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A Grave Error

EU Referendum spotted evidence of the Daily Wail sinking to new depths.

The initially reported that Richard III had been buried "in a grave around 680 metres (2,231 feet) below ground level". Under a council car park.

Brunel (either) would have been proud of such a feat!

Alas, it would appear that Dick was laid to rest in a hole dug only waist-deep.

While some argued in their forum that this sort of things was all due the evil metric system, I trust that I adequately explained the phenomenon:

They are imbeciles regardless of the units of measurement because they lack a sense of proportion. The dimensions/units are only words to them. Sounds. Utterances. They lack the ability to make a physical connection between the language and what the units represent. They have no inherent understanding of what those words mean.


The Wail corrected the error, but not before the copy-paste monkeys (amongst many others) blindly perpetuated the error.

Widespread access to computers and the Internet has not helped to improve functional numeracy.

The heirs of the Plantagenets may be worried about that council calculating the parking fees due.

Re: A Grave Error

A grave 2/3 of a kilometer deep !, that is one enthusiastic gravedigger , does highlight the unthinking nature of the modern churnalist

Re: A Grave Error

Interestingly, I read once of a teacher who said that, when he held his index fingers apart and asked pupils to judge the distance by eye, the brighter ones replied in inches.
The "evil metric system" is partially to blame because, under the SI convention, such lengths can only be expressed in millimetres or metres. Since Yoof is incapable of dealing with decimal fractions, that means a long string of numbers which is more difficult to appreciate at a glance, hence errors of three orders of magnitude are increasingly common. Not least in drug poisonings.

Re: A Grave Error

Some wit has suggested that the archaeologists who found Richards body are now excavating the nearby Tescos' car park looking for his horse.
Chances are some one has eaten it by now though.