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Old 01-06-2007, 15:26   #82
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^^ im ok - you're ok ? whos the author? sounds kinda interesting...lol

i think i might finish "the zahir" tonight, its 342 pages and im currently on page 250 ..
ill order "11 minuts" and "Veronika decideds to die" tomorrow

" I went to a train station today and leraned that the distance betwene railway tracks is always 143.5 centimetres. Why this absurd measurement? why exactly 143.5 centimetres and not 150 ?
I asked my girlfriend to find out and this is what she discovered:
when they built the first train carriages, they used the same tools as they had for biudling horse-drawn carriages. And why that distance betwene the wheels of the carriages? Because that was the width of the old roads along which the carriages had to travel. And who decided that roads should be that width? Well suddenly, we are plunged back into the distant past. It was the romans, the first great roadbuilders, who decided to make their roads that width. And why? because their war chariots were pulled by two horses, and when places side by side, the horses they used at that time took up 143.5 centimeters.
So they distance bewteen the tracks i saw today, used by our state-of-art high-speed trains, was determined by the romans! When people went to the united states and started building railways there, it didnt occur to them to change the width and it stayed that way.
Since the topic today is marriage, you might wonder what railway tracks has to do with marriage?"

from the zahir by paulo coelho

its amazing how he connects railway tracks to marriage a good book really


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