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Re: distance from Easter Island to Chile


From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: distance from Easter Island to Chile
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:03:02 +0300

> From: Thorsten Jolitz <address@hidden>
> Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:26:15 +0200
> 
> I think one of the two French guys who had the task to establish a
> world-wide accepted meter unit as 
> 
> ,-------------------------------------------------------------------------
> | 1/10,000,000 part of the quarter of a meridian, measurement (1795) by   
> | Delambre and Mechain (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_metre)
> `-------------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> figured this out the hard way and became a depressed alcoholic because
> of an unexplainable 300m 'measurement-error' in his triangulations.

Well, I'm no French, although I do like French wines and cognac.



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