OT: Horse's ass

From: Sellam Ismail <foo_at_siconic.com>
Date: Wed Jul 31 13:14:00 2002

On Wed, 31 Jul 2002, Alexander Schreiber wrote:

> On Wed, Jul 31, 2002 at 10:28:06AM +0200, Andreas Freiherr wrote:
> >
> > I have heard that the gauge of today's railway tracks (1435mm or 4'
> > 8.5"), and hence even the dimensions of Space Shuttle's boosters go back
> > to ancient Roman vehicles built to the width of two horse's backs, maybe
> > true or maybe not.
> That one is a verified urban legend, but still funny.
> http://www.snopes2.com/history/american/gauge.htm

Well, upon reading the Snopes discourse, it is not really an urban legend
at all, but is in reality a carry-over from ancient times based on
practicality. In fact, they go on to say it is basically true but "for
trivial and unremarkable reasons".

So it is not myth.

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