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January 19, 2011

Totally random yet generally interesting facts and automotive trivia.

The famous author T. E. Lawrence, aka "Lawrence of Arabia," was killed in 1935 while riding what make of motorcycle?


On May 13, 1935, Lawrence was riding the 1000cc Brough Superior back to his cottage in England when he reportedly high-sided the bike after trying to avoid two boys on bicycles. He died in a nearby hospital six days later from injuries suffered in the crash.

How did the military vehicle—the tank—get its name? 
 

According to The Tank Museum in Bovington, England, Sir Albert Gerald Stern, the British secretary to the Admiralty Landships Committee during World War I, coined the term “tank” after it was agreed that the term “landship” was “too descriptive.” It is believed Stern decided on the word “tank” given the vehicle’s close resemblance to the benzene fuel and water tanks also used on the battlefield during the war.

What is the origin of the word “car”?

The word “car” comes from the Latin word carrus, or “wheeled vehicle.”

What is the safest color for a car?

In 2006, New Zealand researchers published the results of a two-year study of crash data in their country and determined that the occupants of silver cars are less likely to be involved in injury accidents than those riding in cars of another color. This seemed at odds with an early study of 31,000 crashes in the country of Sweden where it was found black cars were statistically the most dangerous while the safest car color on Swedish roads was pink.

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