For any of you drivers out there who may be dreaming of basking in Hollywoood lights one day, you now have some celebs to hold up as success stories. While it may seem hard to believe, before they were famous, these leading men made their living behind the wheel. Some grew up in the business, others worked as drivers for a nanosecond. Either way, they’re all household names now.

Sean Connery. The son of a truck driver, “007” first joined the Royal Navy. After being discharged for medical reasons, he held many jobs, including one as a truck driver. After being discovered, Connery went on to make it big as one of the most memorable James Bonds ever and won an Academy Award for his role in “The Untouchables.”

Elvis Presley. Before becoming to the “King of Rock and Roll,” Elvis drove a truck. After graduating from high school in Mississippi, he took a truck driving job working for only $40 per week. He never abandoned his dream of becoming a singer, pursuing it in his spare time. The rest, as they say, is history.

Charles Bronson. Bronson is best known for his roles in “The Great Escape” and “The Dirty Dozen.” Before becoming a big time American film and television actor, Bronson grew up poor in the coal region of the Allegheny Mountains north of Johnstown, Pa. He enlisted in the army in 1943, where he served as a truck driver for a short time.

Liam Neeson. Who knew that Liam Neeson used to be a truck driver? Not us. This Oscar-nominated actor was once a truck driver and fork-lift operator for Guinness Brewery before his roles in movies such as “Taken” and “Schindler’s List.”

James Cameron. Now a world-famous director and screenwriter, Cameron was born in Canada on August 16, 1954. Cameron’s interest in becoming a director started around the same time he was a truck driver. Upon seeing the original “Star Wars” film, Cameron decided to quit his job as a trucker to pursue a career in the film industry. His films “Titanic” and “Avatar” stand among the highest-grossing films of all-time.

Want more? There are yet more big names on the “used to be a trucker” list.

 

 

 

The longest traffic jam of all time certainly lived up to the nickname “the mother of all traffic jams.” It happened in August 2010 in China. And it was a big one! Exactly how monstrous was it?  longest traffic jam

It stretched for more than 62 miles and lasted for, count ’em, 12 days. Traffic crawled along at an estimated 2 miles per day.

Trucks carrying construction supplies to Beijing,  supplies to be used on the expressway in order to ease traffic, were blocked at the exit, thus causing the traffic jam,” one article stated.

The enormous log jam inspired some entrepreneurs to sell water and food to drivers along the highway. They jacked up prices, and when some drivers refused to buy the food and drink, violence erupted. Others, meanwhile, had to protect themselves from gasoline thieves. Being in a traffic jam for any length of time tends to evoke bad behavior, and even more so when that traffic jam stretches for 62 miles.

Read more about what went down here. And tell us, what’s the longest traffic jam you were ever in?

When Jon Stewart ended his run on “The Daily Show” this week after more than 16 years as its host, Comedy Central said the series finale was the show’s second most watched episode ever, drawing 3.5 million viewers. But we couldn’t help but wonder, what’s the most-watched prime-time series finale of all time? We’ve got the list of the Top 5 for you below. Can you guess which made No. 1?

For the record, the most watched “Daily Show” episode featured President Obama as a guest on Oct. 9, 2008, drawing  3.6 million viewers.

The Top 5

5. Friends, 2004. 52.5 million viewers. What would happen with Rachel and Ross? Monica and Chandler? Phoebe and Smelly Cat? No shockers here: everyone lived happily ever after.

4. Seinfeld, 1998, 76.3 million viewers. And at least half of those viewers were sorely disappointed with what they saw. One critic deemed it a big “So long, suckers!” farewell to the audience who had made the show about nothing such a big hit.

3. The Fugitive, 1967. 78 million people tuned in to watch part two of the finale and see what would happen to Richard Kimble.

2. Cheers, 1993. 80.4 million viewers. “One for the Road” featured the Return of Diane. Everyone who wondered what had become of Shelley Long’s character found out when she returned with a phony husband.

1. M*A*S*H, 1983. 105.9 million viewers watched the Alan Alda-directed “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen” episode of M*A*S*H, which was not only the most-watched series finale ever, but the most-watched television event ever—until 2010, when the Super Bowl topped it with 106 million viewers.

Want to know the full Top 10? Find out here.

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It’s all in a day’s work for Virginia trucker Steven Peloquin, who won a $91.8 million jackpot this month, thanks to a pit stop in Penn 80/Flying J Travel Plaza in Pennsylvania. Peloquin, a 30-year veteran driver, says he’ll retire early to spend more time with his family.

Read more here.

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A: A beer garden. Each day of the show, they’ll be featuring a different local brewery with 3 different beers on tap. Cheers to that!

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Tom Rogers had it good. He had a stable job abroad at a start-up in The Philippines, a salary that let him live well enough, and a promising future. But then he watched a TedX video that changed his perspective. And he chose to change his path.

“The whole point of the video was that life passes us by, if we don’t make it a point to pursue living a memorable life,” Rogers writes in an essay for the website Rappler. “For others, a pursuit of a memorable life may be spending more time with their children and working less. To me, a memorable life is to travel and experience different cultures, food, and ways of life.”

Since then, Rogers hasn’t looked back. He and his and his girlfriend, Anna Faustino, travel the world full time, repurposing their lives through travel, living simply and building their blog, Adventure In You.

We want to inspire people to live the life they have always wanted,” Rogers says. “Whatever you want in life, pursue it relentlessly and live your life free of regrets of the things that you didn’t do.”

It’s an inspirational lesson for all of us. You can read more of Rogers’ story here.

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A: Richard Petty, with 200 career NASCAR wins. Those wins include 7 NASCAR Championships.

 

 

 

 

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A: 1941. A good number of these trucks were for the military. The United States government placed more than $5 billion in orders that year in response to World War II.
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