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…
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-…
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…
The US was so short on rubber during WWII that it imposed a speed limit of 35mph to preserve car tires. It was called the "Victory Speed Limit". deseret.com/2009/2/17/203…
Today I learned of COCOM limits, controls placed on GPS systems which stop them from functioning at a speed of over 1200 MPH and/or 59,000 feet. These are specifically in place to prevent the GPS from being used to guide missiles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coo…
If the universe had one dimension of space and three dimensions of time instead of the other way around, the speed of light would be the LOWER limit of speed instead of the upper limit. Thus, everything would be made of tachyons - theoretical faster-than-light particles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
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…
A man named Walter Arnold was the first ever to receive a speeding ticket, traveling at 8mph; 6mph over the posted speed limit. carbuzz.com/news/how-fast…
The Sammy Hagar song "I Can't Drive 55" is a song protesting a US federal law (the National Maximum Speed Law) that had mandated a national speed limit of 55 miles per hour (90 km/h). The law was repealed in 1995. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_C…
The European Union will require "speed limiters" in all cars by 2022. The technology uses road sign and GPS data to determine the legal speed limit and prevents the vehicle from exceeding the legal limit. cnn.com/2019/03/27/tech/e…
In order to conserve gas in the 1970's during an oil crisis, the maximum speed limit in the US was cut to 55 mph. npr.org/sections/pictures…
The Autobahn in Germany isn't just one special road, it refers to ALL major highways in Germany. All highways in Germany have sections without a speed limit! german-way.com/travel-and…
An IIHS found that every 5-mph increase in speed limits led to an 8.5% increase in fatalities on interstates and freeways, and a 2.8% increase in fatalities on other roads. From 1993-2017 higher speed limits in the US led to the deaths of 36,000 additional people. autoblog.com/2019/04/04/i…
Until 1999, Montana had rural highways without daytime speed limits en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spe…
Texas built a toll road with an 85 mph speed limit through a known feral hog route and had two vehicle-hog collisions in the first week the road was opened. texasmonthly.com/articles…
Today I learned about the Naperville Train Disaster, a rear ending collision that killed 45 and injured another 125 people in 1946, just outside the Kroehler Manufacturing building. The wreck is a major reason most passenger trains in the US have a 79mph speed limit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nap…
Today I learned of the speed camera lottery in Stockholm, Sweden. Drive at or under the speed limit and you'll be entered into a lottery where the prize fund comes from the fines that speeders pay. Average speed reduced from 32km/h to 25km/h (a reduction of 22%) wired.com/2010/12/swedish…
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…
Just outside Albuquerque you can drive East on Route 66 and hit a rumble strip that plays "America The Beautiful" if you drive the speed limit, turning the wheels of your car into a phonograph thesingingroad.com/
It would take over 5 and a half days travelling at the speed of light to reach the outer limits of our solar system. ourplnt.com/leaving-solar…
The 1981 movie β€œCannonball Run” starring Burt Reynolds is based on a real event. Started in 1971 by Brock Yates to protest the 55mph speed limit the Cannonball Baker Sea to Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash was a race from NY City to LA. The current record is 2,825 miles in 27 hours 25 minutes. caranddriver.com/features…
Speed limits are sometimes for air quality reasons wvlt.tv/content/news/TDOT…
The city of Vancouver dropped the speed limit on Hastings St to 30km/h in order to protect drug addicts that can't tell the difference between the road and the sidewalk nationalpost.com/opinion/…
While the first state to pass a speed limit law happened in 1901 and limited the legal speed of motor vehicles to 12 mph in cities and 15 mph on country roads, the first motor vehicle to actually get a ticket was in a 2 mph zone. blog.americansafetycounci…
Today I learned that there is a natural speed limit to fastballs. This limit is little more than 100mph due to the torque required of the human body. The amount of torque needed to throw in excess of the century mark is greater than the amount of force the ulnar collateral ligament can withstand. popularmechanics.com/adve…
Stockholm, Sweden tested a "Speed Camera Lottery" where speed limit-abiding drivers were automatically entered into a drawing to win a prize pool funded out of fines paid by speeders. gamification.co/2013/04/2…
The average speed for the EPA 'highway' test is only 48 MPH. This is right around the ideal speed for fuel economy and just over the typical minimum highway speed limit. auto.howstuffworks.com/fu…
In 1896 the speed limit was 2mph and the first ever speeding ticket was handed to someone hurtling along at...8mph. There was a 5 mile police chase with the policeman pursuing on a bike. The driver also failed to have someone waving a red flag walk in front of the car to warn of his approach. moneyweek.com/376781/28-j…
Musical roads have grooves in the road, which cause vibrations and audible rumbling in the car's body in the form a musical tune. The singing road in Korea plays 'Mary had a little lamb' if the driver follows the speed limit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus…
There are places in the United States where the speed limit is enforced by aircraft. slate.com/technology/2013…
Light in itself isn't special, it's just that according to Einstein, the fastest speed reachable in the universe is 300K m/s. It just happens that light is the only thing we detected that travels without limitations in vacuum, which is why we associate the speed limit of the universe with it. saeedly.com/blog/what-is-…
