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Did you know that the meter was originally defined by France around… - Jarrett Heather — LiveJournal
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Did you know that the meter was originally defined by France around the turn of the 19th century? They decided that you get a meter by drawing a line from the North Pole to the equator that passes through Paris, then divide it by ten million, and that gives you one meter.

Although today, the meter is officially defined in terms of the speed of light in a vacuum (a universal constant), the circumference of the Earth around the polls is still almost exactly 40,000 kilometers (four ten million meter quadrants).
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gretchenann From: gretchenann Date: July 31st, 2002 10:54 am (UTC) (Link)
omg.......

dude, you dropped your pocket protector.

lmao
jarrett From: jarrett Date: July 31st, 2002 10:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Next time you need to know the circumference of the Earth you'll be thanking me.
gretchenann From: gretchenann Date: July 31st, 2002 10:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, I am taking math 51 for the umpteenth time this semester, you might be gettin some calls.
From: sactokaos Date: July 31st, 2002 11:22 am (UTC) (Link)
That figures.. damn french. The english ruler was alot easier. I think we should base every measurement off an apendage.

My ass is 2 feet wide.. but I am 6 asses tall... :P
jarrett From: jarrett Date: July 31st, 2002 11:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Hands, feet, asses... it's all kind of arbitrary, isn't it?
From: sactokaos Date: July 31st, 2002 11:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I like what my Grandpa says.. "Missed it by a packers length!"
Gets me thinkin.. "Damn! Thas close!" LOL!
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