24 June 2009

Britain... just one more reason

Of boots and broken stuff...

"Three barleycorns comprising 1 inch was the legal definition of the inch in many mediƦval laws, both of England and Wales, from the 10th century Laws of Hywel Dda to the 1324 definition of the inch enacted by Edward II. Used in current UK shoe measurement."

Used in current UK shoe measurement? Did I just read that? Apparently the English are currently using a unit of measure from 1066 to size shoes.

Currently, as in Today. Right now. Exactly at this second, there's some UK bastard out there lining up his fucking barleycorns.
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10 comments:

ian said...

Well I take a UK 8.5 [an ideal size for caressing soccer balls] but in Canada I take a size 10 which would tend to indicate that the North American growing season produces larger barleycorns

Neo Conservative said...

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from the people who brought you the infamous "yard of ale".

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alexb said...

John Barleycorn must die.
Old Traffic song/album ?
I forget , long time ago.

liberal supporter said...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Neo Conservative said...

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sorry guys... just another robert day "flaming arsehole" alert.

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Larry said...

And my Littlehampton measures about 5 and 1/2 barleycorns. It's better than bloody centimeters

Larry said...

No, no! make that 16 or 17 barleycorns, God my math is bad!

Neo Conservative said...

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"larry says... make that 16 or 17 barleycorns" --

"the halls" comprises a "half hide" of hastings county paradise... a hide, of course... being the amount of land that can be cultivated by one eight-ox plow-team in one year.

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Philanthropist said...

Almost a thousand years of using the same measurement - there's something cool about that.

Neo Conservative said...

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betcha, though... it just drives the other scientists at the "large hadron collider" squirrelly when the brits start throwing around medieval terms of measurement.

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