29 Dec '15, 7pm

Old Tech Meets New Math – Bridge Collapse Results. https://t.co/3v5p8nd3ab

Old Tech Meets New Math – Bridge Collapse Results. https://t.co/3v5p8nd3ab

A 23 year old truck driver with a CDL (commercial driver’s license) was confronted with a math problem the other day — how many pounds are there in 6 tons? Unfortunately, the driver was educated in the modern era, in which New Math is all the rage. Approaching an iron bridge located in Paoli, Indiana, truck driver Mary Lambright noticed the sign saying the bridge had a weight limit of 6 tons. Unfortunately, Lambright had no idea how many pounds that is, so she drove her 65,000 lb rig onto it. The bridge, built in 1880, promptly collapsed.

Full article: http://gas2.org/2015/12/29/old-tech-meets-new-math-bridge...

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