Thursday, February 05, 2004

On state lines and horses' behinds

Rory Perry has a link to this delightful speech by an Australian judge who explains why the width of the booster rockets for the space shuttle is limited to twice the width of a horse's behind (the historic width of the railroads, including existing tunnels still in use), as an introduction to the problems of integration national legal practices in Australia to overcome entrenched local differences among the states there.

We are on the state line here in Bristol, and once upon a time I encounter stuff that I can't understand over on the other side, but I wouldn't attribute it to horses' behinds.

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