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Re: "Metric system is based in absolute science"

feet and ounces which differed from one region to the other

The dominant distance measure in the ancient world (the cubit - for short distances) was defined as "the length of the ruling king's[1] forearm from the elbow to the fingertips".

Which eventually ended in a rough standard no longer based on the current king but just the kings measurements when they kinda-standardised.

[1] King/pharoah/emperor. Delete as applicable.

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