Today I learned about Taxi Dance Halls of the late 1920s and early '30s where lonely men looking for human contact paid 10 cents a song to dance with women for a few minutes. In 1931, there were at least 100 taxi dance halls in New York, visited by up to 50,000 men each week. atlasobscura.com/articles…
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 2014 Korean Air vice president Heather Cho was so angry about receiving macadamia nuts in a bag instead of on a plate, she forced the plane to taxi back to gate and unload the offending flight attendant. "Nutgate" ended up costing her 5 months in jail en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nut…
The first person to be arrested for drunk driving was one George Smith, a London taxi driver who ran his cab into a vehicle on September 10, 1897. Smith later pleaded guilty and was fined 25 shillings. history.com/this-day-in-h…
In 1963, Nintendo began to experiment in other areas of business, including setting up a food company that sold instant rice (similar to instant noodles), a taxi company, and "love hotel" chain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
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…
James Cagney in the 1932 film 'Taxi' is famous not only for Cagney's dancing, it's also the first film where he refused to be shot at with live ammo. This was very common at the time, due to it being much cheaper to use than blanks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Fiscally conservative Republican politician Howard Jarvis appears in the film Airplane! as the taxi passenger who waits patiently while the fare keeps going up. He delivers the last line of the movie and it was his only film appearance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How…
Today I learned of "Stick Around", a sitcom pilot which aired once on ABC in 1977. It was a futuristic comedy, starring Andy Kaufman as the family's robot. Kaufman would later recycle the voice he used on the pilot for the more successful ABC sitcom "Taxi", and the robot for the 1981 movie "Heartbeeps". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sti…
The famous "I ❀ NY" logo was drawn in the back of a taxi cab, given to New York for free, and makes New York State close to $30 million per year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_L…
The most expensive city for a date night (dinner for two, bottle of wine, two cinema tickets, taxi back home) is Oslo, Norway, at $159, while the cheapest is Ankara, Turkey, at $36 elitesingles.com/mag/rela…
Today I learned about Chester Plummer, the first shooting victim on the grounds of the White House. This happened when the taxi driver from Washington, DC, scaled the fence with a pipe and started charging towards the White House en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Taxi drivers in Cuba make 40 times more than doctors do vox.com/2015/10/26/959365…
Cuban taxi drivers make more in 30 minutes than doctors do in a month. youtube.com/watch?v=n-mUZ…
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…
On a visit to the US Russian President Boris Yeltsin was found smashed on Pennsylvania Ave. by SS Agents, wearing only his underwear as he yelled for a taxi so he could get a pizza. Twice. history.com/.amp/news/bil…
Toronto's first taxi service was established in 1837 by Thornton Blackburn, an escape ex-slave whose case established Canada as a safe terminus for the Underground Railroad en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tax…
Today I learned of Nelson Sullivan, a pre-internet vlogger who shot over 1,900 hours of tape over 7 years, filming Manhattan's 1980s downtown life. He sought to tape all of NY's citizens, including its outcasts, parties, street festivals, conversations with taxi drivers, and a variety of behavior on the streets en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nel…
Today I learned of JΓΌrgen Hinzpeter, a German journalist who risked his life to document the 1980 Gwanju Uprising in South Korea with the help of a Korean taxi driver. He spent the remainder of his life unable to reconnect with the driver as he had given him a fake name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C…
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…
Andy Kaufman demanded that his alter ego, Tony Clifton, a drunken, cigarette smoking lounge singer/insult comic, have guest appearances on Taxi with his own separate contract. After showing up to set with 2 prostitutes, Clifton was fired. A week later, Andy showed up as if nothing had happened. prowrestlingstories.com/p…
In 1914, thousands of allied troops were transported from Paris to the Battle of the Marne in local taxis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren…
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…
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…
