Tuesday Turnip

David K. Israel

It's time for another whimsical Tuesday Turnip search wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting factoids "turn-up."

As always with this feature, the _floss is not responsible for accuracy. This is a random Internet search. If you know one of these facts to be untrue, by all means, let the world know in the comments below. Today I typed in "broke the speed record" unearthing the following:

The one mile land speed record is 763.055 mph set by Andy Green (UK) in Thrust SSC in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA, on Oct 15, 1997. The car is powered by two Rolls Royce Spey 205 jet engines, which together generate 22.32 tons of thrust... The 2002 World Human Powered Speed Challenge will for the third year in a row pit man, technology, and sheer determination against the unrelenting forces of air resistance and friction to determine the absolute boundaries of man powered speed for a 200 meter distance. In 2001, Sam Whittingham broke the speed record for the second year in a row by going 80.55 MPH. The Concord broke the speed record for flying around the world on August 15-16, 1995. The flight took 31 hours 27 min. and 49 sec. Last April, in France, they broke the world record for a high-speed train on conventional rails. The train, which consisted of two engines and three double-decker cars, reached a top speed of 356 mph on a stretch of track between Paris and Strasbourg. In October, Gale Banks Engineering proved its street-legal, Cummins-powered Dodge Dakota is the world's fastest pickup by running more than 213 miles per hour at Bonneville. The magazine owns the American Motorcycle Drag Race All-Gas Series (AMDRAGS) in which Dahl set and broke the speed record. "¦ He crossed the finish line in 9.40 seconds at a speed of 141 mph. Be, the UK's new broadband provider, broke the speed record yesterday when their first customer, Stefan, connected to the Internet in Clerkenwell with a download speed of 18.5 meg. In 1968 Mock broke another world speed record, flying from Columbus to Puerto Rico and back in 33 hours. The next year she shattered nine world speed records while delivering her Cessna 206 (the same one given her after her world flight) to a priest in New Guinea to use for his missions. Lae, New Guinea, the last place Mock flew to in her career, was also the last place Earhart took off from before she disappeared in July 1937.

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