How to move 1.98 Million Pounds

How to move 1.98 Million Pounds. That’s a BIG LOAD! No mention of what gas mileage on the trucks towing.
For the past few weeks, a “super heavy” load has been making its way from Hardeeville SC , enroute to Boiling Springs NC . It is a large electric generator destined for a clean coal power plant. The generator weighs in at 1.98 million pounds and isn’t something you just jump on an interstate freeway with and truck it on down the road.
In order to support such a load without destroying every inch of road you travel, the weight has to be widely distributed. You also have to travel back roads so that day to day commerce isn’t completely disrupted along your route. After all….. your top speed on level ground is less than 20 mph and this drops to as little as 1.5 mph on grades and slopes. Rush hour traffic traffic on an interstate would soon be solidly backed up to the state lines in b
oth directions.

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The load then had to negotiate the 90° turn seen in the photo. This had to be done while keeping all 338 tires solidly on paved surfaces. Note that each axle is steerable so it’s only a little less exacting than a tap dancing centipede, but an on board computer system has things well in hand. It doesn’t fully control the action since there is a “driver” in the chain of command. Here the action as begun and the lead tractors are making their initial turn.

Driver

Here is a shot of one of the two “Drivers” The computer might tell the all wheels how much to turn, but this guy tells the computer when to do it and how much at a time. He’s apparently pretty durable since the dawn temperature was a chilling 25° as he began his ride.

 

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Thanks Go0se

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Reading them the Riot Act

Riot actThe phrase “read them the riot act” is an idiom, meaning to speak angrily toward someone and threaten punishment if the anger-causing behavior does not quickly cease. 

In 1714, likely in response to civil uprisings (“riots”), the Parliament of the United Kingdom passed a statute: “An act for preventing tumults and riotous assemblies, and for the more speedy and effectual punishing the rioters.”  It’s shorter, yes still official name was simply “The Riot Act.”  

The act allowed local authorities to forcibly disperse any band of “unlawfully” (etc.) assembled group of a dozen or more people — with one catch: fair warning had to be issued to the band of people targeted by the act.  Fair warning was given by reading a proclamation, as proscribed by the Act itself.  The magic paragraph read as follows:

Our Sovereign Lord the King chargeth and commandeth all persons, being assembled, immediately to disperse themselves, and peaceably to depart to their habitations, or to their lawful business, upon the pains contained in the act made in the first year of King George, for preventing tumults and riotous assemblies. God Save the King!

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God enjoys a good laugh

There were 3 good arguments that Jesus was Black:

1. He called everyone brother

2. He liked Gospel

3. He didn’t get a fair trial

 

But then there were 3 equally good arguments that Jesus was Jewish:

1. He went into His Father’s business

2. He lived at home until he was 33

3. He was sure his Mother was a virgin and his Mother was sure He was God

 

But then there were 3 equally good arguments that Jesus was Italian:

1. He talked with His hands

2. He had wine with His meals

3. He used olive oil

 

But then there were 3 equally good arguments that Jesus was a Californian:

1. He never cut His hair

2. He walked around barefoot all the time

3. He started a new religion

 

But then there were 3 equally good arguments that Jesus was an American Indian:

1. He was at peace with nature

2. He ate a lot of fish

3. He talked about the Great Spirit

 

But then there were 3 equally good arguments that Jesus was Irish:

1. He never got married..

2. He was always telling stories.

3. He loved green pastures.

 

But the most compelling evidence of all – 3 proofs that Jesus was a woman:

1. He fed a crowd at a moment’s notice when there was virtually no food

2. He kept trying to get a message across to a bunch of men who just didn’t get it

3. And even when He was dead, He had to get up because there was still work to do.

 

Can I get an AMEN!!

Thanks Gene

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