If you are looking for a poster child for "overachiever" you might consider Dwight D. Eisenhower. This Kansas farm boy rose from modest beginnings to become one of only five Americans to achieve the five-star rank of General of the Army and the only one of those to become President of the United States. (see note... Continue Reading →
Mid-air refueling is impressive by any standard. For two or more aircraft to join together while flying at 300 mph, it requires pilot skill and technological sophistication well beyond average. Among the many impressive things about this feat is how quickly it happens. Modern refueling tankers deploy fuel at a rate of about 6,000 pounds... Continue Reading →
Toyota and Rolls-Royce both manufacture automobiles, but the end result is quite different. A 2016 Toyota Camry costs about $24,000 and takes 13 hours to build. In comparison, a 2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn costs $337,750, and spends 6 months being assembled.
Musical instruments can be costly, and any band student who has had to lug a tuba or bell set on a school bus knows they can be unwieldy, too. The Sousaphone or cello is nothing, however, compared to the principal instruments in Karlheinz Stockhausen's "Helikopter-Streichquartett" -- four operational and flying helicopters. "Helikopter-Streichquartett" (German for "Helicopter String... Continue Reading →
Pilots use agreed-upon geographic locations as reference points for navigation. Many times, these points have no distinct visible features, but they have been designated as points on a map so pilots can line up for landing or perform another maneuver. These locations, known as intersections, are identified with 5-letter names and are published on pilot charts and other... Continue Reading →
Air Force One is well known as the aircraft of the President of the United States. Technically, it is any US Air Force aircraft in which the President is a passenger. When the Preaident is aboard an aircraft of another branch of the military, that service's name is used. Marine One is the current... Continue Reading →
In the entire state of Wyoming, there are only two escalators. Both of them are in banks in the city of Casper. source
When it comes to the business of making tires, the LEGO toy company doesn't play around. In 2012 LEGO was awarded the Guinness World Record for "Largest Tire Manufacturer Per Year" in recognition of the 318 million tires produced annually. That amounts to a staggering 870,000 per day. The competition doesn't even come close. Consider... Continue Reading →
Readers of the May 23, 1890 edition of the Chicago Tribune may have expressed amused curiosity at the following item in the Personals section: “Mrs. Giacometti Prodgers, the terror of London cabmen, is dead.” Who was this fearsome Mrs. Prodgers, and what did she do to cause even the heartiest of London's cabbies to flee at the... Continue Reading →
At 13 miles per gallon, the 2010 Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita may not be the car to purchase if you are trying to stay on top of your fuel budget. Then again, if the cost of the fuel is a hinderance, you probably just want to forget about this car altogether. With a sticker price of $4,850,000,... Continue Reading →
The longest traffic jam on record happened on China National Highway 110, starting on August 14, 2010. The traffic jam slowed thousands of vehicles for more than 60 miles (100 km) and lasted for 12 days. Traffic at that time moved 0.6 miles per day. Occurring on China National Highway 110, many drivers were stuck in... Continue Reading →
Patent #6,784,792, issued in 2004 to inventors Bernhardt Mattes and Gottfried Flik, is a sensor that will tell you whether your car has struck a pedestrian. Presumably the pedestrian doesn't have to be told.
Betty Ford recalled a time when she was First Lady and was flying aboard Air Force One. She was in the restroom when the plane hit some unexpected turbulence. The Secret Service agent near the restroom door yelled, "Sit down, Mrs. Ford! Please sit down!" The First Lady calmly responded, "I am sitting down!"
President Gerald R. Ford was well aware of the unique circumstances that propelled him to the most powerful office in the world. Appointed as Vice President upon the resignation of Spiro T. Agnew, he served in that capacity for little more than eight months before Richard Nixon's resignation made Ford into the 38th President of... Continue Reading →
If you are traveling in Tokyo, Japan, and the trip is for fifty minutes or less, a bicycle is, on average, faster than an automobile. source