Glasgow's Duke of Wellington statue was allowed to keep a traffic cone on his head by the local council because every time they removed it over the last 30 years a new one would appear within days costing them Β£10,000 a year to remove them. inews.co.uk/inews-lifesty…
The 'Ghost Army' was created in 1944 as the first tactical deception unit in US Army history to fool the German Wehrmacht. They used inflatable tanks, fake radio traffic, sound effects, and created phony headquarters with bogus officers. This was kept a secret for decades after the war. nationalww2museum.org/vis…
In 1936 part-time inventor Anton Loibl, a Nazi, and Hitler's chauffeur, invented bicycle reflectors. The SS went into business with him. The Nazis then brought in traffic laws requiring all bicycles to have reflectors, creating a cash windfall for the SS en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
You are less likely to die during an economic depression. This is mostly attributed to cleaner air, reduced traffic, and fewer dollars spent on vices like tobacco and alcohol. nature.com/articles/d4158…
In a traffic stop, Arizona officials seized illegal drugs with a street value of over $1M, then got a search warrant for the driver's property which included a former KFC restaurant. In the KFC floor, they found a hole leading to a 590 ft tunnel where drugs were funneled from the Mexican side. star-telegram.com/news/na…
In 2005 the president of Georgia fired the country's entire traffic police force of around 30,000 officers due to widespread corruption. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law…
A 'cancer patient' underwent surgery to remove a lump in his lungs. It turned out to be caused by a toy traffic cone he inhaled 40 years ago. He did not have cancer after all. theguardian.com/uk-news/2…
Sweden switched their entire traffic system from the left side of the road to the right side in a single day in 1967 called β€œDagen H”, the most logistically complex event in Sweden’s history. amusingplanet.com/2019/04…
Japan Airlines Flight 1628 over Alaska had a 42 minute long UFO encounter Supported by Radar Data and Air Traffic Control and Voice Cockpit recordings leaked in 2001 by FAA Division Chief of the Accidents and Investigations division John Callahan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jap…
Henry IV of France was assassinated after his coach got stuck in traffic. His second wife had just been crowned Queen of France. Her coronation had caused the congestion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Raising the drinking age to 21 significantly reduced the number of alcohol related traffic fatalities for people aged 16-20 in the U.S. by 64 percent, according to the NIH. pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/public…
Julius Caesar outlawed private vehicle use during the first 10 hours of daytime to combat traffic. penn.museum/sites/expedit…
In 2005 Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili fired all of the traffic police in his country, cutting 25,000 to 30,000 police from the payroll to fight corruption. He also increased the minimum weekly salary from $30-$40 to around $400 for the new officers. tandfonline.com/doi/abs/1…
Great Britain once had a Cones Hotline for people to report rogue traffic cones. The Cones Hotline was launched in 1992 for citizens to report traffic cones on the road for no obvious reason. The policy was mocked for both being comically pointless and for being a waste of government money. independent.co.uk/news/co…
William Friedkin (Exorcist, French Connection) came upon the idea for the 'wrong-way chase scene' in To Live and Die in LA when he fell asleep at the wheel and woke up in the wrong lane with traffic heading straight for him. He spent the next 20 years wondering how he would use it in a film. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_…
Crows have been found to place nuts on the road so their tough shells can be broken open by passing vehicles. They even know to wait for the red light of traffic signals to retrieve the nuts. scienceabc.com/nature/ani…
Air traffic controllers direct commercial flights to fly at β€œeven” or β€œodd” levels. The general rule in most parts of the world is aircraft going east will fly at odd levels, ie 35’000 feet, while aircraft heading west will fly even levels, ie 34’000 feet. thepointsguy.com/guide/up…
Today I learned about Dagen H day. On September 3, 1967 Sweden switched from driving on the left-hand side of the road to the right, causing a brief but monumental traffic jam. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dag…
The Lotus Bridge between left-lane-driving Macau and right-lane-driving China allows for traffic to seamlessly switch the side of the road that they are driving on at the border. cntraveler.com/stories/20…
