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H-Day September 3, 1967

H-Day in Sweden also known as Hogertrafik Day. This is the day in which Sweden decided to switch from driving on the left to the right because there was an increase in accidents of Swedish drivers driving outside of the country. The mass car accidents abroad for their residents and visitors crashing was a problem since all neighboring countries drove on the right and not the left. In Europe today only the United Kingdom & Ireland still drove on the left but the rest of Europe. After advertising with a song specifically about the switch, billboards, pamphlets, radio advertisements, and specific rules set in place to make the switch it was set for 9/3/1967 for the switch from one side to the other.

Sweden was he LAST mainland European country to switch driving sides. Belgium and the Netherlands switched in the 1920's, eastern Austria (Yes half of Austria drove on one side of the road and the other half drove on the other. Eastern Austria drove on the  Left and Western drove on the right), Hungary, and Czechoslovakia all drove on the left until Hitler invaded in World War II and changed that. Here in North America, Nova Scotia drove left until the 1920's, and Newfoundland until 1947. The US Virgin Islands still drive on the left and the closest area that drives on the opposite side of the road is....The Bahamas.

To learn more about Hofertrafik Day listen to this podcast: http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/h-day/

 

Actually, Sweden was only the LAST mainland European country to switch driving sides. Belgium and the Netherlands switched in the 1920's, eastern Austria (long story-only half of Austria drove on the right), Hungary, and Czechoslovakia all drove on the left until Hitler took them over. Here in North America, Nova Scotia drove left until the 1920's, and Newfoundland until 1947. The US Virgin Islands still drive on the left.

Lyft Founders Heartfelt Message Regarding Immigration Policies

The founders of Lyft sent out this email to their members on Sunday January 29, 2017 after the new U.S. Presidents announcement on a temporary ban and restriction on immigration from "suspect" countries. There after Uber founder Travis Kalnick pledged $3 million to defend his foreign employees rights. What other CEO's have sparked your interest and inspired you to do your part in keeping our country great thanks to our ethnic diversity. What losses will our country endure from tourism and the possible loss of the next Elon Musk or Pierre Omidyar from entering the USA and starting up in a different country.

The Lyft email displayed below:

Defending Our Values
 
 
 
Hi Richart,

We created Lyft to be a model for the type of community we want our world to be: diverse, inclusive, and safe.

This weekend, Trump closed the country's borders to refugees, immigrants, and even documented residents from around the world based on their country of origin. Banning people of a particular faith or creed, race or identity, sexuality or ethnicity, from entering the U.S. is antithetical to both Lyft's and our nation's core values. We stand firmly against these actions, and will not be silent on issues that threaten the values of our community.

We know this directly impacts many of our community members, their families, and friends. We stand with you, and are donating $1,000,000 over the next four years to the ACLU to defend our constitution. We ask that you continue to be there for each other - and together, continue proving the power of community.
 
 
 
 
 
John & Logan
Lyft Co-Founders

 


Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Mark Zuckerberg just announced today on Facebook an amazing announcement about their hiring of Dr. Cori Bargmann. The goal is to cure all diseases in our children's lifetime. Arnold Schwarzenegger (No way I spelled that right without auto correct) chimed in and said it best and we all should take note: "life is all about what we give, not what we make".

Using your power for good and to continiously make the world a better place starting at such a young age is what sets the CZ initiative apart from so many others who have amassed wealth at a young age but did not act either till much later in life or not at all. This is inspiring and one of the many reasons why a recent poll came out that placed Zuck at the top for millennial inspirations.

 

For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/czbiohub/

Take any system and make it much better: https://www.facebook.com/notes/mark-zuckerberg/can-we-cure-all-diseases-in-our-childrens-lifetime/10154087783966634


Would you trade your life with Bill Gates?

If you could have all the money in the  world but you would be giving up years of your life (applicable for those 40 years and younger)

Its a valid question. How many people around the world would be willing to trade their life with Bill Gates is 60 years old and will have approximately 30 years left on this earth. You would have no financial worries but you would be limited to 30 years.

Call me crazy but I wouldn't trade with him if I had the chance. Love the life that you live and live it to the fullest. Our time on this earth is limited for now...

P.S. Do you believe that the first person who will live to 1,000 years old has been born?


Great Interview Questions

Job interviews are no fun. People probably put job interviews on par with going on blind dates but ahead of public speaking. It's nerve racking, scary, and you really don't know exactly what to expect even though you have a general idea. Now that I think of it. It's kind of like a blind date just to get hired instead of to meet somebody new.

Any who. Here are two great job interview questions that I like to ask:

Tell me something that you have won at?

The reason for this question is that you want to hire winners at your office. Having people that are competitive and want to be the best for your company are great attributes to have. If they are winning for you then you should be achieving your company goals.

If you Could have any super power what would it be?

Most people have no idea how to answer this and it really causes you to think. Your head starts to spin thinking of super heroes and what powers they have. I have one answer that flys off my tongue as I explain in this blog post here. If it weren't time for me then I don't have a rapid fire second answer.


Most Important Things in the Future

When we look at the future and things that will most affect the world in which we live in what are they? As you have read here I have praised the brilliant Elon Musk. In one of the latest Wait but Why in depth posts Musk answers the question. I endorse and agree with all of the items which are as follows:

“The internet; sustainable energy; space exploration, in particular the permanent extension of life beyond Earth; artificial intelligence; and reprogramming the human genetic code.”

My additions to this tie in with the reprogramming of the genetic code which is sustainability of human life. When we figure out a way to give humans the gift of eternity then we have hit on something that is in the same categories of changing our energy sources, space travel, A.I., and the way we are connected through technology. One thing that I don't believe will ever happen that we wish could happen is Time Travel & Teleporting.