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B.C.

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  1. Dogsniff

    Dogsniff said, over 3 years ago

    I take it rail has a slang definition. Got me.

  2. ♠Lonewolf♠

    ♠Lonewolf♠ GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    These guys aren’t as old as we thought. They just live way out there!

    (Good Morning, Pamlicorat, Gweedo & all BCers!)

  3. Woody 157

    Woody 157 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    When the cowpokes were ‘belly-up to the bar’ there was a rail a few inches off the floor they could rest their foot on as they enjoyed their liquid libations.

  4. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, over 3 years ago

    Taft supposedly weighed more than 300lbs. I’d guess that’s what they are referring to.

    The older meaning of splitting rail was the making of railroad ties like Lincoln worked at for a time.

  5. x_Tech

    x_Tech GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Nab Perhaps you’re thinking of the crossties that support the steel rails of a railway. Rail spliting is better applied to making horizontal rails for fences.

  6. Lewreader

    Lewreader said, over 3 years ago

    My Dad used to take us to the Brass Rail but I wasn’t allowed to rest my foot on it. I had to sit with my sister and mother in a “Booths for Ladies”.

  7. kreole

    kreole said, over 3 years ago

    “Nabuqwhosiwhatsis” is right.,…rail splitting refers to splitting of the railroad crossties…..which by the way, at that time weren’t treated, so they had to replace them a lot.

  8. gmartin997

    gmartin997 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Kreole, railroad crossties are cut, not split, unless you’re Paul Bunyon. Yes, they had large steam-engine powered saws and lumber mills in those days. In fact, crossties for mainlines have been concrete for many decades. The term “rail-splitting” does refer to rail fences, as well as, in this case, the foot rail around the bar in a saloon. I’m wondering how cavemen knew about Lincoln and Taft! .

  9. JazzyBella

    JazzyBella GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    I thought these guys were way before any president?

  10. Santa GROG!

    Santa GROG! GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Good Morning, Fellow Cave Dwellers.

  11. cdward

    cdward said, over 3 years ago

    Being from the Land of Lincoln, I think x_Tech is correct - rather than railroad crosswise, I was always taught it referred to the rail fences that dotted the countryside there - and in fact, you can still see some, especially at the outdoor museums in central Illinois.

  12. cdward

    cdward said, over 3 years ago

    Oh, and Taft was the heaviest president we ever had - so I’m sure they were indeed suggesting he split rails (and probably a few other things) whenever he stepped on them. BTW, he’s also the only person to have served both as President and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, thus being sworn in as president and swearing in a president.

  13. pamlicorat

    pamlicorat said, over 3 years ago

    Good Morning Lonewolf, Gweedo, Grog, and Everyone

    When it comes to Lincoln, x_tech is right. Lincoln was from Kentucky and Illinois. He spend much of his early life working on farms before he became a lawyer. The spliting rails he did was for split-rail fences. I have had to split a few rails myself and it isn’t easy.

  14. Neanderthal

    Neanderthal said, over 3 years ago

    Split a gut. We’ll send bandaids.

  15. Neanderthal

    Neanderthal said, over 3 years ago

    And what about those chants? The rail gangs would chant as a team. Lost foreverr.

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