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  •  You have to measure raw materials in FURLONGS?? (2+ / 0-)
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    elfling, RiveroftheWest

    Are you sure?  A furlong is 660 feet - just over 200 meters.  What the heck do you build and sell, battleships?

    By the way, for the customary-unit challenged, an acre is 1 furlong X 1 chain, or 660 feet X 66 feet.  At 43,560 sq feet, you have a crazy-divisible number.  A valuable property for something as valuable as, say, property.

    It seems to go unmentioned in the post or in the comments that the metric system is devised for ease of multiplication (though, of course, all numbers can be multiplied by all others) while our customary system is devised for ease of division (since some integers just can't be combined to divide back into rational numbers - for example, 10 cannot be divided by 3).

    Both systems have their merits, but there can't be debate that you can literally perform more operations in customary measures (all the same ones you can do in metric, plus more factoring) than in metric.  Whether that's important, though, is another question.

    If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. Thomas Paine

    by WestCider on Wed May 29, 2013 at 03:19:33 PM PDT

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