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davidjmclaren

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US Customary unit of measure
Posted: Mar 19, 2001 6:45 PM
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According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica (an American publication):

"rod,

old English measure of distance equal to 16.5 feet (5 m). That length is
sometimes also called a perch. The word rod is an Anglicization of the Dutch
rood, which is traced to the German rute. The Dutch rood referred to a land
area 1 40 rods, equal to one-quarter acre, or 10,890 square feet (1,012
square m). It also denoted just one square rod, or 272.25 square feet (25.29
square m). The rood also was a British linear unit, designating any of a
wide range of lengths. At 16.5 feet (5 m) it was identical with the common
surveyor's measure, the rod. The German rute was much shorter, about 12.36
to 12.47 feet (about 3.78 m)."

Canoes?

I am a fan of Star Trek and I always found amusing the frequent
interventions of the Russian who claimed that every scientific advance had
really been made by a Russian.

Sound familiar?

David


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