No, this is not the screenplay for The Hangover Part III. But this story does demonstrate how brilliant ideas conceived at the bar with your buddies have a tendency to snowball out of control. In this case, a single, flippant thought (How high can a taxi meter go?), one that might have been resolved by Googling, led to a 50,000-mile excursion in an eBay Motors-sourced, $2,000 car.

The story, as told by The Wall Street Journal, is an adventure tale of epic proportions, starring three 20-somethings from Great Britain. They left the U.K. over a year ago on a drive around the world, armed only with a 1992 London Black Cab and the desire to set the world record for the longest taxi ride. Their journey has taken them to the Middle East in time for the Arab Spring, up to the Arctic Circle, and as high as a Mount Everest base camp.

The Journal caught up with the trio in New York City after a 12-state tour of the U.S., where one of the British buddies saw fit to comment on our national obsession with the cost of gasoline. "Americans don't know how good they have it," he told the reporter, after recounting how he paid $12/gallon for fuel in Turkey.

As the friends have driven their cab, dubbed "Hannah," around the world, they've been having quite a laugh, but they've also been raising money for the British Red Cross, in the form of corporate sponsorships, according to the report.

Click past the jump to see a video interview with the intrepid travelers, and don't forget to check in on the trio's progress via their blog, ItsOnTheMeter.com.


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      Randy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well done!
      BrunoT
      • 2 Years Ago
      I remember when you used to go to a JOB when you weren't in classes during college, and after you graduated that was priority one. Does anybody work anymore?
        Eric G
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BrunoT
        Maybe no one is hiring? Maybe the want to relax before they spend the rest of their lives working under someone. At least these guys are enjoying themselves and sharing it with the world. But seriously, lighten up a bit. Its not like these guys insulted you somehow.
        donnieorama
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BrunoT
        Easy, Grandpa--kids actually still do stuff like roadtrips, etc... It's even fun, too. You should try it.
        adrenalnjunky
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BrunoT
        You must have missed the part where they are also raising money for charity. Plus, in today's job market, having something of this level on your resume sets you apart in a lot of job markets. What if these guys are marketing or PR majors? Even project management jobs could have a direct tie-in to running an endeavor like this.
        breakfastburrito
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BrunoT
        hahahaha Bruno! you just realized you're a corporate SUCKER! work hard all your life, while others get paid more to have fun. Get angry at the rich, but keep up that work ethic, so you'll get into heaven when you die. lol
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      ranger5414
      • 2 Years Ago
      well i sure hope they tipped the driver lol
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