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    Re: The mil as a unit of angle.
    From: Richard M Pisko
    Date: 2003 Mar 13, 12:07 -0700

    Back before the dawn of time (on Wed, 12 Mar 2003 09:25:00
    +0000, to be exact), Robert Eno  wrote:
    >I still have an old "mil" compass from my very short-lived career in the
    >army. Never could wrap my head around those units of measure.
    One "advantage" is that the old points on a compass rose can
    be matched to even numbers on the US mil system.  For
    example: 0 is North and 1600 is East.  800 is NE.  400 is
    NNE.  200 is N by E.  300 would be NE by N, I think.
    I have no idea what would correspond to 100mils.
    >I've read
    >about all kinds of efforts to replace the sexigesimal system for reckoning
    >angles (as well as the quirky system that we use for reckoning the passage
    >of time) and it appears, much to my delight, that these efforts have
    >failed miserably. The sexigesimal system is here to stay.
    Maybe as long as the earth still has (roughly) 360 days in a
    But the Guinea, Shilling, Farthing, Sixpence and half-penny
    have not thrived.  The pound, ounce and grain are mostly
    limited to the USA, I believe, and to historians.
    Measurements such as the chain, furlong and acre are simply
    related, were quite useful, but are fading left-overs from
    very old English usage.
    Those failed French "decimalized" pocket watches from just
    after their Revolution are quite valuable, I have been told.
    I wouldn't mind having a working replica, and making some
    appointments according to that system.  :-)
    Richard ...

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