Re: Rule of thumb

Subject: Re: Rule of thumb
From: Wolf Lahti <wduby -at- TECHCENTER -dot- PACCAR -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Nov 1995 11:47:51 -0800

>The most widely accepted origins of this deals with carpentry. The distance
>between the tip of the thumb and the first joint on an adult man is about one
>inch. Carpenters have used that in past times as their ruler for rough
>measurement, ergo RULE of thumb.

My hands are fairly typically adult male, and the WIDTH of my thumb at the
joint is about an inch. The length from tip to first joint is more like an
inch and a half.

"I hate quotations."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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