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Think – Today: How Much Air Do You Breathe In A Day?

by Anura Guruge


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breatheHave YOU ever given this any thought? Pretty important, I would say? Breathing is pretty vital to life. Yes, of course, the exact amount each of us breathe will depend on our age, size, gender, physical condition, lifestyle etc. But, let’s think in terms of ‘averages’.


Think first, then research, then THINK again. Think for the pleasure of thinking.


Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “The Mile” — Roman soldiers, in the mighty Roman Army, were expected to march in 5-foot (58 inches to be precise) strides (which is quite a long stride and had to have been quite strenuous (with a modern marching stride only in the region of 30″)). 1,000 such marching strides came to 5,000 feet. The Romans marked off each such 1,000 strides (or ‘paces’). In Italian that was ‘mille passus‘ — thousand paces. And that ‘mille‘ was where the ‘mile’ came from. The 5,280 feet to a mile was the work of the British parliament in 1592. They insisted that a mile should be equivalent to eight (8) furlongs (which in turn is: 660 feet, 40 rods, or 10 chains). So, there you have it.


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Think – Today: How Did We Get The Mile?

by Anura Guruge


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2581912_fa9d7820Well for those of us that are lucky enough to still be able to use the GOOD Ol’ Imperial System the ‘Mile’ is a major unit of measurement. So, where and how did we get the ‘mile’?


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Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “Most widely spoken languages” — English, is not, at least as yet, #1. The keyword here having been ‘spoken’ as opposed to ‘understood’ or ‘known’. ‘Spoken’ denotes the language used in everyday life. In that context Chinese and Spanish come ahead of English — with English only being able to lay claims to 335 million speakers, whereas Chinese is the mother tongue of over 1.1 BILLION! However, it is estimated that at least 1/2 BILLION ADDITIONAL people, worldwide, understand English or can speak it as a second (or third) language. If you add that to the 335 Million English would surpass Spanish. The interesting thing, especially with the Web, is that familiarity with English is continually on the rise.


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