Most everyone has heard the joke about the child calling the fire station to report a fire. When asked how to get to the fire, she replies “Duh, in the big red truck.” The joke usually gets a chuckle or two but have you ever asked the question? Why are firetrucks red?
Many stories and jokes circulate about why the firetrucks are red. According to many sources online including Wonderopolis, the story goes something like this. “Because they have eight wheels and four people on them, and four plus eight makes twelve, and there are twelve inches in a foot, and one foot is a ruler, and Queen Elizabeth was a ruler, and Queen Elizabeth was also a ship, and the ship sailed the seas, and there were fish in the seas, and fish have fins, and the Finns fought the Russians, and the Russians are red, and fire trucks are always “Russian” around, so that’s why fire trucks are red!”