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July 27, 2006

16 093.44 kilometers

I was checking on the provenance of various folk songs. Ten thousand miles = 16,093.44 kilometers, says Google helpfully. I'm sure that a good many songs could benefit from similar modernisation and update:

"Tell her to find me roughly point four of a hectare"

"227g of tuppeny rice, 227g of treacle"

"And the bounty they gave me was £5.50"

"He took out his iPod and began to play a tune"

"Here's 1.136 litres, 568 millilitres, 284 millilitres, 142 millilitres, 71millilitres and the old brown bowl, here's good luck to the Barley Mow".

Posted by Alison Scott at July 27, 2006 09:43 AM


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