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Overpass Passover

Bridging The Gap or Gap In The Bridge?

Overpass Passover thanks to Roy Bishop

Overpass Passover thanks to Roy Bishop

Overpass Passover thanks to Roy Bishop

A trackhoe weighing 8 tons is on top of a flatbed trailer and heading east on Interstate 70 near Hays, Kansas. The extended shovel arm is made of hardened refined steel and the approaching overpass is made of commercial-grade concrete, reinforced with 1 1/2 inch steel rebar spaced at 6 inch intervals in a crisscross pattern layered at 1 foot vertical spacing.
Solve: When the shovel arm hits the overpass, how fast do you have to be going to slice the bridge in half? (Assume no effect for headwind and no breaking by the driver...)
Extra Credit: Solve for the time and distance required for the entire rig to come to a complete stop after hitting the overpass at the speed calculated above.
Answer - Who cares, the trucking company just bought themselves a bridge...

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Never insult anyone by accident. - Robert A. Heinlein

Safety doesn't happen by accident. - Unknown

Life's a game but Bridge is serious. - Unknown

The bridge to the future in the phallus. - D.H. Lawrence

Praise the bridge that carried you over. - George Colman

Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident. - Mark Twain

Care shouldn't start in the emergency room. - James Douglas

Never invest emergency savings in the stock market. - Suze Orman

Substance is not enough, accident is also required. - Greek Proverb

Stardom isn't a profession, it's an accident. - Lauren Bacall

My wife made me join a bridge club. I jump off next Tuesday. - Rodney Dangerfield

Giving never happens by accident. It's always intentional. - Amy Grant

Mistakes are the usual bridge between inexperience and wisdom. - Unknown

Coward: One who, in a perilous emergency, thinks with his legs. - Ambrose Bierce

Happiness is an accident of nature, a beautiful and flawless aberration. - Pat Conroy

Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. - Natalie Goldberg

I aimed at the public's heart and by accident I hit it in the stomach. - Upton Sinclair

The hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn. - David Russell

There is nothing so strong or safe in an emergency of life as the simple truth. - Charles Dickens

Fame is a vapor; popularity an accident; the only earthly certainty is oblivion. - Mark Twain

I don't have lungs anymore. Just two spare bags that flew in under a bridge one day. - Dylan Moran

If I was the governor of New Jersey, the George Washington Bridge would not have been shut. - Donald Trump

To be born free is an accident; to live free a responsibility; to die free is an obligation. - Mrs. Hubbard Davis

Bridge is a game that separates the men from the boys. It also separates husbands and wives. - George Burns

If you're not paying for it through the health plan, you pay for it in the emergency room. - David Lehman

Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river. - Nikita Khrushchev

The power of storytelling is exactly this: to bridge the gaps where everything else has crumbled. - Paulo Coelho

One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency. - Arnold H. Glasow

The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident. - Charles Lamb

My husband is so good at home repairs that they have a special VIP area for him in the emergency room. - Unknown

Your problem is to bridge the gap which exists between where you are now and the goal you intend to reach. - Earl Nightingale

Faith is a fine invention
When Gentlemen can see -
But Microscopes are prudent
In an Emergency. - Emily Dickinson

I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency, even if I'm in a cabinet meeting. - Ronald Reagan

It's a sad day when you find out that it's not accident or fortune but just yourself that kept things from you. - Lillian Hellman

He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself, for every man has need to be forgiven. - Thomas Fuller

Everyone needs a coach. It doesn't matter whether you're a basketball player, a tennis player, a gymnast or a bridge player. - Bill Gates

Love is much nicer to be in than an automobile accident, a tight girdle, a higher tax bracket, or a holding pattern over Philadelphia. - Judith Viorst

The best way to meet a woman is in an emergency situation - if you're in a shipwreck, or you find yourself behind enemy lines, or in a flood. - Mark Helprin

Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do. - Pele

He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass if he would ever reach heaven; for everyone has need to be forgiven. - George Herbert


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