In a message dated 30/10/2006 18:58:40 GMT Standard Time,
16th century the lawful rod was decreed to be the combined length of the
left feet of 16
men as they left church on a Sunday morning.
Why the left feet? Why leaving church on a Sunday - their feet must have
been the same size on any other day of the week? - or did they have to be
measured with their boots on and Sunday was the only day they had boots to wear?
And what if their feet grew? If one of the 16 died and was replaced by
someone with smaller or larger feet, did that affect the legal measurement of the
I never heard of any of this before, it's fascinating!