The airport in which "The Terminal" was shot was a massive failure. Traffic predictions were grossly overestimated, the highways to link it to MontrΓ©al were never built and its terminal was insulated with asbestos. It hasn't received passengers since 2004 and the terminal was destroyed in 2016. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
There is a intersection in Manchester that many people did not like as pedestrians had to wait for ages for traffic lights. Someone had the idea to remove all the traffic lights and crossings. Instead of wrecking havoc, drivers paid more attention,collisions and incidents declined. youtu.be/N4PW66_g6XA
In 2008, A man died in a traffic accident in Seoul. In order to identify him, his DNA was analyzed & revealed that the DNA of his blood, along with some of his organs, appeared to show that he was female. It was later determined that he had received a bone marrow transplant from his daughter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Submarine networking is the process by which data is carried on subsea cables to connect continents. Submarine networks carry 95 percent of the world’s intercontinental electronic communications traffic. ciena.com/insights/how/Ho…
Seatbelts in cars first surfaced around 1950-55 (Model T was first widely available car in 1908) it wasn't until '66 that the US Congress passed National Traffic and MV Safety Act which made manufacturers comply with safety standards. NY was the first to enact a seatbelt requirement in '84. inspectaride.com/blog/his…
The German word Elefantenrennen (literally: Elephant Racing) describes the event of one truck overtaking another on the autobahn and thus slowing traffic in the process. dw.com/en/word-of-the-wee…
Today I learned of a new type of traffic intersection that has been shown to prevent traffic accidents and decrease traffic congestion called the diverging diamond exchange jalopnik.com/the-divergin…
In 2008, Electronic Arts caused a traffic jam in London, England, when their marketing team attempted to give away $40,000 of free fuel from a gas station. The promotion ended early and only $22,000 of fuel was given away. geek.com/games/ea-causes-…
The town of Larkhall, Scotland has such a deep hatred for the color green that a Subway had to paint the outside of its shop black, green traffic lights are frequently vandalized and broken, green phone boxes were painted blue, and green railings were repainted red, white, and blue. independent.co.uk/news/uk…
The largest air traffic shut down since World War II happened in 2010 due to the EyjafjallajΓΆkull eruption. 95,000 flights were cancelled in a 6-day period. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
Those strip of bumps that shake your cart as you leave a store are there to tell blind people they're walking into an area with vehicle traffic (parking lots, streets, etc). They're called Tactile paving en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tac…
Building roads with more lanes can actually increase traffic, a phenomenon called induced traffic, which contradicts the thought most experience sitting in traffic that if there was another lane on this road, things would be better. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
The reason police tap on taillights or run their fingers along the side of a car during a traffic stop is because it left fingerprints used to identify the vehicle afterwards without pictures or video. Now all patrol cars have cameras but it still occurs since it was part of training for decades thelawdictionary.org/arti…
There is a traffic signal in Syracuse, NY where the green signal is on the top because local Irish youths kept breaking it when the "British" red symbol appeared on top. When they refused to stop breaking it, the State gave in. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tip…
A Colombian Mayor in the 90s reduced traffic fatalities by more than 50% by hiring hundreds of mimes to mock traffic violators thejournal.ie/how-to-stop…
While most air traffic communications around the world use the NATO phonetic alphabet (alpha, bravo, charlie, delta, etc), Atlanta doesn't. Taxiways, Gates, and others including a 'D' are referred to as 'Dixie', so as not to cause confusion with Delta Air Lines. Atlanta is Delta's hub. knaviation.net/nato-phone…
The UK has a road marking to stop people blocking road junctions. The Box Junction is a yellow criss-cross marking and you are not allowed to enter the box unless your exit is also clear, thus avoiding blocking traffic from other directions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Box…
In 2012, a Cleveland woman arrested for a traffic infraction was ordered to stand for 2 days holding a sign that read "Only an idiot would drive on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus." npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
