Mad Max: Fury Road had filming moved from the Broken Hill region in Australia to Namibia after unusual rainfall caused the desert landscape to bloom with wildflowers. traveller.com.au/mad-max-…
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 1969, a musician named Jim Sullivan recorded an album called β€œU.F.O.β€œ, which featured strange lyrics about leaving his family and being abducted by aliens. Sullivan disappeared 6 years later without a trace, the only piece of evidence being his abandoned car found on a desert road. ultimateclassicrock.com/m…
James Bond creator Ian Fleming named one of his most famous villains, Auric Goldfinger, after the architect in revenge for his bulldozing of a number of Victorian villas in order to build his own modern home at Willow Road in Hampstead. idealhome.co.uk/news/erno…
When YoungKio sold one of his beats to Lil Nas X, the price was just $30. However, the agreement stated that he had 50% of the publishing rights to the finished song - and in this case, he became half-owner of the smash hit "Old Town Road". abcnews.go.com/Entertainm…
Bill Murray Likes to Call Kelly Lynch’s Husband Every Time He Sees Patrick Swayze Having Sex With Her in Road House grantland.com/hollywood-p…
Robert Frost’s poem The Road Not Taken isn’t a celebration of choice and individuality - It’s actually the opposite. He wrote it sarcastically to make fun of an indecisive friend, and the poem actually asserts that the choice between the β€œtwo paths” doesn’t really make a difference at all. poets.org/text/road-not-t…
Billboard removed Old Town Road from their country charts because it did not β€œembrace enough elements of today’s country music.” Lil Nas X reached out to Billy Ray Cyrus who later said β€œit’s honest, humble, and has an infectious hook and a banjo. What the hell more do ya need?” people.com/country/billy-…
The Polar Express is modeled after the Pere Marquette 1225. Coincidentally, the locomotive's road number is the date of Christmas, 12/25. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
There was an attempt to build a toll road between Pasadena and Los Angeles, for Bicycles en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
Despite being first built almost 30 years ago, the McLaren F1 is still the fastest road car with a naturally aspirated (non-turbo) engine. roadandtrack.com/car-cult…
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…
Co-writer of "Take Me Home, Country Roads," Bill Danoff, had never been to West Virginia and actually considered using Massachusetts in the lyrics instead. He also later went on to write and record the 1976 #1 hit "Afternoon Delight." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
Of Braddock's Road. Originally built by George Washington and his Virginia militia from Alexandria, VA to Pittsburgh, PA to support Braddock's ill fated attack on the French, was later to become the National Road, the first federal road in the United States. blogs.loc.gov/law/2020/01…
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…
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/…
Originally auto tires were white, but in 1917 tires had added Carbon black to increase a tire’s durability (blocking UV rays that can cause rubber to crack, and improving road grip). Carbo Black was initially supplied by Binney & Smith, the company that produced Crayola crayons! mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Today I learned of John "Blind Jack" Metcalf who, despite being blind since the age of Six, was an accomplished diver, swimmer, card player and fiddler and the first professional road builder to emerge from the Industrial Revolution en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Murgatroyd, from the saying Heavens to Murgatroyd - popularized by Snagglepuss of Hannah-Barbera cartoons, means 'a clearing in the forest on the road to the moor'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur…
In 2010 the band Imperial Stars blocked the 101 freeway with a truck and played a set that included their song "Traffic Jam 101" on the blocked road. Their site claimed they were "set to launch a new campaign to transform the Orange County Music scene by epic proportions.” beverlypress.com/2010/10/…
Before the "robber barons" of late 19th-century capitalism, there were robber barons or "robber knights" in medieval Germany who were feudal lords who levied extortionate taxes or road tolls, some resorting to open banditry and piracy: robbing merchants and kidnapping people for ransom. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
The West Virginia football helmets have β€œCountry Roads” on the back uniswag.com/blog/wvu-helm…
There is a gravel road out of Iqualit, in Canada's far northern Nunavut territory, that is labelled "the Road to Nowhere". In practice, the "End of the Road to Nowhere" is actually the gated entrance of a members-only shΠΎΠΎting range thewalrus.ca/running-the-…
The guitar in Lil Nas X Old Town road was sampled from Nine Inch Nails. Nine Inch Nails ended up winning a country music award because of this. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
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…
Jesse James once paid off a widow's mortgage and saved her from foreclosure because she gave him food. He made sure she got a receipt from the banker and then robbed the man a mile down the road. truewestmagazine.com/a-kn…
A road sign trick sent a self-driving car into high-speed mode. A two-inch piece of black electrical tape across the middle of the 3 in a 35 mph speed limit sign tricked Teslas into accelerating to 85 mph. techxplore.com/news/2020-…
