In base 12, a foot would be measured in 10 inches. That is a one in the 12^1 place and a zero in the 12^0 place. What is even more interesting is a mile would be 3080 feet long (as counted in dozenal) that is a 3 in the 12^3 place and an 8 in the 12^1 place.
So if the mile was measured too long (96 feet too long) and was supposed to be 5184 feet. That would mean that the imperial standard measurment would be:
10(doz) inches to a foot
3(doz) feet to a yard
1000(doz) yards to a mile
3000(doz) feet to a mile
Now that looks pretty to me. We have the metric system so we can tack on zeros for increasing by orders of magnitude. If we counted by 12s, the mile is just 1000 (doz) yards. Kind of like the kilometer.
Now as for all the other dozen based numbers, that would make sense as well. A clock is split into 12 hours, or should I say 10(doz) hours. A schilling has a dozen pennies and so on.
Now imagine the story brought back to Greece by Solon, as recounted in Timaus by Plato. The very aged priest tells Solon that there is not an old mind among them. He continues:
There have been, and will be again, many
destructions of mankind arising out of many causes; the greatest have been brought about by the agencies of fire and water, and other lesser ones by innumerable other causes. There is a story, which even you have preserved, that once upon a time Paethon, the son of Helios, having yoked the steeds in his father's chariot, because he was not able to drive them in the path of his father, burnt up all that was upon the earth, and was himself destroyed by a thunderbolt. Now this has the form of a myth, but really signifies a declination of the bodies moving in the heavens around the earth, and a great conflagration of things upon the earth, which recurs after long
What are the chances that the most recent destruction left mankind "ignorant of letters and numbers" and we had to figure it out for ourselves all over again. Only this time, the farmers that survived kept the clock face, the dozen and gross, the inches in a foot, and they "kinda" knew what a mile was. As they developed counting, they saw ten fingers and went with that. But the dozen maintained through.
having yoked the steeds in his father's chariot
Kind of sounds like someone crashed his fathers spaceship... Just sayin'
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