In Germany in 2014, Pong was added to some traffic lights for pedestrians across the road to play with eachother. It's known as 'StreetPong'. thisiscolossal.com/2014/1…
At his show's peak Kelsey Grammer insisting on being transported by helicopter from his Malibu home to the Frasier set because the traffic was simply intolerable. independent.co.uk/news/pe…
In 2010, Traffic jam in china lasted for more than 10 days... umustknowthis.com/8-inter…
Kirkpatrick MacMillan, who invented the bicycle (disputed) also has the first recorded instance of a bicycle traffic offense, when he knocked over a pedestrian in Glasgow and was fined 5 shillings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kir…
The Turkish Straits crisis was an opening salvo of the Cold War, as the Soviet Union tried to take over two key channels in order to control Black Sea naval traffic. Stalin threatened to invade Turkey from the Balkans, prompting the Truman Doctrine of capitalist aid that put the country in NATO en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
The actor Kurt Russell was probably the first person to officially report the Phoenix Lights (one of the largest UFO sightings of all time). He was a flying a plane into Phoenix at the time and reported it to air traffic control. azcentral.com/story/news/…
Today I learned of the "Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile Race". Finnish postman Ashprihanal Aalto won in just over 40 days, about 77 miles/day. The course is 5,649 laps aound a NYC block that's open to traffic. Some runners report out-of-body experiences. There's no prize money; finishers might receive a T-shirt. bbc.com/sport/48702452
Finland's reindeer herders wanted to reduce the 4,000 annual reindeer road deaths. They painted antlers in fluorescent colors, hung reflectors around necks, and used movable traffic signs. This failed, so they tried a mobile app for drivers to register sightings and get reindeer warnings. phys.org/news/2016-06-rei…
In Japanese, η·‘ (green) was taught to be a shade of 青 (blue) until the occupation of Japan in WW2. Japanese people still regularly use 青 to describe traffic lights and unripe fruit empiricalzeal.com/2012/06…
Road Traffic Incidents account for 2% of global deaths yearly. For 2016, that was 1.36 million deaths. The highest non-disease related cause of deaths. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
A man with a personalized license plate which read "NO PLATE" received 2500 overdue traffic tickets... because they had all been issued to various cars with no plates, and when a car marked "NO PLATE" appeared in the system, the algorithm automatically redirected those tickets to its owner. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Before 1923, traffic signals had no yellow light. Just Green and Red. history.com/this-day-in-h…
Nearly 1.25 million people die in road crashes each year, on average 3,287 deaths a day. Road traffic crashes rank as the 9th leading cause of death and account for 2.2% of all deaths globally. asirt.org/safe-travel/roa…
Street dogs in Russia use trains to commute between various locations, obey traffic lights, and avoid defecating in high traffic areas. The leader of a pack is the most intelligent (not strongest) and the packs intuit human psychology in many ways (e.g. deploying cutest dogs to beg). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
Transatlantic aviators refer to the longitude of 30W as the Molson-Guinness Line because that is where aircraft move from the Irish to the Canadian air traffic system and vice versa, Molson being a Canadian beer and Guinness being an Irish one. It is even marked on charts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
The feeling of always being stuck in the slowest traffic lane isn't paranoia - it's likely true youtube.com/watch?v=tq9XM…
Russia spoofs the GPS signals to protect sensitive locations, sometimes affecting maritime traffic wired.co.uk/article/russi…
The VLC media player uses a traffic cone for its icon because the students who created it drunkenly started a traffic cone collection nanocrew.net/2005/06/23/v…
Traffic accidents involving moose are 13 times more likely to result in human death than crashes with deer. facs.org/media/press-rele…
Street dogs in several cities around the world have learned to efficiently nagivate human traffic, using crosswalks, following street lights, and even using public transport en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
The Los Angeles Freeway System was never finished. There was supposed to be a freeway going through Beverly Hills which is where the worst traffic congestion is now in LA totally-la.com/unfinished…
In 1981, Ronald Reagan fired 11,345 air traffic controllers after they refused to end their strike and subsequently banned them from federal service for life en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
