Dumb Measures

Can there be any unit of measure more stupid than the Miner’s Inch?


  1. harvestbird wrote:

    Ah, but my country’s miner’s inch is the biggest. So that makes it alright!

  2. des wrote:

    Well, there’s furlongs per fortnight, but that was intended as a joke. Imperial units used to drive me mad when I was pretending to be an engineer, but we never had anything as silly as that.

  3. yami wrote:

    Furlongs per fortnight is small beans on the scale of silliness when you consider that it actually measures what it seems it ought to measure. You’d never expect a fancy-pants inch to measure flow…
    Fortunately, the miner’s inch has pretty well died; it’s only when going through pre-WWII well logs that I have to deal with it.

  4. Rana wrote:

    Heh, the good ol’ miner’s inch. The only time it makes any sense _at all_ is when you’re talking about irrigation or mining contracts. And then, only somewhat. (I always encountered it as a time/area/depth measure — kinda like a mutant acre-foot.)

  5. yami wrote:

    Erm… so what it sounds like to me, Rana, is that a miner’s inch can be used to measure anything and everything – either that, or time does not exist.
    I am three miner’s inches hungry, and my fridge is only one miner’s inch full. D’oh!

  6. Rana wrote:

    That would explain all the contract disputes!

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