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Five interesting facts about garages

August 29, 2018 GMT

Americans love them

More than 82 million American homes have a garage. That’s enough garages to provide shelter for every single car made worldwide in 2013.

Of French origin

The word “garage” comes from the French word “garer,” which means “to shelter.”

Who needs a front door?

An estimated 71 percent of families use the garage as the primary entrance to the house.

Overhead door about 100 years old

C.G. Johnson invented the first overhead garage door in 1921. Five years later, Johnson invented the automatic door opener.

Garage bands that became great


Famous musical bands that got their start playing in a garage include the Beatles, Nirvana and Metallica.