Ah those horse and buggy days...

Mario Hieb sent the following letter


I'm sure you've received tons of mail concerning your distaste for mathematics. I agree; let's get rid of all math. It has no practical application in the world of the ordinary person.

Take your job, auto mechanics. What do those numbers on a wrench mean? I don't like wrenches; I prefer pliers. I've never stripped a bolt thread with a pair of pliers, but I seem to do that every time I use a wrench. Speaking of bolts, what's this thread-pitch nonsense? Those angles are just a bunch of geometry. Worthless, I say.

Let's take the numbers off of torque wrenches. What is torque, anyway??? I don't know what it is, so it must not be important.

Let's take out the fuel gauges, temp gauges, oil-pressure gauges, speedometers, odometers and the tachometers. Those things require a mathematical mind to use. Just thinking about them makes my head hurt.

Oh, I long for the days of the horse and buggy.

Mario Hieb

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