When in Rome..

 Racing Chariot

A cliché that is as cliché as clichés get…

..and since it’s a (cliché) ..that fits into (politics) like a (glove,)  when I received an e-mail, i,e,. (forward) from my cousin “Big Bill D,” ..(who lives on the west coast,) ..yesterday, ..I, (being the blatant opportunist that I am, ..I couldn’t resist using ( it ) to prosecute my agenda…

According to Webster: a·gen·da, A list or program of things to be done or considered.


..while at the same time providing the extremely interesting information and history that my cousin’s e-mail offered…

..I hope to (relate) that the more things “change,” ..the more they stay the same.

 Railroad Tracks 

Back on track, (literally,) ..as the information and history provided in my cousin’s e-mail was in fact about tracks, railroad tracks, wagon tracks and most importantly, chariot tracks.

 Wagon Tracks

Chariot Tracks

Question: So what do ..(railroad tracks,) ..(wagon tracks,) ..and (chariot tracks) ..have to do with how me do business in America?

Glad you asked; …

According to my cousin’s e-mail and a good deal of research on my own, ..(as I don’t rely on cyberspace and those that participate within, ..for what I provide).



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 built them in England, ..and since English “expatriates” designed the U.S. Railroads. ..(Duh!)

Question: Why did the English (expatriates) 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.



Question: Why did ‘they’ use that gauge?

Because the people who (built the tramways) used the (same jigs and tools) that they had used for building (wagons,) ..which used that wheel spacing.


Question: Why did the wagons have that particular odd wheel spacing?

Because if they tried to use any other spacing, (anywhere inEurope) ..the wagon wheels would break on some of the old, (long distance) roads in “England,” ..because that was the spacing of the wheel ruts.

Question: So, who built those old rutted roads?


Portrait of Julius Caesar with his Legions

Imperial Rome built the first (long distance) roads in Europe (including England ) for their legions, ..and those roads have been used ever since.

Question: What caused the ruts in the roads?

 Roman War Chariots 

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. In other words, ..when a (bureaucrat) ..has (his or her hands) in the “creation and/or design” of something? “Originality, and/or Invention” ..is not a consideration.

Historical fact: “Imperial Roman Army Chariots” ..were built just wide enough to accommodate the rear ends of two war horses.

And further…


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 “SRB’s” would have preferred to make them larger, ..however since the SRB’s had to be shipped by (rail) ..from the factory to the launch site, ..and America’s railroads from the Utah to Florida, i.e., “Cape Kennedy” run through a number of tunnels in the process, ..the SRB’s had to be designed to fit through those tunnels.

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, ..a vehicle that is arguably the world’s most advanced piece of transportation, was determined over two thousand years ago by the width of a horse’s ass.

And of course, speaking of (horse’s asses) ..Barack Obama is continuing to decline in the polls.

Have a great day, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

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