Frank Sinatra died the night of Seinfeld's finale and his ambulance made it to the hospital in record time because traffic was so light due to everyone watching the show. groovyhistory.com/frank-s…
Air traffic controllers get a break every 2 hours. When controllers remain "on position" for more than 2 hours without a break, performance can deteriorate rapidly, even at low traffic levels. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
In several Chinese cities, there is a service called "jam-busting". Drivers in traffic jams who need to get somewhere urgently call for a couple of people to show up on a motorbike. One stays with your car, and the other puts you on the back of the bike, and blasts off through and around the jam theglobeandmail.com/globe…
In 1981 Ronald Reagan fired 11,359 striking air-traffic controllers history.com/this-day-in-h…
The mother of a 15 year old girl from Florida who had been missing for 8 months was informed that her daughter was seen in videos on a popular adult site. She tipped off police and a month later the girl was found during a traffic stop in a car driven by one of the men seen in those videos. nbcnews.com/news/crime-co…
Feral chickens began terrorizing an island in the UK in 2019. A few escaped chickens multiplied exponentially due to lack of predators, and 100-bird gangs began attacking joggers, destroying yards, blocking traffic, and waking residents at 4am with their deafening crowing. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
In 1995, a man named Shawn Nelson stole and drove an M60 Patton tank in a rampage, destroying cars, traffic lights, an RV and others throughout San Diego, California. Police had no means to disable the tank and once asked the U.S. Marines to intervene in the form of a Cobra helicopter airstrike. youtube.com/watch?v=1aA90…
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…
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/…
The air traffic controller from Die Hard 2 (actor Fred Thompson) ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
The reason why the band Bread got their name is that shortly after becoming a band they got stuck in traffic behind a Wonder Bread truck. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
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 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/…
Until WWII, Japan did not distinguish between green & blue. Green was considered a shade of blue, so green apples are called "blue apples" (ao-ringo) & green traffic lights are called "blue lights (ao-shingō 青俑号)." Today, Japanese traffic lights are green, but are a very blue-green. faqjapan.com/why-is-green…
An African-American man named Garrett Augustus Morgan invented the gas mask and the three-position traffic signal. He was the son of former slaves. transportation.gov/connec…
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…
Alice In Chains started recording their album Dirt in LA the day the LA riots broke out. After guitarist Jerry Cantrell saw people being pulled out of their cars near him in traffic, the band fled for the Joshua Tree desert with Slayer singer Tom Araya until the riots were over. killerguitarrigs.com/jerr…
Ashburn, Virginia is where ~70% of the planet’s Internet traffic flows daily. It's known as the "Data Center Capital of the World". It was the first data center in the world to surpass 1 gigawatt of overall capacity. By comparison, London is a distant second, with only about half the capacity. datacenters.com/news/why-…
A 13-yr study analyzing 17,000 traffic deaths in 12 cities found that cities that had protected bike lanes with physical barriers between bikes & motorized traffic had 44% fewer overall traffic deaths than the average city without them. But painted line bike lanes had no improvement on safety. usa.streetsblog.org/2019/…
Today I learned of "Queueing Theory," the mathematical study of waiting lines, or queues. It was initially developed by a Danish engineer in 1909. Applications for the theory include telecommunication, traffic engineering, computing and industrial engineering. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
You are less likely to die during an economic depression. This can be contributed to reduced traffic, cleaner air, and less expenditure going towards harmful vices such as tabacco and alcohol. nature.com/articles/d4158…
The steel bar that hangs from the backs of semi-trailers is often referred to as a β€œMansfield bar” because the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration made it mandatory for all semi-trucks to be fitted with them after the gruesome death of actress Jayne Mansfield. dailytelegraph.com.au/new…
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 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…
There are 140 million traffic cones worldwide, 1.3 million of those being in the UK alone. manchestersafety.co.uk/7_…
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…
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…
There is an "upside down" traffic light in the Syracuse, New York neighborhood of Tipperary Hill gizmodo.com/the-story-beh…
Julius Caesar outlaws private vehicle use during the first 10 hours of daytime to combat traffic penn.museum/sites/expedit…
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…
In April, Dr. [email protected], the man responsible for the causing power outages, taking down air traffic towers, and storing cyanide will no longer have his internet use monitored. He has promised to not commit crime again. wgntv.com/news/wgn-invest…
In 1970 Florence, Oregan, traffic officials used 450 kgs of dynamite to remove the carcass of a whale from a beach. This resulted in whale bits covering spectators and even denting cars over 800 ft away. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exp…
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…
The longest traffic jam, which happened in August 2010 in Beijing, China, lasted for a tremendous 12 days in a 62-mile(100 km) road. Its cause was the road work on the highway and many vehicles clogging all over the road autoevolution.com/news/th…
Today I learned about Braess’s Paradox: adding an extra road to a network can cause more traffic for everyone - even without any increase in the number of cars! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
Turtles that wander on to roads occasionally get launched into traffic after being struck by a vehicle and are able to survive the impact of being sent through a windshield. jalopnik.com/turtle-into-…
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.…
Vitaly Kaloyev traveled from Russia to Switzerland to kill the air traffic controller handling traffic during an airplane crash aboard which his family died, went to prison for it, & returned to his hometown in 2007 on release to be appointed a Deputy Minister and held that position until 2016. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vit…
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…
Today I learned of Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan, who in 1938 flew across the Atlantic in an experimental aircraft. Despite the Air Traffic Controller deeming it a suicide flight, and a fuel leak, he successfully completed the trip. He claimed to have lost his way in the clouds and lost his license for 2 weeks. historynet.com/the-advent…
Today I learned of the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, or Whittier Tunnel, servicing Whittier, Alaska. It is a combination of highway and train tunnel passing through Maynard Mountain. Being single lane, it switches between east and westbound traffic every 30 minutes, with trains taking priority. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Por…
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…
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…
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…
The majority of the world's internet traffic passes through Ashburn, Virginia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ash…
On the 3 of September 1967 Swedish traffic switched from the left to the right side of the road. The event is known as "Dagen H" (Swedish for H Day), H standing for HΓΆgertrafikomlΓ€ggningen, or the Right-Hand Traffic Diversion. realscandinavia.com/this-…
The longest time for a traffic jam occurred in August, 2010 and lasted for 12 days and was 62 miles (100 KM) long. autoevolution.com/news/th…
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…
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…
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…

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