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overheard ONLINE e've been scouring the Internet so you don't have to. (It's possible we found the end of the Internet.) Check out these highlights from our recent efforts to find what's interesting and relevant (mostly) in the professional car wash industry! The death of a British icon Land Rover is finally turning off the production line for the Defender, the car that lent its name to the company. Its demise brings to an end a vehicle that can be traced back to 1948, when a car known simply as the Land Rover went on sale in a bid to raise enough cash to restart mainstream car production at Britain's Rover brand. The new creation, designed primarily for farmers and the military, had an expected shelf life of a few years. However, when its sales comfortably outstripped those of regular Rovers, the Land Rover standalone brand was born. The inspiration for the Land Rover was the original Willys Jeep. Chief designer Maurice Wilks had an example of the American vehicle on his farm in Wales, but post-war Britain had a number of limitations that affected the design. Chief among these was the use of lightweight aluminum for the body panels; the designers' hand was forced by the shortage of suitable steel, not to mention a lack of the pressing tools required to bend any curves in the metal. Facebook's latest earnings report defied expectations Based on the latest reports from Facebook, you may want to take a closer look at advertising in that space. The Menlo Park, California, firm posted stellar results for the fourth quarter of 2015, with adjusted earnings per share of $0.79 on revenue of $5.84 billion. Both figures trounced analysts' expectations. Facebook's success comes in large part because it's figured out how to make money from the smartphones we're all carrying around every day. Key takeaways from Facebook's earnings report? 1. The amount of money Facebook makes from advertising is up 57 percent year-over year. It now totals $5.6 billion. 2. Four out of five of those dollars came from mobile advertisements. 3. Facebook's mobile userbase just keeps growing. Qatar Airways may launch world's longest flight A whopping 18½-hour journey between Doha, Qatar, and Auckland, New Zealand, is poised to become the world's longest direct flight if Qatar Airways follows through with plans for the new route. Qatar CEO Akbar Al Baker revealed plans for the ultra-long haul in an interview with Bloomberg Business. Boeing 777-LR aircraft would be used to make the trip, Bloomberg Business reported. The aircraft can carry 259 passengers. Currently, the world's longest flight is operated by Qantas between Dallas-Fort Worth and Sydney, according to statistics portal Statista. com. At 16 hours and 55 minutes (8,577 miles/13,804 km), the Qantas flight's duration falls short of Qatar's proposed Doha-Auckland route (9,034 miles/14,539 km) by more than an hour-and-a-half. Want realtime updates? Join the conversation and see what we're sharing at any of our social media channels: @carwashorg SPRING 2016 | CAR WASH MAGAZINE | WWW.CARWASH.ORG 17 http://WWW.CARWASH.ORG

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Car Wash - Spring 2016

Letter from the ICA
Meet the Board
By the Numbers
Overheard Online
Keeping it Clean
When in drought
Reducing your environmental footprint
Continental divide
Will sympathetic pricing draw customers?
Women in Car Wash
Make money, work with friends
Should the customer have a say in employee pay?
International Profile
Women in Car Wash
Hear and be heard
OSHA update
ICA Annual Report
Creating exceptional managers
When professional contacts get personal
Ten tips for transforming your teams
Becoming an employer of choice
Show me the money
ICA launches new series of events for car wash professionals
CAR WASH Magazine wins award
Take a Tour
Wash Ideas
Focus on a Member
Blast from the Past
Marketing Minute
Download It!
Ask Champ
Top Tweets
Safety Tip
Mea Culpa
Advertiser Index
5 Things

Car Wash - Spring 2016