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How much do you really know about transportation?

In the United States, there are 15.5 million commercial trucks, that, if stacked end to end would reach to the moon.  

The average truck driver: 
Gender: Male
Age: 33
Home State: Florida
Drives: 105,000 miles/year
Average Yearly Income (2013): $55,000.00

There are approximately 3.5 million truck drivers nationwide, 1 in 9 are independent owners/operators.  

Our transporation network is comprised of 4 major modes: 
Rail: 39.5%
Road: 28.6
Water: 20%
Air: 0.5%

A truck costs what? 
Cab: $80,000-$180,000
Trailer: $30,000-$80,000

What's usually on those trucks? (Top Transported Goods): 
-Electrical goods & Machinery

 Truck engines are typically 6 times larger than car engines, they run on 400-600 horsepower, require 15 gallons of oil and are designed to run for approximately 1,000,000 miles!  

Due to the weight of a truck & trailer paired with physics, truck drivers requre 40% more time to stop than cars.  

The trucking industry as a whole accounts for 12.8% of the nation's fuel spend.  

So when you see a trucker, thank them. They work hard to support our infrastructure and keep commerce moving right along while stimulating our economy!



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Plimsolls, Rubber Shoes or, perhaps, a nice little pair of Tackies?

The first tennis shoes were called plimsolls and were developed as beachwear in the 1930’s.  These shoes acquired the nickname “plimsoll” from the colored horizontal band joining the upper to the sole, which resembled the Plimsoll line on a ship’s hull.  Just like the Plimsoll line on a ship, if water got above the line of the rubber sole, the wearer would get wet.

The name sneakers came about because rubber soled shoes were so quiet that the wearer of such could easily sneak up on a person.

In England, tennis shoes are referred to as “trainers” but in the Philippines, they are called “rubber shoes”.  They are also known as “canvers” in Nigeria, and, in South Africa, they are referred to as “sneaks” or “tackies”.In Australia, they are known as "sandshoes", "gym boots" or "joggers".


  tennis shoes

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Kangaroos, Chewing Gum and Prince George Washington...

A newborn Kangaroo is small enough to fit in a teaspoon.

Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.

Your body sheds 10 billion flakes of skin a year.

While in recent years, synthetic materials are often used, the bag part of a bagpipe is typically made from the skin of   goats, dogs, sheep, and cows.

In Ancient Egypt, servants of the pharaohs would agree to be sacrificed to provide their care in the afterlife

Early balloons were made of dried animal bladders, such as the pig bladder.

 Prince” George Washington” was Front Palace and Vice King of Siam from 1868 to 1885.

Photograph of Prince Yodyingyot, later Bowon Wichaichan. The Prince is usually referred to as "Prince George Washington" in foreign accounts, he was appointed Front Palace in 1868.

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Move Over, Turkeys...this one's for the other birds...

When used as carrier pigeons, in pigeon post a message is written on thin light paper and rolled into a small tube attached to the bird's leg. Pigeons can only go back to one "mentally marked" point that they have identified as their home. So "pigeon mail" can only work when the sender is actually holding the receiver's pigeons.

Birds were used extensively during World War I. One homing pigeon, Cher Ami, was awarded the French Croix de guerre for his heroic service in delivering 12 important messages, despite having been very badly injured.

Crewman carried homing pigeons in bombers as a means of communications in the event of a crash, ditching or radio failure.

During World War II, the Irish Paddy, the American G.I.Joe and the English Mary of Exeter all received the Dickin Medal.  They were among 32 pigeons to receive this award, for their gallantry and bravery in saving human lives with their actions.` wiki




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Did You Know - 390 Years Ago...

Did you know?

Thanksgiving Day has been an annual holiday in the United States since 1863. Not everyone sees Thanksgiving Day as a cause for celebration. Each year since 1970, a group of Native Americans and their supporters have staged a protest for a National Day of Mourning at Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts on Thanksgiving Day. American Indian Heritage Day is also observed at this time of the year.

There are claims that the first Thanksgiving Day was held in the city of El Paso, Texas in 1598. Another early event was held in 1619 in the Virginia Colony. Many people trace the origins of the modern Thanksgiving Day to the harvest celebration that the Pilgrims held in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621. However, their first true thanksgiving was in 1623, when they gave thanks for rain that ended a drought. These early thanksgivings took the form of a special church service, rather than a feast.

In the second half of the 1600s, thanksgivings after the harvest became more common and started to become annual events. However, it was celebrated on different days in different communities and in some places there were more than one thanksgiving each year. George Washington, the first president of the United States, proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving Day in 1789.



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Proof That No One is Perfect...


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A Decorated Tram & a Few Other Facts...

Did you know that...

When Queen Elizabeth II visited Melbourne in 2011, she rode a specially decorated tram driven by a Brunswick tram depot driver.

Canada's supply policy for dairy, eggs and poultry limits yogurt imports to one teaspoon per Canadian per year.

You can remotely control animals by inserting wires into their brains.

During World War I, thimbles were used as currency.

Most tin cans are actually made of steel.

1979's Hurricane Bob was the first male name ever used for a hurricane in the Atlantic basin.


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Get Your Turkey !

Recent news reports are letting us know that turkeys are in short supply. The Billings Gazette posted the following article:  

Fresh, Fat Butterball Turkeys in Short Supply

"Butterball, the largest U.S. turkey producer, has shipped only half as many large, fresh turkeys as normal for this Thanksgiving season because the birds aren’t gaining as much weight as previous years...".

The GOOD news is that we, the shippers, are not to blame. 


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Now THAT is a LOT of Turkey!!!

In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies.  For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states.  It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.

 The first feast was attended by 53 colonists and 90 Wampanoag.

Lobster, seal and swans were on the Pilgrims' menu.

 Today, nearly 46 million turkeys are eaten at Thanksgiving. 

 Now THAT is a LOT of  Turkey!!!

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Shopping = Shipping

 A study done by GE Money stated that women spend over 8 years of their life shopping. A woman spends 399 hours and 46 minutes each year shopping. Therefore, in a 63-year period, women will shop for 25,184 hours and 53 minutes. The 399 hours and 46 minutes are broken down into the following:

1. About quarter (94 hours and 55 minutes) of her shopping time is spent at the grocery store shopping for food for herself and her family (perhaps because most men do not voluntarily do the grocery shopping).

2. About 10% of her shopping time (36 hours and 17 minutes) is spent buying gifts for family and friends.

3. 48 hours and 51 minutes are spent window shopping.

4. The rest of the time, women shop for themselves: clothes, shoes, accessories, beautification items, and toiletries.

Women shopping in Chicago, Illinois


Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago Historical Society, 1903, women shopping in Chicago, Illinois.

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