Imperial vs. Metric System 23rd May 2021 International Relationships 3 Comments This is what happens every time we plan a road trip, build furniture, shop for beverages and basically perform any activity that involves measurements. Don’t get me started on navigating floors in large buildings… Post navigation Previous Previous post: The Circle of LifeNext Next post: Summer in Northern Europe 3 Comments Frank Harr 1st August 2019 at 7:58 pm Reply You know, there’s a cute reason for the 5,280 thing. Expat Gone Foreign Post author 11th July 2021 at 4:52 pm Reply How so? Frank Harr 9th August 2021 at 4:31 am Reply Oh. I hadn’t noticed the reply. Sorry about that. Way back in the inky depths of time, the English measured with two different feel. A Roman foot that was shorter and used for andcrafts and a longer Saxon foot for land survey. Eventually, they decided that they wanted just one, English foot to be midway between the two. Because land survey is so important they pegged the English foot to the Saxon and kept all the other units the same size. When they decided that an English foot was going to be 10/11 of a Saxon foot, that meant to find out how may English feet was in a particular unit, they took the number of Saxon feet in that unit and multiplied by 1.1. That is, 10% is added. So, the rod was 15 Saxon feet. Plus 10% means that it is also 16.5 English feet because 15+ 1.5= 16.5. The furlong was 600 Saxon feet and so is also 660 English feet. The mile was 4800 feet. When you add 480 feet you get 5,280 English (now international) feet. See? Cute. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me by email when the comment gets approved. Notify me of follow-up comments. You can also subscribe here to receive updates without commenting.