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56 minutes ago, taxme said:

Why do they use nautical miles, and not just regular miles? 

Because it makes doing the math used to navigate way easier. Dividing the (approximate) 21600 miles/minutes that make up the circumference on the Earth by the 6000 feet in a nautical mile is a lot easier and makes more sense than dividing it with the 5280 feet used in a statute mile. 

That's it in a nutshell.

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2 hours ago, taxme said:

I don't really care if metric is better or not. To just go and change a measurement system without the consent of the people, which worked perfectly fine, was my beef. I know of no one who asked for the change.

Lots of people did want it, and were happy for the change. The only thing we did wrong was to not enforce the change more widely. 

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5 hours ago, Omni said:

I can't argue against your comment about a circle or a compass. You have that totally correct.

Excellent...360 degrees in a circle in your bizarre Universe, as well. That's a start.

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1 minute ago, Omni said:

I can't wait to hear what you reckon they are.

That's what Captain Eyeball suggests...math is easier that way.

In today's GPS shrouded world...perhaps the missing feet don't matter as the kindly voice tells you to turn left to correct your error.

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Just now, DogOnPorch said:

That's what Captain Eyeball suggests...math is easier that way.

In today's GPS shrouded world...perhaps the missing feet don't matter as the kindly voice tells you to turn left to correct your error.

Remind me to explain the 1 in 60 rule to you one day. You'll be amazed how you can navigate even without GPS.

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