Modern Marvels

Season 16 Episode 10

Deliver It

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 15, 2010 on The History Channel
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Got something strange to deliver? From pizza to packages, we'll show you how it's packed, labeled and shipped. Head down the highway carrying gigantic wind turbine blades. See how UPS got China's invaluable terra cotta warriors to a Los Angeles art museum. Deliver luxury yachts aboard a submersible carrier ship. Ride to the track with prized thoroughbreds on their own special jet. Want dinner and a movie? Sounds like a visit to Netflix headquarters and Papa John's Pizza. Ride radical with bike messengers in New York City, and deliver a donor kidney to a waiting hospital. Take a tour of the UPS Worldport hub in Louisville, Kentucky, a mammoth center with delivery docks for 100 jets, and handles 1.2 million packages a day.moreless
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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • On its first night of operation in 1982, the UPS Worldport facility processed 2,000 packages. It now handles that number in 30 seconds.

    • On June 19th, 1885, the French frigate "Isere" delivered the Statue of Liberty to the United States. For transit, it was broken down into 350 pieces and packed into 214 crates.

    • Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest food delivery day of the year. One out of seven Americans order takeout or delivery, 58% of those orders are for pizza.

    • Since 2000, the number of bike messengers in New York City has dropped over 50%.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Narrator: Need something delivered? Call on these transport pros. Some move luxury yachts and wind turbine blades, others get prized horses to the track. You can even get dinner and a movie brought to your door. To save precious time bike messengers battle New York City gridlock. But this delicate deliver might just save your life. Now, Deliver It, on Modern Marvels.

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