Friday Fast Facts 6/7/2019

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Love cars and the stories behind them? Join us on the drive to automotive enlightenment in this week’s edition of Friday Fast Facts!

In Christopher Nolan’s film Batman, Bruce Wayne drives a Lamborghini Murcielago. In Spanish, Murcielago means “Bat.”

Who wouldn’t be impressed with the vehicles that Bruce Wayne drives in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy? Bruce Wayne drives three different Lamborghinis— two Murciélagos in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight and an Aventador in The Dark Knight Rises. Coincidentally, Murciélago means “bat” in Spanish, making it a suitable car for a Superhero disguised as the nocturnal flying mammal!

According to Scoop.it, “The Murcielago Roadster was introduced in 2004 for the 2005 model year and made its on-screen debut in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, with Christian Bale as the caped crusader. Equipped with a 6.2 L version of the Lamborghini V12 engine, the Murcielago Roadster kicks off 580 horsepower! This sleek sports car can either come with a six-speed manual gearbox or six-speed robotized e-gear system and has the acceleration speed of 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds, reaching the maximum speed of 320 km/h.”

Drivers Kill More Deer Than Hunters

Although hunting is a largely practiced sport, it seems that in Utah, the hunters are lacking in kills in comparison to vehicles. According to St. George News, “Wildlife biologists and researchers estimate that vehicles may kill as many deer in Utah every year as hunters do. (During the 2009 hunting season, hunters took about 23,000 deer.) But it’s the part of the population cars take that makes the difference. Hunters take mostly bucks.  But cars mostly kill the deer that are the key to the future growth of Utah’s deer herds — does and fawns.”

We Will Spend About Four Months of Our Lives Waiting at Red Lights

If are one of the 115 million Americans that commutes to work in a vehicle, odds are that you boil with frustration every time you see a red stoplight.  Not only is it frustrating waiting for the light to turn green, but that 30-50 seconds adds up. In fact, According to Sarah Crow from MSN.com, “The average American spends 17,600 minutes driving each year. That’s 3,520 minutes, or 58.6 hours, spent waiting at red lights every 365 days.” This translates to approximately 4 months of your life sitting at a stop light!

The Inventor of Windshield Wipers

Few know of the inventor, Mary Anderson. However, Mary’s invention has probably saved you from countless accidents on the road. Her invention was none other than the windshield wiper. According to History.com, “On a freezing, wet winter day around the turn of the century, Mary Anderson was riding a streetcar on a visit to New York City when she noticed that the driver could hardly see through his sleet-encrusted front windshield. Anderson began to sketch her wiper device right there on the streetcar. After a number of false starts, she came up with a prototype that worked: a set of wiper arms that were made of wood and rubber and attached to a lever near the steering wheel of the drivers’ side.” Thus, the windshield wiper was created and later patented in 1917.

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