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At 14:20 21/02/2013 -0500, Virgil Arrington wrote:
But, I think the biggest bugaboo for Americans was that we just couldn't get the handle of visualizing and conceiving the actual size of things in metric units. I can visualize and estimate a foot, a yard, even a mile. I have a harder time estimating a meter or kilometer.

Children throughout the world can do it. Even you could! You'll never do it until you determine to do so; the only problem is that you haven't yet tried.

(And anyway, if you are estimating, a metre *is* a yard!)

Brian Barker

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