Anybody know how long a cubit is? Been raining cats and dogs here for
two days now. I know 'cause I just stepped into a poodle (old joke
alert). Forecasts are for 10-15 inches of rain topped off by a couple
inches of snow tonight here in the mountains. We are OK here on the top
but folks lower down in the canyons and on the alluvium have a major
mahalo (shut up and keep bailing)
jo4hn woke up and had the following words of wisdom ....:
From A GIS:
a historic unit of distance frequently mentioned in the Bible. The word
comes from the Latin cubitum, "elbow," because the unit represents the
length of a man's forearm from his elbow to the tip of his outstretched
middle finger. This distance tends to be about 18 inches or roughly 45
centimeters. In ancient times, the cubit was usually defined to equal 24
digits or 6 palms. The Egyptian royal or "long" cubit, however, was equal
to 28 digits or 7 palms. In the English system, the digit is conventionally
identified as 3/4 inch; this makes the ordinary cubit exactly 18 inches
(45.72 centimeters). The Roman cubit was shorter, about 44.4 centimeters
(17.5 inches). The ordinary Egyptian cubit was just under 45 centimeters,
and most authorities estimate the royal cubit at about 52.35 centimeters
Theres a little man in my head, saying things better left unsaid.
Wed, Oct 20, 2004, 2:50pm (EDT+4) firstname.lastname@example.org (jo4hn) asks:
Anybody know how long a cubit is? <snip>
Isn't that an imitation diamond?
Eagles can soar ... but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
Half the length of a doublecubit.
Twice the length of a semicubit.
Ten times the length of a decicubit.
Twelve times the length of an imperial inchubit.
And most accurately, while still maintaining appropriate
rudeness, the length from my elbow to my extended middle
One can fudge the cubit measurement, but where are you going to get the
gopherwood in time?
Seriously now, isn't this the same terrain that burned badly last year?
How's the vegetation? Are you expecting mudslide problems?
This is indeed the burn area. However, it didn't get much closer than a
mile of my house. Plus I am on high ground. As to vegetation, the
forest service sowed a bunch of fast growing grasses that have good root
systems. I doesn't look very pretty in the burn areas but then it never
did. They have evacuated a lot of the canyon areas that weren't already
evacuated due to the fire danger. Mudslides are a constant problem in
1 yard = distance from the queen's nose to the queens outstretched index
Told to me by an old British mechanic, after I insulted him buy asking if my
1964 MGB was metric.
"Hey baby, come up to my place, I'm hung like a cubit... "
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James I, not Brenda.
A very well-calibrated king. He was supposedly six foot across, six
foot high, his thumb was exactly an inch across and his feet were
precisely a foot long.
In reality he was a shortarse (from his armour) and a religious
There have been some slides and flooding. The national forest areas
were evacuated a week or two ago due to the extreme fire danger (no rain
for 6 months). When it did start raining, more lower elevation canyons
were evacuated due to flood problems. The TV news folks are having a
collective orgasm over the "disaster". "Storm Watch", "team coverage",
etc. Wow. Even the BBC gets caught up in this stuff.
Maggy and I are just fine. We are far enough up that we won't have a
problem. A couple of roads out of here are blocked because of mudslides
but Caltrans should have them open by this afternoon.
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