A Russian man 'avenged' death of his family in Überlingen mid-air collision, by killing the air traffic controller in front of his family en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vit…
A driver (in the US) does not have the right to refuse an order to exit the vehicle during an ordinary traffic stop. "The answer here is an unequivocal β€œno,” straight from the Supreme Court. pdf.textfiles.com/academi…
In Japan traffic lights are blue instead of green due to linguistics nippon.com/en/nipponblog/…
Phantom traffic jams (queues of traffic not caused by vehicle collisions or roadworks) are the result of a single driver braking suddenly, causing each successive car to break to a greater degree, creating a wave of stopped or slowed traffic. vox.com/2014/11/24/727602…
Colonel Sanders was involved in a shootout with Matt Stewart, a local competitor, over the repainting of a sign directing traffic to his station. Stewart killed a Shell employee who was with Sanders and was convicted of murder, eliminating Sanders's competition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Left side driving is safer than right side driving, because, according to the studies, oncoming traffic and driver's mirror are on the dominant right hand/eye for most people. picknbuy24.com/column_331…
A former mathematician and mayor of BogotΓ‘, Columbia, known for his eccentric legislation, hired exactly 420 mimes to mimic jay walkers in efforts to prevent traffic rule-breakers. Traffic fatalities dropped by over 50% as Mayor Mockus proved people would rather be fined than mocked. news.harvard.edu/gazette/…
There was a traffic jam in China that started on August 13th 2010; it lasted two weeks, jammed traffic for over 100km and allowed drivers to move roughly 1km a day. It inspired people to sell noodles in the jam for 3x the normal price and bottled water for Β₯15, it normally sold for Β₯1. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
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…
70% of the World's Web Traffic Flows Through Northern Virginia washingtonian.com/2016/09…
Billboards featuring naked breasts caused 517 traffic accidents in 1 day. autoblog.com/2014/10/17/n…
A Water Salute is a ceremony in which an aircraft passes under one or more arches formed by the water jets from airport fire fighting vehicles. They are used to mark notable events such as the retirement of senior pilots or air traffic controllers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat…
A former Russian Deputy Minister of Construction flew to Switzerland and murdered the Air Traffic Controller who on duty the night of his family's deaths. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vit…
Today I learned about Lt Commander Joseph Vaghi. He was an US Beachmaster during the invasion of Normandy on D-Day, acting as a "traffic cop" orienting the landing troops. Giving orders under heavy machine gun fire, he ran into an old classmate, who asked him, "Hi Joe, what the hell are you doing here?" memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp…
In the 1800’s thousands of pigs roamed the streets of NYC, providing the only source of sanitation-eating trash/waste. Children were attacked, pigs held up traffic,carriages fell over. Pigs eventually outnumbered humans-leading to disease and political unrest between upper/lower classes. collectorsweekly.com/arti…
In 2005 the President of Georgia, Mikhail Saakashvili, fired all of the traffic police in his country, cutting 30,000 police from the payroll, in order to fight corruption. npr.org/templates/story/s…
An IKEA in the Netherlands had to cancel their 1 euro breakfast special because it attracted too many customers and caused traffic jams on the highway. netherlands-tourism.com/1…
1.3mil people died last year in traffic related deaths. 261.000 deaths in China alone and on the 4th spot, U.S.A. with 40.000 deaths. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The required turning circle of a London black cab (25ft) is to allow them to navigate the roundabout on Savoy Court, leading to The Savoy hotel. (The only named road in the UK upon which traffic drives on the right). fairmont.com/press-room/a…
Under Ontario traffic laws, it is illegal to operate a horse-drawn sleigh on public roads with fewer than two sleigh bells attached to it. Penalty on conviction is a fine not exceeding $5. ontario.ca/laws/statute/9…
In 2018, a group of Russians dressed up as a cardboard bus in order to cross a vehicle only bridge in Vladivostok. They were walking through live traffic, when they were spotted and quickly pulled over by security. globalnews.ca/news/465928…
In Prague there's a street so narrow it has traffic lights for pedestrians. Once a German tourist got stuck and had to be soaped up in order to slide out. amusingplanet.com/2015/10…