Train robberies still occur in the 21st century; the Conrail Boyz of NJ would hop on & steal electronics off trains running at reduced speeds in city limits nypost.com/2003/07/11/end…
In 1999 motorcycle manufacturers voluntarily agreed to limit their products' top speed to 300 km/h (186 mph). However, in 2007 MV Agusta broke the agreement by simply introducing the 312 km/h (194 mph) F4 R 312. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The world's first speeding ticket was given to a man going 4x the speed limit. Walter Arnold, who was going 8mph in a 2mph zone, was caught by a policeman on a bicycle and fined one schilling. ca.finance.yahoo.com/news…
In Finland, traffic fines are proportionate to the latest available data on an offender's income. In 2002, a Nokia director got a $103,600 fine for breaking the speed limit in Finland. He was driving at 75 km/h (47 mph) in a 50km/h (31 mph) zone. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europ…
In 2007, a group of college students drove the speed limit (55MPH) on I-285 and backed up traffic for miles. youtube.com/watch?v=OoETM…
Today I learned of John Nestor, a medical officer for the FDA who regularly drove in the left lane with his cruise control set at the national speed limit at the time, 55mph. When asked why he said "Why should I inconvenience myself for someone who wants to speed?" His driving method became known as Nestoring. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The prominent and successful economist Warren Mosler proposed a single policy to solve the energy crisis: lower the national speed limit to 30 mph for private ground transportation moslereconomics.com/2008/…
The Federal Highway Administration has guidance on how many seconds a yellow light should be depending on the speed limit of the intersection. shortyellowlights.com/sta…
From May of 1942 to August of 1945 the US had a nationwide speed limit of 35 miles per hour called The β€œVictory Speed” Limit nww2m.com/2015/12/home-fr…
Yellow speed limit signs in the U.S. are recommended speeds but are not enforced. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adv…
Until 1999, the State of Montana didn't have a speed limit on the interstate, and instead encouraged drivers to be "reasonable and prudent" helenair.com/news/local/r…
There used to be a national speed limit, set at 55 mph. During WWII, it was 35 mph (the "Victory Speed Limit"). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
In 2000 the major motorcycle companies of the world reached a gentlemen's agreement to end a speed war of one-upmanship to try make the worlds fastest production bike, as they feared speeds would escalate to extremely dangerous speeds before it would end. A limit of 186 mph was agreed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Driving the speed limit will add musical accompaniment to your trip on Route 66 atlasobscura.com/places/m…
The highest specific speed limit in the world is 150 km/h in Italy (93 mph) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spe…
When Montana had no speed limit on their highways, that highway deaths were significantly lower compared to when they had speed limits. motorists.org/press/monta…
In 2000 the major motorcycle companies of the world reached a gentlemen's agreement to end a speed war of one-upmanship to try make the worlds fastest production bike, as they feared speeds would escalate to extremely dangerous speeds before it would end. A limit of 300km/h was agreed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
If you repeatedly go over the speed limits on Switzerland you will be evaluated by a psychologist ch.ch/en/driving-over-spe…
85 MPH is the highest posted speed limit in the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spe…
Bicycles have no speed limits in the UK, but you can get charged with 'cycling furiously'. astounding.org.uk/ian/cyc…
The child actor who played a young Ricky Bobby in Talledega Nights has been arrested twice- once for reckless driving; he was going 45 mph over the speed limit. cnn.com/2014/07/09/showbi…
Black-on-yellow or black-on-orange signs are advisory. Unlike speed limit signs, they do not represent a legal requirement; drivers cannot be ticketed for not heeding the advice given on them. fairtrafficlaws.com/Advis…
In the UK, there are road cameras that photograph cars. From the photos' time stamp data, the average speed of any given car between two points can be calculated. Using this data, motorists can be ticketed if their average velocity exceeds the speed limit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roa…
The German Autobahn has no national speed limit because the West Germany saw them as a Nazi relic en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aut…
The fastest road in USA is in Austin, Texas. It has a speed limit of 85 mph. foxnews.com/leisure/2012/…
As a form of rationing during WWII, the speed limit was lowered to 35 mph in the United States, but as more of an effort to save the rubber used to make tires than to save fuel. learnnc.org/lp/editions/w…
The amount of time a traffic light stays yellow corresponds with the first digit of the speed limit. If the speed limit is 50 mph the yellow light will be 5 seconds long, 35 mph is 3.5 seconds, etc. redding.com/news/cop-talk…
There is a maximum computational speed called the Bremermann's limit that we may never be able to surpass en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bre…
Some speed limits are determined by how fast people who actually use that road usually drive fivethirtyeight.com/featu…
Why speed limits are often so stupidly slow deadcatbounce.com/feature…
If there is a speed limit sign on only one side on the road, it means that the speed limit is still that speed. If there are signs on both sides of the road, it means the speed limit is CHANGING to that speed. canberratimes.com.au/act-…
Cyclist in Great Britain cannot be booked for speeding on public roads unless there is specific bylaws set for a cycle speed limit in that area such as but not limited to an 8mph limit in Hampstead Heath in London. slatergordon.co.uk/media-…
