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08:35AM | 06/11/99
on every tape measure that i have seen there are tiny black diamonds every 19 inches, what are they and what do you do with them??
thanks very much


11:26AM | 06/11/99
Racer, the diamonds mark an ancient method of measurement, the cubit. Which if you look it up in the dictionary is anywhere from 17-22 inches, so I imagine that the industry established a mean length which looking at my tape measure is approximately 19 7/32". As for what you do with it, I guess ask trivia questions like this one, or whenever you're watching the History channel and they measure something in cubits you can get out your tape measure and translate that into inches, etc.

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