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Never, Ever Underestimate The Power Of Music

I have loved music all my life, I listen when taking images, when I edit and as I fall to sleep, I believe the power of music is immense. This video shows just how powerful it is, its beautiful :)

I have taken a few days sabbatical but had to come on to share this, some images are now in process and should be up later today :)
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Would you be surprised to learn that the size of the Space Shuttle is determined by the size of an average war-horse during height of the Roman Empire?

This is because the size of the Space Shuttle is more-or-less determined by the size of the Solid Rocket Boosters which lift it from the launch pad. These were built in a factory in Utah. To get to Florida the boosters had to be shipped by train from the factory, the railroad from the factory runs through a tunnel in the mountains, and the boosters were therefore designed to fit through that tunnel. The tunnel is only slightly wider than the railroad track.

The standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) in the United States is 4 ft 8.5 inches wide, because that's the way they built them in England, and the US railroads were built by English expatriates. The English railways were built by the same people who built the pre-railroad tramways, and that's the gauge used by the tramways, so that's the gauge they used to build the railways. Because the people who built the tramways used the same jigs and tools that they used for building wagons, which used that wheel spacing.

Interestingly that wheel spacing was used because if they tried to use any other spacing wagon wheels would break on some of the older, long distance, roads. Because that's the spacing of the old wheel ruts.

These roads were built by Imperial Rome for the benefit of their legions and have been in use ever since. The original ruts, which everyone else had to match for fear of destroying their wagons, were first made by the wheels of Roman war chariots.

Thus, we have the answer to the original question. The United States standard railroad gauge of 4 ft 8.5 inches derives from the original specification for an Imperial Roman army war chariot, which was designed to be just wide enough to accommodate the back-ends of two war-horses.

Hence the size of the most advanced spacecraft ever built by mankind depended crucially on the size of the average rear-end of an Imperial Roman war-horse.

The moral of this story? Be careful when building standards, they last forever. It doesn't matter whether they are good and sensible standards, or bad and ill thought out. Standards never die.

Now, does anyone want to guess why the size of an Amazon Kindle was determined by the size of an average medieval sheep?
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I think my brain just melted... http://youtu.be/ahXIMUkSXX0
I <3 Vi Hart. :)
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I'm going to inlay a slug cat onto your guitar
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Caballo Blanco: "Learn the fine art of running, and you can change your life."
Who was the mysterious man who ran 100 miles at a time?
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The Misconception: There is nothing better in the world than getting paid to do what you love. The Truth: Getting paid for doing what you already enjoy will sometimes cause your love for the tas......
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HA. The science behind Office Space ;)
"I have eight different people coming by to tell me about it. That's my only real motivation is not to be hassled, that and the fear of losing my job. But you know, Bob, that will only make someone work just hard enough not to get fired." -Peter Gibbons
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Although SETI has been scouring the skies for a signal from an intelligent alien civilization, perhaps a closer look at the lunar surface may uncover some
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Kidding me. I watched parts 1-2 last night. Heck of a teacher huh ... now I know about s, p, & r energy levels.
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