Younger folks might not get the reference, but 'Ben Hur' was a movie about chariot racing in ancient Rome.
Apparently back in the day, they tended to cheat a bit too - sort of like NASCAR - and having swords come out of the axles of the chariots was a way to hobble your opponents.
I.e., cripple their horses.
Seems to me, speaking of old movie references, there was a James Bond Aston Martin that did this too.
You'd think with all the safety standards modern vehicles must meet, those days were over.
Not so's you'd notice from this truck, a photo of which was submitted to me by an Alert Reader the other day.
Man, you wouldn't want to be walking next to this thing when he pulled out.
I think the same - and have commented on it before - about how passenger cars have to meet very stringent bumper standards, but trucks can have back ends that look like horizontal guillotines.
(I have a photo of one of these somewhere; darned if I can find it...).
But rear-end one of those things and it's "Off With Your Head!"I guess consistency in safety standards is too much to ask?