In the 70s, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, tried creating its own artificial coral reef by dumping some 2 million used tires into the ocean. It became an environmental disaster, naturally, but also a military training exercise when divers had to retrieve the tires (almost one by one). npr.org/templates/story/s…
Airplane tires leave between 1 to 1.5 pounds of rubber on the runway when they land. internationalairportrevie…
In 1961, Goodyear released "illuminated tires" made of a translucent material available in several different colours. Each tire contained 18 light bulbs that would generate an electroluminscent-like glow on the ground and in the wheel wells. thedrive.com/news/26862/w…
F1 teams don’t own their tires, and at the end of each race teams have to return the tires to Pirelli. Even used tires must be returned to prevent industrial espionage. cnet.com/roadshow/news/20…
A tire fire involving approximately 10 million tires burned for at least 15 years. Heyope, Wales. 1989 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tir…
Elephants are tremendous distance swimmers. They can swim for up to six hours and 25 miles (48km). They are so buoyant that if they tire in the water, they can just rest by floating and will not sink. They can also use their trunk as a snorkel and dive. wildanimalpark.org/can-el…
I learned Sue, the most complete T. Rex skeleton, was discovered by paleontologist Sue Hendrickson when she and her crew got a flat tire at the end of their field season. During repairs, Hendrickson found bones at a cliff face leading the discovery of larger bones in the cliff's formation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sue…
Two Playstation 1 games featured a scratch and sniff disc. FIFA 2001 smelled like a soccer field and Grand Turismo 2 smelled like car tires. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scr…
The Michelin Man is white is because rubber tires are naturally white. It wasn't until 1912 that companies started mixing carbon chemicals with the rubber to make black tires. This process is not an aesthetic change, but a structural one, making the tires stronger and durable. guide.michelin.com/us/en/…
F1 driver Ayrton Senna once claimed he crashed because a wall moved. A team engineer humored him and checked the location of the crash and discovered Senna was telling the truth. Tire marks showed that someone had hit the wall block, causing it to tilt and protrude enough for Senna to hit it. essentiallysports.com/gre…
Professional Wrestler "Macho Man" Randy Savage played in Minor League Baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals, learning to throw with his left hand after he injured his right shoulder and strengthening his swing by hitting a hanging car tire; the latter technique adopted by teammate Larry Herndon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
In 1991, 20 paintings were stolen from the Vincent Van Gogh museum in Amstderdam. However, the theft was foiled when the thieves getaway car suffered a blown tire, forcing them to flee and leave the paintings behind. 35 minutes after the robbery, the paintings were recovered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
"Dead Cat Space" is an Auto Industry standard term for what engineers and designers call the area above the tire and below the fender. It got its name because the top of a car’s tire is often a warm place where cats seek to nap. detroitnews.com/story/bus…
Michelin are so secretive about their tires that they don't patent the rubber compound they use so it can't be copied. caranddriver.com/features…
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…
Stephanie Kwolek the inventor of Kevlar was working on finding a new, lightweight substitute for steel belting in automobile tires, on fears of a looming oil shortage and in anticipation of a market for lighter tires. What resulted was a new fiber five times stronger than steel by weight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
The Bridgestone tire company is named after its founder Shōjirō Ishibashi, whose surname means "stone bridge" in Japanese en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sh%…
Back in the '60s Goodyear developed glowing tires classiccarcollection.org/…
In 1940, American explorers attempted to drive to the South Pole in a 56-foot vehicle carrying a plane and 6,000 gallons of fuel. Once in Antarctica, the combination of the vehicle's weight and smooth tires made it nearly impossible to drive on snow and ice and it was abandoned. thedrive.com/news/33433/t…
The term "tire", the rubber component of a vehicle's wheel, comes from the word "attire", from the idea that a wheel with a tire is a dressed wheel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tir…
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 Daniel Boria. Labelled the 'Bolloniatic' Daniel flew over Calgary in Lawn Chair as publicity stunt for his cleaning company by strapping $13000 worth of industrial balloons onto a Canadian Tire lawn chair. Upon landing he was apprehended by police and later fined $5000 for the stunt. cbc.ca/news/canada/calgar…
Today I learned about 800 men, women and children, armed with ax handles, baseball bats, tire tools and golf clubs, stretched across a mile of the desolate prairie near Mud Lake and rounded up jackrabbits which they claim have done an estimated $5 million in crop damage. idahopress.com/news/state…
Today I learned of the Antarctic Snow Cruiser, a 55 foot, 37 ton vehicle used in a 1939 Antarctic expedition. Its smooth tires were ill suited for the deep snow but the crew discovered that traction was increased by driving in reverse. They proceeded to complete a 92 mile trek, completely in reverse. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Lego is the largest tire manufacturing company in the world, producing over 318 million units every year. That is over 870,000 units every day. drivetribe.com/p/did-you-…
