Can You Believe These Crazy Transportation Stories?
The things that are transported by planes, buses or trains can really cause you a headache, laughter, tears… Sometimes the things or people that have to be transported are losing their way, sometimes they arrive belated… Here are some crazy transportation stories.
1 The sandwich that made the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll fly over 1,000 miles
For famous people traveling isn’t really a problem, especially if they own a private jet. It was also the case with Elvis Presley, one of the biggest music stars in the history of music. The “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” was also quite generous and gave out many things in his lifetime including watches, money, cars and even houses. He also bought whatever he wanted for himself.
It’s also no secret that Elvis Presley loved food, like peanut butter and banana sandwiches which have since been made famous by his association. He adored the sandwiches made by the Colorado Mine Company restaurant in Denver, Colorado. According to The Life and Cuisine of Elvis Presley by David Alder, on the night of February 1, 1976, Elvis was entertaining Captain Jerry Kennedy of the Denver police force and Ron Pietrafeso of Colorado’s Strike Force Against Crime. The three men began to discuss the Fool’s Gold sandwich which made Elvis decide that he wanted a Fool’s Gold sandwich. Elvis, Kennedy and Pietrafeso proceeded to board the King’s private jet and flew the 1,093 miles to Denver to enjoy their meals. They arrived in Denver at 1:40am and were met at the airport by the owner of the restaurant and 22 Fool’s Gold sandwiches. After washing everything down with champagne and Perrier, Elvis immediately returned to Graceland in Memphis.
In case you are curious, each sandwich consists of a single, hollowed-out loaf of bread filled with of one jar of creamy peanut butter, one jar of grape jelly, and a pound of bacon inside.
2 The corpse of Eva Peron
Eva Perón, the famous Argentinean First Lady will remain in the memory as the woman who was fighting for women’s rights and improving the lives of the poor. For husband Juan Perón’s second term, she was asked to run as vice president, but turned down the position due to health issues. Just after Perón’s second inauguration in 1952, she succumbed to cancer at just 33 years old. However, Evita’s corpse then traveled thousands of miles and was not buried until over 20 years later. Juan Perón’s regime was overthrown by the military and he fled to Spain. His wife’s corpse remained with the military. They were wary of burying her, for fear her she would be labeled a martyr and her grave site would become pilgrimage for the many who loved her. The body was instead kept in wooden crates and moved to different locations throughout Buenos Aires. The body was shipped to Bonn, Germany for a burial. She was then whisked to Milan, Italy and buried under the name, Maria Maggi. In 1971, Argentina’s new military leader, General Alejandro Lanusse, finally struck a deal with Juan Perón. Eva Perón’s body arrived in Argentina in 1974 (a year after her husband returned) was finally buried in the Recoletta Cemetery in Buenos Aires.
3 Drone – pizza delivery
You live in subarctic Russia but you desperately want a pizza? Well, no one is going to deliver it over there. But, there might be a way – How about by drone? Dodo Pizza, in the northern town of Syktyvkar, Russia, prides itself on delivering its pizzas oven-fresh. Teaming up with the “Copter Express,” the Russian pizza chain is delivering made-to-order meals to customers by air drone. As an example, when pizzas were ordered at a park an employee of Dodo Pizza was waiting with an iPad in hand to ensure the pizza was delivered to the right person. The company sees the drone deliveries as catching on at beaches, universities and parks.
4 The man who mailed himself to freedom
Henry Brown was slave in Virginia (USA) whose biggest wish was escaping slavery and living life as a free man. On March 1849 for $86, Brown enlisted the help of a local store owner to stuff himself into a wooden that wasn’t longer than one meter. James Miller McKim, an abolitionist, agreed to receive the box in his hometown of Philadelphia. Armed with only water and biscuits, Henry “Box” Brown endured a 27-hour journey, traveling by steamboat, wagon, a railroad car, ferry, another railroad car, and a final delivery wagon that took him to McKim’s home in Philadelphia. Brown fled to England, once the Southerners created the Fugitive Slave Act.
5 The Space Shuttle’s Final Flight
After 25 space missions and 123 million miles, the Space Shuttle Endeavor was retired in 2012. The huge ship was flown to Los Angeles atop a Boeing 747 and made impressive loops above California landmarks like the famous Hollywood sign and the Golden Gate Bridge before landing at the LAX airport in Los Angeles. The shuttle, which orbited the earth nearly 4,700 times, was then attached to a 160-wheel transport system and made the 12-mile trek from the airport to the California Science Center museum at speeds of 10 miles an hour. In contrast, the Endeavor traveled at speeds of 17,500 miles an hour in its prime.