Re: Metric Time (was Re: Why not 13 months? (Was La Systeme Metrique))

Patrick J Crowe (
10 Oct 1995 08:03 EDT

In article <45cjnv$>, (Whittet) writes...
>Interestingly enough if we still used cubits, feet, palms and fingers
>to measure in, the inch and foot would be easy to make commensurate
>with the metric system.

>One finger = 3/4 inch
>One inch = 25 mm
>One palm = four fingers = 3 inches = 75 mm
>One hand = four inches = 100 mm
>Four palms = one foot = 12 inches = 300 mm
>Five palms = one cubit = 15 inches = 375 mm
>Six palms = 1 1/2 feet = 18 inches = 450 mm
>Seven palms = one Royal cubit = 21 inches = 525 mm
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All well and good, were it true. However, 1 inch = 25.4 mm. So, only
your second equation is 'correct,' given rounding off to the nearest
mm (I can't comment on the first). Until I saw this, I saw your posts
about sacred cubits in the pyramids (and everywhere else) as interesting
if true, but now I have to have doubts if you don't know how long an
inch is in other systems.

-Pat Crowe, SUNY at Buffalo