Imperial Units

Standardization needn’t be logical. Rather, it relies on adherence to the same illogical systems.

Voyageurs traveling the Great Lakes between Canada and the United States often carried canoes and goods.

Whether distance and weight are reckoned according to base ten (metric) or four (United States customary units) matters far less than how much energy and sunlight is required to portage a loaded canoe from one waterway to another.

If unable to figure how many carucates are in a virgate, read Dudley Dickerson’s post, called The Measures of Success, about non-metric units of measurement.


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