Today I learned about the windshield phenomenon. People tend to find fewer insects smashed on the windscreens of their cars now compared to a decade or several decades ago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
That, while car windshields block ~96% of UV radiation, the windows on car doors often block less, between 44% and 96%. reuters.com/article/us-he…
Lovebug fly has an acidic body chemistry. When they die on windshields, hoods, and radiator, if left for more than an hour, remains become extremely difficult to remove. The acidity of the dead body, often resulted in pits and etches in automotive paint and chrome if not quickly removed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lov…
Today I learned of the Seattle windshield pitting epidemic of 1954. Nearly 3000 residents reported unexplained damage to their windshields, blaming everything from vandals to cosmic rays to sand fleas. However, it was actually just people noticing normal damage that had always been there, causing mass delusion en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
Today I learned about the 2001 hit-and-run accident in Ft. Worth, TX, that left Gregory Biggs lodged - broken-boned and bleeding - in the windshield of the car driven by Chante Mallard. Instead of summoning help, Mallard drove home, parked in her garage and allowed Biggs to slowly die over the next two days. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur…
Today I learned about the windshield phenomenon, the observation that since the early 2000s people often no longer have to clean a bunch of insects off the windshields of their cars after a long drive. It has been attributed to a global decline in insect populations because of human impact on their ecosystem. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
Today I learned about Mary Anderson, inventor of the windshield wiper. She got a 17-year patent for it in 1903. She tried to sell the rights in 1905 but was rejected by a firm saying "we do not consider it to be of such commercial value as would warrant our undertaking its sale." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Lenses implanted in the eye following cataract surgery, are the result of a surgeon realizing shrapnel from a WW2 windshield lodging in a pilot's eye did not cause an infection or show signs of tissue rejection. airspacemag.com/military-…
Birds poop white because they don't urinate. The uric acid turns poop white and makes it hard to get off windshields because it doesn't dissolve easily with water. audubon.org/news/what-mak…
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-…
Julia Louis-Dreyfus once parked in Tom Arnold's parking spot on the CBS lot. He left a note on her windshield that read "How stupid are you? Move your f--king car, you asshole!" She later found "a Polaroid of someone's buttocks left on her windshield and the word 'cunt' written in soap." eonline.com/news/1054335/…
The black paint around the outside of your car's windshield is called β€˜frit’. The frit band both hides the sealant securing the windshield to your car AND protects it from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, which can damage the adhesive. dedona.com/the-purpose-of…
On November 10, 1903. Mary Anderson invented an automatic car window cleaning device controlled from within the car, called the "Windshield Wiper". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Robert Kearns, the inventor of intermittent windshield wipers, tried to sell his idea to the auto industry and was turned away. When they began showing up on new cars, he sued the manufacturers from the industry and won millions of dollars in settlements. newyorker.com/magazine/19…
The 1957 Chrysler Imperial had a compound curved windshield and the first use of curved side glass on a standard production car. Into the 1960s, Imperial continued to be one of the longest cars built in the United States allpar.com/cars/imperial/…
When Consumer Reports tested a Renault 12 in 1972, the car had 34 defects, including a connecting rod breaking through the engine block, loosened flywheel bolts and the windshield wiper motor burning. The best car in the comparison, Toyota Corolla, had only 9 defects. curbsideclassic.com/blog/…
Most safety features found in cars and other vehicles saw a boom in popularity from the creation of one car, the Tucker 48. Safety features included a pop out windshield, padded dashboard, and even a swivelling headlight depending on which direction you were steering. si.edu/Encyclopedia_SI/nm…
The black paint band around a windshield is actually there to keep the sun from degrading the windshield adhesive jalopnik.com/heres-what-t…
Jeeps have Easter Eggs which are little animals or icons that have been found on the windshield, trunk, dashboard and various other parts of a Jeep. zigwheels.com/news-featur…
Today I learned of the first transcontinental trip across the United States in an automobile. In 1903 two men and a dog used 800 gallons of gas and spent/lost $8000 over 63 days to travel from San Francisco to New York in a car with no roof or windshield to win a $50 bet that they never collected. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Windshields have an SPF of 50, better than most sunscreens. tampabay.com/news/health/…
The Seattle windshield pitting epidemic of 1954 was the result of mass delusion. When the media called attention to it people actually looked at their windshields and saw damage they had never noticed before. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
In 1929 hockey player Eddie Shore, after missing his train, drove 350 miles through a blizzard to a game. The car's chains broke twice, the wipers broke, he removed the top half of the windshield, and crashed into a ditch. He still made it and scored the game's only goal. thehockeynews.com/news/ar…
The EU banned methanol in windshield washer fluid because alcoholics were drinking windshield washer fluid and dying. chemicalwatch.com/61932/e…
Today I learned about British Airways flight 5390 where the First Officer managed to safely land at Southampton Airport while the Captain was being sucked out of the plane due to a broken windshield en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
