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Peculiar Passage: Transportation Tidbits

May 17, 2013

It’s been an interesting week in the world of transportation.

It all kicked off in space.

Chris Hadfield, the social media savvy commander of Expedition 35, on Sunday bid his farewell to the International Space Station with a music video he created that since has gone viral.

Hadfield debuted his remake of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” on Twitter, tweeting, “With deference to the genius of David Bowie, here’s Space Oddity, recorded on Station. A last glimpse of the World.”

In the video, Hadfield sings and plays guitar, all while floating weightlessly on ISS.

Then on May 14, a man identified only as Wang, directed three men to smash his car with sledgehammers. His car, mind you, was a Maserati Quattroporte, which carries a $420,000 price tag. The reason? He was unhappy with the customer service he’d received from a Maserati dealership in China.

Also on May 14, Virgin group founder Richard Branson pledged his support of flying cars.

A fourth grade student in Dubai pitched his concept of flying cars, powered by giant fans and thrusters, to Branson during a radio show.

“I would accept your idea immediately,” Branson told the boy.

Now, take a look back at last week, which is hard to top. On May 10, a woman was kicked off of an American Airlines flight because of her love of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”

The problem was she was belting out the lines of the song, trapping her fellow passengers in an airborne cage.

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