On April 1st, 1993 a San Diego Radio station reported that the space shuttle Discovery had to make an emergency landing at the local airport at 8:30 am. Over 1000 people headed for the landing site to catch a glimpse, crowding the airport and causing traffic jams. It was an April Fools hoax. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
The United States Navy Tomahawk missile "is so accurate that a nuclear submarine could fire one at a street corner 450 miles [724.205 kilometers] away, and hit within 30 feet [9.144 meters] of the traffic light at that corner." media.defense.gov/2019/Ap…
Pakistani government telecom engineers trying to block domestic traffic to YouTube accidentally blocked YouTube worldwide for two hours. nytimes.com/2008/02/26/te…
For Japanese traffic lights blue means go! A very blue shade of green is used, green enough to satisfy international regulations. This is because historically the Japanese language only had words for black, white, red, and blue, and that green is considered a shade of blue. readersdigest.ca/travel/w…
Wealthy Russians hire fake ambulances with luxury interiors for $200 an hour to get through traffic. businessinsider.com/hirin…
A traffic jam in China lasted lasted for more than 10 days, with cars only moving 0.6 miles a day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
A lawyer was hired for a traffic case. Instead of sitting his client at the witness table, he dressed another lawyer to look like the client. When the only witness (a policeman) was asked to point to the defendant in the room he pointed to the fake client. The real defendant was found not guilty nytimes.com/1994/07/29/us…
"call of the void" is that feeling when you think for a second about steering into oncoming traffic or jumping off a cliff for no reason although you would never do it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%2…
In 1996, the road in front of Taiwan's Presidential Office Building was renamed from "Long Live Chiang Kai-shek" Road to Ketagalan Boulevard by mayor Chen Shui-bian, to commemorate the indigenous people. Traffic signs banning motorcycles and bicycles were abolished at the same time en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ket…
In December 1868, the first traffic lights were installed outside the House of Parliament in London. Resembling railway signals, they used semaphore arms during the day and were illuminated at night by red and green gas lamps. nationalmotormuseum.org.u…
Richard Karn, the actor who played Al on Home Improvement, heard about the role after receiving a traffic citation, going to traffic school and sitting beside an agent who told him about a casting session for the show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
Wagon ruts from the Santa Fe Trail, used from appx 1821-1880, are still visible in some areas due to the high volume of wagon traffic along the trail. The most prominent being "Ralph's Ruts" in central Kansas. travelks.com/listing/ralp…
Edward Hines got the idea to paint a line in the middle of the road to seperate traffic after watching a leaky milk wagon leave a trail down the street. In 1935, he was awarded the George S. Bartlett Award for outstanding contribution to highway progress. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
In Stringtown, Oklahoma, population 400, 76 percent of the town's 2013 budget came from traffic tickets. After a state investigation into excessive speed trapping the town's police department was disbanded. cbsnews.com/news/speed-tr…
Today I learned about Sabina and Ursula Eriksson, two otherwise healthy Swedish sisters who are believed to have induced extreme psychosis in each other, causing them both to repeatedly run into traffic in England and leading to the murder of one man. youtu.be/2MmVHUF-RAA
In March 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced the manufacturers of 99% of U.S. automobiles had agreed to include automatic emergency braking systems as standard on virtually all new cars sold in the U.S. by 2022 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Ronald Reagan fired 11,345 air traffic controllers in August of 1981 for failing to carry out their oath to never strike as employees of the US federal government. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
A Russian man, Vitaly Kayolev, lost his wife and two children in an aerial collision between two planes above Switzerland. He blamed the sole Swiss air traffic controller, Peter Nielsen, for their deaths. Two years later he tracked Nielsen down and stabbed him to death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vit…
Today I learned about LED traffic pole signals. Not just a traffic light, but the entire pole it hangs from lights up. tribune.com.pk/story/1841…

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