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little grey rabbit
26th October 2010, 05:36 PM
This isn't really conspiracy (or maybe not....), but I do not want to disturb the dignitas of the Science and Nature branch with such triviality and since there are bound to be Apollo fake debunkers here.

Someone a long time ago told me this kind of joke/conundrum, but googling doesn't seem to bring it up. I was wondering if anyone who first used or the correct version.

From memory it goes something like this:
Why was the Apollo mission dependent on the width of a horse's backside.
I don't know why, why is etc etc

Parts of the Apollo mission was built underground and the equipment was transported by underground railtracks and the width of rail tracks goes back to the Roman empire when "trains" were pulled by horse. So the design of the Apollo mission is determined by the width of a horse's backside

Thats a very poor rendition of it, does anyone know the original (and better) version. And what parts of the Apollo mission were built underground.

As a reward you can enjoy this joke

A statistics professor plans to travel to a conference by airplane. When he passes the security check, a bomb is discovered in his carry-on baggage. Of course, he is hauled o. immediately for interrogation.

"I don't understand it!" the interrogating officer exclaims.
"You're an accomplished professional, a caring family man, a pillar of your parish - and now you want to destroy all that by blowing up an airplane!"
"Sorry," the professor interrupts him. "I had never intended to blow up the plane."
"So, for what reason did you try to bring a bomb on board?!"
"Let me explain. Statistics show that the probability of a bomb being on an airplane is 1/1 000. That's quite high if you think
about it - so high that I wouldn't have any peace of mind on a flight."
"And what does this have to do with you bringing a bomb on board?"
"You see, since the probability of one bomb being on my plane is 1/1 000, the chance that there are two bombs is 1/1000000. So, if I already bring one, I am much safer. . . "

Alferd_Packer
26th October 2010, 05:57 PM
It was the solid rocket boosters for the space shuttle, although I have seen this claim debunked.

Alferd_Packer
26th October 2010, 06:01 PM

http://www.snopes.com/history/american/gauge.asp

little grey rabbit
26th October 2010, 06:16 PM
thanks.

Thats it precisely.

little grey rabbit
27th October 2010, 03:13 PM
It was the solid rocket boosters for the space shuttle, although I have seen this claim debunked.

These solid fuels moved underground, was this the plutonium 238 power source? Or am I getting confused with another space mission?

Matthew Ellard
27th October 2010, 03:30 PM

http://www.snopes.com/history/american/gauge.asp

Thank you. That was interesting.

SpitfireIX
28th October 2010, 07:15 AM
These solid fuels moved underground, was this the plutonium 238 power source? Or am I getting confused with another space mission?

It refers to the SRBs moving through a railroad tunnel. See the last paragraph of the original "urban legend" in the Snopes article AP linked.

CurtC
28th October 2010, 01:58 PM
As a reward you can enjoy this jokeA statistics professor plans to travel to a conference by airplane...

That statistics professor was obviously NOT named "Bayes."