Re: [Way OT] Beer measurements (was: Re: Handwritten EURO sign)

From: Peter Kirk (
Date: Wed Aug 20 2003 - 09:34:51 EDT

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    On 20/08/2003 04:58, Kent Karlsson wrote:

    >Mark Davis wrote:
    >>awful. At least with inches, feet, and miles, the number of
    >>feet per mile don't
    >>vary depending on which mile one is talking about!
    >A Danish mile is 7 km, a Swedish mile (a fairly popular
    >distance measure here) is 10 km, and an English mile is
    >a mere 1.6 km (approx.). So yes, the number of "feet" per
    >mile does vary depending on which mile one is talking
    >about (even when considering that the length of a "foot"
    >originally depended on who's foot was used to measure). ;-)
    > (Sorry for being OT)
    > /kent k
    >Originally the Swedish mile was marginally longer than 10 km,
    >but via "nymil" (new mile) or "myriameter", the original term
    >mile (mil) was adopted for the metric adapted distance.
    Well, a Roman mile was originally a thousand (double) paces, which
    depended on how long your legs were and how much of a hurry you were in.
    It was standardised as marginally shorter than the English mile. I guess
    English legs tended to be longer than Roman ones. But Swedish legs ... I
    know many Swedes are tall, but not that much taller than us!

    Your Swedish mile sounds more like what we call a league. From Websters
    1913 edition, at

    > 1. A measure of length or distance, varying in different countries
    > from about 2.4 to 4.6 English statute miles of 5.280 feet each, and
    > used (as a land measure) chiefly on the continent of Europe, and in
    > the Spanish parts of America. The marine league of England and the
    > United States is equal to three marine, or geographical, miles of 6080
    > feet each.
    > Note: The English land league is equal to three English statute
    > miles. The Spanish and French leagues vary in each country according
    > to usage and the kind of measurement to which they are applied. The
    > Dutch and German leagues contain about four geographical miles, or
    > about 4.6 English statute miles.
    Thank goodness that most of these measurements are obsolete!

    Peter Kirk (personal) (work)

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