Why are there so few car wrecks on the German autobahn?

Why are there so few car wrecks on the German autobahn?Answer by Franklin Veaux:I once asked this question of a civil engineer I knew who had worked on American civil engineering projects after having studied in Europe. Her answer was enlightening:In Germany, if the authorities notice a significant number of accidents on a certain portion…

Why did Microsoft Encarta fail?

Why did Microsoft's encyclopedia product Encarta eventually fail while Wikipedia succeeded?Answer by Wayne Kao:I interned on the Encarta team for one summer a few years before its death, had a blast working there, and used Encarta a lot when I was a kid (remember Mindmaze?) so I've given this question a bit of thought over…

What was the biggest contractual loophole in history?

What was the biggest contractual loophole in history?Answer by James Gerber:I’d say it was in the contract Carl Icahn signed when he sold TWA airlines. He was to receive a 45% discount on all tickets he bought. He then signed an agreement with a discount ticket operation who sold millions of tickets. The new owners…

What is your most memorable cultural shock?

What is your most memorable cultural shock?Answer by Richard Muller:I was in Shenzhen, China, and a family stopped me and my wife and asked us (my friend interpreted) if they could have their children take a photo with us. They were visitors from the interior of the country, and had never seen an American before.A…