Ambiguous Measurement Terminology

Date: Mon Feb 01 1999 - 14:27:00 EET

-- [ From: Al Hastbacka * EMC.Ver #2.5.3 ] --

I have noticed that went RP people talk about measurements in mils,
there can be a great deal of confusion. The problem comes about,
because depending on the background of the person, this can mean
millimeters or thousandths of an inch. For example, 2 mils may be
interpreted as two millimeters or 0.002 inches.

In order to overcome this problem, I propose that we use a new standard.
 You have probably heard the statement that a "measurement was on within
a gnats ass". In order to understand what this really means, I have
examined some photographs of gnats and measured what appears to be their
ass. From these photographs, the average value of the gnats ass came
about to be 0.002 inches or 0.05 millimeters.

I am therefore proposing an unambiguous measurement amongst RP'ers to be
GA units (GA is the abbreviation for gnats ass), where a GA is 0.002
inches or 0.05 millimeters.

What do you think?

Al Hastbacka

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