A recent news story got a good chuckle out of me. A rumble strip is a stretch of road where illegal drag races are held. Apparently, the first time the phrase rumble strip was used, occurred some 57 years ago in reference to a section of the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey, where drag races were (and still are) held.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported on a plan to harness all that wild energy by a company called New Energy Technologies, who have demonstrated a prototype of the rumble strip invention, at a Burger King in New Jersey and at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington.
And before you dismiss this idea as being another wacky patent, be advised that a nightclub in Holland generates electricity to light up the club by harnessing the energy of the dancers on the dance floor. Photo Credit: Getty Images/Alex Williamson