclimb event filming the second series of The Grand Tour, supercar manufacturer Rimac fitted their following model with a fire extinguisher which reads, "In case of hillclimb, extinguish fire".โ€ฆ
David Hayter, the voice actor of Solid Snake in the Metal Gear series, is also the screenwriter for X-Men, X2 and Watchmen.โ€ฆ
After a woman was murdered at a Texas church, it was discovered that a person in full makeshift tactical gear had been wandering around the church before her arrival. They were caught on the churchโ€™s CCTV and are thought to be her murderer. Despite over 2,000 tips, the case remains unsolved.โ€ฆ
The Reliant Robin Jeremy Clarkson drove on Top Gear had the differential modified to make it roll over more easily. Another Robin was used as a rocket on the show and was the largest non-commercial rocket launch in European history.โ€ฆ
Planthoppers (Issus coleoptratus) has the only mechanical gears ever found in Nature. The first natural design that mechanically functions like our geared systems contrasting the gear-like structures previously found on other animals like the spiny turtle which were purely ornamental.โ€ฆ
When Don Rosa, creator of the immensely popular modern Donald Duck comics (and "The Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck") tried to submit a comic book set in ancient Greece to the US mag Lexington Herald, its editor rejected it, stating: "We gear our comics toward a less intelligent audience".โ€ฆ
German airplanes โ€œStukaโ€ did not make that screaming sound when diving because of their engine , but because they had small fans attached to the front of their landing gear that acted as siren. This will โ€œweaken enemy morale and enhance the intimidation of dive-bombingโ€โ€ฆ
In 2013 Surveyors Found Part of A Landing Gear From One Of The 9/11 Jets Wedged In Between Two Buildings Blocks From Ground Zero, A Full 12 Years After The Tragedyโ€ฆ
Today I learned of an incident in which an extortionist claimed a nuclear weapon had been hidden in Boston. A team of nuclear experts rushed in, but their radiation detection gear arrived at the wrong airport. The FBI then rented vans to carry detectors around the city, but forgot to bring the required tools.โ€ฆ
Sweetwater Sound, the largest online retailer of music equipment and pro audio gear in North America, was originally started as a recording studio that was built by one man in a Volkswagen Bus in 1979. That man, Chuck Surack, still owns the company 100% and works on-site daily.โ€ฆ
Thanks to 3D printing, NASA can send plans for new tools and equipment to the Space Station over email. Instead of waiting months for gear, Astronauts can print new gear in hours.โ€ฆ
Roman soldiers were given one pound of meat daily. For an army 120 sheep were killed a day just for the meat ration. Or 60 hogs. Huge flocks of livestock were herded and grazing alongside an army. Roman soldiers were a mule more than anything else. They carried very heavy gear, on bad roads.โ€ฆ
Astronaut Alan Shepard hit 2 golf balls on the moon's surface. On the Apollo 14 space mission Alan became the first and only person to play golf somewhere other than Earth. He created the club by smuggling a six-iron head onboard in a sock and attached it to a piece of rock-collecting gear.โ€ฆ
Many family sedans, SUVs, compacts, and subcompact models are at or near their maximum load capacity when loaded up with four average-sized American males and their luggage, gear, or other cargo. (Article from 2013.)โ€ฆ
An Eastern Air Lines flight crashed because the entire crew was so occupied with a burnt-out landing gear light that they failed to notice that autopilot had disconnected.โ€ฆ
Neil Armstrong was working on his farm and got his wedding ring stuck in the gears of a tractor. He didnโ€™t get it out in timeโ€”his ring and ring finger got torn clean off. He then packed it in some ice and drove himself to the hospital to get it reattachedโ€ฆ
Fishing nets account for 46 percent of the trash in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, with the majority of the rest composed of other fishing industry gear, including ropes, oyster spacers, eel traps, crates, and baskets. news.nationalgeographic.cโ€ฆ
Adolf Dassler, who went by the name โ€œAdi,โ€ returned to the ruins of post-war Germany and decided to abandon his career of baking and follow his passion of making athletic gear. He then founded Adidas.โ€ฆ
The small hopping insect Issus Coleoptratus uses toothed gears on its joints to precisely synchronize the kicks of its hind legs as it jumps forward. This insect has the only mechanical gears ever found in natureโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Rob Willis who bought a used BMW M3 from a dealer and immediately began having issues with the car, while watching an old episode of Top Gear he noticed he had been sold the car Jeremy Clarkson had been honing on the show.โ€ฆ
Top Gear's "tame racing driver", The Stig, would often eat his lunch in the back of an ambulance to avoid being identified. He would also remain in his racing overalls and helmet throughout the day and would put on a French-like accent when talking.โ€ฆ
Rusting gears, beams, & wheels on the coast in Marseille show where an innovative ride was. One could pay to use a special cable car that ran underwater. For safety, pro divers went with the tourists as the pods skimmed along the seabed. It opened in 1966, was shut down after around one year.โ€ฆ
One of Nirvana's most controversial performances was in 1993 at the Hollywood Rock Festival in Sรฃo Paulo, after playing rough versions of their songs, they swapped instruments to play a set of badly rehearsed covers while they were booed by the audience and ended the show by demolishing the gearโ€ฆ
Top Gear staged breakdowns of the Nissan Leaf and Tesla Roadster, making electric cars seem unviable. Show defenders said that it was all in fun.โ€ฆ
The B-52 has swiveling landing gear to manage "crabbed" crosswind landings foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.comโ€ฆ
Variable gears on a bicycle predate the motor vehicle by almost 20 years.โ€ฆ

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