This isn’t what most 19-year-olds would do in this situation. But hey, maybe your kids appreciate you more than you realize . . .
A 19-year-old kid in Michigan recently bought a $10 lottery ticket at a gas station near Lansing . . . and hit the jackpot for HALF-A-MILLION BUCKS.
And believe it or not, he DOESN’T want to blow it all on limos and jet skis.
Instead, he’s planning to invest about $5,000 of it . . . and says he’s giving the rest of the money to his PARENTS.
He wants to remain anonymous, so his name hasn’t been released. But he says the money will take a huge weight off their shoulders. And they deserve it for everything they’ve done for him growing up.
(Lansing State Journal)
It happens to all of us — you’re driving along in your car, probably heading to some big, important appointment and worried about making it on time when you hear that telltale ding. The gas light.
And of course you can’t stop, so you push through to your destination, but then you’ve got to worry about finding a gas station on the way back home before your car completely dies on you. (Man, wouldn’t life be so much easier if we all drove on e-highways?) Sure, most cars include the distance to empty on their fancy instrument panel, but it’s not always accurate — especially if you’re driving in stop-and-go traffic.
Luckily, there’s a new chart out from YourMechanic that has your back. The chart lists the distance-to-empty range for the top fifty selling vehicles in the U.S. in 2015, as well as the amount of fuel the tank has before the light actually goes on.
The post from YourMechanic also includes other helpful information for the vehicle-uninformed. Like, for example, the fact that it isn’t actually good to be driving around on empty. Running out of gas can damage your car’s catalytic converter, while driving on fumes can damage the fuel pump. Who knew? (Mechanics, probably.)
The chart itself might not be perfect, but it at least gives an idea of how far you can push your car if you’re truly in one of those emergency, can’t-get-gas-now situations. One thing is for certain: it’s probably better to rely on the chart’s estimates than to test your car’s actual limits and end up stranded on the side of the road. Because then you really won’t get where you’re going.
Here are some random facts for you . . .
1. Purple Skittles aren’t grape in other countries. In England and Australia they’re black currant.
2. It’s illegal to take a photo of the Eiffel Tower at night. And France actually catches people when they post them on social media.
3. A Hungarian fencer named Pal Szekeres won a bronze medal at the 1988 Olympics. Then he became disabled after a bus accident, and went on to win six medals in wheelchair fencing at the Paralympics.
That makes him the only person who’s won medals at the Olympics before a disability, then at the Paralympics when he was disabled.
4. The average person passes gas 14 times a day.
5. Mary Shelley got the idea for “Frankenstein” from a nightmare.
Here are five things that you probably KNOW can kill your gas mileage. But a lot of us can’t seem to stop doing them anyway . . .
1. Speeding. As far as gas mileage goes, the best speed for most cars is 50. And every 5 miles per hour over that costs you an extra 15 to 20 cents a gallon. But obviously you’re not gonna keep it under 50 everywhere you go.
2. Driving aggressively. Gunning it and hitting the brakes all the time wastes more fuel, because it takes more gas to get your car moving than it does to KEEP it moving. And it can lower your fuel efficiency by up to 33% on the highway.
3. Flooring it when the light turns green. It’s a lot better for your gas mileage if you speed up gradually. Plus, you just end up having to slow down and wait for people at the next light anyway, so it’s kind of pointless.
4. Tailgating. In NASCAR it’s called “drafting,” and drivers do it to save fuel. But everyone’s going different speeds on the highway. So you end up hitting the brakes a lot, which kills your gas mileage. And you’re also more likely to crash.
5. Driving with a ton of stuff in your car. Every extra 100 pounds decreases your gas mileage by about 1%. Which isn’t much, but it can add up. And a lot of people basically use their trunk like it’s a storage unit.
(Thrillist / FuelEconomy.gov)
I like milk and cookies. Everyone likes milk and cookies. But now we know it’s possible to like them TOO much.
A 43-year-old guy named Robert Smith from Lakeland, Florida carjacked a woman at a gas station last week. He told her, quote, “Have [an effing] good day” . . . and then he sped off at 100 miles an hour.
His first stop was another gas station, where he stole a bunch of milk and cookies. His next stop? Another gas station, to steal more milk and cookies. And after that, he kept hitting gas stations . . . but ONLY taking milk and cookies.
The cops eventually caught up to him, and he admitted to carjacking the woman and stealing all the milk and cookies. But it’s not clear if he ever ate or drank any of them.
He’s only been charged with carjacking so far.
(FOX 13 – Tampa)