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posted Dec 3, 2009, 9:12 AM by SSJ Kriccolo
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 horse’s asses are controlling everything else!

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