When you ask yourself: How many centimetres are there in an inch?
Here is a little series of posts which cover the most Googled questions on the internet. Most of these questions I will not be able to answer here, although I can offer a response if I happen to have one. The main idea of this series is to have a bit of fun discussing why people ask these questions so often.
Today we are revisiting questions around systems of measurement, and this time specifically, measurements of distance. I expect you can imagine where this unit of measurement originated. Back in the day – long, long ago – the Egyptians, and subsequently the Sumerians, used parts of the body to measure distances – I mean who hasn’t? To measure a distance by walking with more or less identical steps gives us a good idea of its approximate length.
The metre came along nearly 7000 years later. 7000 years! That’s a heck of a long time, especially when we consider how long just one year can feel. Since then we have attempted to standardise this system of measurement, with conservatives taking one side of the argument, and those with a certain open-mindedness, the other. The former do not see any reason to reform a system which works well enough as it is, and the latter are convinced of the opposite.
With a lot of conviction and a little bit of patience, history has proved to us that the liberals would eventually win out and that, in the end, progress would prevail. Nature does usually follow the course of least resistance.
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Last Updated on September 13, 2021 by Coach Danny