A Train From 1836 Could Be Buried In Brooklyn Because Of Petty Politics

A beautifully preserved 1830s steam train is thought to be lurking under a busy thoroughfare in one of the posher parts of Brooklyn. But in 1861, it was sealed up, seemingly for eternity. Everything was set to excavate it just a few years back, until petty personal politics seem to have destroyed any chance of that. » 3/27/15 2:42pm Friday 2:42pm

The US Mail Truck You Know And Love Is Going Away Soon

The US Postal Service runs about 200,000 Grumman Long Live Vehicles (LLV) all over the country, which you'd recognize as the pokey little vans that look like they're made of Legos. After some 30 years of braving snow, rain, heat, and gloom of night, Uncle Sam has a long list of specs they want for the next mail truck. » 2/13/15 2:09pm 2/13/15 2:09pm

Busted: the price for breaking into a national park on a dirtbike

If you're stupid enough to break into a national park during a government shutdown and write about it, you're going to get busted. I knew that when I did it last year, but it didn't take the sting out of standing in federal court with $15,000 in fines or 18 months of incarceration looming over my head. All this for… » 9/29/14 2:40pm 9/29/14 2:40pm

The Department Of Homeland Security Wants To Stop Road Sign Hacking

The fun police, and also real police (Department of Homeland Security) are fed up with pranksters turning boring, practical information signs into sources of amusementturning boring, practical information signs into sources of amusement. That's right; DHS knows how to change the default password on their signs now. … » 6/10/14 5:01pm 6/10/14 5:01pm

Dealerships Say Gov't Regulations Cost Billions, Raise Prices

The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) recently published a report entitled, "The Impact of Federal Regulations on Franchised Automobile Dealerships." According to the findings, dealerships across the nation spent a total of 3.2 billion to comply with government regulations. Some dealerships claim that… » 6/06/14 11:00am 6/06/14 11:00am

Oklahoma Leads Charge For More CNG Trucks In Government Fleets

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is leading an initiative to put more natural-gas burning vehicles in 22 government fleets. As a result her state just ordered 256 natural-gas burning 2014 Ford F-150s, and the city of Dallas bought 65. They're hoping to realize reduced running cost and curtail greenhouse gas emissions. » 5/08/14 3:40pm 5/08/14 3:40pm

These Failed Designs for the Interstate Sign Are Oddly Disorienting

It's one of those things you've seen your entire life and probably never thought much about. There's that iconic blue shield shape with a white number inside and a single word on a white background: "Interstate." It could've been so much worse. » 3/10/14 1:00pm 3/10/14 1:00pm

Proposed rule could require 10% down payment on auto loans

Over the past two years the government has been working on a proposed rule to change credit risk retention requirements. A part of that overhaul includes sweeping changes to automotive loans, changes that are leaving many commenters asking: do regulators have any idea how people actually buy cars today? » 12/19/13 9:30am 12/19/13 9:30am

NHTSA Proposes Safety Standards For Older Drivers

The elderly among us can be a bit sensitive, so I’ll try to phrase this gently (but also loudly, as they can be heard of hearing): SOMETIMES, GRANDMA, WE WORRY ABOUT YOUR DRIVING. » 4/05/13 1:55pm 4/05/13 1:55pm

Air Marshals: The Assholes Of The Sky

Anyone who travels regularly wants to believe that federal air marshals are friendly heroes who are aboard every single flight. (C'mon, it's possible). But the reality, unfortunately, is not so sunny. According to a new government report, air marshals might be fine to share a three-hour flight with, but they don't… » 2/08/12 12:05pm 2/08/12 12:05pm

Looking Too Generic Can Cost You Your Driver's License

Do people always tell you that you look "just like" someone else they know? Do you live and drive in Massachusetts? If yes and yes, then you might be in danger of losing your driving privileges, just like John H. Gass did. » 7/18/11 8:01pm 7/18/11 8:01pm

53 Members Of Congress Signed This Anti-Letter Letter To The EPA

Confused by the new letter grades on EPA window stickers? So are 53 members of the U.S. House of Representatives who've signed this cogently-worded letter to the EPA pushing it to ditch its silly system. Somehow, wethinks it'll still happen. » 12/09/10 5:15pm 12/09/10 5:15pm

SNL Imagines TSA Agents as Sex Workers

SNL wasted no time spoofing the TSA—and its controversial pat-downs—tonight when it aired a retro spoof ad that likened an unwanted physical experience at the airport to a purchased night with a hot female escort. The video, inside. » 11/21/10 4:45pm 11/21/10 4:45pm

If A Jet Engine Creates A Wormhole In The Forest...

...and there's no one around to hear it, does it make a sound warp space-time? Inquiring minds want to know. Here's the answer, from a man who watched it happen. » 7/13/10 4:00pm 7/13/10 4:00pm

How To Fix The American License Plate

From a design standpoint, the American license plate is a mess — some states' efforts are simple and appealing, but others are visual disasters. Ken Carbone of Fast Company commissioned a few designs he thinks'll clean things up. —Ed. » 6/07/10 1:00pm 6/07/10 1:00pm

How The U.S. Government Killed The Safest Car Ever Built

Thirty-five years ago, the U.S. government built a fleet of cars that were safer than anything on the road. Twenty-five years ago, the government shredded them in secret. Two escaped the crusher. This is their story. » 5/27/10 4:15pm 5/27/10 4:15pm

Vehicle Weight Vs. Fuel Economy Study Ignores Gov Mandates

A new non-profit study, "Automobiles on Steroids: Product Attribute Trade-Offs and Technological Progress in the Automobile Sector," criticizes all automakers over lower fuel economy due to higher power and vehicular weight gains since 1980. It's a complete load of crap. » 11/17/09 9:30am 11/17/09 9:30am

The Government Does Not Own Glenn Beck's Computer

Glenn Beck sounded the wing-nut alarm after sharing disclaimer text from Cars.gov, the official Cash For Clunkers website, claiming the government's taking over computers. It's not true, but it does make us wonder what files are on Beck's laptop. » 8/05/09 1:00pm 8/05/09 1:00pm

U.S. House Narrowly Passes Watered-Down Cash For Clunkers Bill

The U.S. House narrowly passed the scaled-back version of the "Cash For Clunkers" bill giving consumers cash vouchers of between $3,500 and $4,500 if they trade in their cars for newer vehicles. » 6/17/09 8:30am 6/17/09 8:30am

Treasury Announces Further Tax Deductions For 2009 Car Buyers

The U.S. Department of Treasury today announced a tax deduction for the purchase of new motor vehicles is available in states that don't have a sales tax. The deduction's limited to fees or taxes paid up to $49,500. » 6/11/09 2:45pm 6/11/09 2:45pm