North Korean roads are segregated by lanes. The first lane is reserved for senior officials, and has a speed limit of 70 km/h. The third lane is for average citizens and has a speed limit of 40 km/h. Those in the third lane are not allowed to switch lanes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
The town of St. Peters, MO misunderstood new Federal requirements in 1994 and became the first town in the US to put up metric-only speed limit signs. apnewsarchive.com/1994/Me…
The highest posted speed limit in the USA is 85 MPH on State Highway 130 in Texas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tex…
There is a sticker that allows Physicians to drive above speed limit in case of emergencies in California. cmanet.org/files/assets/s…
Speed limits are enforced by aircraft by having a spotter police officer in the sky who notifies a ground officer of drivers exceeding the speed limit. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The national speed limit in the US during WW2 was set to 35 mph in order to conserve tire rubber en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat…
On Ole Miss' campus the speed limit on some roads was 18 mph to honor former quarterback Archie Manning's jersey number. Later, it was changed to 10 mph to honor his son who also was a great quarterback, Eli Manning. bustedcoverage.com/2012/0…
Single rotor helicopters have a speed limit of about 250mph. A speed, they can't physically exceed. Due to dissymmetry of lift. gizmodo.com.au/2016/11/he…
Gibraltar, unlike in the UK and other British territories, traffic drives on the right and speed limits are in km/h en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gib…
There are places other than the Autobahn where there is no speed limit. bbc.com/travel/story/2013…
During 1973-1974 oil embargo, national highway speed limits were lowered to 55 mph in an attempt to force Americans to drive at speeds deemed more fuel-efficient history.com/this-day-in-h…
There is no speed limit on German highways for some classes of vehicles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aut…
The civilian passenger jet Concorde *cruising speed and altitude substantially matched the *top speed and altitude limits of almost all of the fastest military aircraft ever built. globalaircraft.org/top50.…
Certain parts of the Autobahn DO have speed limits en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aut…
There is a Gentlemen's agreement among the major motorcycle manufacturers to limit the speeds of their machines to 300 km/hr (186 mph) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
North Korean roads have a lane with no speed limit reserved for senior officials. newfocusintl.com/driving-…
In 1999 a freeway in Montana implemented a speed limit in an area that previously did not have a speed limit. Fatalities actually rose by 111%. motorists.org/press/monta…
It is legal to exceed the posted speed limit in Texas if it is done safely nolo.com/legal-encycloped…
Birds have learned to observe the speed limit of different roads by judging the average speed of cars; either taking off fast or slow based on that judgement. newser.com/story/173022/b…
In 2006, a bill was proposed in Tennessee to require blue-colored speed limit signs in any municipality that gets more than half its revenue from traffic tickets blogs.knoxnews.com/silenc…
Disney World owns so much property in Florida, that not only do they technically own the two cities their parks and resorts run through, but because of this, they effectively create their own city ordiances and laws such as speed limits. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/T…
"half of German motorways have no maximum speed limit at any time of day or under any traffic conditions" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spe…
There is a highway in Texas with an 85 mph speed limit. cnbc.com/id/49520151
The official driving speed limit on the campus of Ole Miss University is 18 mph, in honor of Archie Manning's football jersey number. chicagonow.com/my-sports-…
There is an absolute upper limit on computational speed wmiles.com/2010/01/bremer…
Birds may understand the concept of a speed limit, not adjusting how quickly they take off from the road based upon the speed of a specific vehicle, but upon the expected speed of a vehicle for that given road. news.nationalgeographic.c…
Australia has had a road with no speed limit since 2014 drive.com.au/motor-news/n…
Lightspeed is not a total limit on all things moving in the universe but rather only on objects and energy. The inflation of space or the movement of space can travel theoretically at exponentially faster speeds than light and dark energy may be responsible. space.com/17884-universe-…
One of the world's first speed limits, back in 1865, allowed a maximum of 2 mph in towns, and in some cases required a person with a red flag to walk in front of the vehicle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loc…
How advisory speed limits are set for corners on the road onlinemanuals.txdot.gov/t…
The speed limit in NYC is 30 mph because it's 3.5 times as likely someone will die when hit at 40 mph than at 30 mph. nyc.gov/html/dot/html/mot…
A man once went 81 mph on a bicycle, breaking Nevada's highway speed limit of 75 mph. youtube.com/watch?v=5V2Fg…
, that changing the speed limit doesn't actually change the rate most people drive. What changed was the number of citations given. motorists.org/speed-limit…
Today I learned of the Red Flag Acts, which required a man with a red flag to walk 60 yards ahead of all vehicles and set a speed limit as low as 2 mph en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loc…
Manufacturers choose the optimum performance speed for cars based on goverment decided highwayspeed limits (50-60mph). money.usnews.com/money/bl…
A gentlemen's agreement was reached among the major motorcycle manufacturers to limit the speed of their machines to 300 km/h (186 mph) for fear of import bans against high speed motorcycles in Europe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suz…

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