The juciy stuff is below  

rm_qfp5110 50M
29 posts
3/31/2006 11:33 am

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4/7/2006 1:55 pm

The juciy stuff is below

For those of you who want to read abouot my liaisons, these are below.

For those of you who want to stop and have a ponder about the state of modern technology, stick around for a read;

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 at 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. The US standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches.

That's an 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 first tramways in the industrial north east of England. That’s the width they choose to use.

Why did use that width 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 all alike in the matter of wheel spacing.

But why that wheel spacing?

The wheel spacing was based on the width of a chariot. And before you ask why were chariots that wide, I’ll tell you. They were that wide so the two draw handles from the chariot would fit either side of the horses arse.

So, a major Space Shuttle design feature of what is arguably the worlds’ most advanced transportation system was determined over two thousand years ago by the width of a horse's arse.

rm_SusieQ27 46F
2093 posts
4/4/2006 8:05 pm

gfp, I keep on thinking of he Big Friendly Giant, when I type ypur handle..

Anyways, onto the blog, I. for one, found it extremely interesting, pet. Write some more of those, dear.

Luv n stuff {=} Susie {=}

rm_qfp5110 50M
127 posts
4/7/2006 1:55 pm

there was one to do with Blackpool tower being based on the shape of an ancient condom. I can't remeber it, though it ends up something like, so next time you see Blackpool tower remeber its shape is based on a sheeps arse.

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