Ford Motor is one of the foremost automobile brands in the world. However, despite the fact that the company has spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about Ford. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!
Number Fifteen: It Was the World’s First Green Company. Way before everyone became obsessed with being as environmentally friendly as possible, Ford was doing it. When the company was created, its factories would use animal and human manure to power them. The manure method was used until 1939.
Number Fourteen: Thomas Edison Was Friends With Henry. Ford’s founder, Henry Ford, was good friends with the famous inventor Thomas Edison. In fact, one rumor has it that he kept Edison’s final breaths on his deathbed in a test tube so he could keep Edison with him in spirit.
Number Thirteen: Hitler Supported the Company. It’s no secret that Henry was an anti-semitic man, and Hitler was aware of this. To reward him, Hitler awarded him with the Grand Cross of the German Eagle in 1938.
Number Twelve: It Used to Use Ostrich Feathers as Buffers. Before the vehicles left the factory, workers would buff them with none other than feathers from an ostrich. The feathers were supposed to ensure that no extra static electricity was on the vehicles.
Number Eleven: Henry Ford Did Not Invent the Assembly Line. Many people mistakenly believe that Ford is responsible for inventing and popularizing the assembly line, but this is definitely not the case. In reality, Henry got the idea of using the assembly line in his factory after visiting a slaughterhouse and seeing it there.
Number Ten: It’s Responsible for the First Monster Trunk. The very first monster truck was the Big Foot monster truck, and the truck used a Ford car as its base!
Number Nine: It Doesn’t Do Business in Britain. Ford had factories open in Britain until 2002, when all of them were shut down. Stay tuned for part two of our list, coming soon!