In 2017, a man in Texas purchased a working Sherman tank and parked it outside his house. After sending a “sternly worded letter” and realizing that they couldn’t tow the vehicle, the local HOA began issuing parking tickets on the tank. The owner left it there for two more weeks out of spite.
In Japan, when you buy a car, you have to prove you have somewhere to park it. Under Japan’s 1957 Parking Law on-street parking is actually generally banned.
Drivers in NYC spend an average of 107 hours per year searching for parking at a cost of $2,243/driver in wasted time, fuel and emissions.
Parking in San Francisco is so scarce that the parking spot attached to your property can add up to 100K to the property’s value.
A parking garage in Miami Beach was described as having a “stunning” design and has hosted weddings, wine tastings, and dinner parties.
A fifth wheel was a concept to help with parallel parking in the 1950’s.
The first ever parking sign was from c. 700BC, Ancient Assyria, and read “ROYAL ROAD – LET NO MAN DECREASE IT”. The penalty was being impaled in front of your house.
In 2000, Gregory W. Nemitz registered land on the asteroid 433 Eros. The land contained $492 Quintilian worth of platinum. When NASA landed a probe on a place on the asteroid that he had called ‘Parking Space 29’, Nemitz sent NASA a $20 parking ticket.
UPS gets 15,000 parking tickets in New York a month.