Car Company Name Etymologies

Origins of car company names:

  • Cadillac: Named after the founder of Detroit, French explorer Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac. Cadillac is a small town in the South of France.
  • Daewoo: “Great Universe” in Korean.
  • Mercedes: The first name of the daughter of Emil Jellinek, who worked for the early Daimler company around 1900.
  • Mitsubishi: “Water chestnut,” reflected as a stylized rhombus in the company’s logo.
  • Pontiac: A Native American Ottawa war leader.
  • Subaru: From the Japanese name for the Pleiades (Subaru was formed from a merger of seven other companies).
  • Volkswagen: The “people’s car.”
  • Volvo: Latin for “I roll.”

Mass Transit

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Moscow has the most heavily used metro system in the world, carrying 8-9 million passengers on a normal weekday. It has 170 stations and 12 lines, including an unusual “ring line” that circles the city.

According to legend, this came about when Stalin’s coffee cup left a ring on one of the blueprints. Historians dispute this account — but on maps, the ring line is always printed in brown.

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Famous tall women:

  • Janet Reno – 6’3″
  • Venus Williams – 6’1″
  • Ann Coulter – 6′
  • Geena Davis – 6′
  • Allison Janney – 6′
  • Elle MacPherson – 6′
  • Brooke Shields – 6′
  • Uma Thurman – 6′
  • Tyra Banks – 5’11”
  • Famke Janssen – 5’11”
  • Anna Nicole Smith – 5’11”
  • Sigourney Weaver – 5’11”
  • Naomi Campbell – 5’10”
  • Diana, Princess of Wales – 5’10”
  • Jenna Elfman – 5’10”
  • Daryl Hannah – 5’10”
  • Queen Latifah – 5’10”
  • Charlize Theron – 5’10”
  • Liv Tyler – 5’10”
  • Serena Williams – 5’10”