Bono paid $1,500 to have a hat transported from London to him in Italy by taxi and in the cockpit of a British Airways flight. contactmusic.com/bono/new…
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…
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…
In an effort to reduce drunk driving, the city of Austin, TX will waive parking tickets if a receipt showing that a ride-share company, taxi or bus was used within 24 hours of receiving the ticket kxan.com/news/local/austi…
Former Prime Minister of Norway Jens Stoltenberg once went incognito as a taxi-driver in Oslo because he wanted to "hear from real Norwegian voters and that taxis were one of the few places where people shared their true views." bbc.co.uk/news/world-euro…
In 2012, before the introduction of Uber, a Toronto Taxi license was sold for $360,000. By 2018 they were rumored to be down to $65,000 and likely still dropping. theglobeandmail.com/news/…
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…
Blimps use the same amount of fuel in 2 weeks that a 747 uses to taxi to the runway vanwagneraerial.com/blog/…
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…
The term "cab" of taxi-cab or "hansom cab" is a shortening of cabriolet en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cab…
Stephen Fry, renowned UK commentator and comedian, purchased a London cab so that he could use bus and taxi lanes to efficiently drive around London youtube.com/watch?v=WBZXG…
The concorde could burn upto 2 tonnes of fuel just to taxi to the runway, however once at Mach 2 it was the most fuel efficient engine ever built. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
Logging, fishing, and aircraft piloting/flight engineering are the top 3 most dangerous jobs in America, while law enforcement and firefighting are ranked 15th on the list. Taxi drivers are more than twice as likely to be murdered on the job than law enforcement personnel. cbsnews.com/pictures/the-…
While filming Taxi Driver, Robert De Niro asked out Cybill Shepherd but was rejected. He then refused to speak to her unless a scene from the movie required them too. thiswillblowmymind.com/di…
When Joseph Vaillancourt's 2,609,698 km 1963 Plymouth Fury taxi, at the time the highest-mileage car in North America, was hit by a truck, actor Michael Barette personally spent about $20k on restoring the car. allpar.com/old/high-miles…
A helicopter taxi to Monaco can be cheaper than a normal road taxi. adventuresallaround.com/m…
Today I learned that London taxicab drivers have to obtain something called "The Knowledge", an in depth understanding of London and it's streets, proven by a number of examinations. It's the world's most demanding training for taxi drivers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tax…
Ed Sheeran removed curse words from his album X following a conversation with a taxi driver. The cab driver told him he wouldn’t allow his daughter to listen to his songs if he swore in them, so Ed went back and cut out all of the obscenities from the album. nzherald.co.nz/entertainm…
In the months after the 2011 quake in northeastern Japan, taxi drivers reported picking up "ghost passengers" in the coastal town of Ishinomaki where nearly 6,000 people died in the tsunami. telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
In Britain, it is illegal to flag a taxi if you have the plague or are suffering from a notifiable disease without notifying the driver of the condition. lawcom.gov.uk/app/uploads…
Today I learned of the 'Taxi Driver' assassin John Hinckley Jr. His obsession with Jodie Foster led to an assassination attempt on Reagan and the subsequent innocent verdict led to law changes surrounding the insanity defense. He was released from the psychiatric ward in 2016. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned of Ackerman steering which allows tighter turning circles and is used by London taxis to help them navigate through traffic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ack…
A New York taxi driver once hit 240 consecutive green lights in a single drive around the city vimeo.com/196039784
Taxi drivers in Ireland carry emergency service radios and defibrillators in their cars to tackle suicide in the country youtube.com/watch?v=p7l4G…
John Hinckley, the attempted assassin of Ronald Reagan, shot the president to impress Jodie Foster after seeing her in Taxi Driver, a film about a presidential candidate assasination attempt. The film itself was based on a real-life assasination attempt on George Wallace. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The city of Sao Paolo passed a "Clean City Law" a decade ago banning outdoor advertisements. Over 300,000 ostentatious business signs, billboards, posters, bus and taxi ads were taken down. Removing ads revealed civic issues, including hidden slums previously masked by adverts. 99percentinvisible.org/ar…

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