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Horses Can Communicate with Humans

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In the film “Doctor Doolittle,” the main character talked to the animals. A recent study conducted in Norway shows how to communicate with horses. This is not like Mr. Ed the talking horse on vintage television. This communication involves the use of symbols.

The study found that horses can communicate by pointing out appropriate symbols with their muzzles. This is the preference of a few other animals, including dolphins, apes and pigeons.

Dr. Cecilie Mejdell of the Norwegian Veterinary Institute wanted to find a way to ask a horse whether or not it liked wearing a blanket and she became the lead author of the study. She and her team of scientists worked with a horse trainer to teach 22 riding horses of various breeds how to communicate with humans using symbols.

Dr. Mejdell says,


I think our study adds to the knowledge on horse cognition – about what horses are able to learn and how they think. Horses are often considered not to be very intelligent but this shows that using the right methods they can actually communicate and express their opinions and they can take choices that seem sensible to us even.

The study used “reward-based operant conditioning.” First, the horse was trained to approach two boards with symbols that were hung on a fence. When the horse touched the board with its muzzle it was rewarded with a carrot treat. Then the horse only received a treat when they touched the board indicating their current status, blanketed or not. The horse was then taught to tell the difference between symbols. A horizontal bar indicated, “blanket on.” A vertical bar indicted, “blanket off” and a blank board indicated, “no change.”


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 Subject: Romney's Horse

 I recall that the news media has tried to make a point about Romney being so rich that he even has a horse which was entered into the Summer Olympics. Well, someone has made a counter-point .....................

So the Romneys are selfish for keeping a horse? And employing a groom with a family to support. And employing a trainer with a family to support. And employing a veterinarian with a family to support.And employing a horseshoer with a family to support. And paying for feed that’s sold by someone with a family to support and transported in trucks by someone with a family to support and manufactured in a factory by people with families to support from stuff that’s grown by farmers with families to support. And having a barn built by construction workers with families to support with materials trucked by drivers with families to support from factories with workers with families to support. 

Sounds to me like that one horse has done more to put Americans to work than the horse’s ASS in the White House.

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Railroad tracks.

The   US  standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches. That's an exceedingly odd number.

Why was that gauge used? Because that's the way they built them in England , and English expatriates designed the   US  railroads.

Why did the English build them like that? Because the first rail lines were built by the same people who built the pre-railroad tramways, and that's the gauge they used.

Why did 'they' use that gauge then? Because the people who built the tramways used the same jigs and tools that they had used for building wagons, which used that wheel spacing.

Why did the wagons have that particular odd wheel spacing? Well, if they tried to use any other spacing, the wagon wheels would break on some of the old, long distance roads in   England , because that's the spacing of the wheel ruts.

So who built those old rutted roads? Imperial   Rome built the first long distance roads in Europe (including   England ) for their legions. Those roads have been used ever since.

And the ruts in the roads? Roman war chariots formed the initial ruts, which everyone else had to match for fear of destroying their wagon wheels.

Since the chariots were made for Imperial   Rome , they were all alike in the matter of wheel spacing. Therefore the United States standard railroad gauge of 4 feet, 8.5 inches is derived from the original specifications for an Imperial Roman war chariot. Bureaucracies live forever.

So the next time you are handed a specification/procedure/process and wonder 'What horse's ass came up with this?' , you may be exactly right. Imperial Roman army chariots were made just wide enough to accommodate the rear ends of two war horses. (Two horses' asses.)

 Now, the twist to the story:

When you see a Space Shuttle sitting on its launch pad, there are two big booster rockets attached to the sides of the main fuel tank. These are solid rocket boosters, or SRBs. The SRBs are made by Thiokol at their factory in  Utah

 The engineers who designed the SRBs would have preferred to make them a bit fatter, but the SRBs had to be shipped by train from the factory to the launch site. The railroad line from the factory happens to run through a tunnel in the mountains, and the SRBs had to fit through that tunnel. The tunnel is slightly wider than the railroad track, and the railroad track, as you now know, is about as wide as two horses' behinds.

So, a major Space Shuttle design feature of what is arguably the world's most advanced transportation system was determined over two thousand years ago by the width of a horse's ass. And you thought being a horse's ass wasn't important? Ancient horse's asses control almost everything...

CURRENT Horses Asses in Washington are controlling everything else


And they don't give two horses asses what you or I think....

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