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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).

Fallout from Bad ’70s Idea: Auto Tires in Ocean Reef It seemed like a good idea at the time. In the early 1970s, a group of fishermen organized a campaign to dump 2 million used auto tires into the Atlantic Ocean, about a mile off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., between two living coral …

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). Read More »

The reason that some semi-truck trailer doors have quilted patterns on their rear doors is to reduce glare on the vehicles following them.

This Is Why Truck Trailers Have Quilted Rear Doors: A Brief Explainer Semi trucks and their trailers are our stalwart friends on any road trip. Those who spend a lot of time driving can attest that the highway is the natural habitat of these hulking machines. But even if we see them all the time, …

The reason that some semi-truck trailer doors have quilted patterns on their rear doors is to reduce glare on the vehicles following them. Read More »

In Cuba, picking up hitchhikers is mandatory for government vehicles, if passenger space is available.

Why Hitchhiking Is Huge in Cuba: ‘The Transportation System Is Screwed’ The air in Havana was more liquid than gas after several days of sudden rainstorms, but the oppressive humidity didn’t seem to bother the Cubans standing at the city’s punto amarillo (yellow points), part of the socialist island nation’s countrywide hitchhiking system. A government …

In Cuba, picking up hitchhikers is mandatory for government vehicles, if passenger space is available. Read More »

At the peak of the financial crisis of 2008 Volkswagen became the most valuable company in the world for one day despite being on the brink of bankruptcy

Hedge funds lose $30 billion on VW infinity squeeze Volkswagen Infinity Squeeze. The October 2008 short squeeze on shares of Volkswagen AG has since been referred to as the “Mother of all Squeezes”. It was also perhaps the earliest use of the term “Infinity Squeeze”. It was during the middle of the worst financial crisis …

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In 1963 a VW Beetle donated by the manufacturer became the first car in the Antarctic. It was so good for Antarctic use, being able to withstand temperatures below -50°C and winds above 150 km/h, that it was nicknamed “Red Terror” by the users.

Polar Bug: When the Volkswagen Beetle Conquered Antarctica In 1963, the humble Volkswagen Beetle became the first production car to explore the Antarctic under the auspices of ANARE, the Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions. Dubbed Antarctica 1 and painted ruby red so as to stand out in the snow, the car was provided free of …

In 1963 a VW Beetle donated by the manufacturer became the first car in the Antarctic. It was so good for Antarctic use, being able to withstand temperatures below -50°C and winds above 150 km/h, that it was nicknamed “Red Terror” by the users. Read More »

Tesla requires buyers to purchase cars online to circumvent state laws that require car sales to be done through franchise dealerships. “Tesla Stores” exist only to educate potential customers and to deliver vehicles purchased online.

Tesla Stores: What Are They and How Are They Different Than Dealerships? Since the day Elon Musk brought Tesla into the automotive world, he has been reshaping the way we look at the car-buying process. Traditionally, car dealerships have been individually-owned franchises. Automotive manufacturers supply the dealership with inventory and they sell them for a …

Tesla requires buyers to purchase cars online to circumvent state laws that require car sales to be done through franchise dealerships. “Tesla Stores” exist only to educate potential customers and to deliver vehicles purchased online. Read More »

In Sierra Leone, before getting a driver’s license, you have to buy a board game called “The Drivers’ Way” and play it at least once. The game involves rolling stoplight-themed dice and moving models of classic cars around a board, together with answering questions about the country’s road laws

You Have to Play a Board Game Before You Can Get a Driver’s License in Sierra Leone In the good old days, all you had to do to get a driver’s license was, you know, prove that you could drive. But now, at least in Sierra Leone, you have to play a board game before …

In Sierra Leone, before getting a driver’s license, you have to buy a board game called “The Drivers’ Way” and play it at least once. The game involves rolling stoplight-themed dice and moving models of classic cars around a board, together with answering questions about the country’s road laws Read More »

In California all DUI convicts are made to sign “The Watson Admonishment”, which forces them to acknowledge the danger of DUI. If you are the cause of fatal DUI after signing this you are charged with murder rather than manslaughter.

California Code, Vehicle Code – VEH § 23593 « Prev Next » (a) The court shall advise a person convicted of a violation of Section 23103 , as specified in Section 23103.5 , or a violation of Section 23152 or 23153 , as follows: “You are hereby advised that being under the influence of alcohol …

In California all DUI convicts are made to sign “The Watson Admonishment”, which forces them to acknowledge the danger of DUI. If you are the cause of fatal DUI after signing this you are charged with murder rather than manslaughter. Read More »

Volvo opened up the patent for three-point seatbelt cause “it had more value as a free life saving tool than something to profit from”

Why Volvo gave away the patent for their most important invention The man who saved a million lives Automotive Hall of Fame. Bohlin, a former aviation engineer at Saab who worked on ejector seats, knew an effective belt must absorb force across the body yet be so easy to use even a child could buckle …

Volvo opened up the patent for three-point seatbelt cause “it had more value as a free life saving tool than something to profit from” Read More »