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Originally posted by whitewave
It's fine for banking but not for astronomy, quantum physics, higher education subjects.
Originally posted by weedwhacker
reply to post by Copernicus
Let's see if I remember how it worked...and I believe this was imported with the (former) British colonists....
An "inch" was the length of some Monarch's thumb from the tip to the first knuckle...the "foot" originally, again, the length of a King's foot, later "standardized" to 12 'inches'....
Don't know why a "yard" is three 'feet'. The 'mile' comes actually from Roman days, so I read. It originally was the length of a thousand paces ('mille' in Latin) of the Centurions on march.
Then, there's the difference between 'statute' miles (5,280 feet) and 'nautical' miles (6,076 average)...
Here's more on the mile than you probably ever wanted to know...
Below the inch, we get into every schoolkid's favorite math subject, fractions!!!
Guess it startd by halving the 'inch', and just kept going in multiples of two...yikes!! It is cumbersome.
And we haven't even begun to talk about measures of liquid volume....weight...etc.