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  1. #21
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    >Of course folks also used paces and strides (approximately 3' and 6' respectively)

    And a mile is a thousand Roman strides. Apparently they had short legs. Because mine would be 6000 feet (2000 yards) instead of 5280 (1760 yards). [img]smile.gif[/img]

    >I have no idea which grain the current grain
    is based upon

    Apparently one that makes at least a round number when you count the number in a pound. [img]smile.gif[/img] I'll bet if they were really measuring barley grains it would be somthing like 6952 grains to a pound on a dry day and 7123 grains to a pound on a humid day. [img]smile.gif[/img]
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    The best one I can think of is the British unit
    of thermal conductivity (useful for calculating
    heat transfer through walls):

    BTUs/hour/square foot/cm/degree F

  3. #23
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    Yikes....... all these wild units of measure are makin my head hurt, blood is coming out of my ears!

    Metric conversion now appears like pure genius.

  4. #24
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    <<Is that a hint? No I've never read it.>>

    Not at all, there was a bit in it about furlongs per fortnight, and that only pops up so often...

    There WAS a lot of eye rolling when my co-workers saw me reading it though!

  5. #25
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    I think "furlongs per fortnight" is the standard absurd measurment. Although, now that Jim has brought it up, I'm trying to figure out why BUTC aren't the standard.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  6. #26

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    “I have no idea which grain the current grain is based upon.”

    Carats, grains and pennyweights were weight measurements used by the Egyptians. The Egyptians used the weight of a carob bean for a carat. Grains, pennyweights and troy ounces are measurements for the weight of precious metals like gold.

    As you mentioned, grain scales are very accurate and inexpensive. I have an electronic scale that will measure any of the above. By the way, it takes 20 carats to equal 1 gram. The ancient Egyptians were not dumb!

  7. #27
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    >BTUs/hour/square foot/cm/degree F

    I've used this to size the various boilers and heaters in my greenhouses. It works quite nicely even if it sounds weird. I guess those Brits know their heat loss.
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