Re: Theos-World Cool List of Facts
Jan 17, 2006 10:37 AM
In a message dated 1/17/2006 11:11:00 AM Central Standard Time,
Quite correct Chuck.
Many measurements came from the King , such as a foot, a cubit,
(distance from outstretched elbow to elbow) A Span from outstretched
fingertip to fingertip.It varied whenever a new King took over the
measurements were then amended, hence the expression getting the measure of
someone. As for the rule of thumb the thick ness of a rod would be more
appropriately determined by diameter(?) of the male member in order to keep
women in their placeand thankful for it,but times have changed since those
bygone days,when men were men and women were glad of it.
your humble servant,
Actually it was Bart that pointed it out. But the story predates the
feminists of the 1970s. I have an old novel by Thomas Costain written in the 1940s
that has a character referring to the size of the stick to beat the servant
being no bigger than the size of a thumb.
So it's been around for a long time.
Chuck the Heretic
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