Weekend Funnies

INTERESTING HISTORY LESSON


Railroad tracks. This is fascinating.

Be sure to read the final paragraph; your understanding of it will depend on the earlier part of the content.

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 used 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  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 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.

EXPECTED MERGERS

For all of you with any money left, be aware of the next expected mergers so that you can get in on the ground floor and make some BIG bucks.  Watch for these consolidations:

1.  Hale Business Systems, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Fuller Brush, and W.R. Grace Company will merge and become:

HALE, MARY, FULLER, GRACE

2.  Polygram Records, Warner Brothers, and Zesta Crackers join forces and become:

POLLY WARNER CRACKER

3.  3M will merge with Goodyear and become:

MMMGood

4.  Zippo Manufacturing, Audi Motors, Dofasco, and Dakota Mining will merge and become:

ZipAudiDoDa

5.  Fedex is expected to join its competitor, UPS, and become:

FedUP

6.  Fairchild Electronics and Honeywell Computers will become:

Fairwell Honeychild

7.  Grey Poupon and Docker Pants are expected to become:

Poupon Pants

8.  Knotts Berry Farm and The National Organization of Women will become:

Knott NOW!

And finally …..

9.  Victoria’s Secret and Smith & Wesson will merge under the new name:

TittyTitty Bang Bang

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One Response to “Weekend Funnies”

  1. ERG Says:

    Oy! My father told me that my grandfather (mother’s father) always said “There are more horses’ asses than horses.” How true then (and he was a victim of the ’29 stock crash) and maybe even more so now!

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