In WW2 UK farmers painted white stripes on black cows so they were visible to motorists at night as they were considered a potential road hazard forces.net/services/tri-s…
Today I learned about an Indian News Anchor who came to know about the possible death of her husband, while reading the Breaking News about a road accident on Live news. She finished the news bulletin with composure, only to later learn her husband was indeed dead in that accident. time.com/4732938/indian-n…
Today I learned of Raymond Robinson, a severely disfigured man who only went out for walks late at night so as not to cause a panic. Urban legend spread about "The Green Man", a faceless monster that wandered the roads at night. People who heard the legend are often shocked to find out he was a real person. historydaily.org/green-ma…
English musician Mike Edwards (AKA Pramada), known for artful 1970s cello play with the band ELO (Electric Light Orchestra), died suddenly in 2010 when a runaway round hay bale bounded downhill and crushed his van on the A381 Road. The hay roll's weight was estimated at around 1,300 pounds. bbc.com/news/uk-england-d…
Today I learned of the term "Thunder Run" a US improvised method of clearing land mines from Highway 19 during the Vietnam War. It involved two M48 tanks driving side by side along the road whilst firing all of their guns until they reached their destination or hit a landmine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M48…
Britain removed all their road signs during World War II so that if the Germans invaded, they would get lost. These defensive preparations included the removal of signposts, milestones, and railway station signs. Gas pumps were also removed from service stations near their coast. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
Today I learned about the man who built his own toll road for Β£150,000 (operating costs Β£1,000/day). He rented part of a field and invested in Tarmac and loose gravel to build his 1,300ft (400m) road, bypassing a damaged highway. He charged Β£2 for cars and Β£1 for motorbikes. bbc.com/news/uk-england-s…
U.S Highway 1 runs all the way through Florida and connects the island chain 30mi (50km) south of it by road! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S…
Today I learned of the Kolyma Highway. A 1200+ mile long modern road in Russia that an estimated quarter of a million people died building. Because of permafrost, interment into the fabric of the road was deemed more practical than burying the bodies in new holes, resulting in the nickname The Road of Bones. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R50…
McKinley Thompson, the first black auto designer at Ford and the designer who drew the first sketches of the original Ford Bronco off-road SUV fordauthority.com/2020/07…
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…
The second verse of The Doors - Riders on the Storm "There's a killer on the road, His brain is squirmin' like a toad", was inspired by a 1950 killing spree by Billy Cook. Among the six strangers he killed, was a family of four (and their dog) that he killed and dumped in a mine shaft. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
"Take Me Home Country Roads" was originally intended for Johnny Cash and inspired by the state of Maryland. wideopencountry.com/john-…
97.4% of Porsches from the last 25 years are still on the road. autoguide.com/auto-news/2…
In August, 2010, there was a 100km long traffic jam on the Beijing-Tibet Expressway that lasted for 10 days. It was caused by road works designed to ease congestion dangerousroads.org/around…
In 1997 in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, a pot-bellied pig named Lulu saved her owner, having a heart attack. Lulu heard the owner's cries of pain then forced her way out of the yard and played dead on the road. Lulu successfully stopped a car and guided help to the owner, she survived. vault50.com/lulu-pig-play…
The Niō (Kongōrikishi) guardians of the Buddha are believed to have been derived from the image of the Greek Hero Heracles, whose image traveled along the silk road as far as Japan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nio…
The World’s first speeding ticket was given to Walter Arnold in Kent for going at 8 mph on a road with a 2mph speed limit. historic-uk.com/HistoryUK…
Afghanistan shares a 46-mile border with China. Marco Polo used it in his Silk Road travels. It's rumored to have a fort Alexander the Great was not able to conquer, and it has one of the largest untouched copper mines in the world. insider.com/afghanistan-c…
A tiny English village twinned itself with Paris after writing to the Mayor of Paris proposing a twinning, receiving no reply, assuming it was fine, and so put up road signs declaring it official. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england…
Despite looking spindly, the earliest Automobiles- like the Model T ford- were very rugged. This was because they were built in a time when paved roads were uncommon and thus the first automobiles were expected to traverse rough country roads and outright offroad conditions. bloomberg.com/news/videos…
Hagfish were being transported to South Korea where they are eaten as a delicacy, but instead covered the car and road in slime. Hagfish slime expands by 10,000 times in a fraction of a second. It is 100,000 times softer than Jell-O. Hagfish produce slime when attacked or stressed. theatlantic.com/science/a…
Calum MacLeod built a 2 mile stretch of road on the Isle of Raasay, Scotland. So his daughter wouldn't have to walk to 4 mile round journey to catch the bus to school. It took 10 years to complete and has been named Calum's Road en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…

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