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Apollo, Space, and Kennedy: The launch of the Apollo 11 from Kennedy space center (16 July 1969)

The launch of the Apollo 11 from Kennedy space center (16 July 1969)

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Elon Musk, Falcon, and Elon: Elon Musk reacts to the launch of his Falcon Heavy rocket (2018)

Elon Musk reacts to the launch of his Falcon Heavy rocket (2018)

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Ass, England, and Horses: capsbum Follow 4ft 8.5" Why 4 FEET 8.5 Inches is Very Important Fascinating Stut Railroad Tracks The U.S 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 buit them in England, and Engish expatriates designed the U.S. Railroads. Why did the Engish buid them like that? Because the first rail lines were built by the same people who buit the pre- railroad tramways, and thats the gauge they used Why did they' use that gauge then? Because the people who built the tramways used the same igs and tools that they had used for buiding 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 he wheel ruts. So, who buit those old rutted roads? Imperial Rome buit the first long distance roads in Europe (including England for their legions. Those 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 al alke in the matter of wheel spacing Therefore, the Unted States standard rairoad gauge of 4 feet, 8.5 inches is derived from the original specifications for an Imperial Roman war chariot In other words, bureaucracies lve forever So the next time you are handed a specfication, procedure, or process, and wonder, "What horse's ass came up with this? you may be exactly right Imperial Roman army chariots were made just wide enough to accommodate he rear ends of two war horses. Now the twist to the story When you see a Space Shuttle sitting on its launch pad, you will notice that 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 SRES WOuld have preferred to make them a bit larger but the SRBs had to be shipped by train from the factory to the launch site The rairoad ine from the factory happens to run through a tunnel in the mountains and the SRBs had to fit through that tunnel The tunnel is sightly wider than the railroad track, and the ralroad 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 wasnt importanti Now you know Horses' Asses control almost everything Explains a whole lot of stut, doesn't it? djrichiecee This is the single most mind blowing fact I've read on tunbr, every day is a school day-thank you Nice history lesson My daughler and I were just discussing this very subject Source totalharmonyc. ow Phistory un 5,328 notes how space shuttles and horse asses are connected [LONG]
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