The why of this:
Given the constant heated debate here lately, it's mandatory to have some more friendly, anecdotal chatting, hence I'm creating this thread to such things, and it will be themed in the influence of Rome over our modern, current lives. I'm not talking about the huge, world changing geopolitical influences, but the small, little details that will make you chuckle once you come across them and remember our beloved game.
I think this is somehow in the same spirit as this excellent thread. After all, even when we don't agree in a lot of things, we are united by the fact we all are strategy players, most of us are attracted to history in some way or another, at different lengths but in the end we are all Total War players, and I don't know for most of you guys, but I get in this forums to learn, share and have a good time with people that have common interests with me. Not to outdick anyone showing my supposedly superior knowledge and history degrees, that given our way of interaction mean squat. For all you know I could be a history teacher in a university, a alien from Mars, a busty blond girl or the heir of New Zanzibar that send those pesky emails asking for 500 bucks.
The idea of this whole thing is to share some anecdote and maybe have a light hearted discussion of some things regarding those, but as soon people start to act as dickheads I will call a moderator and either the offending posts are deleted or the thread gets closed.
The how of this, let me start it for you people:
How are we gonna start? Well I have to tell you (and disappoint you, I'm not a busty blond girl), I work at the IT department of a food factory, and by some freakish unfortunate series of events I got stuck with a project involving the weighing scales for the transports (trucks) that bring in the wheat from the port. Now I wont bore you people with the details of all the work.
I have been pretty cranky the past few days with this, until yesterday when I somehow made a connection. The weighing scales in Spanish are called "Balanzas". However they are commonly known as... Romana (the female of Roman in Spanish), all thanks to the steelyard balance that is called Romana in Spanish, then the name got stuck in any weight measurement device. Even when the Romans where not the first in invent them, I think they are the ones that made them popular among the western hemisphere, and even if not, the term got somehow stickied with them.
So, even when it's not my field of work and the actual mechanism is different, I have a about week working around something commonly nicknamed after Rome.
I know it's kind of silly and not so huge as the urban legend of the track gauge (see here for more info about it), but it made me chuckle a little bit when I figured that out.
EDIT: Oh and things from the Gauls, Parthians, Egyptians, Greeks and other cultures from the time frame could be fun too.