Monday, July 06, 2009

Great Unanswered Questions etc...

Isaac Newton wrote an infrequently quoted coda to his third law of motion, known only to the public carriage office that can be paraphrased thus: "To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Except in this cab where the laws that govern the universe don't apply, pal."

If I need to use my car for a short journey of say, a mile, like to the council tip with a bootfull of garden rubbish, which requires me to get in the vehicle one end of the trip and exit same the other for a very short time, I am legally obliged to wear a seatbelt for the duration of the entire journey. This is a good thing, most accidents occur within a short distance of home on familiar roads when we are at our least alert and observant. Can somebody therefore please explain to me why a taxi driver, a specie of professional driver for whom egress from the cab is required only for the purposes of refreshment, refuelling or relief ("sling it in the boot mate. 's'open") and very rarely for the benefit of the person paying his or her livelihood, is not required to belt up at all regardless of the length of journey? Why NASA spends billions on fuel to send the shuttle into orbit when in reality all that's needed is 1998 Skoda Octavia 1.9 TDi with 350,000 miles on the clock and a full tank of diesel is anyone's guess.

3 Vegetable peelings:

Blogger Rog said...

Apollo 11 had a soilage charge excess of 50 quid.

7:23 pm  
Blogger Dave said...

It has long been my dream to build a long enough ramp and drive into space.

5:34 am  
Blogger Vicus Scurra said...

I had that Neil Armstrong in the back of my mind once.

6:26 am  

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