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  • LeeDarshi Morelli
    Among many other things, I did not know what follows Subject: Old Standards - hee hee JUST A QUESTION OF STANDARDS Does the statement, We ve always done it
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 13, 2003
      Among many other things, I did not know what follows
       
      Subject: Old Standards - hee hee

      JUST A QUESTION OF STANDARDS
      Does the statement, "We've always done it that way" ring any bells...?
       
      The US standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5
      inches. That is an exceedingly odd number.
       
      Why was that gauge used?
       
      Because that is 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 is 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 used for building wagons, which used that wheel spacing.
       
      Okay! 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 Rome built 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 alike in the matter of wheel spacing.
       
      The United States standard railroad gauge of 4 feet, 8.5 inches is derived
      from the original specifications for an Imperial Roman war chariot. And
      bureaucracies live forever.
       
      So the next time you are handed a spec and told we have always done it
      that way and wonder what horse's ass came up with that, you may be exactly
      right, because the Imperial Roman war chariots were made just wide enough to
      accommodate the back ends of two war horses.
       
      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 SRBs. The SRBs are made by Thiokol at their
      factory in Utah. The engineers who designed the SRBs would have preferred
      to make them a bit fatter, but the SRBs 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. The SRBs 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.
      Therefore, 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??
       
       


    • Dave Brennan
      Very good !! LeeDarshi Morelli wrote:Among many other things, I did not know what follows Subject: Old Standards - hee hee JUST A QUESTION
      Message 2 of 2 , Jul 13, 2003
        Very good !!

        LeeDarshi Morelli <LeeDarshi@...> wrote:
        Among many other things, I did not know what follows
         
        Subject: Old Standards - hee hee

        JUST A QUESTION OF STANDARDS
        Does the statement, "We've always done it that way" ring any bells...?
         
        The US standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5
        inches. That is an exceedingly odd number.
         
        Why was that gauge used?
         
        Because that is 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 is 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 used for building wagons, which used that wheel spacing.
         
        Okay! 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 Rome built 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 alike in the matter of wheel spacing.
         
        The United States standard railroad gauge of 4 feet, 8.5 inches is derived
        from the original specifications for an Imperial Roman war chariot. And
        bureaucracies live forever.
         
        So the next time you are handed a spec and told we have always done it
        that way and wonder what horse's ass came up with that, you may be exactly
        right, because the Imperial Roman war chariots were made just wide enough to
        accommodate the back ends of two war horses.
         
        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 SRBs. The SRBs are made by Thiokol at their
        factory in Utah. The engineers who designed the SRBs would have preferred
        to make them a bit fatter, but the SRBs 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. The SRBs 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.
        Therefore, 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??
         
         




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