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Old 06-29-2008, 01:31 PM
Henrique de Moraes Holschuh
 
Default OT: bridges

On Sun, 29 Jun 2008, William Pitcock wrote:
> On Sun, 2008-06-29 at 19:12 +1200, Chris Bannister wrote:
> > On Mon, Jun 23, 2008 at 12:49:50PM -0500, William Pitcock wrote:
> > > Have you ever heard the fable concerning a father, a son and a donkey?
> > > In a nutshell, first, nobody rides down the road on the donkey, and
> > > instead lead him with a rope. People criticized them for doing so, e.g.
> > > "why not let the kid ride on top of the donkey?"
> > >
> > > So, the father told the kid to ride the donkey. Then people criticized
> > > them again, for not letting the father ride the donkey instead. So, they
> > > switched again. Then people criticized that too, so they wound up
> > > carrying the donkey. Eventually, they reached a stream and fell in the
> > > water because there was too much weight in once place on the bridge they
> > > were crossing.
> >
> > Wouldn't that happen whether they were riding or carrying the donkey?
>
> Mathematically, probably. But this is just a fable, so the laws of

Quite the opposite. Load distribution CAN matter a damn great deal.
The fable could be correct, if the bridge it describes is a weak one.

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Henrique Holschuh


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