There are a lot of weird things about people and world around us that can’t be explained. » In chess, there are 169,518,829,100,544,000,000,000,000,000 ways to play the first ten moves. » It only takes 7 pounds of pressure to rip your ear off. » $26 billion in ransom has been paid out in the U.S. in the past 20 years. » You use more calories eating celery than there are in the celery itself. » On average, there are 178 sesame seeds on each McDonalds BigMac bun. » There are 1 million ants for every person in the world. » Odds of being killed byRead More →

US 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 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 pre-railroad tramways, and that’s the gauge they used. Why did "they" use that gauge 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 wagonsRead More →

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