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01-05-2016, 02:22 AM
Road Trip
For awhile the China Walls were the largest man made objects, by 1920 the railroad systems had eclipsed them for that distinction; today there are four largest man made objects: the paved road networks of Asia/Europe/Africa, North America, South America and Australia. None of it is visible from space, but lifted into space they would comprise a spidery visible moon the diameter of earth.

The Darien Gap in Central America will presumably be the first gap closed to combine the American networks, later the Bering Strait Bridge will marry all the continents save Australia and the cold place further south. Some day bridges will join Indonesia and link Australia into a unified global network of asphalt and speed traps.

The amazing thing about this network is it's all one piece with no moving parts. Yet for such a low maintenance configuration its upkeep keeps thousands if not millions in full time employment.

Here are three unanswered (and maybe unanswerable) statistics of the current networks:

1. What is the shortest paved road route distance between the two points separated by the greatest great circle distance on the road network?

2. What is the longest of the shortest paved routes between two points on the network and what is the great circle distance between these two points (this is not the same question as #1).

3. Has someone already taken trip #1 or trip #2, knowingly or not?
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01-05-2016, 08:41 AM
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I didn't know there was math today! Weeping
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01-05-2016, 09:17 AM
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It's a Sunday morning as I read the OP and I don't wanna think right now. Go away....go somewhere else with your questions. Rolleyes

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01-05-2016, 09:45 AM
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(01-05-2016 02:22 AM)Airportkid Wrote:  For awhile the China Walls were the largest man made objects, by 1920 the railroad systems had eclipsed them for that distinction; today there are four largest man made objects: the paved road networks of Asia/Europe/Africa, North America, South America and Australia. None of it is visible from space, but lifted into space they would comprise a spidery visible moon the diameter of earth.

The Darien Gap in Central America will presumably be the first gap closed to combine the American networks, later the Bering Strait Bridge will marry all the continents save Australia and the cold place further south. Some day bridges will join Indonesia and link Australia into a unified global network of asphalt and speed traps.

The amazing thing about this network is it's all one piece with no moving parts. Yet for such a low maintenance configuration its upkeep keeps thousands if not millions in full time employment.

Here are three unanswered (and maybe unanswerable) statistics of the current networks:

1. What is the shortest paved road route distance between the two points separated by the greatest great circle distance on the road network?

2. What is the longest of the shortest paved routes between two points on the network and what is the great circle distance between these two points (this is not the same question as #1).

3. Has someone already taken trip #1 or trip #2, knowingly or not?

Good questions.

No idea for any of them.Smile

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01-05-2016, 10:31 AM
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At 2:30AM that's all too much for a koala to bear. Big Grin

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01-05-2016, 12:35 PM
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I'm taking a road trip to the Grand Canyon in June. Does that in any way answer your questions? Big Grin

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He is deformed, crooked, old, and sere,
Ill-fac’d, worse bodied, shapeless every where;
Vicious, ungentle, foolish, blunt, unkind,
Stigmatical in making, worse in mind.
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01-05-2016, 03:47 PM
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(01-05-2016 02:22 AM)Airportkid Wrote:  For awhile the China Walls were the largest man made objects, by 1920 the railroad systems had eclipsed them for that distinction; today there are four largest man made objects: the paved road networks of Asia/Europe/Africa, North America, South America and Australia. None of it is visible from space, but lifted into space they would comprise a spidery visible moon the diameter of earth.

The Darien Gap in Central America will presumably be the first gap closed to combine the American networks, later the Bering Strait Bridge will marry all the continents save Australia and the cold place further south. Some day bridges will join Indonesia and link Australia into a unified global network of asphalt and speed traps.

The amazing thing about this network is it's all one piece with no moving parts. Yet for such a low maintenance configuration its upkeep keeps thousands if not millions in full time employment.

Here are three unanswered (and maybe unanswerable) statistics of the current networks:

1. What is the shortest paved road route distance between the two points separated by the greatest great circle distance on the road network?

2. What is the longest of the shortest paved routes between two points on the network and what is the great circle distance between these two points (this is not the same question as #1).

3. Has someone already taken trip #1 or trip #2, knowingly or not?

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