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According to Toyota GB, British birds (the fowl, not women) prefer Toyota vehicles. Dave Merchant from Henley in Somerset found that a family of robins built a nest in the engine compartment of his 80,000-mile 2008 Land Cruiser. He traveled more than 250 miles before discovering the nest, and parked the SUV once he made the discovery. The eggs have produced five healthy chicks who will remain with the parked Land Cruiser until they have left mom and dad’s place.
Driving America premiers Monday May 25th at 9 p.m. on the National Geographic Channel, and looks at the political, economic and social impact the automobile has had on America. According to the show: architect Arthur Heinemann added a new word and a new idea when he opened a “motor hotel” or “motel” outside San Luis Obispo, CA., and when the British took control of the Volkswagen factory after World War II they found both the Beetle and an unexploded bomb that — thankfully — turned out to be a dud. But the contention that President Eisenhower initiated the Interstate Highway System based on the fact that the U.S. Army’s first transcontinental motor convoy in 1919 stretched on for 62 days on impassable roads is rubbish. Like any astute student of war, Eisenhower saw how the autobahn allowed the Nazis to move men and materiel across Germany quickly. The memories of 1919 may have stuck in the back of Ike’s mind, but the still-fresh memories of WWII certainly held much more sway.