Trivia

Hard

Which Component of Modern Cars Owes Its Name To Horses?

The Windshield
The Speedometer
The Chassis
The Dashboard
A black and white drawing of a carriage's dashboard.
Pearson Scott Foresman/Wikimedia

Answer: The Dashboard

In modern automobiles, the dashboard is a flat surface inside the car, beneath the windshield, that seems to exist solely for the purpose of creating space so that your face isn’t pressed against the glass of the windshield (and to give bohemian passengers a place to throw up their boots).

Historically, however, the dashboard wasn’t a flat surface for tossing newspapers and parking tickets on; it was a vertical barrier at the front of a carriage between the driver and the horses. Whatever the horses’ hoofs dashed up from the road—mud, sticks, or manure—was deflected away from the driver by the dashboard.

The dashboard isn’t the only component leftover from the days of carriages. Once upon a time, the boot (trunk) wasn’t a distinct storage compartment, but a built-in compartment originally used as a seat for the coachman and later for storage.

Trivia

Hard

Photo Lab Printers Are Calibrated Using A Tool Known As A?

Trivia

Easy

Which Common Christmas Decoration Is Actually A Parasite?

Trivia

Hard

WD-40 Was Invented To Protect What?

Trivia

Easy

U.S. Presidential Retreat, Camp David, Is Named After?

Trivia

Very Hard

The Phrase “Elementary, My Dear Watson” Was Not From A Sherlock Holmes Book, But From A?

Trivia

Hard

Peter the Great of Russia Used Taxes to Banish What?

Trivia

Hard

Which Board Game Is Widely Regarded As Having Sparked The Modern Board Gaming Craze?

Trivia

Hard

Which Of These Cosmetic Procedures Is Linked To A Decrease In Empathy?

Trivia

Hard

Beneath The Floor Of The White House’s Press Room Is A Decommissioned?

Trivia

Easy

The Direction Of Clock Hand Movement Was Determined By?