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The Honda Prelude was the first mass-produced car that featured the same steering system as a monster truck!


Four-wheel steering is most widely used in vehicles like trucks and farm equipment—but in 1978, Japanese manufacturer Honda created the first mass-produced consumer car to feature a mechanical system with the Prelude.

Of the Prelude, Brock Yates wrote in Motor Trend that, "It is, by any sane measurement, a splendid automobile. The machine, like all Hondas, embodies fabrication that is, in my opinion, surpassed only by the narrowest of margins by Mercedes-Benz. It is a relatively powerful little automobile by anybody's standards."

Designed by chief engineer Hiroshi Kizawa and borrowing heavily from Honda's first generation Accord, the Prelude won numerous awards, including being on Car and Driver's annual Ten Best list a total of 10 times between 1984-1998.

It was also Wheels Magazine's Car of the Year in 1987. That same year, it beat every car on the Road & Track slalom, including Porsche and Ferrari, with a speed of 65.5 mph.

Despite the impressiveness of this model, the Prelude never managed more than mediocre sales, partially because of competition from Honda's other offerings.

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The Honda Prelude was the first mass-produced car that featured the same steering system as a monster truck!

The Honda Prelude was the first mass-produced car that featured the same steering system as a monster truck!


Four-wheel steering is most widely used in vehicles like trucks and farm equipment—but in 1978, Japanese manufacturer Honda created the first mass-produced consumer car to feature a mechanical system with the Prelude.

Of the Prelude, Brock Yates wrote in Motor Trend that, "It is, by any sane measurement, a splendid automobile. The machine, like all Hondas, embodies fabrication that is, in my opinion, surpassed only by the narrowest of margins by Mercedes-Benz. It is a relatively powerful little automobile by anybody's standards."

Designed by chief engineer Hiroshi Kizawa and borrowing heavily from Honda's first generation Accord, the Prelude won numerous awards, including being on Car and Driver's annual Ten Best list a total of 10 times between 1984-1998.

It was also Wheels Magazine's Car of the Year in 1987. That same year, it beat every car on the Road & Track slalom, including Porsche and Ferrari, with a speed of 65.5 mph.

Despite the impressiveness of this model, the Prelude never managed more than mediocre sales, partially because of competition from Honda's other offerings.

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You don't have to be an Army Ranger to get inducted into their Hall of Fame--Tom Hanks did it! Here's how


Although Tom Hanks has never served in the military, in 2006 he was the first actor inducted as an honorary member of the US Army's Ranger Hall of Fame—for a part he played in a film!

In the movie Saving Private Ryan, Hanks plays Cpt. Miller, a WWII Army Ranger company commander opposite Matt Damon, a young soldier that Hanks' character is tasked with bringing home from war.

The induction was partially awarded because of Hanks' dedication to honoring war heroes through his work as a national spokesman for the WWII Memorial Campaign and as a chairman of the D-Day Museum Capital Campaign. He was also one of the writers and producers on Band of Brothers, an Emmy-award winning miniseries about the Western front.

It's difficult to get inducted to the Ranger Hall of Fame without being a career soldier. Most inductees, aside from the honorary ones, must have served in a Ranger unit or be graduates of the prestigious Ranger School located in Fort Benning, GA.

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You don't have to be an Army Ranger to get inducted into their Hall of Fame--Tom Hanks did it! Here's how

You don't have to be an Army Ranger to get inducted into their Hall of Fame--Tom Hanks did it! Here's how


Although Tom Hanks has never served in the military, in 2006 he was the first actor inducted as an honorary member of the US Army's Ranger Hall of Fame—for a part he played in a film!

In the movie Saving Private Ryan, Hanks plays Cpt. Miller, a WWII Army Ranger company commander opposite Matt Damon, a young soldier that Hanks' character is tasked with bringing home from war.

The induction was partially awarded because of Hanks' dedication to honoring war heroes through his work as a national spokesman for the WWII Memorial Campaign and as a chairman of the D-Day Museum Capital Campaign. He was also one of the writers and producers on Band of Brothers, an Emmy-award winning miniseries about the Western front.

It's difficult to get inducted to the Ranger Hall of Fame without being a career soldier. Most inductees, aside from the honorary ones, must have served in a Ranger unit or be graduates of the prestigious Ranger School located in Fort Benning, GA.

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The Ig Nobel Prize is given to unusual achievements in scientific research. See how a Lithuanian mayor won last year


The Ig Nobel Prizes is an annual event that takes place at Harvard University's Sanders Theatre.

The event is a parody of the Nobel Prize awards ceremony, and awards are given to real scientists that have conducted odd or absurd experiments, often for research that makes people laugh, but also makes them think.

In 2013, winners included Arturas Zuokas, the mayor of Vilnius, Lithuania. Zuokas won his award "for demonstrating that the problem of illegally parked cars can be solved by running them over with an armored tank."

Zuokas won the award after making a video in which he actually crushed a luxury car with a tank in order to demonstrate that drivers should not block bike lanes in Vilnius. Zuokas even showed up to receive his Ig Nobel Prize in person!

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