Today I learned about the Tracy Tire Fire which occurred in Aug. 1998 after a spark caused a grass fire that ignited over 7 million illegally dumped tires. The fire wasn’t officially extinguished until Dec. 2000. A fire chief once compared the burning dump site to the result of an "atomic bomb attack." sfgate.com/bayarea/articl…
Today I learned about the disease Michelin tire baby syndrome (MTBS), which is a rare disorder that has been named after the mascot of a French tire manufacturer, the Michelin man; Bibendum. journal.medizzy.com/miche…
The cost of a Bugatti Veyron's oil change is between $20,000 to $25,000 & the cost of tires is around $38,000 cnbc.com/2018/09/18/a-bug…
Dunlop tires actually come from four different companies - depending on the market, the brand is owned by either Goodyear, Sumitomo, Continental or Ruia Group. In fact, in North America Goodyear makes Dunlop car tires, while Sumitomo makes the motorcycle ones. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dun…
In 1923 Goodyear Tire created a subsidiary known as the Goodyear Zeppelin Company to manufacture airships, and between 1923 and 1995 it made over three hundred zeppelins. ohiohistorycentral.org/w/…
Helly Juell Hansen was a Norwegian captain that first produced clothes in 1877 to protect his crew against the harsh Nordic weather. His revolutionary new product infused linseed oil into cotton fabric. 141 years later, in 2018 the company was sold to Canadian Tire for $985 million. hellyhansen.com/about-us/…
After a Hell's Angels member threw a tire iron at Evel Knievel during a stunt show, he and a majority of the spectators fought back, sending three of the fifteen Hells Angels members to the hospital en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eve…
Since 2017, when Waymo, began testing self-driving vans in Chandler, Arizona, Police have responded to dozens of calls regarding people threatening and harassing them. People have thrown rocks at Waymos, slashed a tire, chased them, tried to run them off the road and aimed a gun at one of them azcentral.com/story/money…
Today I learned about "the Beast", the US president's armored limo. It has a number of features to protect the president, including 8-inch doors, 5-inch bulletproof glass, Kevlar run-flat tires, fully-sealed pressured interior, and electrifying car door handles. It cost roughly US$1–1.5 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
In 1997, Bill Cosby's son Ennis was murdered while changing a tire and left on the side of the road by Ukrainian teenager. Cosby was working toward his doctorate in special education at Columbia University's Teachers College. He planned to set up a school for children with learning disabilities en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur…
As steel wires in tires become magnetized with use, rotating tires create a magnetic field. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad…
Chevy had an option on almost all of its cars in the 60s called "Liquid Chain". It would spray a traction enhancing substance on the tires to aid traction in snow. hagerty.com/articles-vide…
The large tires on tractors are commonly filled with liquid rather than air iamcountryside.com/tracto…
A study shows that the average male gets bored on shopping trip after just 26 minutes while average woman tires after around two hours telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
In June 2017, a tire shop in Fort Worth, Texas, was robbed so often that the owner bought a guard dog. The next time the shop was robbed, the intruders stole the dog. dallasnews.com/news/fort-…
The underbelly membrane of lobsters is the toughest material of all natural hydrogels, including collagen, animal skins, and natural rubber. The membrane is about as strong as industrial rubber composites, such as those used to make car tires, garden hoses, and conveyor belts. phys.org/news/2019-02-lob…
The Rolls-Royce Phantom has a layer of foam inside its specially-designed tires, which lowers cabin sound levels by reducing tire cavity noise. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rol…
New tires have little rubber hairs on them as a byproduct of the manufacturing process and that those hairs do not have any practical purpose or benefit for the tire. autoblog.com/2015/11/12/w…
In 1960, soul singer Jesse Belvin played to Arkansas' first ever racially integrated audience. The performance was interrupted twice by white protesters. After the show, Belvin was killed in a head-on collision. It was discovered that his car tires had been slashed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jes…
In the 1940s President Johnson,at the time a Congressman, used to drive around with a snake in his trunk because he believed black people were scared of snakes. He used to go to fuel stations get served by black guys and make them open the trunk and he was almost beaten with a tire iron snopes.com/fact-check/lbj…
Soft serve ice cream became popular after Tom Carvel's ice cream truck got a flat tire. He started serving the melting ice cream to vacationers. Two years later he opened his first soft serve ice cream shop at the same site where his truck broke down. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sof…
The "tires" on the Apollo lunar rovers were made of a woven mesh of zinc-coated piano wire with titanium treads to keep them from sinking into the lunar soil. The tracks they left are only 1/2" deep. airandspace.si.edu/collec…
"tire" is short for "attire," since car wheels are said to be "dressed" with tires. This also means that the spelling "tyre" is wrong. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tir…
Aircraft tires are inflated using nitrogen instead of air physlink.com/education/as…
Hollow caltrops can be used to puncture self-sealing rubber tires. The hole in the center allows air to escape even if the other end of the tube is sealed by soft ground. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…

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