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The Weirdest Thing

Joshua Lane / / 1 Comment

While driving this morning (in Maryland of all places), I passed a plain-old-regular tractor trailer, eighteen wheeler, whatever you want to call it. Nothing strange, nothing unexpected… although it did have one of those “Oversize Load” banners on it.

Then, I saw it. At first I wasn’t sure exactly what it was. But as the truck passed me and I looked into my rear-view mirror, I knew. It was a tank. Yes, the tractor trailer was hauling A TANK!! I can handle a truck hauling a boat, or even one of those pre-fab houses, but A TANK!? That was weird.

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tim from philly /

That is weird. An interesting bit of related (and random) trivia is that the entire Eisenhower Interstate Highway System (I think that’s what it’s called), which is basically our everyday I-95, I-76, I-*, or whatever…basically the main highways with blue signs (not state roads)….they were originally conceived to do precisely what you saw the other day: namely, haul military vehicles, troops, etc. and secondarily to evacuate large cities in the event of a nuclear attack.

The government forsaw the need to have a national highway system that connected major cities as well as major military installations. They never anticipated the highways actually being used by civilian traffic (at least not to the extent they are today).

At least you didn’t see a plane landing beside you or something :)

tim

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