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An Engineer in Wonderland – Anglo-Saxon metrology rules your feet
In mindlessly browsing Wikipedia after my last blog on metrology, I came across something that I am hoping is true
In this article on English units of measure, it claims that the length of a barley seed – a barleycorn – was once the standard from which English measurement was derived, and that it is still in use.
It was three barleycorns to the inch.
That makes a metric barleycorn 8.4666mm.
But more importantly, it is still in use because English shoe sized are one barleycorn apart, starting at size 13 which is 13in, and then dropping by one barleycorn in length per shoe size.
I do hope that is true.
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