An awfully effective
, real-world-based system of weights and measures
still used in some countries such as the US
and partly in the UK
- despite the almost dictatorial pronuniciamentoes of the EU 'Yurp
'} that everything must be measured in some - mis-measured
- micro-fraction of the Earth
Revolves around measuring weight
etc. in units that actually do make sense - inch
- called 'un pouce' in French
is the length of the first digit
of your thumb
is the span of a man's hand fingers outstretched
; a foot - 'un pied' in French - is - well . . . - the length of a foot; a yard
is a pace or step; acre
is the area a horse will plough in a day 220yards by 22 yards
; a chain - 22 yards - is the length of a cricket
pitch. And so on.
Unlike the metric system which may have been taken on board by most countries and is used in - almost - all science - the brightness of nebulae
is - please note - measured in crabs
; but you knew that.
Seriously, metric works for scienfitc calculations. But - when did you
last have to work out the weight of an inch of rain falling on an acre (versus a centimetre of rain on a hectare
was six cubits
and a span; those Imperial
units equate - in other Imperial units - to an improbabble
nine foot eight tall.
Now, the metric
equivalent is 2,95m (equally improbable, but not blindingly obvious to a lay man).
"The Imperial system relates to human beings, and the things they are familiar with," said Nichola to her pal Nic
; "It can be used for recondite scientific calculations, but metric may well be better for those."