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David Matthews
Roads Report Article December 03, 2018
A bridge too far One of the biggest events in China this fall was the opening of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, so named after the three major cities in China’s Pearl River Delta which the bridge connects.   The 34-mile-long structure took nine years and $20 billion to complete, and now holds...
David Matthews
Roads Report Article November 02, 2018
#StealingHearts When it comes to impressing girls, a group of Milwaukee teens think they have the key.   Unfortunately, they had to steal the key, along with a few others.   The group call themselves the “Hampton Boys” and they compete with rival groups to see who can get the most girls by driving...
David Matthews
Roads Report Article October 04, 2018
Death of the salesman There’s an old joke that goes, “How can you tell when a car salesman is lying? Their lips are moving.”   A new study shows that this is exactly how millennials (19-36 year olds) view car sales jobs, and they want no part of it.   According to research by talent and management...
David Matthews
Roads Report Article September 04, 2018
Take what you can get For most people, having no money and no car make dating impossible.   Kelton Griffin is not most people.   The 21-year-old Memphis, Tenn., man’s ingenious plan to take a girl out began by asking her godsister, Faith Pugh, out on the same night.   Griffin got himself dropped...
David Matthews
Roads Report Article August 02, 2018
Jumping at the chance As the tallest glass-bottom bridge in the world, China’s Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge has been testing the courage (and turning the stomachs) of visitors for the past two years.   This summer, bridge officials will offer a new adrenaline thrill.   A bungee jump...
David Matthews
Roads Report Article July 05, 2018
Rat race If you ever see Janice Perzigian’s evening routine with her 2017 Ford Mustang, you might wonder what kind of smells she’s trying to cover up.   The Royal Oak, Mich., resident sprays essential oils on the car’s tires and side and back panels, and places scented fabric softener sheets in the...
David Matthews
Roads Report Article June 05, 2018
Drive-thru snafus For generations, getting food from a restaurant meant ordering from a menu and being served at a table.   Then in 1947, the fast-food drive-thru changed everything. People could deal with their hunger without even getting out of their car. It was a glorious convenience.   Fast...
David Matthews
Roads Report Article May 01, 2018
Stop rodent road dents Warning: California drivers, be on the lookout for giant rodents with huge orange teeth!   Known as nutria, these creatures are 2.5-ft long (not counting their 12-in. tail) and can weigh up to 20 lb. They are often mistaken for beavers or muskrats, but don’t be fooled. Nutria...
David Matthews
Roads Report Article April 03, 2018
Tough luck When the country of Turkmenistan announced an import ban on black cars in 2015, it wasn’t to curb pollution or reduce congestion.   Local media reported that the country’s superstitious president, Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, made the order because he believes the color white brings good...
David Matthews
Roads Report Article March 02, 2018
You’ve cat to be kitten me A pet owner in Sandy, Ore., was surprised to get a phone call from the police in January inquiring about the well-being of his cat.   Which cat, he wondered. He has three.   Police said they were most interested in the one that was recently filmed riding around a Taco...
David Matthews
Roads Report Article February 02, 2018
Caught off guard San Francisco is known as a hub for technology and innovation, so when a local animal charity needed to boost security, they took a modern approach.   Rather than simply hiring a human security guard, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) hired a security...
David Matthews
Roads Report Article January 03, 2018
Changing lanes Nothing ruins a perfectly good morning quite like a traffic jam. They’re frustrating and stressful, and studies show that over time, they can even take a toll on your health.     Most commuters accept congestion as a fact of urban living, but one man in China decided to take action...
David Matthews
Roads Report Article December 04, 2017
Mobile home We all remember the classic Saturday Night Live skit where Chris Farley played a motivational speaker who warned teenage slackers to get back on the right track before they wound up like him: 35 years old, thrice divorced and living in a van down by the river.   While “living in a van...
David Matthews
Roads Report Article November 01, 2017
Leap of faith Parents: “Did you have fun playing at the Naphys’ house today?”   Daughter: “I sure did! First their dad jumped his car over an open drawbridge with all of us in it, then we . . . ”   Parents: “Hold on, he jumped his car over what?!”   This is not the conversation you expect to have...
David Matthews
Roads Report Article October 05, 2017
Buyer beware Life isn’t always fair. Sometimes things go your way, and sometimes you get screwed over by a municipal tax sale property auction.   Such was the case with Norma Parnell when she bid on a “vacant lot” in her neighborhood at a New York City property auction. She bid $30,000 and won the...
David Matthews
Roads Report Article September 07, 2017
Stark raving mad A wildlife documentary producer was caught on video in a feral fit of road rage over an accident that he wasn’t even involved in.   The incident began as Mom Louise, Dad Simon, their 11-year-old son and Grandma Victoria were driving home from a classic car show on a Saturday...
David Matthews
Roads Report Article August 08, 2017
Get in gear It’s always the simple things that trip you up.   Recently, two would-be thieves in two different countries were both foiled by the same basic automobile control: the clutch pedal.   In June, a man in Sydney, Australia, approached a vehicle stopped at a traffic light and ordered the...
David Matthews
Roads Report Article July 05, 2017
Catching heat Most communities have their share of bad drivers. However, not many have a driver who is so notorious that she has earned herself a nickname and a community-run Facebook page.   Patricia McDonald of Topeka, Kan., is just that driver. Nicknamed “The CRV Lady” for the blue 2008 Honda...
David Matthews
Roads Report Article June 06, 2017
I’m lovin’ it Workers at a McDonald’s in East Palestine, Ohio, thought they were being pranked when a van rolled through the drive-thru driven by an 8-year-old boy.   But this was no hidden camera show, and there were no grown-ups hiding in the backseat.   The boy and his 4-year-old sister were...
David Matthews
Roads Report Article May 02, 2017
Death defying James Sundby is lucky to be alive after surviving two near-death experiences in one night.   Late one Friday night this past March, Sundby ran a stop sign at a T-intersection in Alexandria, Minn., barreling over the curb, through someone’s yard and straight off a 40-ft embankment....
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