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Posted by billhoward 
Kentucky Derby
Posted by: billhoward (---.nwrk.east.verizon.net)
Date: May 05, 2018 08:26PM

Good Magic, trained by Chad Brown '00, places (finishes second) in the Kentucky Derby in a field of 20 horses, by 2-1/2 lengths. The last place horse was 73-1/4 lengths back. Talk about precision vs. importance of fractions and decimals.

Pregame story: [www.usatoday.com]
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/05/2018 08:28PM by billhoward.
 
Re: Kentucky Derby
Posted by: Jeff Hopkins '82 (110.8.254.---)
Date: May 07, 2018 07:19AM

billhoward
Good Magic, trained by Chad Brown '00, places (finishes second) in the Kentucky Derby in a field of 20 horses, by 2-1/2 lengths. The last place horse was 73-1/4 lengths back. Talk about precision vs. importance of fractions and decimals.

Pregame story: [www.usatoday.com]

Is a length a precise unit to start with? Are all horses the same size?

Yeah, I know: God damn engineers!
 
Re: Kentucky Derby
Posted by: billhoward (---.nwrk.east.verizon.net)
Date: May 07, 2018 09:13AM

A length in horse racing is 8 feet.

You're also perhaps aware that a horse's ass directly correlates to the width of railroad track at 4 feet, 8-1/2 inches (USA), based on the axle width of ancient Roman carts. There is a long history detailed online about this usually with the punch line, "And that explains why it's accurate to say, 'What horse's ass built this road?'" Except that it's mostly legend. [www.snopes.com]
 
Re: Kentucky Derby
Posted by: Swampy (---.border10.wdc002.pnap.net)
Date: May 07, 2018 02:28PM

billhoward
A length in horse racing is 8 feet.

You're also perhaps aware that a horse's ass directly correlates to the width of railroad track at 4 feet, 8-1/2 inches (USA), based on the axle width of ancient Roman carts. There is a long history detailed online about this usually with the punch line, "And that explains why it's accurate to say, 'What horse's ass built this road?'" Except that it's mostly legend. [www.snopes.com]

+1 deadhorse

And to think this weekend, at the ILT, I was trying to explain to my grandson what I love about having attended an Ivy League school.
 
Re: Kentucky Derby
Posted by: Jeff Hopkins '82 (1.102.1.---)
Date: May 07, 2018 07:43PM

Swampy
billhoward
A length in horse racing is 8 feet.

You're also perhaps aware that a horse's ass directly correlates to the width of railroad track at 4 feet, 8-1/2 inches (USA), based on the axle width of ancient Roman carts. There is a long history detailed online about this usually with the punch line, "And that explains why it's accurate to say, 'What horse's ass built this road?'" Except that it's mostly legend. [www.snopes.com]

+1 deadhorse

And to think this weekend, at the ILT, I was trying to explain to my grandson what I love about having attended an Ivy League school.

Well, at least we know that theory is a load of horseshit.
 

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