When merging two lanes of traffic, a zipper merge is recommended because leaving a lane unoccupied as a result of early merging is inefficient. It only makes traffic heavier. usatoday.com/story/money/…
Carmel, a city in Indiana, has the highest number of traffic roundabouts in the US. Since late 1990s the city has built 125 roundabouts. carmel.in.gov/department-…
Vitali Kaloyev, a Russian Architect who lost his family when the airliner they were flying in collided mid air with a cargo plane. He stalked and later murdered an air traffic controller he blamed for the incident. theguardian.com/world/200…
All New Yorkers used to have to move on May 1st if their lease expired. It was known as "Moving Day" which led to massive traffic jams. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mov…
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…
The animal that causes the most human deaths annually in the US is deer. Deer sometimes leap blindly into roadways causing tens of thousands of traffic accidents annually. These accidents cause an estimated 200 deaths every year. Runner-up: Bees, wasps and hornets with 58 deaths. roaring.earth/which-anima…
In 1940, on the way to their invasion or Ardennes, France, the massive German army got into a major traffic jam. French reconnaissance pilots spotted it and reported it to French High Command who promptly said "that can't be true" and ignored it. An aerial attack could have ended the war historyhit.com/how-a-coup…
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…
Balloonfest '86 was an event in which Cleveland, Ohio set a world record by releasing almost one-and-a-half million balloons. The event caused multiple traffic accidents and prevented coast guards from rescuing two boaters who ultimately drowned. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
In the year 2000, Steven Soderbergh lost Academy Award for Best Director for Erin Brockovich to Steven Soderbergh for Traffic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aca…
About a quarter of all of the stop signs in Cranston, RI, were installed under mysterious circumstances. The β€œundocumented stop signs” led to numerous traffic tickets being thrown out in court, as police couldn’t prove that the stop signs were validly installed by the city. abc6.com/cranston-conside…
In 1981 Ronald Reagan fired 11,359 striking air-traffic controllers history.com/this-day-in-h…
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…
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…
There are a series of locks that permit ship traffic up the St. Lawrence seaway in North America, from near sea level near Montreal up to 243.3 ft in elevation at Lake Ontario. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
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…
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…
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…
Garrett Morgan invented the three-position traffic signal and the smoke hood, which was an early precursor to the gas mask. He also discovered and developed a chemical hair-processing and straightening solution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
Lionel Martin, the co-founder of Aston Martin, died after being knocked off his bicycle at a set of traffic lights near his home. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lio…
The air traffic controller from Die Hard 2 (actor Fred Thompson) ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
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…
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/…
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…
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/…
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…
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…
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…
A planned terror attack in Bangalore was once averted due to a Traffic Jam. thenewsminute.com/article…
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…
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…
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…
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.…
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-…
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 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/…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
There are 140 million traffic cones worldwide, 1.3 million of those being in the UK alone. manchestersafety.co.uk/7_…
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 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…
Julius Caesar outlaws private vehicle use during the first 10 hours of daytime to combat traffic penn.museum/sites/expedit…
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…
There is an "upside down" traffic light in the Syracuse, New York neighborhood of Tipperary Hill gizmodo.com/the-story-beh…
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…

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