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#1 posted 04-27-2016 05:48 AM

A number of years ago I was working with a field engineer (a.k.a. sales person), trying to sell a high precision vision measuring system to a company that made rails for the railroad. The rails are red hot and the closest we could get, without safety clothing, was about 14 feet. After we looked at the possible location for the video system we went into the managers office on the floor from where we could still see the red hot rails rolling by. The field engineer asked the manager to tell me the story about why there are different cinder blocks in his office walls.

He proceeded to tell me the story of how a red hot rail slipped out of the rolling mill, curled up in the air about 9 feet, straightened out, punched a hole above the door of his office, and then began to curl up throughout the office while breaking up more cinder blocks, and destroying a lot of the furniture. He continued the story saying that it took several guys cut to cut up the rail after it cooled off.

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