Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Why did they put lead in gasoline?

Leaded petrol contained a substance known as tetraethyl lead or TEL, a compound of lead in liquid form originally added to petrol to increase its octane rating. A side effect of adding TEL is that a layer of lead compounds forms on the valve faces of the engine, retarding wear.

Why Are Taxi Cabs are yellow?

In 1907, car salesman John Hertz looked at his surplus of traded-in cars and decided to start a taxi business . Since taxis needed to stand out, the colour yellow was chosen. That was the result of a survey by the University of Chicago which conlcluded yellow was the easiest colour to spot.

How did American Airlines save $40,000

In 1987, American Airlines managed to shave off $40,000 from its yearly expenses by simply taking out the olive from first class salads.

How much does it cost to buy a car relative to other things in history?

It costs more to buy a new car today in the United States than it cost Christopher Columbus to equip and undertake three voyages to and from the New World.

When was the first official car race?

The first automobile race ever seen in the United States was held in Chicago in 1895. The track ran from Chicago to Evanston, Illinois. The winner was J. Frank Duryea, whose average speed was 71/2 miles per hour.

How long does a person spend at red lights during their life?

The average person will spend a total of 6 months of their life sitting at red lights.

What color are the police lights in Italy?

Police used to have blue-colored emergency lights but after a recent restock of vehicles, now the use of both blue and red color is usual. Fire Departments make use of red only emergency light while ambulances either use red or both colors.