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Fwd: Interesting history lesson (fwd)

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Mon, 11 May 2009 12:29:14 -0400

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---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Mon, 11 May 2009 21:07:42 +0530
From: Dilip Simeon <[log in to unmask]>
To: undisclosed-recipients:  @MISSING_DOMAIN ;
Subject: Fwd: Interesting history lesson

   Okay, something to laugh a bit about after all the depressing shit we have
to take...


   *
INTERESTING HISTORY LESSON
Railroad tracks.
**The US standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5
inches. That's an exceedingly odd number.

Why was that gauge used?  Because that's the way they built them
in England , and English expatriates built the US railroads.

Why did the English build them like that?  Because the first rail lines were
built by the same people who built the pre-railroad tramways, and that's the
gauge they used.

Why did 'they' use that gauge then?  Because the people who built the
tramways used the same jigs and tools that they use d for building wagons,
which used that wheel spacing.

Why did the wagons have that particular odd wheel spacing?  Well, if they
tried to use any other spacing, the wagon wheels would break on some of the
old, long distance roads in England , because that's the spacing of the
wheel ruts.

So who built those old rutted roads?  Imperial Romebuilt the first long
distance roads in Europe (and England ) for their legions.  The roads have
been used ever since.

And the ruts in the roads?  Roman war chariots formed the initial ruts,
which everyone else had to match for fear of destroying their wagon wheels.
  Since the chariots were made for Imperial Rome , they were all alike in the
matter of wheel spacing.  Therefore the United States standard railroad
gauge of 4 feet, 8.5 inches is derived from the original specifications for
an Imperial Roman war chariot.  Bureaucracies live forever.

So the next time you are handed a specification/procedure/process and wonder
'What horse's ass came up with it?',  you may be exactly right.
Imperial Roman army chariots were made just wide enough to accommodate the
rear ends of two war horses.  (Two horse's asses.)

Now, the twist to the story:
**When you see a Space Shuttle sitting on its launch pad, there are two
big booster rockets attached to the sides of the main fuel tank.   These
are solid rocket boosters, or SRB's.  The SRB's are made by Thiokol at their
factory in Utah ...  The engineers who designed the SRB's would have
preferred to make them a bit fatter, but the SRB's had to be shipped by
train from the factory to the launch site.  The railroad line from the
factory happens to run through a tunnel in the mountains, and the SRB's had
to fit through that tunnel.  The tunnel is slightly wider than the railroad
track, and the railroad track, as you now know, is about as wide as two
horses' behinds.

So, a major Space Shuttle design feature of what is arguably the world's
most advanced transportation system was determined over two thousand years
ago by the width of a horse's ass.  And you thought being a horse's ass
wasn't important?

Ancient horse's asses control almost everything... and
CURRENT  Horses Asses are controlling everything else.**
*




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