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strongIdeal mate/strongstrong/strong“I’ll admit it: I like a guy who drives a big ____.” -- Cathy Day, a University of Pittsburgh assistant English professor, writing in her memoir, “Comeback Season: How I Learned to Play the Game of Love,” Free Press, 2008. If you guessed “tank,” you guessed wrong. Guys, reports suggest she’s still single.strongRoad rage /strong">My major problem with ______ is when they get too close up on you, and they jump in front of ...

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When Overdrive (briefly) went Hollywood

Now on DVD is perhaps the oddest trucking movie ever made: iMoonfire, the long-unseen low-budget 1972 release written, produced and directed by iOverdrive founder Michael Parkhurst. Hard to follow and hard to forget, it’s about a lost space capsule, a gang of Mexican bandits and a fortune hidden inside a load of lettuce. The DVD has no audio commentary track, alas, but here’s our poor substitute, based on the scene-by-scene notes we took as the movie ...

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Truckers’ proposals "range from useless to harmful"

USA Today on recent trucker fuel-price protestsIn an election year, the pressure on Congress to do isomething about energy prices is growing. Proposals are spouting like a Texas gusher. They include giving drivers a summer holiday from the federal gasoline tax, suspending efforts to fill the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and forcing shippers to pay truckers a fuel surcharge.All have superficial appeal. But at a time when the real reasons for high prices are beyond ...

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"God has a plan"

The February 2008 issue of iOverdrive reported on the problems faced by truckers involved in fatal accidents that were not their fault. That the four-wheeler was to blame, not the trucker, doesn't spare the professional driver the consequences of a horrific wreck.Another such wreck seems to have happened April 22 in eastern Howard County, Md., when a Nissan Altima swerved across the center lane and hit a beverage-delivery truck head-on, according to police. ...

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A quicker trillion barrels

Astronomer Bob Doyle writes a weekly science column for the iCumberland Times-News in Maryland, often addressing energy issues. Here's a startling statistic from his latest columnSince the first oil well in Titusville, Pa., in 1859, humans have extracted a trillion barrels of petroleum. Conservative estimates suggest that there’s about that amount of petroleum in existing reserves. ... At our present rate of consumption, we will extract our second trillion barrels in only 33 years!Note ...

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Big rig successfully performs Heimlich maneuver

We recently heard about a golden retriever successfully performing the Heimlich maneuver, but our "Ripley's Believe It Or Not!" calendar just alerted us to an even more amazing news story we missed back in 2004: The Heimlich maneuver successfully performed iby a tractor-trailer.The short version: The driver of a Ford F-350 on eastbound I-40 near Hickory, N.C., choked on his food and blacked out. His out-of-control pickup crossed the median into the ...

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Monday, Monday

Our "Ripley's Believe It Or Not!" calendar reportsYou are most likely to be injured at work on a Monday!We can't immediately find any confirmation of this, but if anyone knows of any -- such as a press release summarizing a report that examined workplace injuries, perhaps from an agency such as the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration -- please let us know.Channel 19 is the blog version of the column of the same name ...

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Idiots and maniacs

This newspaper editorial about people who drive slowly in the left lane invokes an old George Carlin routine that surely resonates with truck driversHave you ever noticed that when you're drivin', anyone goin' slower than you is an idiot? And anyone goin' faster than you is a maniac?">Will you look at this idiot!" "Look at him! Just creepin' along!" "Holy s---!! Look at that maniac go!"Why, ...

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"Anyone out there have a ten-twenty on Smokey?"

This Feb. 15, 2008, installment of Chip Sansom's comic strip ">The Born Loser" suggests that we're not the only ones reminiscing about the 1970s CB craze.Channel 19 is the blog version of the column of the same name featured in Overdrive: The Voice of the American Trucker. Todd Dills (tdills@rrpub.com) is its author.

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If at first you don’t succeed

Our "Ripley's Believe It or Not!" calendar belatedly alerted us to the case of Seo Sang-moon, a South Korean who in 2005 passed the oral part of his driving test -- on his 272nd attempt. Here's the BBC News writeup.Presumably Seo has passed the behind-the-wheel part of the driving test since then, as his ability to drive never was in dispute. Rather, he says, his illiteracy prevented him from reading a drivers' manual ...

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