…we are reasonably sure…that this is the only time you will see a 6-foot-4, 320-pound NFL defender driving a tiny convertible smart car … with the Hello Kitty logo on it.
via Shutdown Corner
- Chargers DT Antonio Garay Has a Very Cute Car (cosbysweaters.com)
Like most of us, Michael Staley didn’t much care for getting into his hot car after it baked for hours in a shade-less parking lot.Unlike most of us, he created his own shade.
Did you know that the U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association is “the nation’s oldest and largest national lawn mower racing sanctioning body”? Yep, it goes all the way back to 1992, so it’s venerable indeed. The “sport” itself is not much older, having been created in a pub circa 1973 by some British louts with too much time on their hands.
More via Mother Nature Network.
Mazda is recalling about 52,000 Mazda6 sedans, because yellow sac spiders like to build their nests in part of the fuel system.
“A certain type of spider may weave a web in the evaporative canister vent line and this may cause a restriction of the line,” Mazda said in a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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A couple of years ago we didn’t drive because gas cost too much. Now, we’re not driving because we’re out of work.
As it turns out, one of America’s darkest economic periods has led to more free-flowing highways, something that will probably be fleeting as the country’s economic engine regains steam.
A new study out today from the Texas Transportation Institute shows that the country saw a historic dip in traffic jams in 2008 and 2009.
- Study: Recovering economy means increased traffic (sfgate.com)
- SFgate.com Bay Area traffic no longer among worst 5 in U.S. (sfgate.com)
- Recession bonus: Fewer traffic jams (chron.com)
Researchers at the Okayama Graduate School of Medicine studied over 14,000 births in Shizuoka, Japan between 1997 and 2008 to determine if women who live near major roads are more likely to have premature births. The answer? Pregnant women who live within 200 meters of a major road have babies in under 37 weeks (a full-term pregnancy is 40 weeks) 15 percent of the time. Women who don’t live near a major road don’t make it to 37 weeks 10 percent of the time.
Paramedics in Australia described a woman as “incredibly lucky” after she was run over by her own car – twice.
The 37-year-old had pulled into the driveway of her Melbourne home and, in her haste, failed to put on the handbrake.
The runaway car knocked the woman to the ground and ran over her abdomen and legs, reports the Melbourne Age.
As she lay injured on the driveway, the car continued rolling down the incline, hit a fence and rolled back towards her, running her over again.
via Orange UK
If this is “lucky” think of the kind of day she would have had if she was “unlucky.”
- Aust. woman run over by her own car. Twice. (sfgate.com)
- ‘Lucky’ Australian woman run over by own car – twice (purestrange.wordpress.com)
A Fort Myers (Florida) man who believed the CIA was trying to have him killed with radiation guns because of his YouTube rants about the nation’s banking system, slammed his green Honda into the front of a Naples bank Saturday night, according to police reports…
When police and firefighters arrived, they found (the driver) sitting inside his car, which was lodged 20 to 30 feet inside of the bank. He had driven through the double glass doors, past the reception desk, through a wall and into a conference room, Naples Fire Chief Steve McInerny said.
via Naples Daily News.
Maintenance work, wrecks and broken down cars caused a nine-day traffic jam in China that stretched for more than 100 kilometres, Chinese daily newspaper The Global Times reported. The traffic jam, on the Beijing-Tibet Expressway between Beijing and Huai’an, began on August 14 when thousands of Beijing-bound coal and fruit trucks jammed the roadway . A major cause of the congestion was maintenance work on the nearby National Expressway 110, which had suffered damage from heavy vehicles.
The roadworks work forced drivers to use the Beijing-Tibet Expressway instead. Coupled with several minor accidents and broken down cars, traffic has now been stranded on the expressway for the past nine days.
The traffic jam is expected to last for almost a month with maintenance work on the National Expressway 110 (is) not due to be finished until September 13.
400 police officers have been assigned to the 100 km stretch to maintain order.
A family in Colorado will never again have to worry about toilet breaks on the road after designing a twin-bowl toilet car.It took four years and three prototypes for Dave Hersch to perfect his design, inspired by a small ‘Hot Wheels’ toy car.It features a 6.5hp motor capable of driving two adults at 30mph and holds six toilet rolls and a magazine rack.
A new type of speed cameras which can use satellites to measure average speed over long distances are being tested in Britain. The cameras, which combine number plate reading technology with a global positioning satellite receiver, are similar to those used in roadworks.
The AA said it believed the new system could cover a network of streets as opposed to a straight line, and was “probably geared up to zones in residential areas.”
I used to think that England was a free country but I’m beginning to question that with the 24/7 police surveillance that they seem to be working toward.
Men who are overweight have a higher chance of surviving a car crash if they’re wearing a safety belt, a University of Michigan study found.
The U-M Transportation Research Institute study found men who were overweight had a 22 percent lower chance of being killed in a fatal crash than men who are underweight.But the opposite was true if overweight weren’t buckled in. According to the study, men with a body mass index between 35 and 50 were 10 percent more likely to be killed in an auto accident.
It was an epic failure by anyone’s standards.
Bumbling thieves who allegedly attempted to steal a motorised go-kart by squeezing [it] into the back seat of a Holden Commodore in Toowoomba were in even deeper when police showed up to arrest them.
via Epic fail
Cha Sa-Soon, an elderly South Korean woman, has inadvertently reaffirmed age-old jokes about female drivers by closing on a world record for most failed driver’s tests. The 68 year old pensioner from the Wanju county has failed the theory section 775 times.
via Driving Tests.