10 Facts about Lawn Mowers
So, you guys already know that the lawn mower was first invented by an Englishman named Edwin Beard Budding, and that 80 million pounds of pesticides are sprayed on grass in the US. Now, let’s see if you knew these!
- Traditional Lawn Mowers: Not so safe after all!
The keyword here is “traditional.” By far, the most painful of these facts about lawn mowers has got to be the fact that around 68,000 people get injured each year thanks to the “harmless” lawn mower. But, it’s at least good to know that these injuries occurred when people got too close to the traditional gas guzzling lawn mower and not the Robomow, which uses bleeding edge technology to keep us safe from any such injuries.
- Drive-By Lawn Mower
Many country music lovers know George Jones as “no-show Jones” or for his famous hits like, “He stopped lovin’ her today”, and the famous “White lightning.” But, Jones was also known for is quirkier side and mainly for his vehicular misadventures. The country-music folklore goes like this: Jones’ second wife, Shirley Corley, decided that she would make Jones cut his horrible drinking habit by taking away the car keys. At the time, she knew that they were at least eight miles from Beaumont and the nearest liquor store, and there was no way in hell Jones was going to walk all the way to town. But, as you might have guesses, she was dead wrong. With nothing to ride, drive, or steer lying around, Jones turned to the trusty lawn mower sitting on the back lawn. And as the legend goes, Jones drove the ten-horsepower rotary engine, which had a top speed of five miles per hour, all the way to the city just to get some booze.
- The Straight Story
In 1999, David Lynch directed a movie called “The Straight Story.” In the flick, a 73-year old farmer makes a trip from Laurens, Iowa to Mt. Zion, Wisconsin to mend a relationship with his estranged brother. What’s interesting about the story is that the farmer made the 240-mile journey on a 5-miles-per-hour, lawn tractor. And that’s not all, what makes this amazing story even more amazing is the fact that it was based on a true story of Alvin Straight’s journey across Iowa and Wisconsin back in 1994.
- The Lone Riding Lawn Mower
Well, this story is sort of fun and sad at the same time. Back in 2012, James Gray made Fox News when he was pulled over for DUI. What made the news so interesting is that Gray was driving a lawnmower. According to reports, Gray had a whole case of beer before driving his lawn mower for nearly three miles on the wrong side of the road. The police statement said that Gray was too drunk to realize that he went on to the pavement and nearly mowed half the city. Later, Gray asked the officers that they should actually pay him the comic books and lemonade he felt all those residents owed him.
- One Spooky Lawn Mower!
The Lawnmower Man was a film that was released way back in 1992 and starred Pierce Brosnan. In the movie, Brosnan plays the role of a scientist who carries out weird experiments involving virtual reality and drugs that are able to enhance human intelligence. He carries out these experiments on his gardener, who is put on an extensive schedule to learn, and not before long, becomes brilliant. But, along the way, the now brilliant gardener gets a few ideas of his own, which is where the movie really starts to get interesting.
The Lawnmower Man movie was an adaptation of a short story by Stephen King who first published the story in the 1975 issue of Cavalier and King’s 1978 collection of short stories named Night Shift. Apart from the feature film, King’s short story has also been adapted into a video game, a short film, and a sequel. All of which tell us not to tinker around with the brain of the guy who mows the lawn.
- Lawn Mowing is Big Business
In the US, homeowners spend around $30 billion a year (which is roughly the GDP of Bahrain and Jordan) just to maintain their lawns. Meanwhile, the two countries want a fair deal.
- Lawn Mowers and the Environment
The amount of pollution generated due to lawn mowers is the equivalent to a medium sized car which has been driven for around 200 miles. Now this here is a great reason why you should be using a robotic lawn mower, don’t you agree?
- A Sea of Grass
Out of the 50 million acres of grass in the US, around 21 million acres of those are private lawns.
- The Life Giving Lawn
Did you know that lawns are great when it comes to producing oxygen. For instance, a 50 x 50 lawn can release enough oxygen in a single day for the needs of one person.
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- The Lawn Mower Museum
Yes, there really is one! The British Lawnmower Museum is located in Merseyside, Great Britain and is dedicated to the lawn mower.
So, these were some of the fun facts related to the lawn mower that you probably didn’t know about. You’re welcome!