Romans and Railroads

I just got a silly e-mail about standard widths or rail lines being based on the old Roman chariot wheel tracks, etc etc. Has anyone heard this line? Does anyone have any specific proof for/against this? I know rail width in US is different from Europe, and Spain I believe differs from the rest of Europe, even. Actually, I can’t imagine that chariots were as wide as train cars…Anyone know about this? Urban legend/ false factoid?

We debunked this one before… umm… use the search engine cause I ain’t got the addy :wink:

“I guess it is possible for one person to make a difference, although most of the time they probably shouldn’t.”

I’d like to kill the sumbitch responsible for that UL. The fact he/she/it put the power of spam behind it should be punishable by death.

I’m closing this thread even though I cannot point to the old ones - you’ll have to look through the thread list, since the search engine is totally useless. Sorry.

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Geesh, on second thought, go at it if you’ve a mind. But please be nice, because I’m not looking in here again. :wink:

Yeah, Im not too enthused about finding an old thread, but here’s a good place to start your debunking:

Back off, man. I’m a scientist.

Hey Nickrz and gang. Here they are. Not a heck of a lot of info but better’n nuttin.

My sources at Norfolk & Southern and The Ann Arbor Railroad have also struck out.

Dopeler effect:
The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

You guys obviously don’t lead the charmed life that I do. :slight_smile: