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The Longest Street in the World is Yonge Street (pronounced “young”), referred to as “Main Street Ontario”, connects the shores of Lake Ontario in Toronto in Canada to Lake Simcoe, a gateway to the Upper Great Lakes. It is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest street in the world at 1,896 km (1,178 mi), and the construction of Yonge Street is designated an Event of National Historic Significance.
Yonge Street was fundamental in the original planning and settlement of western Upper Canada in the 1790s, and a large part of the route follows an ancient Aboriginal trail that linked the Lake Ontario waterfront to northern parts of the region.
The Shortest Street in the World can be found in Wick, Caithness, Scotland.
Ebenezer Place, built in 1883, measures only 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m), and contains only one address: No 1 Bistro, part of Mackay’s Hotel.
Alexander Sinclair returned from America, after having made his fortune there, and built Mackay’s Hotel at the junction of Union Street and River Street in 1883. The council of the day instructed him to put a name on the short end of the building as they deemed it to be a street, and Ebenezer Place then appeared in the town’s records from 1887. An earlier attempt to have Ebenezer Place recognized was rejected, as there was no door in the street. The successful application was made after the door was added for No 1 Bistro. One of Mr Sinclair’s descendants was still said to be resident in the town in 2009.
The previous record holder was Elgin Street, Bacup, Lancashire, recorded at 17 feet, and this was replaced by Ebenezer Place, in the Guinness Book of Records as of November 2006.
The Chevrolet Volt has won yet another major award: The North American Car of the Year.
The Volt beat out two other finalists, the Hyundai Sonata and the battery-powered Nissan Leaf.
The North American Truck of the Year is the Ford Explorer, which beat out the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Dodge Durango. It was Ford’s third consecutive year to win Truck of the Year.
Read the rest of Brent’s article HERE
At the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, Google CEO Eric Schmidt declared: “It’s a bug that cars were invented before computers. Your car should drive itself. It just makes sense.”
The Internet giant revealed Saturday in a blog that it has been hard at work on that bug: It’s road-testing cars that are driven by artificial intelligence software, not humans.
The cars have traveled 140,000 miles on major California roads, navigating speed limits and traffic patterns on San Francisco’s Lombard Street and Los Angeles’ Hollywood Boulevard as well as the Pacific Coast Highway, the post said. They use video cameras, radar sensors and lasers to spot traffic and follow maps.