Part 1: If the width of the space between the buttocks of two adjacent horses determines the dimensions of a spaceship, how come Gutenberg invented print while crushing grapes to make wine?

“François, you stingy pig!”

Beautiful Esmeralda gathered her skirts up to her shapely hips while washing her legs and talking to her husband. Her cheeks were blushing with rage. She made her jet black hair into a bun under a piece of cloth she wrapped around her head, but still a few large wavy ringlets protruded right next to her ears. She would soon go into a bowl filled with Cabarnet-type red grapes. Her family had been making the region’s best wine for centuries in the same way. After wiping her carefully washed feet with a clean towel, she was finally in the bowl and started the grape crushing process that would take days. The seeds of the grapes and the branches of the clusters were scratching her delicate feet. This demanding and laborsome procedure takes days, and every night she could not sleep due to the soreness of her legs. Nearly all of the winemakers in the vicinity abandoned this method and used wine press. Other than her own family, there was no one left to do this with feet. She had begged the stingy man, who was to be her husband, many times, but could not persuade him to buy her a wine press.

From the above description, I guess that the wine press was invented, perhaps 10 or 100 years ago, as a result of the efforts of a man embellished by the pressure and possible nagging of another woman who shared the same fate as Esmeralda. This is totally my assumption. The man who found the wine press was probably looking at the olive oil press, “Would it be easier if we crush grapes in this press?” I guess again that he thinks and made the first trials. Isn’t there a trigger for every invention? Isn’t something invented as a result of a pressure factor like I made up, or a lazy person exercising his/her brain instead of his/her body to get rid of drudgery?

Although Esmeralda and her shapely hips are not directly related to what I want to tell, the wine press that will save Esmeralda from crushing grapes is an important element of the printing house that changed the course of our civilization. Gutenberg invented the first printing press by inserting a type plate for printing a book on the end of the wine press. Until the printing press was found, there was no other method of copying the books except that the scribes rewrote the books word by word, page by page. This method was both inefficient and very laborious. Therefore, it was very expensive. Gutenberg had invented print that made all the clerks unemployed, probably angered by a scrivener like Bartleby who preferred not to copy, again probably a man tired of the nag of his wine-crushing wife, I guess by adding a writing mold to the end of the wine press, which he invented, inspired by the olive oil press discovered by the Greeks a few thousand years ago.

The width of the fuel tanks of the space shuttles sent by the USA to space is the width of a train car. Actually, NASA engineers wanted to make the tanks much wider, but it wasn’t possible. Because any way other than sending the fuel tanks to the launch pad by train is not suitable. The train passes through tunnels. The width of the tunnels is enough for wagons to pass. Wagons travel on 1.5 meters wide train tracks.

The train was first used in England. The railways in the USA were built by British immigrants, rows of cast steel. British immigrants chose the width of the railroad they are used to, namely 1.5 meters, and the wagons were manufactured to the same extent as in England according to it.

Before the train, the tram was used and the tram trains were pulled by horses. Tramway builders were the first to build the train tracks and the width of the tramway is 1.5 meters. The spacing of the train tracks is chosen to the same extent as the tram.

In determining the interval between the tram tracks, the distance between the two wheels of the horse carriages is 1.5 meters.

The reason why horse carriages are preferred with 1.5 meters between the two wheels is that the wheel tracks of the vehicles that have passed through the British lands for centuries reveal this measure. In the use of a different width between the wheels, the wheels stay above the groove formed by the cars that have passed before, especially on the main routes, this situation causes the car to travel constantly inclined and unstable and the axles to break in a short time. 

The first roads in England were opened by the Roman Empire for their chariots to pass. The first chariots of the Roman Empire were vehicles pulled by two horses brought side by side and the space between the buttocks of the horses was 1.5 meters.

As a result, the size of the fuel tanks of the spaceship was determined by the width of the space between the buttocks of two adjacent horses.

Any device we use probably has a similar story. Someone did something, the next added something on top of what happened. The main principle of the first invention made by adding layer on layer, whether it is useful or not, is somewhere in the main principle of the story of the last made. This principle applies to every formation, from every tool we use to the theory of evolution—man hands on tools to man, it deepens like a coastal shelf.

Just as the fuel tanks of the spaceship, representing in a tin can the highest limits of technology created by the arrogant man, were built on the criteria of an insignificant detail from the Roman period, or the working principle of the wine press was the main element of the invention of print that changed the course of our civilization, we see that our existence is based on very plain and simple principles, layer by layer, completely dependent on the same dynamics.

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