Today I learned of a Mass Delusion that took place in Washington State in the early 1950s, when thousands of car owners were convinced that someone was damaging their windshields, when in fact the cracks and pits were caused by normal wear and tear. historylink.org/File/5136
20% of Legionnaires disease in the UK is caused by people using water instead of windshield washing fluid. autoblog.com/2010/06/15/r…
A "bear fell or jumped" on a moving Humboldt County patrol car on 3 August 2019 in California, USA. Bear "smashed the hood and windshield." The "car hit an embankment, rolled onto its side and burst into flames." The driver survived, fire "was contained," "car was gutted." Bear "fled the scene." mercurynews.com/2019/08/1…
The Russian mafia smuggled grain alcohol to Eastern Europe by dying it blue, labeling it s windshield-wiper fluid, cologne, mouthwash and cleaning solvents and once overseas removing the dye and selling the alcohol as high end liquor nytimes.com/2000/08/19/ny…
Today I learned of Tom Attridge, a Grumman test pilot who managed to shoot himself down while in an F11F Tiger after entering a steep dive and catching up to rounds fired prior to the dive (which slowed down due to air resistance). With his engine and windshield damage, he was forced to crashland but survived. check-six.com/Crash_Sites…
A man called Zeb Quinn went missing in 2000. His car was found two weeks later, with it's lights on, a pair of lipstick lips drawn on the rear windshield, and a live Labrador puppy inside. Zeb Quinn has never been found. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
That, once, while on a tour bus, Busta Rhymes heard one of the songs on Eminem's "Slim Shady EP" and got so into the music that he smashed his head on the windshield of the bus, breaking the whole windshield, because he said Eminem's music was so compelling and powerful. rollingstone.com/music/ne…
A woman named Chante Mallard hit a homeless man with her car, sending him through her windshield. She drove home, parked her car in her garage & left him stuck there. He died, so she took the body to a park & set fire to the car. She was caught 4 months later when she talked about it at a party en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
A woman was nearly killed after teens threw a 20 lbs frozen turkey through windshield of her moving car. When she woke from a coma with brain damage and a surgically reconstructed face, she pressed for leniency in the case, transforming the delinquent teen's life. They still keep in touch today. nydailynews.com/new-york/…
The inventor of intermittent windshield wipers tried to sell his idea to the auto industry and was turned away. When they began showing up on new cars, he sued, and won. autonews.com/article/2008…
A man called Zeb Quinn went missing in 2000. His car was found two weeks later, with it's lights on, a pair of lipstick lips drawn on the rear windshield, and a live Labrador puppy inside. Zeb Quinn has never been found. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
The windshield of the SR-71 Blackbird can reach a temperature of over 600Β°F during flights at mach 3. It had to be made of quartz and was ultrasonically fused to the titanium hull in order to handle the stress. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loc…
[] A bird once crashed through the front windshield of an Israeli fighter plane, knocking the pilot out, but also hitting the ejection lever. nytimes.com/1985/09/17/sc…
Today I learned of Zeb Quinn, who went missing in 2000. His car was found two weeks later, with it's lights on, a pair of lipstick lips drawn on the rear windshield, and a live Labrador puppy inside. Zeb Quinn was never found. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
Classic VW Bugs powered the windshield washer by hooking into the spare tire jalopnik.com/the-spare-ti…
A man escaped East Germany by driving a sports car, with the windshield removed, at max speed under the gates of Checkpoint Charlie with his future wife and mother in-law hiding in the trunk content.time.com/time/mag…
A Fort Worth woman hit a homeless man with her car. His body became lodged in her windshield. She drove home. She repeatedly visited the man in her garage and even apologized for hitting him. He died several hours later. She was tried and convicted for murder, receiving a 50 year sentence. cnn.com/2003/LAW/06/27/wi…
The Spirit of St. Louis did not actually have a forward windshield, as Lindbergh decided to place the fuel tanks in front to improve the center of gravity. Instead, he used a periscope or looked out the side windows to see in front of him while flying. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
[] of the alternative to a car parking boot, the car barnacle. It uses 2 suction cups to obstruct the windshield of the car. youtube.com/watch?v=clEMH…
It's illegal in California to hold a cell phone while driving & that the cell phone must be mounted on the windshield, dashboard, or center console in a manner that doesn't hinder the driver’s view of road. Also the cell phone must be activated with a single swipe or tap of the driver’s finger. leginfo.legislature.ca.go…
In 1990 the pilot was sucked out of the windshield on British Airways Flight 5390 @ 17,000 feet. He was saved only by his knees catching the flight controls on the way out and the 1st officer safely landing the plane. nytimes.com/1990/06/11/wo…
Today I learned of the murder of Gregory Glen Biggs. A hit and run accident left the victim, Biggs, lodged in the windshield of Chante Jawan Mallard's car. Mallard drove home, leaving the injured Biggs stuck in her windshield, and parked her car in her garage where he died several hours later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur…
In 1994 a teenager purposely threw a 16lbs (7.25kg) bowling ball off an overpass that crashed through the windshield of a passing car, killing an 8-month-old baby nytimes.com/1994/02/10/ny…
The original VW Beetle operated it's windshield washers by using air pressure from the spare tire. The spare was purposely overinflated to accommodate this function. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/V…

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